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Howard Hesseman



Howard Hesseman's early credits have sometimes been hard to trace, mainly because he often billed himself as "Don Sturdy." The mustachioed, prematurely balding Hesseman was a founding member of the San Francisco-based improv troupe The Committee. During his decade-long tenure with this aggregation, he was featured in such films as Petulia (1968) and A Session with the Committee (1970), and showed up on such TV series as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and The Dick Cavett Show. Through the auspices of his Committee cohort Peter Bonerz, Hesseman played a recurring role on TV's The Bob Newhart Show (1972-78), playing the unsuccessful producer of such TV disasters as "The Nazi Hour." His screen roles in the 1970s included a showy part as a harried TV-commercial director in the opening sequence of The Sunshine Boys. In 1978, Hesseman achieved celebrity in the role of counterculture deejay Dr. Johnny Fever (aka Johnny Caravella) on the popular sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Following WKRP's cancellation in 1982, he spent two seasons playing Ann Romano's third (and presumably final) husband Sam Royer on the weekly One Day at a Time. From 1986 to 1990, he starred as urbane high school teacher Charlie Moore in TV's Head of the Class. During all this activity, Howard Hesseman continued showing up in feature films, playing such roles as smarmy promoter Terry Ladd in This is Spinal Tap (1984) and child star Patty Duke's manipulative manager/guardian John Ross in the TV biopic Call Me Anna (1989). Over the following several years, Hessman would remain active on screen, appearnig on shows like That 70's Show and Crossing Jordan, and in movies like The Rocker.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Silver Skies
  • Billy
2016
No Score Yet Bigfoot
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Bigfoot
  • Mayor Tommy Gillis
2012
7% All About Steve
  • Mr. Horowitz
2009
19% H2: Halloween II
  • Uncle Meat
2009
No Score Yet Mister Roberts
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Nanny Insanity
  • Lou Kimmelman
2007
No Score Yet Domestic Import
  • Actor
2006
38% Man About Town
  • Ben
2006
No Score Yet Crazy for Christmas
  • Fred Nickells
2005
85% About Schmidt
  • Larry Hertzel
2002
0% Teddy Bears' Picnic
  • Ted Frye
2002
No Score Yet The Mesmerist
  • Mr. Valdemar
2002
No Score Yet Television: The First Fifty Years
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet On the Second Day of Christmas
  • David
1997
88% Gridlock'd
  • Blind Man
1997
No Score Yet Innocent Victims
  • Prosecutor
1996
No Score Yet Out of Sync
  • Cop
1995
No Score Yet Tunnel Vision (Tunnelvision)
  • Senator McMannus
1995
No Score Yet Munchie Strikes Back
  • Munchie
1994
No Score Yet Home for Christmas
  • Nick Frost
1993
No Score Yet Chocolat chaud
  • Mr. Cassidy
1992
No Score Yet Quiet Killer
  • Congressman Phillips
1992
No Score Yet Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story
  • Paul Maggioto
1991
No Score Yet Rubin and Ed
  • Ed Tuttle
1991
No Score Yet The Diamond Trap
  • Detective Rollings
1988
60% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Rupert King
1987
No Score Yet Inside Out
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock
  • Dutch Cretzer
1987
No Score Yet Drug Tape
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Heat
  • Pinchus Zion
1986
81% Flight of the Navigator
  • Faraday
1986
No Score Yet My Chauffeur
  • McBride
1986
62% Clue
  • FBI Agent
1985
23% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  • Lassard
1985
No Score Yet Silence of the Heart
  • Carl Lewis
1984
No Score Yet The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
  • Actor
1984
95% This Is Spinal Tap
  • Terry Ladd
1984
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés
  • Jim Osborne
1984
40% Doctor Detroit
  • Smooth Walker
1983
No Score Yet One Shoe Makes It Murder
  • Actor
1982
0% Private Lessons
  • Lester Lewis
1981
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway
  • Snapper
1981
No Score Yet Loose Shoes
  • Ernie Piles
1980
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Americathon
  • Kip Margolis
1979
No Score Yet Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo
  • Fred
1977
No Score Yet The Other Side of Midnight
  • O'Brien
1977
No Score Yet The Amazing Howard Hughes
  • Jenks
1977
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail
  • David
1976
78% The Big Bus
  • Scotty's Aide Jack
1976
81% Silent Movie
  • Executive
1976
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Commercial Director
1975
No Score Yet Whiffs
  • Gopian
1975
63% Shampoo
  • Red Dog
1975
No Score Yet Hustling
  • Detective
1975
No Score Yet Kid Blue
  • Confectionery Man
1973
No Score Yet Steelyard Blues
  • Frank Veldin
1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike
  • Recording Engineer
1972
No Score Yet Jory
  • Actor
1972
64% Billy Jack
  • Howard Johnson
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • Otis
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Henry Errington Henry
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Barry
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Sam Hendricks
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Robert Thompson
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Dr. Aden
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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