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Howard Hesseman

Howard Hesseman, 81, who played the radio disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever on the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” and the actor-turned-history teacher Charlie Moore on “Head of the Class,” died Jan. 29 in Los Angeles due to complications from colon surgery, his manager Robbie Kass said Sunday. Hesseman, who had himself been a radio DJ in the 1960s, earned two Emmy nominations for “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran for four seasons from 1978- 1982.
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Remembering Howard Hesseman, TV’s beloved Dr. Johnny Fever on ‘WKRP’

I had already been planning to do a tribute to Howard Hesseman — aka Dr. Johnny Fever from television’s fictional AM radio station WKRP in Cincinnati — simply for his realistic portrayal of a DJ on the television show that more accurately portrayed the operation of a radio station that many managers want to admit.
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Christine Baranski / Remembering Actor Howard Hesseman

Actor and singer Christine Baranski is now one of the stars of the new HBO series The Gilded Age. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2020. Also, we listen back to our 1988 interview with Howard Hesseman, who died last Saturday at the age of 81. Hesseman played a DJ in the series WKRP in Cincinnati, and a teacher in Head of the Class.
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‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ Star Tim Reid Remembers Howard Hesseman: ‘A Unique Person and Gentle Soul’

Howard Hesseman, the veteran actor known for starring in sitcoms “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Head of the Class,” died Jan. 29 at the age of 81. The actor is remembered here by his friend and fellow “WKRP” star, actor-director Tim Reid. I first met Howard Hesseman at a cast meeting before we shot the pilot for “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The first thing I had to do was admit that I’d lifted something from him years back. Back in the early 1970s, I was one-half of a Black and white comedy duo with Tom Dreesen. The concept for our signature routine was borrowed...
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Angela Henderson-Bentley: Remembering Howard Hesseman

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radio disc jockey. I’m honestly not sure why, but I suspect it had something to do with “WKRP In Cincinnati.”. Being from Ohio, it was exciting to see these people in a TV show from a place in my state, even rooting for the same sports teams I did. They made working at a radio station seem so cool. And no one was cooler than WKRP’s morning DJ, Dr. Johnny Fever, brought to life by the incredibly talented Howard Hesseman, who passed away last week.
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Remembering Howard Hesseman: Actor Died at 81

For lots of people, 2022 has gotten off to a tragic start. Not only are we still in the middle of a pandemic, but there have been lots of death announcements – particularly those sharing the passing of people in the entertainment industry. Sadly, Howard Hesseman has become one of the latest names on the list of celebrities we’ve lost in 2022. He was 81 years old at the time of his death. Hesseman, who found success in the TV/film industries, had been entertaining people for more than 50 years. Over the course of his career, Howard reached people all over the world and he proved that he had the capacity to play a variety of roles. Although Howard lived a long life and accomplished lots of great things, those who knew him best can’t help but feel like his passing has left a hole behind. Continue reading to learn more about the life and legacy of Howard Hesseman.
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Remembering 'WKRP in Cincinnati' actor Howard Hesseman

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross. Howard Hesseman, the actor best known for playing a radio DJ on "WKRP In Cincinnati," died Saturday in Los Angeles due to complications from colon surgery. He was 81. In the 1960s, Hesseman performed in the San Francisco improv troupe The Committee, which regularly performed at anti-war and civil rights demonstrations. He had many minor roles in film and TV, including playing a hippie on "Dragnet," before landing the part on "WKRP In Cincinnati," which aired from 1978 to 1982 on CBS. Hesseman likely drew on his experiences as a San Francisco DJ for the character of Johnny Fever.
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Angela Henderson-Bentley: Remembering Howard Hesseman

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radio disc jockey. I’m honestly not sure why, but I suspect it had something to do with “WKRP In Cincinnati.”. Being from Ohio, it was exciting to see these people in a TV show from a place in my state, even rooting for the same sports teams I did. They made working at a radio station seem so cool. And no one was cooler than WKRP’s morning DJ, Dr. Johnny Fever, brought to life by the incredibly talented Howard Hesseman, who passed away last week.
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How WKRP And Howard Hesseman Influenced My Radio Career

This year is really going down in the books as the year we are losing plenty of our legends in the entertainment world. This past Saturday, January 29, the news came of the passing of actor and comedian Howard Hesseman. While the younger generation may not be familiar with him, I have been a fan since the early '80s. He was literally an inspiration for my current career which I have been doing for over thirty years.
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