Howard Hesseman Biography (1940-)

Born February 27, 1940, in Lebanon, OR; son of George Henry and Edna (Forster) Hesseman; married first wife (divorced, 1961); married second wife, 1965 (divorced, 1974); married Caroline Ducrocq, 1989. Addresses: Agent: Stone Manners Talent Agent, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Manager: Kass & Stokes Management, 9229 Sunset Blvd., Suite 504, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
February 27, 1940
Lebanon, Oregon, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Petulia, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1968
  • (As Don Sturdy) A Session with the Committee (also known as TheCommittee), Planet, 1969
  • (Uncredited) Bartender, Some Kind of a Nut, 1969
  • One of the last party guests, The Christian Licorice Store, National General, 1971
  • (As Don Sturdy) Howard Johnson, drama teacher, Billy Jack, WarnerBros., 1971
  • (As Don Sturdy) Recording engineer, Cisco Pike, Columbia, 1972
  • Frank, Steelyard Blues (also known as The Final Crash), Warner Bros., 1973
  • Confectionery man, Kid Blue (also known as Dime Box), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • (Uncredited) Santa Rosa bartender, Jory, 1973
  • Dr. Gopian, Whiffs (also known as C.A.S.H. and W.H.I.F.F.S.), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Red Dog, Shampoo, Columbia, 1975
  • Prisoners (also known as Physical Assault), 1975
  • Commercial director, The Sunshine Boys, United Artists, 1975
  • Senator McMannus, Tunnelvision (also known as Tunnel Vision), World Wide, 1976
  • David, Outside Chance (also known as Jackson County Jail),New World, 1976
  • Jack, The Big Bus, Paramount, 1976
  • Executive, Silent Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • O'Brien, The Other Side of Midnight, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • Kip Margolis, Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • The Jerk, Universal, 1979
  • Ernie Piles, Loose Shoes (also known as Coming Attractionsand Quackers), Atlantic, 1980
  • Lester Lewis, Private Lessons (also known as Philly), Jensen Farley, 1980
  • Snapper, Honky Tonk Freeway, Universal, 1981
  • Smooth Walker, Dr. Detroit, Universal, 1983
  • Terry Ladd, This Is Spinal Tap (also known as Spinal Tap),Embassy, 1984
  • (Uncredited) Chief, Clue (also known as Clue: The Movie), Paramount, 1985
  • Peter "Pete" Lassard, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (also known as Police Academy II), Warner Bros., 1985
  • McBride, My Chauffeur, Crown International, 1986
  • Dr. Faraday, Flight of the Navigator (also known as The Navigator), Buena Vista, 1986
  • Jack, Inside Out, Beckerman, 1986
  • Rupert King, "Titan Man," Amazon Women on the Moon (also known asCheeseburger Film Sandwich), Universal, 1987
  • Pinchus Zion, Heat, New Century/Vista, 1987
  • Ed Tuttle, Rubin and Ed, IRS Releasing, 1991
  • Mr. Cassidy, Hot Chocolate (also known as Amour et chocolat), LIVE Home Video, 1992
  • Nick Frost, Little Miss Millions (also known as Home for Christmas and Little Miss Zillions), New Horizons Home Video, 1994
  • Voice of Munchie, Munchie Strikes Back, New Horizons Home Video, 1994
  • Detective Caldwell, Out of Sync, LIVE Entertainment, 1995
  • Narrator, The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon (documentary),Red Dog Enterprises, 1996
  • Sheba/Mr. Cabot, Boys Night Out, 1996
  • Blind man, Gridlock'd (also known as Gridlock and Gridlocked), Gramercy Pictures, 1997
  • Yogi Cook, The Sky Is Falling, Showcase Entertainment, 2000
  • Mr. Valdemar, The Mesmerist, Seventh Art Releasing, 2002
  • Ted Frye, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Magnolia Pictures, 2002
  • Larry Hertzel, About Schmidt, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Man About Town, Media 8 Entertainment, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated, 1976-77
  • Mr. Franklin, Soap, 1978
  • Johnny Caravella/Dr. Johnny Fever, WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS, 1978-82
  • Sam Royer, One Day at a Time, CBS, 1982-84
  • Seymour Z. Fishko, Likely Stories Vol. 4, 1983
  • Charlie Moore, Head of the Class, ABC, 1986-90
  • Miniseries
  • Jenks, The Amazing Howard Hughes, ABC, 1977
  • Steven Smithline, Innocent Victims, ABC, 1996
  • Movies
  • The Victim, 1972
  • The Blue Knight, 1973
  • Dennis Webber, Another April, 1974
  • Detective, Hustling, 1975
  • Resident, The Blue Knight, CBS, 1975
  • AP man, Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur (also known as Collision Course), 1976
  • Lieutenant Cantwell, "Tail Gunner Joe," The Big Event, NBC, 1977
  • Fred, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo, CBS, 1977
  • Bert Stockwell, The Ghost of Flight 401, NBC, 1978
  • Roger Dustleman, The Comedy Company, CBS, 1978
  • Avery Salminella, More Than Friends (also known as Love Me andI'll Be Your Best Friend), ABC, 1978
  • David, Outside Chance (also known as Jackson County Jail),1978
  • Wilbur C. Henderson, You Can't Take It With You, 1979
  • Senor Smooth, Gridlock (also known as The Great American Traffic Jam), NBC, 1980
  • Koup Trenton, Skyward (also known as Ron Howard's "Skyward"), NBC, 1980
  • Charles Galloway, Victims, NBC, 1982
  • Joe Hervey, One Shoe Makes It Murder, CBS, 1982
  • Jim Osbourne, The Best Kept Secrets, ABC, 1984
  • In Our Hands, 1984
  • King, The Princess Who Had Never Laughed, 1984
  • Carl Lewis, Silence of the Heart, CBS, 1984
  • Joseph "Dutch" Cretzer, Six Against the Rock, NBC, 1987
  • Detective John Rawlings, The Diamond Trap, 1988
  • John Ross, Call Me Anna, 1990
  • District Attorney Paul Maggiotto, Murder in New Hampshire: The PamelaWojas Smart Story, CBS, 1991
  • Congressman Calvin Phillips, Quiet Killer (also known as BlackDeath and New York, alerte a la peste), 1992
  • Taylor Cochran, Lethal Exposure (also known as Declic fatal), NBC, 1993
  • Wayne Dreyer, High Stakes (also known as High Stakes: The Melanie Morgan Story), Lifetime, 1997
  • David, On the 2nd Day of Christmas, Lifetime, 1997
  • Fred Nickells, Crazy for Christmas, Lifetime, 2005
  • Also appeared in The Life and Times of Senator Joe McCarthy.
  • Specials
  • Wilbur C. Henderson, You Can't Take It with You, CBS, 1979
  • Battle of the Network Stars VII, ABC, 1979
  • Host, Women Who Rate a 10, NBC, 1981
  • Supernight of Rock and Roll, 1983
  • Johnny Caravella/Dr. Johnny Fever, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, and Forever (documentary; also known as Motown 25 and Twenty-five Years of Motown), 1983
  • Doc, Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1984
  • The ABC Fall Preview Special, ABC, 1986
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1987
  • The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1988
  • Host, Woodstock: Return to the Planet of the '60s, CBS, 1989
  • Host, Fox Presents Tommy Performed by the Who (also known as Tommy), Fox, 1989
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary, NBC,1989
  • Voiceover, 500 Nations (documentary; also known as Five HundredNations), CBS, 1995
  • Judge, The 78th Annual Miss America Pageant, ABC, 1998
  • An All Star Party for Aaron Spelling, ABC, 1998
  • Himself, Peter Boyle (also known as A&E Biography: Peter Boyle), Arts and Entertainment, 2003
  • CBS at 75, CBS, 2005
  • Spinal Tap Goes to 20 (documentary), IFC, 2004
  • The Third Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV, TV Land, 2005
  • Pilots
  • Dennis Webber, the hippie, Another April, CBS, 1974
  • Ralph Buckler, the anchor, The TV Show, NBC, 1977
  • Episodic
  • Hippie on panel, "Public Affairs--Joe and Bill on Talk Show," Dragnet1967, NBC, 1967
  • (As Don Sturdy) Harry, "Sam for Town Council," The Andy Griffith Show, CBS, 1968
  • (As Don Sturdy) Counterboy, "Goober Goes to an Auto Show," The Andy Griffith Show, CBS, 1968
  • (As Don Sturdy) Jesse Chaplin, "Public Affairs--DR-07," Dragnet 1967, NBC, 1968
  • A patient, "The Jobless Corps," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1974
  • "The Hottest Place in Town," Firehouse, ABC, 1974
  • Craig Plager, "Battle of the Groups," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1974
  • Kirk Stevens, "I'll Be Loving, You, Sometimes," Rhoda, CBS, 1974
  • Ray Bennett, "A Ransom for Yesterday," Mannix, CBS, 1975
  • Craig Plager, "Emily Hits the Ceiling," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS,1975
  • Craig Plager, "Carol's Wedding," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1975
  • Senator Lawler, "Tender Killing Care," Harry O, ABC, 1975
  • Professor Stoneham, "The Family Man," Sanford and Son, 1975
  • Salina's health-food cafe boss, "A Special Kind of Loving," Family, ABC, 1976
  • M. W., "The Pirates of Tin Pan Alley," Switch, CBS, 1976
  • Walker, "Street Edition," Baretta, ABC, 1976
  • "Still Crazy after All These Years," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1976
  • Dr. Grayson, "Christmas Eve at the Booby Hatch," Laverne and Shirley, ABC, 1976
  • Buz Canfield, "The Witch of Four West," Westside Medical, ABC, 1977
  • Blansky's Beauties, ABC, 1977
  • Assistant District Attorney Jerry Douglas, "A Dead Man's Truth," Quincy, M.E. (also known as Quincy), NBC, 1977
  • Al Steever, "The House on Willis Avenue, Parts 1 and 2," The RockfordFiles, NBC, 1978
  • "Group on a Hot Tin Roof," The Bob Newhart Show, CBS, 1978
  • Assistant district attorney, Soap, ABC, 1978
  • Husbands, Wives and Lovers, CBS, 1978
  • "Home Is Where the Heart Is," 9 to 5, ABC, 1982
  • Host, Saturday Night Love, NBC, 1979, 1982, 1983
  • "The Shrink," Love, Sidney, NBC, 1983
  • Sheldon Greenberg, "Widow, Weep for Me," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Himself, "The Honeybunnies," George Burns Comedy Week, CBS, 1985
  • The king, "The Princess Who Never Laughed," Faerie Tale Theater, Showtime, 1986
  • "Downwind from Gettysburg," The Ray Bradbury Theatre, USA Network,1992
  • Johnny Caravella/Dr. Johnny Fever, "Fever in the Morning," The New WKRP in Cincinnati, syndicated, 1993
  • "Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?," Burke's Law, 1995
  • Dr. Emory Taylor, "Music of the Spheres," The Outer Limits, 1997
  • Mr. Bergin, "Two Guys, a Girl, and a Dad," Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, ABC, 1998
  • Judge Williams, "A Day in the Life," The Practice, ABC, 1999
  • Howard Thomas/Randall, "The Fourth Trimester," Family Law, 1999
  • Todd, "Drugs," Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1999
  • Landlord,, "Extreme," The Pretender, NBC, 1999
  • Flynn, "Monica's Bad Day," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • General Richard Scheffer, "Wetware," Level 9, UPN, 2001
  • Jerry Keats, "The In-Laws," Three Sisters, NBC, 2001
  • Max, "Radio Daze," That '70s Show, Fox, 2001
  • Max, "Backstage Pass," That '70s Show, Fox, 2001
  • Max, "Hyde Gets the Girl," That '70s Show, Fox, 2001
  • Hal Bloomberg, "Jack's Back," Thieves, ABC, 2001
  • Barney Reynolds, "Sight Unseen," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2001
  • Mr. Finn, "The Crazy-Girl Episode," Maybe It's Me, The WB, 2002
  • Monty, "Road Trippin'," It's All Relative, ABC, 2003
  • Mel Castle, "The Big Picture," Boomtown, NBC, 2003
  • (Archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncenscored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Himself, "Holiday Moments," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Directed episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS; The New WKRP in Cincinnati, syndicated.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Max, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre/James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1994-95
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Episodes
  • WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS, between 1978 and 1982

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 26, 1993, p. 69; October 13, 1995, p.84
    • Los Angeles Magazine, June, 1995, p. 109
    • People Weekly, March 29, 1993, p. 11

    User Contributions:

    Comment about this article, ask questions, or add new information about this topic:

    CAPTCHA


    forum