Howard Hesseman, Dr. Johnny Fever on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dies at 81

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Howard Hesseman as Johnny Fever on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ PHOTOFEST

The two-time Emmy nominee and improv veteran also played teacher Charlie Moore on ‘Head of the Class.’

by Mike Barnes

January 31, 2022

Howard Hesseman, who made a career out of portraying off-the-wall characters, none more popular than the disc jockey Johnny Fever on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, has died. He was 81.

Hesseman died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles of complications from colon surgery he first had last summer, his wife, actress and acting teacher Caroline Ducrocq, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A member of the San Francisco improv group The Committee and a real-life DJ back in the 1960s, Hesseman also was known for his stint as out-of-work actor turned history teacher Charlie Moore on the ABC comedy Head of the Class. (He quit that show after four seasons to aim for a movie career.)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. RIP SIR!

    WKRP in Cincinnati was one of the funniest shows on t.v. Not only its humour but the great music played on the show from that era too. The Thanksgiving Special with turkey drop is one of the most iconic moments in sitcom comedy t.v. history.

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