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Birth Place: Lebanon, OR

Birthday: February 27, 1940, Pisces

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Was introduced to acting by his uncle, and noted that each performance he gave was "like repaying him a debt."
  • Worked under the stage name Don Sturdy in the early days of his career.
  • Performed with the improv group the Committee in the late 1960s and early '70s, along with Rob Reiner and The Bob Newhart Show's Peter Bonerz.
  • Portrayal of drama teacher Howard Johnson in the movie Billy Jack (1971) is considered by many to be his break-out role.
  • Worked as a disc jockey at San Francisco's underground radio station KMPX several years prior to his role as the anti-disco DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati.
  • In keeping with his counterculture image, guest starred in NBC's ER in 2007 as a man under the psychedelic influence of magic mushrooms.

Awards

  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Caroline Ducrocq — Wife
  • Edna Forster — Mother
  • George Henry Hesseman — Father

College

  • Attended University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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