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Howard Hesseman Biography

Birth Place:
Lebanon, Oregon, United States
Profession
Actor

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

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

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