Howard Hesseman

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Howard Hesseman’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Howard Hesseman

Place Of Birth

Oregon, USA


82 years old

Birth Date

February 26, 1940

Star Sign


Howard Hesseman Facts

Child Star?




Education & Qualifications

University of Oregon

Net Worth

$5 million

Current Partner

Caroline Ducrocq




George Henry Hesseman, Edna Forster




1.8m (5'8"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Dragon

About Howard Hesseman

Born Howard Hesseman on February 27, 1940, he is an American actor who has gained immense popularity via his television roles.
In 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' Howard Hesseman performed the role of a burned-out disc jockey. Here, his character name was Dr. Johnny Fever.
Another role that gained him a lot of fame was in 'Head of the Class,' where he played the role of Charlie Moore, the history teacher, and the lead character. From 1970-2010, Howard Hesseman was a popular face both on television and in films. Some of his notable roles include Sam Royer, the husband of Ann Romano in 'One Day At A Time,' and Captain Pete Lassard in 'Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment.'

Howard Hesseman's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Howard Hesseman's net worth?

At the time of Howard's death on January 29, 2022, it was reported that the legendary actor from Lebanon, Oregon, US had a net worth of $5 million approximately.

How much did Howard Hesseman earn per year?

Even though Howard Hesseman has been in the film industry since 1968, his yearly income is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Howard Hesseman?

This actor from Lebanon is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm).

How old was Howard Hesseman?

Hesseman was born in Oregon on February 27, 1940. The actor breathed his last in Los Angeles on January 29, 2022, at the age of 81. The actor died due to colon surgery complications in Los Angeles, California.

Childhood And Education

Howard was born on February 27, 1940, in Lebanon, Oregon, US. By the time he was five years old, his parents, George Henry Hesseman and Edna Forster, got divorced. From then on, he was brought up by his mother and stepfather. In 1958, Hesseman completed his education at Silverton High School. Later, Hesseman went to the University of Oregon.
Later, Hesseman became one of the founding members of an improvisational comedy group in San Francisco named 'The Committee.' During his initial acting career, Hesseman used the name Don Sturdy in his professional life. Even while Hesseman was working as a radio DJ at KMPX radio station, he used the alias, Don Sturdy. So, right after graduating from Silverton high school, Howard Hesseman stepped into a professional career.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Howard Hesseman's partner?

Howard Hesseman was married to Catherine Maison in a private ceremony on July 22, 1989. Both of them shared a married life of 30 years. However, they did not have any kids. He later married actress Caroline Ducrocq in 1989.


Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Howard Hesseman first appeared on television under the name of Don Sturdy. His first public appearance was in 1968 in a popular TV series, 'Dragnet.' In 'The Andy Griffith Show' in it, Paul Hartman had an exchange with Hesseman about poor fishing conditions. Howard played the character of Harry.
Of all films and TV series, Howard Hesseman gained immense acclamation for 'Dr. Johnny Fever,' where he played the role of a disc jockey. Another path-breaking role of his is in the ABC series' Head of the Class,' where he played the role of Charlie Moore. He acted in four seasons of 'Head of the Class' and directed a few episodes of 'The New WKRP in Cincinnati.' On the three appearances that Hesseman made on 'Saturday Night Live,' he joked as well as paid tribute to John Belushi.
Again in 2006, Hesseman gained appreciation as Judge Robert Thompson in three episodes of 'Boston Legal.' This legendary actor was featured in 'The Sunshine Boys' at the New Theatre Restaurant from September 2010 to November 2010. In 2011, Hesseman glorified the eleventh season of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as Dr. Elliot D. Aden. Some of the other noteworthy works of Howard Hesseman include 'Halloween II,' 'The Rocker,' 'Shampoo,' 'The Other Side of Midnight,' 'This is Spinal Tap,' 'Private Lessons,' 'My Chauffeur,' 'Flight of the Navigator,' 'The Way to Santiago,' 'Little Miss Millions,' 'The Sky Is Falling,' 'Man About Town,' 'Domestic Import' and many more.

What awards did Howard Hesseman win?

The way Hesseman portrayed the role of Fever in 'WKRP in Cincinnati' got him nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards. He was nominated twice under the category of outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 1980 and 1981. In 2003, he was nominated for the TV Land award for classic TV teacher of the year for 'Head of the Class.' He was also nominated for the Broadcaster of the Year for 'WKRP in Cincinnati' and Teacher of the Year' Head of the Class' in 2006.

Other Interesting Howard Hesseman Facts And Trivia

  • The marriage of Howard Hesseman and Catherine Maison was a private affair.
  • The character of Hesseman as Red Dog in 'Shampoo' in 1975 was that of a lazy alcoholic.
  • After completing graduation from the University of Oregon, Hesseman secured a job as a radio DJ under the pseudonym, Don Sturdy.
  • When Hesseman joined the film and television industry, he continued with his pseudonym, Don Sturdy, in the initial days.
  • The favorite actor of Howard Hesseman was Robert Downey Jr.
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