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Howard Hesseman has been a leading counter-culture figure for nearly twenty years. He was a member of the improv group the Committee for ten years in the sixties and seventies. He has been a character actor for many years on different television shows since the 1960s, and took small parts in the Andy Griffith Show, Sanford and Son, Soap, and Dragnet '67. The role that brought him to prominence was that in the cult classic Billy Jack (1971). He has been active since in movies and TV since. He was a frequent guess star on the Bob Newhart Show, but the best was yet to come. He will perhaps be forever remembered on the classic series "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978), as anti-disco DJ Dr. Johnny Fever.
Also in the seventies Hesseman appeared in a small part in the classic the Sunshine Boys, Tunnel Vision, Silent Movie, and The Big Bus. After the cancellation of WKRP in Cincinnati, he went on to star as the husband of Ann Romano in "One Day at a Time" (1975). After that series was cancelled Hesseman starred in more cult classics, such as _This is Spinal Tap (1984)_ , Doctor Detroit (1983), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), (a role which he refused to play again) Clue (1985), and Flight of the Navigator (1986).
Howard Hesseman then got another part in television, this time as a teacher in the high school sitcom "Head of the Class" (1986). He was insightful, funny, and a pleasure to watch on the show, as Mr. Moore. Hesseman left the show in 1990 and he subsequently has not been active in many films or TV shows since. In 1987 he was in the star-studded Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), and in 1991 he starred in the very strange film Rubin and Ed (1991). Since then he has been in a handful of films, including Gridlock'd (1997), with Tupac Shakur. His work in recent years concentrates mostly on television. where he takes mostly small guest roles, in shows like "That '70s Show" (1998), Touched by an Angel, The Practice and Crossing Jordan. Since his career began, Howard Hesseman has gained a reputation as a quality and versatile character actor who is only more intelligent as his career moves along. His upcoming projects look promising, and his career looks like it will have no end.