Breaking!!! WKRP ‘Johnny Fever’ Howard Hesseman Dead At 81

WKRP 'Johnny Fever' Howard Hesseman Dead At 81

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Howard Hesseman, who portrayed disc jockey Johnny Fever on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, has died. He was 81.

Hesseman died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart Los Angeles of issues from colon surgical procedure he had final summer season, his spouse, Caroline Ducrocq, instructed The Hollywood Reporter.

A member of the San Francisco improv group The Committee and a real-life DJ again within the Sixties, Hesseman additionally was recognized for his stint as out-of-work actor turned historical past instructor Charlie Moore on the syndicated comedy Head of the Class. (He stop that present after 4 seasons to purpose for a film profession.)

And on the ninth and closing season of One Day at a Time, his character, architect Sam Royer, married longtime divorcee Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin.)

In different eccentric turns, Hesseman performed hippies in Richard Lester’s Petulia (1968) and on NBC’s Dragnet (he was billed as Don Sturdy again then); a affected person affected by author’s block on The Bob Newhart Present; a psychiatrist on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; a pimp reverse Dan Aykroyd in Physician Detroit (1983); and a shock rocker in This Is Spinal Faucet (1984), reviews THR.

Hesseman obtained Emmy nominations in 1980 and ’81 for his work on CBS’ WKRP in Cincinnati, which ran for 4 seasons (1978-82). Together with his shades, moustache and slouch, he grew to become a countercultural icon.