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Howard Hesseman from “WKRP in Cincinnati” Died Saturday

HOWARD HESSEMAN died Saturday due to complications from colon surgery. He was 81 years old.

Hesseman was best known for playing rock DJ Dr. Johnny Fever on “WKRP in Cincinnati” from 1978 to 1982. He brought the character back for a handful of episodes of “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” in the 1990s.
(Trivia: What was Johnny Fever’s real name? Answer: John Caravella.)

Hesseman went on to play teacher Charlie Moore on “Head of the Class” from 1986 to 1990 . . . and he joined “One Day at a Time” from 1982 to 1984 as Sam Royer. Over the years he also made guest appearances on TV shows like “ER”, “That ’70s Show”, and “Fresh off the Boat”.

His films included “This Is Spinal Tap”, “Dr. Detroit”, and perhaps the greatest American film ever made, “Billy Jack”. (???)

(The Wrap)