Howard Hesseman Net Worth, Illness, Age, Wife, Children

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SpouseCaroline Ducrocq, Catherine Maison
FactArrested for selling one ounce of marijuana in San Francisco in 1966.

Who is Howard Hesseman?

Howard Hesseman was born on 27 February 1940, in Lebanon, Oregon, USA, and is an actor, probably best known for his role in the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” in which he played DJ Dr. Johnny Fever. Other notable roles he’s had include Charlie Moore in “Head of the Class”, and Sam Royer in “One Day at a Time”.

The Net Worth of Howard Hesseman

How rich is Howard Hesseman? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through a successful career in acting.

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He’s been in the entertainment industry since 1968 and has also appeared in numerous films throughout his career. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Howard grew up in Lebanon, and was raised by his parents until he was five years old, when they divorced, and he was primarily raised by his mother alongside his stepfather, who was a police officer. He attended Silverton High School, and after matriculating in 1958, enrolled at the University of Oregon.

He decided to later forego his college education to fully commit to acting. He moved to San Francisco, and worked as a radio DJ under the alias Don Sturdy. He did so while pursuing acting projects, and he also became a founding member of the improvisational comedy group called The Committee, which is based in the area, creating the group alongside actor David Ogden Stiers. He began to take acting projects under the name Don Sturdy, appearing in an episode of “Dragnet” in which he played the role of a hippie, an editor of an underground newspaper.

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Rise to Fame

During the two final episodes of the season of “The Andy Griffith Show”, Howard played a bit part as Harry who is a fisherman who becomes involved in supporting Emmett’s campaign. In the other episode, he played a counter boy who served hot dogs and root beers to Goober. His next project would be on “The Bob Newhart Show”, in which he appeared for several episodes as a member of the group therapy ensemble who was later revealed as gay. During the sixth season, his character became a playwright. In 1969, he worked on several sketches for “The Dick Cavett Show”, and on one occasion worked with soul singer Janis Joplin.

His fame increased significantly when he played Dr. Johnny Fever in the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati”, a role which he held through the entirety of the show from 1978 to 1982. His experience working as a DJ contributed to his prowess in the role, and he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award on two occasions. He then reprised his role in “The New WKRP in Cincinnati” many years later, and would even direct a few episodes. He was also a part of the Disney film entitled “Flight of the Navigator”.

Latter Career

In 1986, he played the role of the teacher Charlie Moore in ABC’s “Head of the Class”, and also married Bonnie Franklin’s character in “One Day at a Time”. By the 1990s, he had made two appearances on “Saturday Night Live”, paying a tribute to John Belushi. His next project would be a production of “Quills” at the Geffen Playhouse in California, playing the character Marquis de Sade. In 2001, he had a three-episode role in “That ‘70s Show” before working another three episodes in “Boston Legal”.

Afterwards, he had a guest role in “House”, before playing The Chemist in the HBO television miniseries “John from Cincinnati”. He was then an announcer on “Psych” before appearing during the 2007 season premiere of “ER” in which he played the role of a man who has been affected by magic mushrooms. He also starred in a production of “The Sunshine Boys”, which ran in 2010 at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas. The following year, he had a guest role in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. One of his latest projects was a series of promotional work done in 2018, mainly for classic television shows on the MeTV network.

Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, it is known that Hesseman has married three times – there are almost no details regarding his first marriage, which ended in divorce sometime in 1961. Four years after that, he married Catherine Maison and they stayed together for nine years before divorcing. His third wife is Carol Ducrocq who is known for her contributions to theatre in production and direction. They have been married since 1989. Aside from these three marriages, he also had a well-known friendship Janis Joplin during the late 1960s, which at times turned into romance.

One of the reasons why there is very limited information about him is due to the lack of any strong online presence. He has an account on the website Twitter, which has over 200 followers but he has not been active on it, only posting a few times, with the last being in 2017. He was an icon during the 1960s, and in recent years, people have been wondering about his current endeavors. Others state that he is enjoying his retirement, with rumors stating that he retired sometime in 2016, but he still took acting projects past that year.

General Info

Full NameHoward Hesseman
Height1.82 m
ProfessionComedian, Actor, Radio personality
EducationUniversity of Oregon


SpouseCaroline Ducrocq, Catherine Maison
ParentsGeorge Henry Hesseman, Edna Forster


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Teacher of the Year Award, TV Land Broadcaster(s) of the Year Award
MoviesFlight of the Navigator, About Schmidt, Private Lessons, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, All About Steve, Gridlock’d, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, Halloween II, Wild Oats, Rubin and Ed, The Sunshine Boys, Billy Jack, Silent Movie, The Rocker, The Big Bus, Americathon, Teddy Bears’ P…
TV ShowsHead of the Class, One Day at a Time, WKRP in Cincinnati

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1[on Head of the Class (1986)] We’re not doing the show that I was led to believe I’d do, and it’s difficult for me to get off that. I don’t want to air dirty laundry in public, but I do feel that the educational arena is one that offers a variety of story ideas as a means of investigating our lives -what we mean to one another and what’s important. We could do all that with considerable humor, not with jokes, but with genuine humor that comes out of character and situations.


1He quit the University of Oregon for San Francisco and the stage. There, under the assumed name Don Sturdy (it was kind of a joke); he joined The Committee, an improv group that also included Rob Reiner and ‘Penny Marshall’ )qv_. He appeared in credits as Don Sturdy in at least four productions: Dragnet 1967 (1967), The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Cisco Pike (1972) and Billy Jack (1971).
2Was a close friend and sometime lover of Janis Joplin in the late 1960s.
3Arrested for selling one ounce of marijuana in San Francisco in 1966.
4As a member of The Committee he appeared weekly on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) (1968-69).
5During The Committee’s appearance on the July 18, 1969, The Dick Cavett Show (1968) Howard called one of his cast members “fellow baby.” Nearly a decade later on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) he would make this phrase one of the most popular sayings of Dr. Johnny Fever, the role that he is most identified with.
6Before he became an actor, he was a real radio D.J. Hence, the WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) role fit him perfectly.
7Member of the improvisational group The Committee from 1965-75.
8Attended the University of Oregon.




The Homeless Detective-12016TV Movie completedHoward Oozman
Emmett in Peopleland2016ShortHoward Oozman
A Christmas in Vermont2016TV MovieNick Harper
Wild Oats2016Vespucci
Dirty Politics2016Big Oil
Chicago Med2016TV SeriesClyde Glickman
Silver Skies2016Billy
The Homeless Detective2015TV MovieHoward
How to Become an Outlaw2014Lawyer
HitStreak2013TV Series short 2013
A Helping Hand2012ShortHoward
Bigfoot2012TV MovieMayor Tommy Gillis
Mike & Molly2012TV SeriesOtis
Drop Dead Diva2011TV SeriesCole Lamburt
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2011TV SeriesDr. Aden
Lie to Me2010TV SeriesSam Hendricks
All About Steve2009Mr. Horowitz
Halloween II2009Uncle Meat
The Rocker2008Gator
Martian Child2007Dr. Berg
ER2007TV SeriesDr. James Broderick
John from Cincinnati2007TV SeriesErlemeyer
Psych2007TV SeriesBarry Saunder
Boston Legal2006-2007TV SeriesJudge Robert Thompson
Domestic Import2006Lou Kimmelman
House M.D.2006TV SeriesHenry Errington
Man About Town2006Ben Giamoro
Crazy for Christmas2005TV MovieFred Nickells
Oliver Beene2004TV SeriesDr. Fenniger
Boomtown2003TV SeriesMel Castle
It’s All Relative2003TV SeriesMonty
About Schmidt2002Larry Hertzel
Maybe It’s Me2002TV SeriesMr. Finn
Teddy Bears’ Picnic2002Ted Frye
The Mesmerist2002Mr. Valdemar
Crossing Jordan2001TV SeriesBarney Reynolds
Thieves2001TV SeriesHal Bloomberg
That ’70s Show2001TV SeriesMax
The Sky Is Falling2001Yogi Cook
Three Sisters2001TV SeriesJerry Keats
Level 92001TV SeriesGeneral Richard Scheffer
Touched by an Angel2000TV SeriesFlynn Hodge
The Pretender1999TV SeriesLandlord
Family Law1999TV SeriesHoward Thomas / Randall
Tracey Takes On…1999TV SeriesTodd
The Practice1999TV SeriesJudge C. Williams
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place1998TV SeriesMr. Bergen
The Way to Santiago1998ShortJohnson
On the 2nd Day of Christmas1997TV MovieDavid
High Stakes1997TV MovieWayne Dreyer
The Outer Limits1997TV SeriesDr. Emory Taylor
Gridlock’d1997Blind Man
Boys Night Out1996ShortSheba / Mr. Cabot
Innocent Victims1996TV Movie
Out-of-Sync1995Det. Caldwell
Burke’s Law1995TV Series
Munchie Strikes Back1994Munchie (voice)
Little Miss Millions1993Nick Frost
Lethal Exposure1993TV MovieTaylor
The New WKRP in Cincinnati1991-1993TV SeriesDr. Johnny Fever
Johnny Fever
Hot Chocolate1992TV MovieMr. Cassidy
The Ray Bradbury Theater1992TV SeriesBayes
Quiet Killer1992TV MovieCalvin Phillips
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story1991TV MoviePaul Maggioto
Rubin and Ed1991Ed Tuttle
Call Me Anna1990TV MovieJohn Ross
Head of the Class1986-1990TV SeriesCharlie Moore
The Diamond Trap1988TV MovieDet. Rollings
Amazon Women on the Moon1987Rupert King (segment “Titan Man”)
Six Against the Rock1987TV MovieJoseph ‘Dutch’ Cretzer
Heat1986Pinchus Zion
Inside Out1986Jack
Faerie Tale Theatre1986TV SeriesKing
Flight of the Navigator1986Dr. Louis Faraday
My Chauffeur1986McBride
Clue1985The Chief (uncredited)
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV Series
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesSheldon Greenberg
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment1985Pete Lassard
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed1984TV MovieKing
Silence of the Heart1984TV MovieCarl Lewis
One Day at a Time1982-1984TV SeriesSam Royer
Best Kept Secrets1984TV MovieJim Osborne
Mister Roberts1984TV MovieDoc
This Is Spinal Tap1984Terry Ladd
Focus on Fishko1983ShortSy
Love, Sidney1983TV Series
Doctor Detroit1983Smooth Walker
Likely Stories, Vol. 41983TV MovieSeymour Z. Fishko
Nine to Five1982TV Series
One Shoe Makes It Murder1982TV MovieJoe Hervey
WKRP in Cincinnati1978-1982TV SeriesDr. Johnny Fever
Victims1982TV MovieCharles Galloway
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Snapper
Private Lessons1981Lester
Women Who Rate a 101981TV MovieHost
Skyward1980TV MovieKoup Trenton
Gridlock1980TV MovieSenor Smooth (voice)
Americathon1979Kip Margolis
You Can’t Take It with You1979TV MovieWilbur C. Henderson
Outside Chance1978TV MovieDavid
More Than Friends1978TV MovieAvery Salminella
Coming Attractions1978Ernie Piles, War Correspondent
The Comedy Company1978TV MovieRoger Dustleman
Soap1978TV SeriesMr. Franklin
Husbands, Wives & Lovers1978TV SeriesDave
The Rockford Files1978TV SeriesAl Steever
The Ghost of Flight 4011978TV MovieBert Stockwell
The Bob Newhart Show1974-1978TV SeriesCraig Plager / Augie
Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo1977TV MovieFred
Quincy M.E.1977TV SeriesD.A. Jerry Douglas
Blansky’s Beauties1977TV SeriesDr. Berg
The Other Side of Midnight1977O’Brien
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman1976-1977TV SeriesDr. Robert Williams
The Amazing Howard Hughes1977TV MovieJenks
Westside Medical1977TV SeriesBuz Canfield
Tail Gunner Joe1977TV MovieLt. Cantwell
Delvecchio1977TV SeriesGoldie
Laverne & Shirley1976TV SeriesDr. Grayson
Baretta1976TV SeriesWalker
Switch1976TV SeriesM.W.
The Big Bus1976Jack
Silent Movie1976Executive
Jackson County Jail1976David
Family1976TV SeriesStore Manager
Tunnel Vision1976Senator McMannus
Collision Course: Truman vs. MacArthur1976TV MovieAP Man
The TVTV Show1976TV MovieRalph Buckler
The Sunshine Boys1975/IMr. Walsh, Commerical Director
Harry O1975TV SeriesSenator Lawler
Whiffs1975Dr. Gopian
The Blue Knight1975TV SeriesResident
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesProfessor Stoneham
Hustling1975TV MovieDetective
Shampoo1975Red Dog
Mannix1975TV SeriesRay Bennett
Rhoda1974TV SeriesKirk Stevens
Another April1974TV MovieDennis Webber
Firehouse1974TV SeriesHanley
The Blue Knight1973TV Movie
Kid Blue1973Confectionary Man (as Howard Hessman)
Jory1973Santa Rosa Bartender (uncredited)
Steelyard Blues1973Frank Veldini
Cisco Pike1972Recording Engineer (as Don Sturdy)
The Christian Licorice Store1971Last Party Guest
Billy Jack1971Drama Teacher (as Don Sturdy)
The Feminist and the Fuzz1971TV MovieHippie
Some Kind of a Nut1969Bartender (uncredited)
Dragnet 19671968TV SeriesJesse Chaplin
Petulia1968Hippie (uncredited)
The Andy Griffith Show1968TV SeriesHarry / Counterboy


WKRP in Cincinnati1982TV Series 1 episode


WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV Series written by – 1 episode


A Portrait of Grief2009Short executive producer


How To Become An Outlaw 12015Documentary completedLawyer
Thank You, Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon2016DocumentaryHimself
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHimself – Glee Club
Out of Order: Character Judges2007Video documentary shortHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHimself
TV Land’s Top Ten2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Power Vision – Pop Galerie2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee
The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon1996DocumentaryNarrator
1993 Environmental Media Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialHimself – Audience Member (uncredited)
The 14th Annual People’s Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself – Co-Presenter: Favourite Talk Show Host
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself – Presenter
Super Night of Rock ‘n’ Roll1984TV MovieHimself – Host
Looking for Jango Edwards1984TV MovieHimself
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever1983TV Movie documentaryJohnny Caravella (Doctor Johnny Fever)
Saturday Night Live1979-1983TV SeriesHimself – Host / Various / Himself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself – Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series & Co-Presenter: Outstanding Hairstyling
The 7th Annual People’s Choice Awards1981TV SpecialHimself – Presenter: Favourite Television Dramatic Program
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1980TV SeriesHimself
The Fantastic Funnies1980TV Movie documentaryHimself
John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body1980TV MovieHimself / The Rock Doctor
30 Years of TV Comedy’s Greatest Hits: To Laughter with Love1980TV MovieHimself – Presenter
Battle of the Network Stars VII1979TV SpecialHimself – CBS Team
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself – Actor
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHimself – Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself – Contestant
A Session with the Committee1969Documentary as Don Sturdy


Nominated Awards

2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBroadcaster of the YearWKRP in Cincinnati (1978)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsTeacher of the YearHead of the Class (1986)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsClassic TV Teacher of the YearHead of the Class (1986)
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesWKRP in Cincinnati (1978)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music SeriesWKRP in Cincinnati (1978)

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