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RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

Howard Hesseman Dead: Johnny Fever on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ Was 81 – The Hollywood Reporter

Man, 2022 and they're dropping like turkeys...errr...flies.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

DOCTOR Johnny Fever
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

the WKRP episode where he gets quicker and more agile the more he drinks is pure gold.

RIP.

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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I started watching Head of the Class just this week on hbo max.

Always feel a little bit guilty when you watch something or listen to music and the person dies the next few days.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I knew more from Head of the Class and Flight of the Navigator.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

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I started watching Head of the Class just this week on hbo max.

Always feel a little bit guilty when you watch something or listen to music and the person dies the next few days.
Make sure to watch the Cosby doc.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

Terrific actor. Was always great to see him pop up in stuff over the years. Memorable appearance in CLUE.



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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I was a bit young for WKRP but was vaguely aware of him. It was Head of the Class where he really shined for me.

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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

Just remembered that he was in Doctor Detroit which I watched for the first time a few months ago.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

Too young for WKRP but really enjoyed Head of the Class. Didn't realize he didn't have many positive things to say about that show until I started revisiting the show on HBO MAX and reading up on it.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

He played one of the hippies living at the commune in BILLY JACK. He and another hippie do an improv of two stoners getting pulled over by the cops.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

RIP Dr. Fever
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

always enjoyed him on WKRP and Head of the class was sometimes fun to watch. RIP Doctor
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

He was the scheming chauffeur in Private Lessons, blackmailing the maid to seduce the kid and then fake her death. Always wondered what he thought about that movie.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I only saw WKRP in repeats occasionally, but I was familiar with his Johnny Fever DJ character. I became more familiar with Hesseman on Head of the Class and a few movies & TV guest appearances he was on. I can't say I was a huge fan of him, but enjoyed a lot of his work.

He was amusing in Police Academy 2 as Lassard's brother.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I love Howard Hesseman. I was familiar with him from WKRP, of course, but I also saw him on One Day At A Time late in that series' run. I also watched Head of the Class when it was first on solely because he was the star of the show.

I thought it was fun that he played the radio station manager in That 70's Show. Back in the radio business! Perfect symmetry!

I didn't realize he was 81. I thought he was a couple years younger than my dad, but, apparently not.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

Booger!
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Special two part episode of WKRP spotlighting Johnny Fever this Sunday (02/06/22) on METV at 4:00pm est.
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Old 02-03-22, 06:11 PM
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I definitely know him best from WKRP, but he also had a brief part in This Is Spinal Tap.


"Yeah, listen, we'd love to stand around and chat, but we've gotta... sit down in the lobby and wait for the limo."
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I was gonna say we won't get his SNL episode in the repeats NBC usually does on Saturdays, because his was an Ebersole era episode, but with the Olympics on we wouldn't have gotten it anyway.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

I wonder if, once Lorne retires of kicks the bucket, they'll finally be able to show some old SNLs from the early 80s.

A lot of us were introduced to the show and grew up on the Eddie Murphy years.
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Re: RIP Howard Hesseman (AKA: Johnny Fever)

For those who get the Decades channel over-the-air or otherwise there's a WKRP marathon Saturday from noon to midnight. Word of caution: unless you record it you'll be forced to endure endless Medicare Hotline ads with Jimmy Walker & Joe Namath and pleas for money for St. Judes kids and suffering animals so your call.
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Watching the Decades channel marathon and some of the original music seems to have been returned. I know they worked out the music rights for the complete DVD set, but I didn't know it also covered the syndicated episodes.

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