Howard Hesseman, star of WKRP in Cincinnati and Head of the Class, has died. The actor was 81.
Hesseman died Saturday in Los Angeles because of issues from a colon surgical procedure, his longtime supervisor Robbie Kass confirmed.
“He was a groundbreaking expertise and lifelong buddy and shopper whose kindness and generosity was equaled by his affect and admiration to generations of actors and improvisational comedy all through the world,” Kass wrote in an announcement. “He might be sorely missed and all the time treasured!”
In 1980 and 1981, Hesseman obtained two Emmy nominations for his work on CBS’ WKRP in Cincinnati as John Caravella, aka DJ Dr. Johnny Fever. The sequence ran for 4 seasons between 1978-82, and made the actor a counterculture icon, because of the character’s signature sun shades, physicality and talking model.
He reprised his function for the revival sequence, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, in 1991, and served as director for a few episodes two years later.
Hesseman was additionally broadly recognized for taking part in schoolteacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class, which ran for 5 seasons from 1986-1991. Hesseman left the ABC sitcom in 1990, forward of the ultimate season.
His different TV credit embrace guest-starring spots in Boston Authorized, Recent Off the Boat, Jon From Cincinnati, Psych and Home. He even performed one other fictional radio station worker, a supervisor named Max, on three episodes of That ’70s Present.
On the movie facet of issues, Hesseman’s credit embrace Police Academy 2: Their First Project (1985), Warmth (1986), Gridlock’d (1997), About Schmidt (2002), The Rocker (2008) and Halloween II (2009).