WATCH: The Moment Dr. Johnny Fever was Created
Actor Howard Hesseman passed on over the weekend.
He played many great roles in his career.
But the one that he is most famous for was Dr. Johnny Fever on the TV show WRKP.
In the video below you'll see the moment Dr. Johnny Fever was created on the famous TV show.
As an old-time radio guy myself who's been working in the business since 1983 I can tell you, he nailed it.
His portrayal of disc jockeys was spot on. Over the years I have met many of that exact personality type.
Dr. Fever was bored with life, burnt out on it as well. Loved and hated his job at the same time. Wished he had done something important with his life but is too lazy to put out the work to do so.
He was fired from his last job for saying BOOGER on the air.
In fact, every character on the TV show was a perfect portrayal of the people who work in music radio.
The show was, after all, based on the life experience of the show's creator who had actually worked in radio for a time.
But let's get back to Howard Hessman.
We know him best as Dr. Fever. But you've seen him in far more than that.
Howard Lex Hesseman (February 27, 1940 – January 29, 2022) was an American actor known for his television roles as malcontent disc jockey "Dr. Johnny Fever" on WKRP in Cincinnati, and the lead role of history teacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class. He appeared regularly on television and in film from the 1970s to 2010s, with other noteworthy roles including Sam Royer (the husband of lead character Ann Romano) in the last two seasons of One Day at a Time, and a supporting role as Captain Pete Lassard in the film Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment. (WIKIPEDIA)
If you look at his listing on Wikipedia you'll see a long list of television and movie credits from 1968 to 2018. That's a good long career.
Below is a video clip of how Mr. Hesseman made us Love Dr. Johnny Fever from the moment we first saw him on TV.