Howard Hessman

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Birth Name: Howard Hessman

Born in Lebanon, OR on Feb. 27, 1940, Hesseman's parents divorced when he was five, and he was close with his stepfather, a policeman. An uncle in Colorado helped to develop his initial interest in acting, and he pursued it further at the University of Oregon. But by the mid-1960s, Hesseman was caught up in the wave of social consciousness that was sweeping the youth movement during the decade, and he left college to travel to San Francisco and absorb the vibrant hippie scene there. For several months in 1967, he worked as a DJ on KMPX radio, which served him well for his work on "WKRP"; Hesseman also joined the improvisational comedy group The Committee during this period. The influential t... Continue Bio >>

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