Howard Hesseman, Dies at 81

Howard Hesseman, who starred in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati as the disc jockey Johnny Fever, died at 81.

A colon surgery complication caused Hesseman's death Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

 Los Angeles, according to his wife, actress and acting teacher Caroline Ducrocq. 

Member of the Committee and a real-life DJ in the 1960s, Hesseman starred as out-of-

work actor Charlie Moore on the ABC comedy Head of the Class.

After four seasons, he left to pursue a film career. On One Day at a Time, his character, architect Sam Royer, married

divorcee Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin).Other odd roles include a writer's block patient on The Bob Newhart Show, a 

psychiatrist on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a pimp opposite Dan Aykroyd in Doctor Detroit (1983), and a 

shock rocker in This Is Spinal Tap (1984). He  was nominated for an Emmy in 1980 and 1981 for his work on WKRP in Cincinnati.