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TV Actor Howard Hesseman

Hesseman played disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever in WKRP in Cincinnati, and now stars as a high school teacher in the comedy Head of the Class. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about how his performances and personal experiences inform each other. Early in his career, Hesseman sold two ounces of marijuana to an undercover police officer; he later had his record expunged.

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Other segments from the episode on August 29, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 29, 1988: Interview with Howard Hesseman; Review of the album "Benny Goodman, Volume 1"; Interview with Charles Peters; Review of the film "Missile."

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