Herbert Daniel Hewitt: Meet Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Father

Herbert Daniel Hewitt is a celebrity parent, famous as the father of American actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. Herbert is a medical technologist, but that title did not earn him his fame; his role as the father of a notable actress did. Herbert’s daughter began her acting career as a child actress and singer. She appeared in national television commercials before she joined the cast of Disney Channel’s Kids Incorporated from 1989 to 1991. Her breakthrough role was in Fox’s Party of Five, and she rose to fame as a teen star for her role in the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Please keep reading to learn more about Herbert and his celebrity daughter.

Herbert Daniel Hewitt Bio

Herbert was born in 1942 to Herbert James Hewitt (1903-1992) and Mary Elizabeth Ogle (1918-2001). He maintains a life away from the spotlight. Herbert was previously married to speech-language pathologist Patricia Mae Shipp (1945-2012), with whom he had two children. After their divorce, Patricia took their kids’ full custody and raised them.

Herbert Daniel Hewitt Children

As mentioned, Herbert had two children with his ex-wife Patricia Mae Shipp. His son Todd Daniel Hewitt was born on 8 November 1970. He is known for Little Miss Millions but has since maintained a life away from the spotlight.

Herbert’s daughter was born in Waco, Texas, on 21 February 1979. As a toddler, she was attracted to music, which led to her early encounters with the entertainment industry. At 3, Jennifer Love Hewitt sang The Greatest Love of All at a livestock show; the following year, she entertained an audience at a restaurant dance hall with her version of Help Me Make It Through the Night. At five, Jennifer was a ballet and tap dancer. She joined the Texas Show Team, which toured the Soviet Union at nine.

At ten, after winning the Texas Our Little Miss Talent Winner title, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother to pursue a career in acting and singing. In Los Angeles, Jennifer appeared in over twenty television commercials. She became a child actress on Disney Chanel’s variety shows Kids Incorporated. Her first starring role was in Little Miss Millions. She later had roles in short-lived series like Shaky Ground, The Byrds of Paradise, and McKenna.

She rose to teen idol status for playing Sarah Reeves Merrin on Fox’s Party of Five. She starred in the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer and its 1998 sequel. She also starred as Amanda Beckett in the teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait and in 1998’s Telling You.

From 2000, Jennifer appeared in the Audrey Hepburn Story, Heartbreakers, The Tuxedo, If Only, A Christmas Carol, and Garfield. She portrayed Melinda Gordon on the CBS television series Ghost Whisperer, which ran for five seasons and 107 episodes.

In the 2010s, Jennifer appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film The Lost Valentine, Lifetime’s The Client List, Jewtopia, Criminal Minds, and Fox’s 9-1-1.

Jennifer married co-star Brian Hallisay in November 2013, and they have three children: Autumn, Atticus, and Aidan James.

Wrapping Up

Although it is unclear how present Herbert was in his daughter’s life when she was growing up, her success has put him in the spotlight.