I need go get the node author as plain text and the same goes for the body field. So that means NO html markup. I cant find the right answer on google for drupal fields.

<?php print $name); ?> 

gives it with html...

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By the time that a print $name is available, you are already in a template or other late stage theme item, correct? This means the parts have already been passed through render methods to add all that html.

When I had a project that created pdf reports for download and printing, removing these items was important. I added a helper function to my site module. (every one of my sites receives a site_[name].module, but you could add this to your template.php if you want to keep this all in the theme)

define('UNWANTED_REPORT_TAGS', 'span/h1/h2/h3/h4/div/strong');
 * helper function for removing html from report contents
 * Strip only selcted tags in THEME_preprocess_node function below
 * strip defined constant tags if none given
 * Growth order of O(n) where n is the number of tags, so defaults to O(7)
function module_strip_only($str, $tags = NULL, $keep = TRUE) {
  if ($tags == NULL) {
    // load the defaults
    $tags = explode('/', UNWANTED_REPORT_TAGS);
  if (!is_array($tags)) {
    // we were passed a string, check format and parse
    $tags = (strpos($str, '>') !== false ? explode('>', str_replace('<', '', $tags)) : array($tags));
    if (end($tags) == '') {
  foreach ($tags as $tag) {
    // tag by tag, strip our given string
    if( $keep ) {
      $str = preg_replace('#</?' . $tag . '[^>]*>#is', '', $str);
    } else {
      // we want the usual text, drop tags and what they wrap
      $cleaning = TRUE;
      while( $cleaning ) {
        // regex probably doesnt work here
        $clipFrom = strpos( $str, '<' . $tag );
        $clipTo = strpos( $str, '</' . $tag , $clipFrom );
        $clipTo = strpos( $str, '>' , $clipTo ); // find end of closing tag
        $str = substr($str, 0, $clipFrom) . substr( $str, $clipTo );
        if( substr_count ( $str, '<'. $tag) < 1 ) {
          $cleaning = FALSE;
  return $str;

The function will need an appropriate name for you, of course. Then in your template file your line would be <?php print html_strip_only($name); ?>

If you just want to strip all <> sets from the string, you can do that like this. <?php print preg_replace('</?[^>]*>', '', $name); ?> and I am dont think that / needs escaped, but if it does then it would be \/. The online test tools want it escaped.

$pattern = '/<\\/?[^>]*>/';
$replacement = '';
$subject = '<p class="updated icon-clock">Updated: 1/14/2016</p><h3 class="field-label"> Related businesses  </h3>';
echo preg_replace($pattern, $replacement, $subject, -1 );

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