I have received a few requests lately for email addresses of the remaining cast members. I have one for Robert Clary. The rest I don't have. If you have an address let me know and I will add it to the page.
Hogan's Heroes is my all-time favorite show. I have watched this show for what seems like forever. I remember watching this show on any channel I can think of from the time I was about 9 or 10 years old. In 1986 a local station was started that was an independent station and one of the programs that was played in their regular rotation was Hogans Heroes, I was elated the show ran for about 3 years. I still catch it from time to time on WGN out of Chicago, and TV Land. I have often wondered if this was based on anything that ever happened in real life. My son has recently hooked up with this show and thinks it is just the cat's meow.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on July 13, 1928, Bob Crane's varied career included work as a disc jockey and television appearances in situation comedies, musical variety hours and game shows. One of his first acting credits was a supporting role in the film "Return to Peyton Place" (1961). The next year, he appeared in an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as handsome Harry Rogers. The show centered around Rob's difficulty in directing his wife Laura in a love scene with Harry.
His first recurring role on a TV series was on "The Donna Reed Show" as the Stones' next-door neighbor, Dr. David Kelsey (1963-1965). Immediately following that stint, Bob starred in his most famous television show, "Hogan's Heroes," as Colonel Robert "Papa Bear" Hogan, from 1965-1971. In its first year, "Hogan's Heroes" was the only new series to do well in the ratings, landing ninth in the Nielsen's for the season.
"Hogan's Heroes" allowed Bob to guest-star in many variety shows, including "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," "The John Gary Show," and the 1965 broadcast of "Hollywood Talent Scouts" (as the celebrity who presented his "discovery," singer Marilyn McCoo--later the lead singer of The Fifth Dimension).
Keeping it all in the family, he appeared with "Hogan's Heroes" cohorts John Banner and Werner Klemperer in the flop romantic comedy film "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz" (1968).
He received Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series twice during "Hogan's Heroes"--for the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons. When "Hogan's Heroes" ended in 1971, Bob went on to do a few television movies, such as "The Delphi Bureau" (1972), and theatrical films like Disney's "Superdad" (1974). In March of 1975, NBC gave him his own sitcom, "The Bob Crane Show." It only lasted a few months.
Bob was found murdered in a condo in Scottsdale, Ariz. on June 29, 1978. He was appearing in an Arizona dinner theater production at the time. In 1994, a jury acquitted a friend of his, whom police had charged with the murder in 1992.
Werner Klemperer was born in Cologne, Germany, on March 20, 1920. The son of renowned Jewish-German conductor Otto Klemperer, he and his father fled Germany after Hitler came to power in the 1930s. Ironically, many of Klemperer's acting roles were related to this history.
Werner's Hollywood career began with bit roles in several films of the 1950s. By the late 1950s, he was acting on TV drama anthologies, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." In 1961, he played a small role in the feature film "Judgment at Nuremberg," about the trial of Nazi war criminals. That same year, he had the title role in "Operation Eichmann," a film about the life and eventual capture of escaped Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann (future "Hogan's Heroes" co-star John Banner also appeared in that film). Werner's other films of the 1960s included "Escape From East Berlin" (1962), "Youngblood Hawke" (1964), and "Ship of Fools" (1965).
When approached to act in "Hogan's Heroes," Werner was initially unaware that the show was a comedy. He made it clear to the producers that if Klink's schemes succeeded in any one episode, he would leave the series. During the show's run, Werner appeared with "Hogan" cohorts John Banner and Bob Crane in the flop 1968 romantic comedy film "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz." His other work during the run of the series included the 1969 television movie "Wake Me When the War Is Over." It featured a host of 1960s sitcom stars, including Jim (Mr. Howell) Backus, Eva ("Green Acres") Gabor and others.
Werner received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy for each of the six seasons of "Hogan's Heroes" He won twice, for the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons. His post-"Hogan's Heroes" acting roles included a guest spot on "Lost in Space," the 1972 television movie "Assignment: Munich," and the 1977 mini series "The Rhineman Exchange." He was also one of the 1960s comedy stars who should have known better when they appeared in the 1981 television movie "The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies."
Werner's extensive stage work has included a major Broadway revival of "Cabaret" with Joel Grey. He inherited his father's interest in music and, among other pursuits, has conducted the Buffalo Orchestra. In 1991, he appeared in director Peter Sellars' film "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez." His character was identified as the "Fat Man Looking for a Tax Break."
John Banner was born in Vienna on January 28, 1910. Ironically, because of his accent, this Austrian-Jewish actor spent much of his Hollywood career playing Nazis, starting with the propaganda drama "Seven Miles From Alcatraz" (1942). He acted in a dozen American films---both comedies and dramas--before landing the role for which he is best remembered: the incompetent, strudel-guzzling Sgt. Hans Schultz on "Hogan's Heroes"
In 1961, he portrayed Nazi leader Rudolf Hess in the gritty film "Operation Eichmann," which starred future "Hogan's Heroes" colleague Werner Klemperer. In 1968, Banner, Klemperer and Bob Crane co starred in the Hoganesque comedy flick "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz." John later starred as Dean Jones' lovable, goofy Uncle Latzi in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Chicago Teddy Bears" (1971).
He died of abdominal hemorrhage on his birthday in 1973.
Larry Hovis was born on February 20, 1936. Just before "Hogan's Heroes" began, he was a regular on another military sitcom, portraying Larry in the first season of CBS' "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
Larry has worked extensively as a comedy writer. Most of his writing has been for television, though he wrote the beach-blanket/espionage/rock 'n roll feature film "Out of Sight" (1966). For TV, he created material for the earliest "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" broadcasts and 1960s specials by Mitzi Gaynor and Dick Cavett. He was a regular on "Laugh-In" in 1968 and again in 1971-72. From 1976 to 1978, he was a regular panelist on the syndicated game show "The Liar's Club" (a show he also produced).
Larry's stage work included appearances in the "Billy Barnes Revue" on Broadway, and in the military comedy "Mister Roberts." In the late 1970s, he toured in the Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," in which he played the bombastic morals crusader, Melvin P. Thorpe.
Larry made brief appearances in the TV movies "The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe" (1976), "Sex and the Married Woman" (1977), and "Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind" (1991). In 1993, he appeared in the theatrical film "Shadow Force."
The token Brit on "Hogan's Heroes," Richard made his major film debut playing a small role in the World War II prison-camp drama "King Rat" (1965). He is best known for kissing thousands of total strangers during his Emmy-winning stint as host of the TV game show "Family Feud" (1976-1985).
Born in Hampshire, England, on November 20, 1932, Richard spent much of his career on American game shows, sometimes as a regular panelist (such as on "Match Game" and "I've Got a Secret" in the 1970s), but usually as host. He emceed such TV quizzes as "Lucky Pair" (1969), "Masquerade Party" (1974-75), and of course, "Family Feud."
Richard parodied himself brilliantly when he portrayed Damon Kilian, an oily game-show host, in the 1987 sci-fi Arnold Schwarzenegger feature, "The Running Man."
In 1968, during the run of "Hogan's Heroes," Dawson appeared as Pvt. Hugh McDonald, a young British recruit, in the dramatic war film "The Devil's Brigade." After "Hogan's Heroes," Dawson appeared on the TV comedies "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" (he was a regular from 1971 to 1973) and "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (as neighbor Richard Richardson, 1973-74). He also appeared in the TV movie "How to Pick Up Girls!" (1978).
Richard's most recent film appearance was as a tour guide in the Chevy Chase
comedy flop, "Fletch Lives" (1989). He returned to his role as host of a
syndicated version of "Family Feud" in 1994-95.
Robert Clary was born Robert Widerman in Paris on March 1, 1926. Like many of his fellow "Hogan's Heroes" co-stars, Robert was personally affected by the war. He was interned in Nazi concentration camps as a child.
By the end of 1949, he was a singing star in France, known for his distinctive vocal style and impish grin. He came to the U.S. the next year to promote his English-language recording, "Johnny, Get Your Girl," which he sang on a 1950 telecast of the CBS variety series "The Ed Wynn Show." Robert was still learning English at the time, so Wynn's writers created a comedy skit that let him speak primarily in French.
Robert was a big hit on Broadway in Leonard Stillman's "New Faces" revues of the 1950s, performing songs and skits that he later reprised in film (1954) and TV (1960) versions. In 1960, he starred in the U.S. national tour of the popular stage revue "La Plume De Ma Tante."
Like many of his "Hogan's Heroes" comrades, Robert had a game-show past. He was a regular panelist on both the CBS and ABC versions of "Pantomime Quiz" (1954-57). He returned to the show in 1962 (CBS), by which time it had been renamed "Stump the Stars." His most famous role, as "Hogan's Heroes" Corporal Louis LeBeau, kept him working from 1965 to 1971. Many of his future acting roles would be based around the war. For instance, he appeared in the 1975 all-star theatrical film "The Hindenburg," and had a supporting role in the 1982 TV movie "Remembrance of Love," about Holocaust survivors who rekindle a long-ago love affair.
Robert's career eventually took away from the reality of war into the
whimsical lines of two soap operas. In the 1970s, he played nightclub owner
Pierre Rouland on CBS' "The Young and the Restless." In the 1980s he expanded his soap opera resume by adding the recurring role of Robert LeClair on NBC's "Days of Our Lives."
Ivan Dixon, the only original cast member not to finish the series run, was born in New York City on April 6, 1931. Ivan had a prestigious list of acting credits before delving into the comedic escapades of Stalag 13. One of his first acting credits was for the celebrated television anthology show "The Dupont Show of the Month" in the 1960 production of "Arrowsmith." He went on to act in the film version of the theatrical drama "A Raisin in the Sun" with Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in 1961, in which he played Asagai, the African boyfriend of Beneatha. He also portrayed Jim in the 1959 film version of "Porgy and Bess." His other pre-"Hogan's Heroes" film work includes: "Something of Value" (1957), "The Murder Men" (1961), and "The Battle at Bloody Beach" (1961).
Perhaps Ivan's most important film role is in the acclaimed drama "Nothing But a Man" (1964). In this subtle, complicated character study, Ivan plays Duff, a Southern railroad worker who must decide if his life, his marriage and his relationship with his son will repeat the mistakes his own father committed. Unlike many films of the era, it presents a cast of black characters who are fully-developed individuals, with problems, joys and identities of their own. Dixon acted with Poitier again in the 1965 film "A Patch of Blue" about a blind white girl falling in love with a black man (Poitier).
Also in 1965, Dixon began his enlistment as Sergeant James Kinchloe on "Hogan's Heroes" He left the series in 1970, one year before the show ended. His post-"Hogan" films included: "Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?" (1970), the Vietnam veteran melodrama "Clay Pigeon" (1971), and "Car Wash" (1976, as the boss, Lonnie). Other television acting credits include the 1987 mini-series "Amerika," the 1986 mystery film "Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star," in which he played the judge, and the 1974 action drama "Fer-de-Lance" (aka "Death Dive").
Ivan began directing films in the early 1970s, such as the 1972 gang warfare flick "Trouble Man" and the 1973 action movie "The Spy Who Sat by the Door" (which he also produced). For television, he directed "Love Is Not Enough" (1978), the series "Palmerstown, U.S.A." (1980), the detective series "Hawaiian Heat" (1984), and the telemovie "Percy & Thunder" (1993).