Biography

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Born Robert Edward Crane

July 13, 1928

Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.

Died June 29, 1978 (aged 49)

Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Cause of death Homicide

Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an American actor, drummer, radio host, and disc jockey known particularly for starring in the CBS sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

A drummer starting at 11 years of age, Crane began his career as a radio personality, first in New York City and then Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles, where he hosted the number-one rated morning show. In the early 1960s, he moved into acting, eventually landing the lead role of Colonel Robert E. Hogan in Hogan's Heroes. The series aired from 1965 to 1971, and Crane received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series. After Hogan's Heroes ended, Crane's career declined. He became frustrated with the few roles he was being offered and began doing dinner theater. In 1975, he returned to television in the NBC series The Bob Crane Show. The series received poor ratings and was cancelled after 13 weeks. Afterwards, Crane returned to performing in dinner theaters and also appeared in occasional guest spots on television.

While on tour for his play Beginner's Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that remains officially unsolved. This suspicious nature of his death and later revelations about his personal life gradually changed Crane's posthumous image from a cultural icon to a controversial figure.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born Robert Edward Crane

July 13, 1928

Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.

Died June 29, 1978 (aged 49)

Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Cause of death Homicide

Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an American actor, drummer, radio host, and disc jockey known particularly for starring in the CBS sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

A drummer starting at 11 years of age, Crane began his career as a radio personality, first in New York City and then Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles, where he hosted the number-one rated morning show. In the early 1960s, he moved into acting, eventually landing the lead role of Colonel Robert E. Hogan in Hogan's Heroes. The series aired from 1965 to 1971, and Crane received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series. After Hogan's Heroes ended, Crane's career declined. He became frustrated with the few roles he was being offered and began doing dinner theater. In 1975, he returned to television in the NBC series The Bob Crane Show. The series received poor ratings and was cancelled after 13 weeks. Afterwards, Crane returned to performing in dinner theaters and also appeared in occasional guest spots on television.

While on tour for his play Beginner's Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that remains officially unsolved. This suspicious nature of his death and later revelations about his personal life gradually changed Crane's posthumous image from a cultural icon to a controversial figure.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 26

Birthday 1928-07-13

Day of Death 1978-06-29

Place of Birth Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1977 The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries (1 episode)
1976 Gibbsville (1 episode)
1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1976 Spencer's Pilots (1 episode)
1976 Gus as Pepper
1975 Ellery Queen (1 episode)
1975 Joe Forrester (1 episode)
1975 The Bob Crane Show (14 episodes) as Bob Wilcox
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1973 Superdad as Charlie McCready
1972 Patriotism as Self
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1969 The Barbara McNair Show (1 episode)
1969 Arsenic and Old Lace as Mortimer Brewster
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (2 episodes)
1968 The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz as Bill Mason
1965 Hogan's Heroes (168 episodes) as Colonel Robert E. Hogan
1964 The New Interns as Drunken Prankster at Baby Shower (uncredited)
1962 The Lucy Show (1 episode)
1961 The Dick Van Dyke Show (1 episode)
1961 Man-Trap as Ralph Turner
1961 Return to Peyton Place as Peter White
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)

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