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Bob Crane

Colonel Robert Hogan in Hogan's Heroes

Photos Bob Crane Birth name: Robert Edward Crane
Birth date: 1928/07/13
Date of death : 1978/06/29 (50 years old)
Birth place : Waterbury Connecticut
Height: 1.78 m

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Biography for Bob Crane

Handsome Bob Crane had many careers, including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) and a supporting role on "The Donna Reed Show" (1958), he landed the lead role of Col. Robert Hogan in "Hogan's Heroes" (1965). After the cancellation of that show he was in several TV movies and two Disney films. He also got his own show in 1975, but it was canceled after only a few months. With his career not going too well Bob started doing dinner theater plays. In 1978 he got the lead in a production of the play "Beginner's Luck in Scottsdale, AZ. A month after he started the play he was found murdered in his hotel room. He had one son and was separated from his second wife, Sigrid Valdis.

Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 - June 29, 1978) is a disc jockey and American actor. He was known for having embodied from 1965 to 1971 Colonel Robert Hogan in the television series Hogan’s Heroes, renamed Stalag 13 on Canal +, then Papa Schultz on M6.

He was nominated twice at the Emmy Awards for his work on this sitcom.crane was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He abandoned his higher education and became a drummer in the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. In 1949, he married his love of high school. In 1956, he left with his family in California and began his radio career.

He is then interested in comedy and started his acting career at 33. He soon had a role in The Donna Reed Show from 1963 to 1965 which he continued with the first role in Hogan’s Heroes. Crane will make some appearances at the Cinema but will not meet the same success.

He was found beaten to death in a motel in Scottsdale, Arizona, he was then 50 years old. A partner, John Carpenter, was accused of the murder but is not convicted. Before the murder, while Crane was on the decline, Carpenter and had filmed amateur pornographic videos in him where we can see the actor panting up with many women. The case was not officially elucidated.

In 2002 the film Auto Focus tells the story of his life. His son Scotty Crane and his second wife, Patricia Olsen, challenge the way the actor is presented: they summon the press to present their version to them.

Bob Crane was an American actor known for his main role in the television series Hogan's Heroes, broadcast between 1965 and 1971. He was born on July 13, 1928 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Stamford. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he began his career in entertainment by working as Disc jockey on the radio and by performing in comedy shows in stand-up clubs Comedy.

In 1964, he was chosen to play the role of the American army sergeant Robert E. Hogan in Hogan's Heroes, a situation comedy that took place in a German war prison camp during the Second World War. The character of Hogan was a skillful strategist who led a team of American spy and saboteurs in their fight against German forces. The series was a real success and made Bob Crane one of the most popular stars on American television at the time.

After the end of Hogan's Heroes in 1971, Bob Crane continued to work in the world of entertainment, playing in films and making appearances in other television series. He also recorded music albums and participated in radio and television shows. Unfortunately, his career was suddenly interrupted in 1978, when he was found murdered in his hotel room in Scottsdale, Arizona. His murder has never been resolved.

Despite the tragedy of his premature death, Bob Crane remains one of the most appreciated and popular actors of his generation. His performance in Hogan's Heroes was greeted by criticism and helped to assert a place in the history of American television.


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Title Role
The Love Boat Teddy (1 episode, 1978)
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Danny Day (1 episode, 1977)
Quincy M.E. Dr. Jamison (1 episode, 1977)
Gibbsville Lawyer (1 episode, 1976)
Spencer's Pilots Cozens (1 episode, 1976)
Gus (1976) Pepper
Ellery Queen Jerry Crabtree (1 episode, 1976)
Joe Forrester (1 episode, 1976)
The Bob Crane Show (1975) TV Series Bob Wilcox (unknown episodes)
Police Woman Larry Brooks (1 episode, 1974)
Tenafly Sid Pierce (1 episode, 1974)
Superdad (1973) Charlie McCready
The Delphi Bureau (1972) (TV) Charlie Taggart
Love, American Style (segment Love and the Logical Explanation) / ... (4 episodes, 1969-1971)
Night Gallery Ellis Travers (1 episode, 1971)
Hogan's Heroes Col. Robert E. Hogan (167 episodes, 1965-1971)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1969) (TV) Mortimer Brewster
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968) Bill Mason
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1 episode, 1967)
The Donna Reed Show Dr. Dave Kelsey (1 episode, 1963-1965)
The New Interns (1964) (uncredited) Drunken Prankster at Baby Shower
Channing (1 episode, 1963)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Charles Lessing (1 episode, 1963)
The Dick Van Dyke Show Harry Rogers (1 episode, 1962)
General Electric Theater Harry (2 episodes, 1953-1961)
Man-Trap (1961) (uncredited) Ralph Turner
Return to Peyton Place (1961) (uncredited) Peter White, Parker's sidekick


Bob Crane was one of the first disc jockeys in the country to earn in excess of $100,000 per year (1960).

Bob discovered singer Marilyn McCoo, on the 60s show Hollywood Talent Scouts

2002: Was the subject of a "noise opera" by the experimental band Facetious (released on CD under the title "Raw Biscuits: The Bob Crane Story").

Raised Catholic, he was in the process of seriously re-evaluating his life, and possibily reuniting with his first wife and family, at the time of his murder.

Hobby was playing the drums. He was a life-long jazz buff who played with several amateur jazz groups over the years.

Originally buried at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County. In 2003, many years after his death, he was moved to the prestigious Westwood Memorial Park on Glendon Avenue in Los Angeles. His marker is very elaborate and beautiful with writings and photographs of him and his widow Sigrid Valdis. It is located in the middle of the memorial park.

Cause of death was strangulation with TV cable, indicating the killer was a very strong person.

His last recorded public appearance, just a few days for his death, was on "Celebrity Cooks" (1975).


Spouse : Sigrid Valdis (16 October 1970 - 29 June 1978) (his death) 2 children, Anne Terzian (1949 - 1970) (divorced) 3 children

Father of Robert David Crane, and Scotty Crane.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest
  • Last update: 09/12/2008 by abdest

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