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John Banner

Sergent Hans Schultz in Hogan's Heroes

Photos John Banner Birth name: John Banner
Birth date: 1910/01/28
Date of death : 1973/01/28 (63 years old)
Birth place : Vienne Autriche

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Biography for John Banner

John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe prison-camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965), was born on January 28, 1910 in Vienna, the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old Banner, who was Jewish, was forced to abandon his homeland after the 1938 Anschluss (union) between Nazi Germany and Austria, which occurred while he was engaged in a tour of Switzerland with an acting company. Unable to return to Austria due to Hitler's anti-Semitic policies of persecution, he emigrated to the United States as a political refugee.

Soon after reaching the States, Banner -- who was completely ignorant of the English language -- was hired to emcee a musical revue. He had to learn his lines phonetically, but the total immersion paid off in that he rapidly picked up English. His accent and "Nordic" look ironically meant that he was typecast in several films as Nazis during the 1940s. He survived the war playing the very villains who were murdering his family who had been left behind in Austria, all of whom perished in concentration camps.

The Banner who had emigrated to the US weighed a trim 180 lbs., but eventually, he added another 100 lbs. to become the roly-poly character actor that America would come to know and love. The 280-lb. Banner became a character actor who appeared regularly in movies and on TV, specializing in foreign-official types, such the Soviet Ambassador in the Fred MacMurray comedy Kisses for My President (1964).

In 1965, Bing Crosby Productions cast Banner as Sgt. Schultz in the wartime sitcom Hogan's Heroes, a take-off on _Billy Wilder_ 's Stalag 17 (1953) but with more humor and less drama. The bumbling Dutch uncle that Banner assayed was a continent apart from the wickedly evil Nazis he specialized in during the war. Spectacularly inept as a guard of Allied prisoners of war, Sgt. Schultz was prone to ignoring the irregularities that transpired in the fictive Stalag 13, bellowing "I know nothing! I see nothing! NOTHING!"

John Banner enjoyed the role but demurred when accused of portraying a "cuddly" Nazi. He told TV Guide, "I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in every generation."

Banner, along with _Werner Klemperer_ , ["Colonel Klink"] (who like Banner was a Jewish refugee from Hitler playing a comical, bumbling Nazi in "Hogan's Heroes"), co-starred with _Bob Crane (I)_ ["Colonel Hogan"] in The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968), a bizarre movie "comedy" about a defecting East German athlete. The picture bombed and the trio went back to turning out the highly popular series without losing too much pride or momentum.

After the cancellation of "Hogan's Heroes" in 1971, Banner was signed for another TV show set in the past, "The Chicago Teddy Bears" (1971), which used the Prohibition era as its setting. Banner's Uncle Latzi was a close cousin of Schultz, but lightning did not strike twice and the series was canceled after 13 episodes.

John Banner died on his 63rd birthday, January 28, 1973, in his hometown of Vienna. He lives on as the inimitable Sgt. Schultz to the legions of "Hogan's Heroes" fans who now span the generations.


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Title Role
The Partridge Family Max Ledbetter (1 episode, 1972)
Alias Smith and Jones Otto (1 episode, 1972)
The Doris Day Show Bruno (1 episode, 1972)
The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971) TV Series Uncle Latzi (unknown episodes)
Hogan's Heroes Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz (166 episodes, 1965-1971)
Togetherness (1970) Hippy
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968) Weber
The Lucy Show Sgt. Schultz (1 episode, 1966)
Kraft Suspense Theatre Martin Rutke (1 episode, 1965)
Mister Ed Professor Meyerhoff (1 episode, 1965)
Hazel Mr. Mueller (1 episode, 1965)
36 Hours (1965) Sgt. Ernst
The Baileys of Balboa Hans (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
The Rogues Fat Man / ... (2 episodes, 1964)
The Cara Williams Show (1 episode, 1964)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Dr. Foster (1 episode, 1964)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Russian Chairman (1 episode, 1964)
Kisses for My President (1964) (uncredited) Soviet Ambassador
Bedtime Story (1964) (uncredited) Burgermeister
Mr. and Mrs. (1964) (TV) Guard
My Three Sons Paul, Chief of Protocol (1 episode, 1964)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Dutch Customs Man (1 episode, 1964)
The Virginian August the Head Waiter / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
The Prize (1963) (uncredited) German correspondent
The Donna Reed Show Cruikshank (1 episode, 1963)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre General (1 episode, 1963)
The Yellow Canary (1963) Sam Skolman
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Dr. von Schwering
G.E. True Hipp (1 episode, 1963)
The Wide Country Doctor (1 episode, 1963)
The Interns (1962) Dr. Duane
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) (uncredited) Voices
The Dick Powell Show Vandever (1 episode, 1962)
Hitler (1962) Gregor Strasser
The Untouchables Franz Koenig (1 episode, 1962)
Outlaws (1 episode, 1962)
Thriller Prof. Martin Vander Hoven (1 episode, 1961)
20,000 Eyes (1961) Kurt Novak
Operation Eichmann (1961) Rudolf Höss
Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark (1961) (TV) (voice: English version) (uncredited) Polonius
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode, 1960)
77 Sunset Strip Carl Neuman (1 episode, 1960)
Dante (1 episode, 1960)
Perry Mason A. Tobler (1 episode, 1960)
Michael Shayne Dr. Hess (1 episode, 1960)
The Roaring 20's Otto Bauer (1 episode, 1960)
My Sister Eileen (1 episode, 1960)
Markham (1 episode, 1960)
The Story of Ruth (1960) King of Moab
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Doctor Molhaus (1 episode, 1960)
Five Fingers Middle East Minister (1 episode, 1959)
The Wonderful Country (1959) Ben Sterner
The Blue Angel (1959) Principal Harter
The Third Man Steiner (1 episode, 1959)
Disneyland Office Supervisor (1 episode, 1959)
Behind Closed Doors Prosecutor Hoxa (1 episode, 1958)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Baron Carlisle (1 episode, 1958)
Cimarron City P.B. Minscher (1 episode, 1958)
Man Without a Gun (1 episode, 1958)
Fräulein (1958) Ulick, German Health Dept.
The Young Lions (1958) (uncredited) German Town Mayor
Telephone Time (1 episode, 1958)
The Beast of Budapest (1958) Dr. Kovach
Studio 57 (1 episode, 1958)
Adventures of Superman Bronsky (1 episode, 1957)
Letter to Loretta Hans (1 episode, 1957)
The Gale Storm Show Hans Schlosser (1 episode, 1957)
Conflict (1 episode, 1957)
Father Knows Best Artist (1 episode, 1957)
The Gray Ghost Von Borcke (1 episode, 1957)
Navy Log (1 episode, 1956)
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday Count Courtebiche (1 episode, 1956)
You Are There Nazi News Dealer (1 episode, 1956)
Matinee Theatre (1 episode, 1956)
Screen Directors Playhouse Prefect of Police (1 episode, 1956)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode, 1956)
Private Secretary Sandor (1 episode, 1956)
Never Say Goodbye (1956) Oskar, the Baker
Four Star Playhouse Koert (1 episode, 1956)
The Man Called X (1 episode, 1956)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Train Conductor (1 episode, 1956)
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle Brunner (1 episode, 1956)
Captain Midnight Goronov / ... (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) (uncredited) Rashid Ali Khan
The Adventures of Ellery Queen Buehler (1 episode, 1955)
Damon Runyon Theater Sgt. Heinz (1 episode, 1955)
Fireside Theatre Amos / ... (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Morris Odvarka (1 episode, 1955)
The Whistler (1 episode, 1954)
The Adventures of Falcon (1 episode, 1954)
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger Bovaro (4 episodes, 1954)
The Public Defender (1 episode, 1954)
Executive Suite (1954) (uncredited) Henri (Stork Club Maître D')
Cavalcade of America (1 episode, 1954)
The Juggler (1953) Emile Halevy
Sky King Griz Raetze (1 episode, 1952)
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) (uncredited) Headwaiter at Mocambo's
Go for Broke! (1951) (uncredited) German officer
King Solomon's Mines (1950) (uncredited) Austin, Safari client
The Lone Ranger Baron Paul von Bader (1 episode, 1950)
Guilty of Treason (1950) Dr. Szandor Deste
The Argyle Secrets (1948) Winter
To the Victor (1948) Jacques Lestrac
My Girl Tisa (1948) Otto
The Beginning or the End (1947) (uncredited) German laboratory assistant
Nocturne (1946) (uncredited) Fashion Photographer
Rendezvous 24 (1946) Ernst, Nazi henchman
Tangier (1946) (uncredited) Ferris Wheel Operator
The Fallen Sparrow (1943) Anton
This Land Is Mine (1943) (uncredited) German Sergeant
They Came to Blow Up America (1943) (uncredited) Gestapo agent
Tonight We Raid Calais (1943) Kurz
The Moon Is Down (1943) (uncredited) Lt. Prackle
Immortal Sergeant (1943) (uncredited) Officer
Chetniks (1943) (uncredited) Gestapo Agent
Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942) Fritz Weinermann
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) (uncredited) German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Desperate Journey (1942) (uncredited) Conductor on empty troop train
It Started with Eve (1941) (uncredited) Bit Role


Banner is best remembered for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe prison- camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965). But there remains a certain irony: John Banner was Jewish.

Another bit of irony, besides John Banner being Jewish and playing a guard in a POW camp... is that like his co-star on Hogan's Heroes, Robert Clary.... John Banner was in a concentration camp prior to his release and travel out of Nazi Occupied Germany (in the early part of the Nazi control of Germany, a trip to a concentration camp was not an automatic "death sentence"). So John Banner was lucky to leave just before the Nazi policies changed.

Passed away in his native Vienna on his 63rd birthday.

Is portrayed by Lyle Kanouse in Auto Focus (2002)


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