If you have never heard of the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, here’s a quick catch-up: The sitcom is about Col. Robert Hogan and members of the American military who are prisoners of war. Hogan is involved in special operations from within the prison. Col. Klink and Hans Shultz are two members of the Nazi army who are bumbling dolts more or less who are guarding Hogan and their allies. This sitcom began in 1965, twenty years after WWII, and ended in 1971. There are also some little-known facts and behind-the-scenes stories you may not know about. Let’s take a look.
Bob Crane as Col. Robert E. Hogan
Bob Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an actor, disc jockey, and drummer. Crane certainly fit the bill of Col. Robert Hogan as he served in the United States Air Force and was an actual Colonel in the Air Force. Art imitated life as Crane played an Air Force Colonel in Hogan’s Heroes as well.
After Hogan’s Heroes ended in 1971, Bob Crane went on to play in several other sitcoms such as Love, American Style among others. He even had his own show called the Bob Crane Show in 1975. In 1978, Bob Crane was found bludgeoned to death in a hotel room in Arizona.