The CBS sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" gained fame for its distinct storyline set in the Nazi era and its fantastic cast.
"Hogan's Heroes" was quite the unique show that became loved for its humor and story about a group of Allied soldiers in a Nazi camp.
The series premiered in 1965 and quickly became part of the top ten shows during its first season. Through its six-year airing, "Hogan's Heroes" earned 12 Emmy nominations, with two wins.
Thanks to all the cast and crew members, "Hogan's Heroes" became a huge success. Here's a look at the actors after the iconic show ended.
Bob Crane as Col. Hogan with Hans Conried as a visiting Italian officer from the television show Hogan's Heroes. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
Although famously known as a host, Richard Dawson played the part of Corporal Peter Newkirk in "Hogan's Heroes."
After the show, he went to become a panelist on the '70s game show "Match Game," before becoming the host of "Family Feud" for nearly a decade.
In 1987, he starred in his most notable film, "The Running Man," alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he was cast as the antagonist.
Richard Dawson as Newkirk with Ulla Stromstedt from the television program "Hogan's Heroes." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ironically, Werner Klemperer, who played a German Air Force colonel, was the son of a Jew who escaped Nazi Germany in the '30s.
The actor served in the Army in the Second World War, before being offered the role of Col. Klink, which he only accepted if the producers agreed that the character would always fail in his plans.
Klemperer earned five Emmy Award nominations for his role, two of which he won. His other appearances were "The Simpsons," "Law & Order," and "The Last Temptation of Homer."
Werner Klemperer on the television game show "Password." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
Another character on the show who was affected by the Nazi's was John Banner, who took on the role of Luftwaffe POW camp guard, Sergeant Schultz.
Banner was a Jew who was forced to flee his homeland to avoid being captured. Hence, he came to the U.S. as a political refugee until eventually becoming an actor.
Ironically, he made a living by playing the roles of the very people who took the lives of his family in his country, him being the lone survivor.
John Banner as Sergeant Schultz from the television comedy "Hogan's Heroes." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
His career included roles in films and sitcoms, including "Kisses for My President" and "The Chicago Teddy Bears."
After World War 2, Robert Clary became a singer in France then came to the U.S. to grow his career. The entertainer appeared on "The Ed Wynn Show" and later on "New Faces."
In 1965, he was cast as Corporal Louis Le Beau in "Hogan's Heroes," and after appeared in films that were set in the war, like "Remembrance of Love."
Robert Clary, 1953. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
He also joined the cast of the television series "Days of Our Lives" and appeared in "The Young and the Restless."
Before performing on-screen, Larry Hovis made Broadway his home, appearing in the shows "The Billy Barnes Revue" and "From A to Z,"
He later moved to television shows, like "Gomer Pyle: USMC," "The Andy Griffith Show," and eventually, "Hogan's Heroes."
Hovis ventures into writing scripts like "Out of Sight" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," where he also performed.
After "Hogan's Heroes," he appeared in different programs, including "Alice," "Holmes and Yoyo," "Chico and the Man," "Adam-12," and "The Doris Day Show,"
Ivan Dixon was among the first African-American male actors who landed significant roles in big television series.
Ivan Dixon from the CBS Playhouse presentation of "The Final War of Olly Winter." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
The actor played a POW radio technician on "Hogan's Heroes" for five seasons before leaving. In 1967, he earned an Emmy Award nomination for his role in "The Final War of Olly Winter."
He later became a successful director with productions such as "The Waltons," "Nichols," "The Rockford Files," "The Greatest American Hero," "Quincy," "Magnum P.I.," and "In the Heat of the Night."
Bob Crane was already in his 30s when he started his acting career, first getting a role in 1961s "Return to Peyton Place."
Bob Crane as Colonel Hogan from the television comedy "Hogan's Heroes." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
His role as the titular character Col. Hogan came after a guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Crane's career continued to rise from then on, having his own show for a few months and being in several movies, including two Disney films.
After a while, the actor's career started to slow down so he tried his luck in theater and landed the lead role in 1978s "Beginner's Luck." A month later, Crane was murdered in his hotel room.