On 17 September 1965 the American television series "Hogan's Heroes" premieres on the CBS Network. The sitcom is set in a German prisoner of war camp (Stalag 13) during World War II and ran for 168 episodes from 1965 to 1971. Main stars are Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, coordinating an international crew of prisoners from the camp, Werner Klemperer as Colonel Wilhelm Klink, the commandant of the camp, and John Banner as Hans Schultz. The theme music was composed by Jerry Fielding. The series was created by Bernard Fein and Albert S. Ruddy.
|John Banner, Bob Crane and Werner Klemperer|
US Colonel Hogan leads an international team of POW's in Germany. The Germans give Hogan and his crew plenty of opportunities to sabotage their war plans. Camp commandant Colonel Klink is more concerned with having everything run smoothly and avoiding any trouble with his superiors than keeping an eye on the prisoners...
|Bob Crane as Col. Robert E. Hogan|
- The actors who played the four major German roles: Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Leon Askin, and Howard Caine were actually from Jewish origin. Furthermore, Klemperer, Banner and Askin had fled the Nazis during World War II.
- On 16 October 1970 Bob Crane married his costar Sigrid Valdis on the set of the show.
- On 29 June 1978 Bob Crane was brutally murdered in his apartment. The murder remains officially unsolved.
Bob Crane as Col. Robert E. Hogan with Elisa Ingram as Lili in “The Tower” (S02E27, 1967)
- Bob Crane as Col. Robert E. Hogan
- Werner Klemperer as Col. Wilhelm Klink
- John Banner as Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz
- Robert Clary as Cpl. Louis LeBeau
- Richard Dawson as Cpl. Peter Newkirk
- Larry Hovis as Sgt. Andrew Carter
- Ivan Dixon as Sgt. James 'Kinch' Kinchloe
John Banner as Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz and Sigrid Valdis as Hilda (Col. Klink's secretary)
- Emmy Awards: Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy: Werner Klemperer (1968)
- Emmy Awards: Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series: Werner Klemperer (1969)
Hogan's Heroes Opening Credits