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Bob Crane

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born Robert Edward Crane July 13, 1928 Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S. Died June 29, 1978 (aged 49) Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. Cause of death Homicide Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an American actor, drummer, radio host, and disc jockey known particularly for starring in the CBS sitcom Hogan's Heroes. A drummer starting at 11 years of age, Crane began his career as a radio personality, first in New York City and then Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles, where he hosted the number-one rated morning show. In the early 1960s, he moved into acting, eventually landing the lead role of Colonel Robert E. Hogan in Hogan's Heroes. The series aired from 1965 to 1971, and Crane received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series. After Hogan's Heroes ended, Crane's career declined. He became frustrated with the few roles he was being offered and began doing dinner theater. In 1975, he returned to television in the NBC series The Bob Crane Show. The series received poor ratings and was cancelled after 13 weeks. Afterwards, Crane returned to performing in dinner theaters and also appeared in occasional guest spots on television. While on tour for his play Beginner's Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that remains officially unsolved. This suspicious nature of his death and later revelations about his personal life gradually changed Crane's posthumous image from a cultural icon to a controversial figure.

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Jul 13, 1928 In Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series General Electric Theater 1953-02-01
Latest Project:
Series The Love Boat 1977-09-24
Known For
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of Hogan's Heroes
Poster of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
Series Spencer's Pilots Unknown 1976-09-17
Movie Gus Pepper 1976-07-07
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Gibbsville Unknown 1976-11-11
Series The Bob Crane Show Bob Wilcox 1975-03-06
Series Joe Forrester Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Superdad Charlie McCready 1973-12-14
Movie Patriotism Self 1972-01-01
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Series The Barbara McNair Show Unknown 1969-09-13
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Mortimer Brewster 1969-04-02
Movie The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Bill Mason 1968-01-03
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series Hogan's Heroes Colonel Robert E. Hogan 1965-09-17
Movie The New Interns Drunken Prankster at Baby Shower (uncredited) 1964-06-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown 1961-10-03
Movie Return to Peyton Place Peter White 1961-05-05
Movie Man-Trap Ralph Turner 1961-09-20
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Donna Reed Show Unknown 1958-09-24
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01