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Leon Askin, Actor who played General Burkhalter on "Hogan's Heroes" has died
KTRE ^ | 6/3/05

Posted on 06/03/2005 11:30:36 AM PDT by Borges

VIENNA, Austria The actor who played General Burkhalter in "Hogan's Heroes" has died.

Officials say Leon Askin died in a hospital in Vienna, Austria. He was 97.

Askin was born into a Jewish family in Vienna and fled to the U-S to avoid persecution by the Nazis. He served in the U-S Army during World War Two before getting into acting.

In addition to co-starring in "Hogan's Heroes," Askin appeared in more than 50 films, and did voices for the "Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo" cartoon series.


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To: Borges
The good 'ole days when shows were funny and not crude.
21 posted on 06/03/2005 11:43:38 AM PDT by b4its2late (It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.)
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To: wolfpat
Wow! I never knew that. What an interesting ensemble for that show. I had a huge crush on Bob Crane when I was a youngster, but I was 6 so I have an excuse.
22 posted on 06/03/2005 11:44:58 AM PDT by Millee (So you're a feminist......isn't that cute??)
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To: Borges; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Sam's Army; martin_fierro; TheBigB

In honor of his passing, a repost of "A Very Hogan Christmas"


Classic lines were in no short supply from the original Hogan's Heroes, but oddly the much under-rated "A Very Hogan Christmas" (1979) reunion special gave birth to the most widely known.

 

In it, Colonel Klink and Sgt. Schultz travel to Shaker Heights Ohio to spend a special Christmas with Hogan, Carter, LeBeau, Kinch, and Newkirk.  With Bob Crane indisposed, Mickey Rooney gives a sterling performance in which he captures the true essence of the Robert Edward Hogan and Ivan Dixon takes time out from directing the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries to revive his classic Kincheloe character.

 

Upon arriving in America, Colonel Klink is detained by Customs and Immigration when his name is found on a watch list of war criminals.  Meanwhile, the restaurant Hogan has selected to host his Christmas dinner has a strict "No Negroes" policy and the owner, who bears a curious resemblance to General Burkholter, cannot be reasoned with.  Therefore Hogan is torn between asking LeBeau to sacrifice much of his Christmas day to prepare a proper feast, or excluding Kinch, who, truth be told, never took part in any of the truly dangerous missions.

 

The old crew's undercover subversive skills come in handy and Klink is rescued, but Schultz is now torn between loyalty to his old colonel, and ridding himself of the guilt associated with unspeakable experiments conducted on Jewish P.O.W.s, that was only hinted at in the original series, by turning Klink into the authorities and testify against him.

 

Finally, LeBeau comes through with a great dinner, Kinch feigns thankfulness while secretly harboring a deep resentment for his comrades and country, and Schultz decides not to betray Klink and tells Hogan in a truly classic line, "Colonel Hogan, he may be the evilest man on earth, but at least he killed a lot of Jews."

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

23 posted on 06/03/2005 11:45:24 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: wolfpat
Werner Klemperer survived a concentration camp in his youth.

The guy who played LeBeau was an Auschwitz survivor. (How he could stand to be around all those Nazi uniforms, I can't figure out.)

Werner Klemperer was the son of the famous classical orchestra conductor, Otto Klemperer. I believe the whole family left Germany in the 1930's for the US. Not sure whether they were Jewish, but I think they were.

24 posted on 06/03/2005 11:47:49 AM PDT by Campion (Truth is not determined by a majority vote -- Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Campion

Klink & Schulz also played chillingly real parts in the Adolf Eichman story, in 1962. Worth seeing.


25 posted on 06/03/2005 11:49:58 AM PDT by agitator (...And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark)
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To: kaktuskid
Notice that the two guys who played Nazi Germany officers on Hogan's Heroes were Jews!

Three, possibly:

Howard Caine, who played Major Hochstetter, was born Howard Cohen. IIRC, Howard was born in Nashville - and was quite the proficient banjo player. Hard to reconcile that with the Gestapo uniform, isn't it?

26 posted on 06/03/2005 11:50:09 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: Pyro7480

> I can't think of a better parody than a Jewish actor playing an incompetent Nazi-era German general.


Werner Klemperer was Jewish too. They were fully aware of the irony.


27 posted on 06/03/2005 11:51:09 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: Charles Martel
IIRC, Howard was born in Nashville - and was quite the proficient banjo player.

Was he the guy who used the stage name Nashville Katz?

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

28 posted on 06/03/2005 11:51:49 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: agitator

Wonder if Burkhalter knows who killed Bob Crane?


29 posted on 06/03/2005 11:53:52 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: Campion

I've looked it up. You're right. Klemperer's family left in 1933, and came to America in 1935. It seems his dad was stirring some serious stuff in Berlin, and had to leave due to several attempts on his life.
Klemperer specified that Klink never come out on top in any situation.


30 posted on 06/03/2005 12:00:23 PM PDT by wolfpat (dum vivimus, vivamus)
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To: Owl_Eagle

That was a great episode, but I think you left out a minor (but pretty important) detail; that being that a very young and budding Fran Drescher played a waitress in Burkhalter's restaurant.


31 posted on 06/03/2005 12:03:03 PM PDT by Sam's Army (Fight them)
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To: Sam's Army
Mmm... Fran Drescher in one of those St. Pauli Girl outfits...  My work here is done.

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

32 posted on 06/03/2005 12:04:16 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Charles Martel

The Hildebeast copied Major Hochstetter's coat at President Bush's first inaugural (remember that fashion "triumph?").


33 posted on 06/03/2005 12:05:55 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Charles Martel
" Hard to reconcile that with the Gestapo uniform, isn't it?"

I don't know, there are several people here in Nashville, both in and out of the music business, that being a Gestapo agent would be a step up for their character
34 posted on 06/03/2005 12:06:53 PM PDT by sticker
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To: GianniV

They wouldn't even ask Schultz.


He knew NOTHING!

He saw NOTHING!


(Joke off)


35 posted on 06/03/2005 12:11:01 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Bumper sticker "Martyrs or Marines: Who do YOU think will get the virgins?")
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To: Owl_Eagle

It is a sad day.


36 posted on 06/03/2005 12:11:16 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Campion; wolfpat
Werner Klemperer was the son of the famous classical orchestra conductor, Otto Klemperer. I believe the whole family left Germany in the 1930's for the US. Not sure whether they were Jewish, but I think they were.

Otto Klemperer was threatened by the S.A. several times, which led him to Switzerland for his and his family's safety. According to what I've read, he was a Jewish-born *Catholic*, which was basically two strikes against him.

Werner's dad came close to disowning him over the Col Klink role, until he saw that the show portrayed the Nazis as bumbling idiots.

I'm not positive, but I think Werner Klemperer served in the U.S. military, in the Pacific.

37 posted on 06/03/2005 12:11:57 PM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: 50sDad
That was Major Hochstetters' line.


38 posted on 06/03/2005 12:12:21 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Semper Paratus

"KLINK!
You vill be shot und sent to ze Russian Front, und believe me vee can do it!"


39 posted on 06/03/2005 12:13:37 PM PDT by Vicomte13 (Et alors?)
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To: wolfpat
Robert Clary aka LeBeau.


40 posted on 06/03/2005 12:14:05 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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