97?! Hot dang! Godspeed this funny guy.
In his Burkhalter days he would have made a good Nero Wolfe if he had more hair.
He was terrific as General Burkhalter. What I found hilarious was his plain sister, Gertruda, going after Col. Klink with Burkhalter pushing the match.
May he rest in peace.
Amazing! No wonder he did the German accent so well........RIP, hero, you deserve a rest.........
I can't think of a better parody than a Jewish actor playing an incompetent Nazi-era German general.
KLEEENK, you are going to the Russian Front!
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,
KLEEENK!! You dumbkopf!!!
Why in the heck can't they produce shows like this any more? Shows that have frim moral rooting and/or are very funny on the surface but with keen intellectual undertones? What the heck has happened to the television industry?
Hogans Heroes, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Real McCoys, The Carol Burnett Show, I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Gumsmoke, Sea Hunt, The Jack Benny Show,
The Three Stooges, Our Gang.....very little on tv today can compare. When I see reruns of these shows today, I see how much more went into the script writing than when I first saw them.
I'm sure someone else pointed out that more than a few of the actors on that show had bad experiences with the real nazis.
You know, maybe it's the one true Hollywood irony thing: have you ever noticed the number of movie and TV Nazis portrayed by Jewish actors?
Then again, I imagine German actors would be fearful to take -- or worse, by typecast in -- such a role. That might be perceived as doing it too well.
I loved Hogan's Heroes!
"You will be given a fair trial, after which you will be shot."