An actor who fled Nazi Germany with his family at age 13 because of the his father's Jewish birth, the USA-raised Werner Klemperer (like so many other emigres from fascism) ironically spent a good par...
TV's "Frasier" is talking big.
Or rather, Paramount Television Group, the producer of the titular hit NBC sitcom, is.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Paramount Television is asking the Peacock Network to pay $8 million per episode for Kelsey Grammer's series in contract renewal talks. But the problem is that NBC is standing firm on its existing pay rate, which amounts to about $5 million per show.
According to the report, if the stalemate persists, Paramount can shop the series to other networks after March 1, when its exclusive negotiating period with NBC ends.
NBC currently pays $6 million in license fees for "Friends," the highest ever for a half-hour comedy.
COL. KLINK DIES: Emmy-winning actor Werner Klemperer, perhaps best known for playing Nazi Col. Klink in the 1960s series "Hogan's Heroes," died of cancer Wednesday. He was 80.
Klemperer, winner of two Emmys for his role as the monocled Klink, constantly foiled by Allied soldiers in a German prison camp during World War II, had been suffering from cancer. He died at his home Wednesday.
His films include "The Goddess" (1958); "Operation Eichmann," in which he played the title role; "Judgment at Nuremberg", (1961); and "Ship of Fools" (1965). 'CRIMINAL' TALENT: Supercool actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who you might recognize as the freaky psycho in "The Cell" this year and as a bad alien in "Men in Black," is close to signing with CBS as the star of "Criminal Intent," the third "Law & Order" spinoff.
D'Onofrio would play a senior detective with training in psychology who's an expert at unraveling complex cases.
BYE BYE BYE TO RICHARDS, '$treet': The casualties mount. After dumping "Titans" on Wednesday, NBC announced Thursday that it will also can "The Michael Richards Show" starring the titular ex-"Seinfeld" guy, with the sitcom's last episode airing Jan. 2.
And since misery loves company, Michael Richards might like to know that Fox will ax its Wall Street series "The $treet" starring Jennifer Connelly, Tom Everett Scott and
Christian Campbell. Its last outing will be Wednesday.
Made TV movie debut, "Wake Me When the War Is Over" (ABC)
Immigrated to USA
Made TV debut in episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS)
Played Herr Schultz in revival of "Cabaret" on Broadway; earned Tony nomination
Served as a military policeman in the US Army during WWII; later transferred to special service unit in which he acted in and directed plays
Had recurring role on "Mr. Sunshine" (ABC)
Hosted radio show which featured broadcasts of the Vienna Philharmonic
Played title role in "Operation Eichmann"
Played Colonel Klink on "Hogan's Heros" (CBS)
Appeared in "Ship of Fools"
Made feature film debut in "Death of a Scoundrel"
Narrated "Views of a Vanishing Frontier" for "The American Experience" (PBS)
Had first professional role at the Pasadena Playhouse in "The Trojan Horse"
Appeared with Tallulah Bankhead in the Broadway play "Dear Charles"
Made Broadway debut in "Heads or Tails"
An actor who fled Nazi Germany with his family at age 13 because of the his father's Jewish birth, the USA-raised Werner Klemperer (like so many other emigres from fascism) ironically spent a good part of his acting career playing Nazis. Klemperer is perhaps best recalled as the monocled, vain, and rather foolish Colonel Klink from the CBS sitcom, "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971), for which he won two Emmy Awards as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Yet his resume contains such "serious" roles as Nazis in feature films like "Operation Eichmann" (1961), which cast him as the administrator of the Final Solution Adolf Eichmann, "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961), in which he was one of the Nazi war criminals, and "Ship of Fools" (1965), as the compliant Lt. Heebner.<p>A talented musician who often drew parallels between performing comedy and playing an instrument, Klemperer devoted much of his career to narrating concerts with leading world orchestras. His work in that capacity was preserved for posterity with TV appearances like "The Mostly Mozart Festival" (PBS, 1990) and "Barenboim Conducts Strauss" (PBS, 1993) and in various recordings (e.g., with the Milwaukee Symphony in a 1994 performance of Berlioz's "Lelio").<p>This son of former Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Otto Klemperer was raised in Southern California and received training at the Pasadena Playhouse where he made his professional debut in "The Trojan Horse". After military service in the US Army during WWII (during which he toured the Pacific in productions of "Macbeth" and "Arsenic and Old Lace"), Klemperer made his Broadway debut in 1947's "Heads of Tails". Eight years later, he was playing opposite Tallulah Bankhead in "Dear Charles". Following his TV success, Klemperer played "Cyrano de Bergerac" on stage in Los Angeles (1973), but perhaps enjoyed his greatest triumph in the 1988 revival of "Cabaret" earning a Tony nomination for his turn as the boarder Herr Schultz.
third wife; divorced in 1968
met in 1975; together from c. 1976; married in April 1999; survived him
immigrated to USA in 1933
born in 1959; diagnosed with schizophrenia
born c. 1923
born c. 1963
Though rarely active as a conductor, Werner Klemperer has worked as such and once conducted at The White House.
Klemperer's father, Otto, born and raised Jewish, had become a Christian to advance his career, which was common in the 19th and 20th Century (before World War II) in most of Europe. Werner, though of Jewish descent, was not raised in the Jewish faith. Still, due to the Nuremberg laws, all the Klemperers were at risk in Nazi Germany. Otto later returned to the Jewish faith before his death in Switzerland.
"He's always humming and moving his hands, conducting this music only he can hear." --wife Kim Hamilton to People, September 9, 1996.