Bob Crane

Actor, Radio announcer, Drummer
Handsome and affable, actor Bob Crane looked every bit the wholesome, Middle-American everyman he played in film and television. As the star of the unlikely CBS wartime comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971), Crane ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1928 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (11)

Gus 1976 (Movie)

Pepper (Actor)

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Crane Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Superdad 1974 (Movie)

Charlie McCready (Actor)

Make Mine Red, White, and Blue 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delphi Bureau 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hogan's Heroes 1965 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Arsenic and Old Lace 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Donna Reed Show 1958 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Man-Trap 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Return to Peyton Place 1961 (Movie)

Peter White (Actor)

Biography

Handsome and affable, actor Bob Crane looked every bit the wholesome, Middle-American everyman he played in film and television. As the star of the unlikely CBS wartime comedy "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS, 1965-1971), Crane gained national stardom with his portrayal of Colonel Robert Hogan; the irreverent and mischievously sly leader of a group of Allied P.O.W.'s during World War II. After hours, however, away from the gaze of his adoring public, another Bob Crane emerged - one who was haunted by persistent demons and lustful urges that would have shocked even the most loyal of his fans. Crane's mysterious and violent murder in 1978 would later become the subject of director Paul Schraeder's 2002 biopic, "Auto Focus," starring Greg Kinnear in a spot-on portrayal of a tragic man who paid the ultimate price for his dark obsessions.

Relationships

Debby Crane

Daughter
mother, Ann Terzian

Karen Crane

Daughter
mother, Ann Terzian

Robert Crane

Son
mother, Ann Terzian

Scott Crane

Son
mother, Sigrid Valdis

Ann Terzian

Wife
married in 1948 divorced in 1970 mother of Crane's three older children

Sigrid Valdis

Wife
married from 1970 until Crane's death in 1977 mother of his youngest son Scott

Milestones

1978

Toured in a dinner theater production of "Beginner's Luck"; was appearing in play in Scottsdale, Arizona when he was murdered

1977

Last TV appearance, as a guest on "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (ABC)

1976

Last feature appearance, "Gus"

1975

Headlined the short-lived "The Bob Crane Show" (NBC)

1974

Had title role in the Disney film "Superdad"

1968

Starred in ABC TV remake of "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1968

Co-starred with Elke Sommer in "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz"

1966

Appeared as himself in an episode of "The Lucy Show" (CBS), starring Lucille Ball

1962

Was guest host (replacing a vacationing Johnny Carson) on "Who Do You Trust?"; reportedly was offered the chance to replace Carson as host but declined

1961

Feature acting debut as Peter White in the sequel "Return to Peyton Place"

1959

TV acting debut as a guest in an episode of "The Twilight Zone"

1956

Moved to Los Angeles

1950

Was radio host for WICC in Bridgeport, Connecticut

1950

Worked for WLEA in Hornell, New York and WBIS in Bristol, Connecticut

1941

Began career as a drummer for the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

Returned to radio work on KMPC in L.A.

Played Col. Hogan in the popular, long-running sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" (CBS); received two Emmy Award nominations

Had regular role of Dr. David Kelsey on the popular ABC sitcom "The Donna Reed Show"

Was popular morning drive host at KNX; became known as 'The King of Los Angeles Airwaves'

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