Bob Crane

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Quotes (14)

  • (on John Banner's lovability on Hogan's Heroes) Crane: To my kids, he's Santy Claus.

  • (on Hogan's Heroes) Crane: It's halfway between Combat! and McHale's Navy with a little bit of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. thrown in.

  • Crane: We work hard on the the scripts so the lines don't sound too jokey... We try to give 'Hogan's' the extra thought which makes "The Dick Van Dyke Show," for example, so beautiful.

  • Crane: Depicting life in a German POW camp circa 1942 isn't the most ideal setting for a situation comedy.

  • Crane: I love life. I'm an optimist. I'm the guy that always assumes no matter what's in that room, there's a pony hidden underneath all of that stuff.

  • (New York Times, 1965) Crane: We try to make the plot premises reasonable, although grant you, Hogan's Heroes is pretty far from what actual combat ever was. I think the writers have been terribly inventive, and the test of that is the absence of dream sequences. If you're well into the season and haven't gone into dream sequences, boy, you've got it made.

  • Bob Crane: I don't smoke, I don't drink. Two out of three ain't bad.

  • Bob Crane: (on his second wife, a "Hogan's Heroes" co-star) She is the wonderful thing that has happened to me. My wife Patty. Totally the opposite of what anyone would expect a sexy blonde in this business to be. She’s a marvelous, marvelous business woman, a gourmet cook, a homemaker, use all the superlatives you can think of. They’re true about Patty.

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Trivia (34)

  • In 1970, married Crane began a steamy affair with Sigrid Valdis, his Hogan's Heroes co-star and later wife and widow.

  • Crane's professional acting debut was in a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Static". He played a disc jockey.

  • Crane began his DJ career in 1950 at WLEA in Hornell, NY.

  • Hogan's Heroes co-stars Larry Hovis and Robert Clary were pallbearers at Bob's funeral.

  • In the hit show Hogan's Heroes, Richard Dawson had also auditioned for the role of "Hogan", but lost out to Bob Crane. The friction caused by this continued behind the scenes and remained even after Crane was killed in 1978, as Dawson did not attend the funeral.

  • Bob married to Anne Terzian in 1949 but the couple later got a divorce in 1970.

  • Bob is the father of Robert David Crane, and Scotty Crane.

  • An associate, John Henry Carpenter, was later tried for the murder of Crane but was not convicted.

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