Banner's first film credit was the 1940s' Pacific Blackout.
When John Banner first arrived in the United States, he was 180 pounds and spoke no English.
John Banner left native Vienna, Austria in 1938 to flee the incoming Hitler.
(on his role of Schultz of Hogan's Heroes)
Banner: It amazes me, the response from kids. Beautiful blondes don't write me. It's always kids. I go over big with them. I'm not a father figure. I'm more the good uncle. It's so touching.
Banner: Just so people don't get prisoner-of-war camps mixed up with concentration camps, you can't make fun of a concentration camp.
Banner: I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in every generation.
Banner: Who can play Nazis better than us Jews?
(about Hogan's Heroes)
Banner: I had just about given up in this business. Then along came this show. I still shake my head in wonderment because I know there are an awful lot of good actors out there who are forced to pump gas to make a living. I'm lucky, and I appreciate it.