Hogan's Heroes actor Leon Askin passed away on Friday, June 3, at the age of 97. Askin was most famous for his Heroes role of Nazi General Albert Burkhalter, but he also appeared in several other TV shows and Hollywood films.
Askin was born Leo Aschkenasy in Vienna on September 1, 1907. He studied acting at night school and held day jobs as a bookkeeper and salesman until he began to find steady work as an actor, but World War II put a halt to his early career. Askin was thrown out of Vienna's Dumont Playhouse for being Jewish, fled twice to Paris to avoid Nazi persecution, spent time in a French internment camp, and lost both parents to concentration camp deaths.
In 1940, Askin managed to reach the United States. He served in the Army Air Corps until the war ended and he could resume his acting ...Read more