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Encyclopedia > Werner Klemperer
Klemperer as Colonel Klink on "Hogan's Heroes"
Klemperer as Colonel Klink on "Hogan's Heroes"

Werner Klemperer (March 22 1920Cologne – December 6, 2000) was an Emmy Award-winning comedic actor, best known for his role as Colonel Klink on the television sitcom, Hogan's Heroes. Download high resolution version (2350x2881, 253 KB)Klemperer as Colonel Klink on Hogans Heroes File links The following pages link to this file: Werner Klemperer ... Download high resolution version (2350x2881, 253 KB)Klemperer as Colonel Klink on Hogans Heroes File links The following pages link to this file: Werner Klemperer ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... An Emmy Award. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hogans Heroes was an American television situation comedy that ran from September 17, 1965 to July 4, 1971 on the CBS network for 168 episodes. ...

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Beginnings

Born into a musical family in Cologne on March 22, 1920, he was the son of Johanna Geisler, a soprano, and of the great conductor Otto Klemperer. Klemperer was also musically talented. An accomplished concert pianist, he also broadened his acting career by performing as an operatic baritone and a singer in Broadway musicals. For other uses, see Cologne (disambiguation). ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... Year 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Look up soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Photographic portrait taken ca. ... Baritone (French: baryton; Deutsch: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ...


A "Halbjude" (half-Jew), Klemperer fled the Nazi regime with his family in 1933; they all made their way to Los Angeles, where his father obtained a conducting post. Klemperer began acting in high school and enrolled in acting courses in Pasadena before joining the United States Army to fight in World War II. National Socialism redirects here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33...


While stationed in Hawaii, he joined the Army's Special Services unit, spending the next few years touring the Pacific entertaining the troops. At the end of the war, he worked on Broadway, and the advent of rapid growth in the television industry opened new doors to him. Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... A map of the Pacific Theatre. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...


Films and television

Klemperer received significant notice for his role in the award winning 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. The film presents a fictionalized account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials, with Klemperer portraying Emil Hahn, a Nazi judge and one of the defendants at the trial. Prior to this, he had a small role in the 1957 Errol Flynn film Istanbul and a pivotal part in the "Comstock Conspiracy" episode of Maverick that same year. He also played the title role in the film Operation Eichmann. Maximilian Schell and Richard Widmark in Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 film which gives a fictionalized account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials. ... Maverick is a comedy-western television series created by Roy Huggins that ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and featured James Garner, Roger Moore, and Jack Kelly as poker-playing travelling gamblers. ...


He is best remembered as Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes, which ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971. Klemperer was very conscious of the fact that he was playing a German officer under the command of Nazis, and agreed to play Klink only on the condition that he would be portrayed as a fool and that he never succeeded. For his performance, Klemperer received six Emmy Award nominations for best supporting actor, winning in 1968, and again in 1969. Hogans Heroes was an American television situation comedy that ran from September 17, 1965 to July 4, 1971 on the CBS network for 168 episodes. ... CBS is derived from an abbreviation of Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of a company Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired in 1995. ... An Emmy Award. ...


Klemperer reprised the role of Klink in an episode of The Simpsons in 1993 as Homer's guardian angel/spirit guide in the episode: "The Last Temptation of Homer" (episode # 5.9). Additionally, he appeared in character and costume as Klink in a "Batclimb cameo" on the original "Batman" television series in the 1960s. Simpsons redirects here. ... The Last Temptation of Homer is the ninth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Batman was the title of an exceptionally popular 1960s TV series based on the comic-book character Batman that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for 2 1/2 seasons from 12 January, 1966 to 14 March, 1968. ...


In an epsiode of Law and Order he played a non-comedic role as the father of a murder suspect. Law & Order is the longest-running primetime drama currently on American television (2004). ...


Later career

After his famous father’s death in 1973, Klemperer expanded his acting career with musical roles in opera and Broadway musicals. He earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Cabaret. A member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chamber Symphony, Klemperer served as a narrator with many other U.S. symphony orchestras. He also made occasional guest appearances on television dramas, and took part in a few studio recordings, notably a version of Arnold Schönberg's Gurrelieder in 1979. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Cabaret is a 1966 Broadway musical, based on John Van Drutens play I Am a Camera, based in its turn on stories by Christopher Isherwood, with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, produced and directed by Hal Prince and starring Bert Convy... The New York Chamber Symphony (NYCS) was an American chamber orchestra based in New York City. ... Schoenberg redirects here. ...


Werner Klemperer died from cancer on December 6, 2000, at the age of 80. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


Trivia

  • Between 1970 and 1978, Klemperer owned a Mercedes Benz 6.9 V8, which was initially intended for Roman Polanski. When parked on the set of Hogan's Heroes, Bob Crane always joked about it being "The Colonel's staff car".
  • Was a friend off-set of Bob Crane. After Crane's murder, Werner sold his Mercedes-Benz because it bought back too many memories of his dead friend.
  • Klemperer was a pole vaulter in high school. In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Colonel Klink tried to see if he could pole vault over a fence.
  • When Klemperer's father, the famous conductor, saw his first episode of Hogan's Heroes, he said to his son, "Your work is good...but who is the author of this material?"
  • He was once asked by a town in California to be the Grand Marshal of its Memorial Day parade. The protests about having a "Nazi" as Marshal caused the town to disinvite him. Klemperer kindly agreed but wrote a letter to the local paper stating that as a man who had been persecuted by the Nazis as a Jew and as a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, he felt somewhat confused at the uproar.
  • He can be seen playing in the violin section of the New Philharmonia Orchestra on the EMI Classics DVD "Otto Klemperer-- Beethoven Symphony No. 9." The concert was performed on November 8, 1964, at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • When he guested on The Simpsons, he had to be given a reminder of how to play Colonel Klink. Essentially, he imitated an imitation of the character.

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