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American actor and musician

Werner Klemperer is ...

Born 22 Mar 1920 in Cologne
Died 6 Dec 2000 in New York City
Age80 years, 8 months
Werner Klemperer
Werner Klemperer
Photo of Werner Klemperer as Colonel Klink and Bob Crane as Colonel Hogan from Hogan's Heroes.

About Werner Klemperer

Werner Klemperer (March 22, 1920 – December 6, 2000) was a German-American stage, film, and television actor and singer/musician. Born in Cologne, Rhine Province, Germany, Klemperer and his family fled Germany in 1935. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he began his professional acting career on the Broadway stage in 1947. Klemperer appeared in several films and numerous guest starring roles during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1965, he won the role of Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the CBS television sitcom Hogan's Heroes. The series aired for six seasons with Klemperer receiving a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for each year, winning the award in 1968 and 1969.


Klemperer died of cancer according to John A. Anderson, his manager, on December 6, 2000, aged 80, at his home in Manhattan. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. He was survived by his wife Kim Hamilton and two children.