Hogan's Heroes

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Bob Crane played the lead role of Col. Robert E. Hogan, an officer in a prisoner of war compound.
Robert Clary, pictured here in 1953, co-starred as Corporal Louis LeBeau.

Hogan's Heroes is a 1960s TV series about life in a German POW camp during World War II. The show was successful during its original six-year run on CBS from 1965–1971, and has been widely syndicated since its cancellation in 1971.

Plot Summary

"Hogan's Heroes" are prisoners in Stalag 13, a WWII German POW camp. Under the nose of the hapless kommandant Col. Klink, and the equally hapless prison guard Sgt. Schultz (who's catchphrase was "I know nothing -- nothing!" in a German accent), the prisoners engage in many sabotage and subterfuge missions in and around the camp.


This list may not be exhaustive.


Actor Role Duration Notes
Bob Crane Col. Robert E. Hogan Seasons 1–6 The leader of the group
Robert Clary Cpl. Louis LeBeau Seasons 1–6
Richard Dawson Cpl. Peter Newkirk Seasons 1–6
Larry Hovis Sgt. Andrew Carter Seasons 1–6
Ivan Dixon Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe Seasons 1–5
Kenneth Washington Sgt. Richard Baker Season 6 Replaced Kinchloe in Season 6 as the radioman
Bernard Fox Col. Rodney Crittendon Seasons 1–6; recurring
Leonid Kinskey Vladimir Minsk Season 1 Appears only in the black-and-white pilot episode


Actor Role Duration Notes
Werner Klemperer[1] Col. Wilhelm Klink Seasons 1–6 Kommandant of Stalag 13
John Banner Sgt. Hans Schultz Seasons 1–6 Stalag 13's Sergeant of the Guard
Cynthia Lynn Helga Season 1; recurring Klink's secretary and a secret ally of Hogan's
Sigrid Valdis Hilda Seasons 2–6; recurring Like Helga, Klink's secretary and Hogan's secret ally
Leon Askin Gen. Albert Burkhalter Seasons 1–6; recurring Klink's superior officer in the Luftwaffe
Howard Caine Maj. Wolfgang Hochstetter Seasons 1–6; recurring Ill-tempered Gestapo/SS officer


  1. Klemperer, a German Jew who lost family in the Holocaust, refused to be on the show unless his character was portrayed only in a negative light.

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