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Werner Klemperer
Werner Klemperer
Credits
Role Henry Hastings
Biographical Information
Birthdate March 22, 1920
Birthplace Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death Date December 6, 2000 (age 80)
Death Place New York, New York, United States

Werner Klemperer portrayed Henry Hastings in the Tabitha episode, "Tabitha's Party" (1978).

Biography[]

Werner Klemperer was a German-American actor, stage entertainer, and singer. He was best known for the role of Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the popular CBS television sitcom Hogan's Heroes, for which he twice won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1968 and 1969.

After serving in the United States Army during World War II, he began performing on the Broadway stage in 1947. Klemperer then appeared in several films during his early acting career such as The Wrong Man (1956), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), and Houseboat (1958), and numerous roles in television shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956), Perry Mason (1956), Maverick (1957), Gunsmoke (1958), The Untouchables (1960), and Have Gun Will Travel (1961), prior to his Hogan's Heroes role.

After his father's death in 1973, Klemperer expanded his acting career with roles in opera and Broadway musicals. A member of the board of directors of the New York Chamber Symphony, Klemperer served as a narrator with many other American symphony orchestras including the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

For many years, Klemperer was an elected member of the council of Actors' Equity Association, and was a vice president of the union at the time of his death.

Klemperer died of cancer at his home in Manhattan on December 6, 2000, at the age of 80. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

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