Robert Clary, French actor, singer, and Holocaust survivor who played Cpl lipo On the set of a World War II sitcom Hogan Heroes, Die. He was 96 years old.
His granddaughter Kim Wright said Clary, who was mentored by famed artist Eddie Cantor and married one of his five daughters, died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles. Hollywood Reporter.
CBS’ Hogan Heroeswhich aired over six seasons from September 1965 to April 1971, starred Bob Crane as Colonel Robert E. Hogan, an American commanding international A group of Allied prisoners of war in a secret operation to defeat the Nazis from within Loft stalag 13 camps.
as a patriot Cpl. Louis lipo5-foot-1 Clary Hide in small spaces, dream about girls, get along wonderfully with guard dogs and use his cooking skills to help a confused Nazi Colonel Wilhelm Clinic (Werner Klemperer) get out of trouble with his superiors.
Clary was the last surviving member of the show’s original cast.
Robert Max was born Weiderman In Paris on March 1, 1926, Clary was the youngest of 14 children in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. At the age of twelve, he started singing and performing. One day when he was 16 years old, he and his family were arrested and sent to Auschwitz.
“Mom said the most amazing thing,” Clary Tell Hollywood Reporter Peter Flax in late 2015. “She said, ‘Act. “You probably knew me as a child. She said: behave. Do as they tell you.”
Clary’s parents were killed in the gas chamber that day.
In Buchenwald, Clary sang with an accordionist every other day for an audience of SS soldiers. “I sing and enjoy being healthy at my age, that’s why I survived,” he told Flax.
Clary was imprisoned for 31 months (he worked in a factory making 4,000 wooden heels a day) and had the identification “A-5714” tattooed on his left forearm. He was the only one of his captured family who escaped with life.
He chose not to speak about his experience of the Holocaust for nearly four decades. He once said: “For 36 years I have kept these experiences during the war in me.” “But those who try to deny the Holocaust and my suffering and the suffering of millions of others have forced me to speak out.”
Did Clary have any reservations about doing a sitcom about Nazis and concentration camps?
“I had to make that clear [Hogan’s Heroes] It was about POWs on a stilt, not a concentration camp, and though I didn’t want to minimize what the soldiers went through during their internment, it was like day and night what people suffered in the concentration camps,” he wrote in his inspiring 2001 memoir, From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes.
Freed, Clary returned to France in May 1945 and sang in ballrooms. He came to Los Angeles in 1949 to record for Capitol Records and a year later appeared in a French comedy skit on a CBS variety show hosted by vaudevillian Ed Wynne.
Clary has appeared in films such as Ten tall men (1951) and Damascus thief (1952), and then met Cantor, who took him to New York to perform at Tony La’s club in En Rose. This caught the attention of producer Leonard Sillman, who cast Clary in the Broadway musical New faces for 1952.
He sang “Lucky Pierre” and “I’m in Love with Miss Logan” on the show, which also featured Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Ronnie Graham, Alice Ghostley, and Carol Lawrence, and had sketches written by him. Mel Brooks. new faces It was filmed by Fox and released in cinemas in 1954.
Clary then appeared again on Broadway in 1955 in the musical seventh heavenwhich starred Gloria DeHaven, Ricardo Montalban, and P. Arthur.
The actor appeared on the Paris set Paul Newman–Joanne Woodward Movie A new kind of love (1963), directed by Robert Wise Hindenburg (1975), portraying a passenger (a circus acrobat) on the doomed balloon’s final flight.
Clary has also acted in daytime soaps days of our livesAnd the The Young and the Restless (his character, Pierre Rolland, owned a restaurant/club in Genoa City, then was killed off) and Bold and beautiful.
He sang on several jazz albums that featured works by songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer. (Also part of his musical works: Hogan’s Heroes Sing the Best of World War IIrecorded with colleagues Richard Dawsonand Larry Hoves and Evan Dixon.)
Clary has worked closely with the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and has spoken at universities across the country for more than two decades.
An accomplished painter, Clary was married for 32 years to the late Natalie Cantor, second daughter of Eddie Cantor. She passed away in 1997.