American actor, drummer, radio personalityDied when: 49 years 351 days (599 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an American actor, drummer, radio personality, and disc jockey known for starring in the CBS situation comedy Hogan's Heroes.
Crane was a drummer from age 11, and he began his career as a radio personality, first in New York City and then in Connecticut.
He then moved to Los Angeles where he hosted the number-one rated morning show.In the early 1960s, he moved into acting, eventually landing the lead role of Colonel Robert Hogan in Hogan's Heroes.
The series aired from 1965 to 1971, and Crane received two Emmy Award nominations.Crane's career declined after Hogan's Heroes.He became frustrated with the few roles that he was being offered and began performing in dinner theater.
In 1975, he returned to television in the NBC series The Bob Crane Show, but the series received poor ratings and was cancelled after 13 weeks.
Afterward, Crane returned to performing in dinner theaters and also appeared in occasional guest spots on television.Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment while on tour in June 1978 for a dinner theater production of Beginner's Luck.
The murder remains officially unsolved.His previously uncontroversial public image suffered due to the suspicious nature of his death and posthumous revelations about his personal life.