Bob Crane Biography
Birthday: July 13, 1928 (Cancer)
Born In: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Robert Edward Crane, also known as Bob Crane, was an American actor, radio host, drummer, and disc jockey. He shot to fame as Colonel Robert E. Hogan of the TV sitcom ‘Hogan's Heroes’, a role that earned him two Emmy nominations. Before pursuing an acting career, Bob was a prominent radio personality, first in New York, then Connecticut, and finally Los Angeles where he hosted the No. 1 rated morning show. After ‘Hogan's Heroes’ ended, Crane’s career graph started declining. So he began doing theater. However, he returned to television with ‘The Bob Crane Show’ on NBC, which was cancelled after 13 weeks due to poor ratings. So he returned to the theater again. In June 1978, he was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment. While the murder still remains officially unsolved, his friend John Henry Carpenter was arrested in 1992 and charged with Crane’s murder. According to the film ‘Auto Focus’, based on Crane’s murder, Bob Crane was a church-going family man, who descended into a life of strip clubs, BDSM, and sex addiction. However, his son Robert Scott challenged the film's accuracy.