Werner Klemperer

Died December 6, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) - Werner Klemperer, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who went on to play the inept German prison-camp commandant Col. Klink on TV's "Hogan's Heroes," has died. He was 80.

Klemperer died of cancer Wednesday at his home in New York, said his publicist, Bernie Ilson.

Klemperer fled Germany in 1935 with his father, Otto, a distinguished conductor and composer. He won two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the monocled Col. Wilhelm Klink on the 1960s sitcom about World War II Allied prisoners of war. Klemperer had his own condition for playing the part: "If ever a segment was written where Col. Klink is the winner, I would leave the show," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last year.

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