However, Robert Crane challenged the film's accuracy. On October 16, 1970, Bob married Patricia “Patty” Olson, a stage actress. Beth Howland, who played Vera on ‘Alice,’ dies at 74, 'Growing Pains' star Alan Thicke dies at age 69, Ed Asner says Mary Tyler Moore had spunk, and this time he liked it. In 1956, he joined CBS Radio to host a popular morning show at KNX in Los Angeles. He returned to TV with his own series, ‘The Bob Crane Show’ on NBC in 1975. I think that’s where his mind was at.”. Still, Hook had never really investigated beyond the headlines. He was, in fact, inspired to play the drums by watching Gene Krupa at an event. Plus, see what some of your favorite '90s stars look like now. "For the people who believe Carpenter did this and won't move on their position, they'll just say that we're getting DNA that has nothing to do with the crime.". Valdis began acting in the late 1950s. The film was the subject of controversy with his half-brother Scott Crane and step-mother Sigrid Valdis who considered it unfair and exploitative and an insult to the memory of Bob Crane. After ‘Hogan's Heroes’ ended, he appeared in two Disney comedy films—‘Superdad,’ in the title role, in 1973, and ‘Gus’in 1976. In 1969, he starred in a dinner theater production of ‘Cactus Flower.’. He left the show in December 1964. He died four years later, in 1998. That all changed when Hook interviewed Robert Crane for a segment in 2015. They had three children—Robert David, Deborah Anne, and Karen Leslie. [2] Though no longer using her stage name, she later oversaw a tribute website to her husband, with a blog where she answered questions from fans of her husband and Hogan's Heroes. Bob Crane’s performance in ‘Hogan's Heroes’ received critical acclaim. “This story had kind of been around. His most recent book is "Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder," published in 2015. He says juggling it between work and family responsibilities was exhausting. It ran for 168 episodes on the CBS network. His first move was obvious. Follow Randy Cordova on Twitter: He worked full-time at KNX while he was doing ‘The Donna Reed Show’. I haven't seen Bobby since the funeral." Bob played the military-style drum rhythm that introduced the show’s theme song. In 1968, he appeared in a feature film, ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz’, a comedy film directed by George Marshall. They also worked together on the movies "Hamburger," "Only The Lonely," "Hostage for a Day" and "Wagons's East." Publicity Listings In 2002, he collaborated with director Paul Schrader in the film, "Auto Focus," a semi-autobiographical chronicle on the sordid off-camera life and murder of his father. Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant. On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane was found murdered in his Winfield Place Apartments in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1950, Bob Crane began his broadcasting career at WLEA, a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format, in Hornell, New York. Following the birth of their son in 1971, Valdis retired from acting. Who Is The Greatest Female Warrior In History? ", He says a juror from the original trial acknowledged that if prosecutors could have proven that Crane's blood was on the car, Carpenter likely would have been found guilty. Blood smears were found in Carpenter's car that matched Bob’s blood type. He wrote for Playboy Magazine for twenty years. Robert David Crane, Actor: Auto Focus. Official Sites, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, (1983 - The results, however, were surprising: Although the blood type matched Crane's (which jurors knew in the 1994 trial), the DNA did not. Crane also co-produced the short films "Mirage" with Richard Decker and "She'll Never Make it to the Olympics" with Kari Hildebrand. That led the newsman on a journey that became something of an obsession. PHOENIX — The gruesome 1978 murder of ‘60s sitcom star Bob Crane captured the imagination of KSAZ-TV anchor John Hook a couple of years ago. She was best known for playing "Hilda" in the American television series Hogan's Heroes. “It’s bizarre to me,” he says. 'Bobby' didn't start calling himself 'Jr.' This is a series of interviews with Jack Nicholson and a number of other people who had, up to that point, worked with Jack. In other words: There are no new signs pointing to Carpenter. Robert David Crane. Son of Alfred Thomas and Rosemary Crane, he had an older brother, Alfred John. 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. That would have pretty much shut the door. As his acting career took a downslide, his appetite for sex and pornography became more profound, which led the industry to shun him further. He wrote for Playboy Magazine for twenty years. David Crane in Illinois 75 people named David Crane found in Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, St. Louis and 8 other cities. I became kind of obsessed with the case — I think for journalists that’s often the place you end up, and when you do your best work. Some of it was sad and illustrated dueling sides of the star’s personality. On the other hand, Carpenter's former attorney, Stephen Avilla, told Hook, "This is wonderful news for John ... to know that he has finally been vindicated.". However, his son Robert Scott challenged the film's accuracy. After I met Crane Jr., I just came away thinking he has no resolution. Bob and Patty separated in December 1977. "My kids don't want me to write another one for a while," he says. Looking for something to watch? He is survived by his parents Billy and Jeanne Crane, sister Karen McCain and spouse Leland, niece Marissa King and spouse Josh, niece Michelle Strahan and spouse Steven, all of Odessa, Texas and numerous other relatives. Robert David Crane is an American author and writer, probably best known for the book, "Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder" about the unsolved murder of his father, "Hogan's Heroes" star, Bob Crane. In 1990, Scottsdale Detective Jim Raines reexamined the evidence from 1978, and the case was reopened. However, due to lack of evidence, Carpenter was acquitted. It was a television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during the World War II. While the murder still remains officially unsolved, his friend John Henry Carpenter was arrested in 1992 and charged with Crane’s murder. So he returned to the theater again. He shot to fame as Colonel Robert E. Hogan of the TV sitcom ‘Hogan's Heroes’, a role that earned him two Emmy nominations. Police suspected that a friend, John Carpenter, had killed him, but they didn't have the DNA evidence. On May 20, 1949, Bob Crane married his high school girlfriend Anne Terzian. Crane was found beaten to death with an electrical cord around his throat. Twice widowed, Valdis died on October 14, 2007, from lung cancer in Anaheim, California, aged 72.She had two daughters, Melissa Smith and Ana Sarmiento, and a son, Scott. |  Robert David Crane is the co-author of numerous books and interviews and articles for magazines and newspapers. His show quickly topped the morning ratings due to his wit and drumming skills, and guests like Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Hope. Robert David Crane was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 27, 1956 and passed away March 31, 2011, in Austin, Texas at age of 55. Bob Crane’s son Robert Crane also speculated that Crane's widow, Patricia Olson, might have had a hand in the crime. The result is a new book, Who Killed Bob Crane, that delves deep into the crime, even using DNA evidence in an attempt to pinpoint the killer. Paul Schrader’s Last Stand: How a 70-Year-Old Titan of American Cinema Is Fighting to Stay Relevant, Dog Eat Dog trailer, starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, Big Screen to Small Screen: Top 10 Films About Television, Title Role Performances — First Name Titles, I Can’t Believe They Chose That As Best Picture, The Best TV Shows About Being in Your 30s. In June 1978, he was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment. She had three stepchildren from Crane's earlier marriage to Anne Terzian: Karen, Deborah, and Robert David Crane. From an evidence photograph of the car's interiors, Raines discovered a piece of brain tissue. Robert David Crane is the co-author of numerous books and interviews and articles for magazines and newspapers. until my father died. Adding to the sensational tabloid aspect of the crime: Crane's obsession with pornography (watching it and making his own) and his apparently insatiable sexual appetite. In June 1992, Carpenter was arrested and charged with Bob Crane’s murder. In 1978, he shot a travel documentary in Hawaii, and recorded an appearance on ‘Celebrity Cooks’, a Canadian cooking show. "If he had said, 'let sleeping dogs lie,' then that would have been it.". #109 of 120 books pledged to read during 2018 1975 book by Robert David Crane (son of "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane) and Christopher Fryer. He was of Irish and Russian descent, and was raised in a traditional Roman Catholic household. For Hook, it meant diving into one of most lurid murder cases Arizona has ever seen. This is the first book Hook has written. Celebrities Who Are Not In The Limelight Anymore, 20th Century Film & Theater Personalities, 20th Century American Film & Theater Personalities. He also saw videos Crane made of himself having sex with women; the actor even laid a soundtrack over the action, Hook writes. The show ran for six seasons, from 1965 to 1971, and earned Crane two Emmy nominations. Crane co-produced the short films "Mirage" with Richard Decker and "She'll Never Make it to the Olympics" with Kari Hildebrand. Scotty alleges that his brother sold out to "Auto-Focus" for a mere $2,500, the same amount offered to Scotty. After the success of his character Dr David Kelsey, the character was incorporated into the storyline and Bob Crane became a regular cast member, beginning with the episode ‘Friends and Neighbors’. Next he moved to WBIS, a radio station licensed to serve Bristol, Connecticut, and then to WICC, a commercial AM radio station in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Background details that you might want to know about Robert include: ethnicity is Caucasian, whose political affiliation is unknown; and religious views are listed as Christian. So he began doing theater. The couple also adopted their teenage housekeeper Ana Marie. However, these were not aired following his death. Realizing that he could not get rid of this behavior on his own, he sought professional counseling in 1978. [4], "Sigrid Valdis: 'Pure vamp' of 'Hogan's Heroes, "Sigrid Valdis, 72; sexy secretary on 'Hogan's Heroes' married its star", "Bob Crane, 'Hogan's Heroes' Star, Found Slain at Home in Arizona",, Burials at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 19:30. From 1948-50, he was in the Connecticut Army National Guard, and was honorably discharged after two years.