Hogan's Heroes Star Hated Me!

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Werner Klemperer -- the zany Nazi from TV's Hogan's Heroes -- just turned up in a trashy old movie on TCM, which totally reminded me:

One of the first columns I ever wrote humorously referred to club majordomo Rudolf Pieper as "the Werner Klemperer of open bars."

I was simply saying Pieper's the notable German in a whole other situation than the notable German I'd referenced is famous for.

It's like saying, "He's the Norman Mailer of trash," or, "She's the Queen Elizabeth of origami."

But Klemperer wasn't having it.

His lawyer wrote me some very severe letters demanding a retraction because Klemperer didn't drink and wanted no part of this association.

He just didn't get it, wrongly interpreting the item to be saying the actor was an alkie.

But I carefully explained myself, assuring them that the write-up made no connection between him and boozing at all.

That shut them up -- which confirmed my status as the Norman Mailer of trash.



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8 comments
Dmack08
Dmack08

Werner Klemperer loved his role in Hogan's Heroes. He really loved it when fans of the show would approach him later in life. That show was awesome. The funniest show ever made IMO... A lot of people are brainwashed by political correct nonsense into dissing the show, but if one watches it without being infected with the liberal media mindsight it is a classic and truly amazing and unforgettable show.

Victorherbert
Victorherbert

All I can say is I loved him as Klink - almost the highlight of the show.

mjm
mjm

he know nothing HMM!

Havanaheatwave
Havanaheatwave

I guess Colonel Klink didn't clink-clink with a drink.

Sanskrit
Sanskrit

He should have sued the producers of Hogan's Heroes.

Rabbitface
Rabbitface

I think he was a serious actor who got waylaid into a sitcom, but obviously didn't develop a sense of humor.

Muscato
Muscato

You've nailed it - not a bad person, but not someone who found much personal satisfaction in the role that brought him his spot in Pop Culture Valhalla.  He was a total Tcherman Intellectual (son of a major conductor, Otto Klemperer) and generally probably wished he'd been able to get the fame without the embarrassing "Schulz!" schtick...

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