The actor who we'll always remember for his role as the bumbling Colonel Wilhelm Klink on the 60's TV show "Hogan's Heroes" (1965-1971).
Although he'll forever be known for his character as the commandant of Stalag 13, Klemperer was Jewish in real life, and actually fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Klemperer only agreed to do the sitcom if producers promised never to have Klink succeed in his schemes, he always had to portray the Nazis as bad guys. So in every episode, he was made a fool of and Hogan's men always won out in the end.
Klemperer won four Emmy nominations while taking home the trophy two times in 1968 and 1969. (IMDB.com) He also starred in many 1950's and 60's movies. Since then, Werner Klemperer carved out an accomplished musical career as a conductor and also served as a narrator with many major U.S. symphony orchestras. He was an accomplished concert violinist and the son of Otto Klemperer, said to be one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century.
He died in December, 2000, of something age-related.