supporting actor, winning in 1968, and again in
1969. It was on the set of Hogan's Heroes that he met actress Louise
Troy, who was making a guest appearance. They fell in love, got
married and eventually divorced (she died in 1994).
Klemperer reprised the role of Klink in an episode
of The Simpsons in 1993 as Homer's guardian angel/spirit guide in
the episode: "The Last Temptation of Homer" (episode #
5.9). Additionally, he appeared in character and costume as Klink
in a "Batclimb cameo" on the campy original Batman television
series and as Officer Bolix in the Lost in Space episode "All
That Glitters" in 1966.
In an episode of Law & Order he played a non-comic
role as the father of a murder suspect.
After his famous father’s death in 1973, Klemperer
expanded his acting career with musical roles in opera and Broadway
musicals. He earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance
in Cabaret. A member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chamber
Symphony, Klemperer served as a narrator with many other U.S. symphony
orchestras. He also made occasional guest appearances on television
dramas, and took part in a few studio recordings, notably a version
of Arnold Schönberg's Gurrelieder in 1979.
Werner Klemperer died from cancer on December 6,
2000, at the age of 80. His body was cremated and his ashes were
scattered at sea. From 1997 until his death, Klemperer was married
to African-American actress Kim Hamilton.
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Between 1970 and 1978, Klemperer owned a Mercedes
Benz 6.9 V8, which was initially intended for Roman Polanski. When
parked on the set of Hogan's Heroes, Bob Crane always joked about
it being "The Colonel's staff car".
Was a friend off-set of Bob Crane. After Crane's
murder, Werner sold his Mercedes-Benz because it brought back too
many memories of his dead friend.
Klemperer was a pole vaulter in high school. In
an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Colonel Klink tried to see if he could
pole vault over a fence.
When Klemperer's father, the famous conductor, saw
his first episode of Hogan's Heroes, he said to his son, "Your
work is good...but who is the author of this material?"
He was once asked by a town in California to be the Grand Marshal
of its Memorial Day parade. The protests about having a "Nazi"
as Marshal caused the town to disinvite him. Klemperer kindly agreed
but wrote a letter to the local paper stating that as a man who
had been persecuted by the Nazis as a Jew and as a WWII veteran
of the U.S. Army, he felt somewhat confused at the uproar.
He can be seen playing in the violin section of
the New Philharmonia Orchestra on the EMI Classics DVD "Otto
Klemperer — Beethoven Symphony No. 9." The concert was performed
on November 8, 1964, at London's Royal Albert Hall.
As Colonel Klink, he was a pretentious but dreadful violin player,
in contrast with his virtuosity with the instrument in real life.
According to the particular episode's DVD commentary,
when he guested on The Simpsons, he had to be given a reminder of
how to play Colonel Klink. Essentially, he imitated an imitation
of the character.
During 80's lived in the famous Sunset Towers in
West Hollywood in the penthouse for many years when the building
was being restored and was mostly vacant.