Published in September 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography contains the first-hand testimonies, memories, and recollections from 200 prominent individuals from Bob Crane's life. Family, friends as far back as grade school, and coworkers in radio, television (including many from Hogan's Heroes), theatre, and film have helped tell his complete story. In addition, the hard cover edition contains more than 200 rare family and professional photographs, some never before published or seen by the public until now. Discover the truth! If you think you know Bob Crane before reading this book, you don't know him at all. Author profits will be donated to various charities in Bob's memory.
Official Statement about the Re-Investigation of Bob Crane's Murder (11/23/16)
"We—my coauthors and I, members of Bob Crane's family, his friends, and his colleagues—are always hopeful that one day, the true identity of Bob's murderer will be known and justice can be served. However, this recent investigation did not reveal any groundbreaking information or provide a resolution, and the subsequent media coverage did nothing more than bring unnecessary heartache to many who knew, loved, and cared about Bob. We do not discuss or endorse any speculative theories as to who may have committed the crime. We encourage those who want to know more about Bob Crane to discover his complete and true life story in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. All author profits are being donated to various charities in Bob's memory."
—Carol Ford, author, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Will the Real Robert Hogan Please Stand Up?

Bob Crane as Colonel Hogan.
As we all know, Bob Crane portrayed Colonel Robert E. Hogan on Hogan's Heroes. But how did the series get its name? As it turns out, associate producer Bernard Fein named the show after his good friend, Robert Hogan, an American television actor best known for his work on numerous soap operas, including Another World, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and One Life to Live. Robert Hogan also guest starred in two different episodes of Hogan's Heroes: "Reservations Are Required" and "Crittendon's Commandos." Most recently, in June 2011, he guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

What's more fascinating is this: Bob Crane is related to another Robert Hogan. Ironically and by sheer coincidence, Bob's great-grandfather (on his father's side) was none other than Robert E. Hogan of Stamford, CT, a tool maker whose family was from Ireland. Further, the Crane name was originally spelled "Crean," with Bob's grandfather changing the spelling to Crane sometime prior to 1900.

Bob Crane's complete life story is detailed in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. Published on September 17, 2015, the book is 660 pages in length and contains the firsthand accounts from 200 prominent people from Bob's life.

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