NEW BIOGRAPHY ABOUT 'HOGAN'S HEROES' STAR BOB CRANE
TO GIVE TRUE PERSPECTIVE ON ACTOR'S LIFE
WILBRAHAM, Mass., Feb. 18, 2015—Bob Crane, best known for his work on the popular 1960s World War II sitcom Hogan's Heroes and whose 1978 murder remains unsolved, is the subject of a new biography that will give the public a completely different perspective on his life.
Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography will be released on September 17, 2015, and according to author Carol Ford, refutes inaccurate judgments about Crane and provides an in-depth look at his life and major career accomplishments, many of which were unprecedented.
"Other works have dwelled primarily on the negative aspects of Bob Crane's life and his murder, to the exclusion of nearly all else," Ford said. "People simply don't realize how many important contributions he made to the entertainment industry and to society."
Ford and her co-researchers Dee Young and Linda Groundwater spent more than a decade interviewing approximately 200 prominent individuals from Crane's life—family members; friends as far back as grade school; coworkers in radio, television, theatre, and film; and the counselor/pastor who was helping Crane overcome his addiction shortly before his death—hoping to provide a more accurate account of his entire life. Ford believes she and her colleagues have done just that.
"Bob was a kind-hearted, talented man who genuinely wanted to do good," Ford added. "He was not perfect, but nobody is. His complete life story is dynamic and deserves to be told."
Born on July 13, 1928, in Waterbury, CT, Crane achieved international success as Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes. Prior to that, Crane spent 15 consecutive years in radio. His radio program consistently ranked at the top of audience market shares on each coast.
Crane's murder on June 29, 1978, in Scottsdale, AZ, shocked the public and garnered massive media coverage. Despite the glare, the crime has never been solved. What did come to light during the investigation was Crane's lifestyle, which included sex and amateur pornography with numerous consensual women. Shortly before his death, however, he had admitted to a pastor/addiction counselor that he realized he was a sexual addict and wanted to be healed.
The book will be published by AuthorMike Ink Publishing and will be available through all major book retailers worldwide. The book's release also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Hogan's Heroes, which premiered on September 17, 1965. A portion of the book's profits will be donated to various charities in Bob Crane's memory.
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