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Colonel Wilhelm Klink's Luftwaffe rank was Oberst.

Colonel Klink wore the following decorations:


Colonel Klink trivia

• In episode #166, "Hogan's Double Life" (1971), it was stated that Colonel Klink was born in Leipzig, Germany. He attended the gymnasium there, and graduated 43rd in his class.  He worked in his father’s store until after his graduation. Klink received an appointment to the military academy through his uncle, who was the mayor’s barber. He graduated 95th in his class.

Werner Klemperer
Werner Klemperer as
Colonel Klink

• Colonel Klink had a 90 year old grandfather who was grabbed in the park by three Hitler Youth girls.

• In episode #3, "Kommandant of the Year" (1965), it was stated that Colonel Klink had been a colonel for 20 years before being put in charge of "camp 13."  His efficiency rating was 1 degree above miserable until he took charge of "camp 13."

• In episode #36, "Operation Briefcase" (1966), Klink was awarded the Citation of Merit, 2nd Class. This is a fictitious award. The award that Klink received was actually a Decoration of the German Red Cross.

• Klink was in Berlin during the Poland invasion (Sept. 1, 1939)  (from episode #38, "The Rise and Fall of Sergeant Schultz" 1966)

• Colonel Klink had a brother named Wolfgang.


• Klink had a former girlfriend by the name of Marlene Schneider. She used to call him "Willie". (from episode #112, "Klink's Old Flame" 1969)

• Klink was always chosen by the Luftwaffe to broadcast from the tower because of his resonance, projection and "incredible" diction. (from episode #131, "Is There a Traitor in the House" 1969)

• Klink was in his late 40's to early 50's during World War II. He would have been 49 years old in 1944. (from episode #134, "Get Fit or Go Fight" 1970)

• Colonel Klink celebrated his 50th birthday in episode #51, "Praise the Führer and Pass the Ammunition"  (1967).

• In episode #3, "Kommandant of the Year" (1965), Colonel Klink was awarded a metal for being Commandant of the Year. [This medal looks very much like the War Order of the German Eagle - - - attached to a red pin-cushion]

• In episode #3, "Kommandant of the Year" (1965), Colonel Klink, as part of his acceptance speech for being chosen Commandant of the year, said that his hometown was Dusseldorf. He was a handsome boy liked by his fellow students at the gymnasium. He could not pass his examination for the law, medicine, or bookkeeping. His father said "since you're obviously good for nothing, you should join the Army."

• Klink took military training in Potsdam. (from episode #27, "The Safecracker Suite" 1965)

• Klink stated he has a 500 year-old aristocratic name.  (from episode #14, "Oil for the Lamps of Hogan" 1965)

• Colonel Klink was a member of the 410th bomber group before being transferred to Stalag 13.  He was nicknamed "Iron Eagle".  (from episode #45, "Don't Forget to Write"  1966)

• Everyone in Klink's family lived to be at least 80 years old.  (from episode # 62, "The Reluctant Target"  1967)

• Klink's home phone number was "Bismarck 9 271", if there is no answer, it's "Rheinlander 4 827".  (from  episode #97, "To the Gestapo with Love"  1968)

• Colonel Klink "had the honor" of being presented to the Führer at a rally in Munich just before the war.   (from episode #44, "Will the Real Adolf Please Stand Up"  1966)

• Klink's father and grandfather served in the military.   (from episode #101, "Guess Who Came to Dinner"  1968)

• Klink and the Blue Barron were involved in an accident on August 4, 1917.   During a training flight, Klink panicked and their plane crashed, almost killing both of them.  The Blue Barron did however suffer a knee injury.   (from episode #104, "Will the Blue Barron Strike Again?"  1968)

• It was stated in several episodes that Colonel Klink was afraid to fly.   Including #88, "How to Escape From a Prison Camp Without Really Trying" (1968); #107, "The Missing Klink" (1968).

• Klink was Best Man at General Muelendorf’s wedding. (from episode #126, "The Big Picture" 1969)   They also went to school together for 10 years.

• Colonel Klink plays violin with the Hammelburg Quartet.   (from episode #153, "The Big Record"  1970)

• Klink drinks a cup of cocoa before going to bed.   (from episode #159, "Easy Come, Easy Go"  1971)

• Colonel Klink's favorite flavor of ice cream was "pistachio".   (from episode #133, "How's the Weather"  1970)

• In episode #151, "Kommandant Schultz" (1970), Colonel Klink stated that he used to pole-vault in school.

• General Hans Stofle was Colonel Klink's classmate at the "university".  (from episode #19, "Hello, Zolle"  1966)

• Colonel Klink stated that General Hans Stofle gave him his dueling scar.  (from episode #19, "Hello, Zolle"  1966)  


Werner Klemperer
Birth  Mar 22, 1920 - Cologne, Germany
Death  Dec 6, 2000 - New York, NY (cancer)
Occupation  Actor
Years Active  50s 60s
Countries  USA
Genres  Spy Film, Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
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Biography[To Top]
Actor Werner Klemperer seemed destined for a career as a classical musician in his native Germany; his father was legendary orchestra conductor Otto Klemperer, and his mother was an opera singer. Otto Klemperer fled the Nazis in 1933 and secured a job with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, then sent for his wife and children. Trained in piano, trumpet and violin, young Werner never lost his love of music, but decided in the early '40s to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. A naturalized American citizen, Klemperer worked in Maurice Evans' special services unit in World War II, which gave Werner invaluable training before all sorts of audiences. Completely bald in his mid 20s, Klemperer had little problem securing theatrical work as older continental types, yet he yearned to broaden his range. To do this, he completely surpressed his German accent, the better to play such all-American character roles as the timorous press agent in the 1957 Cary Grant film Kiss Them for Me (1957). The capture of fugitive Nazi official Adolph Eichmann in 1960 sparked a renewal of interest in war films, and soon Klemperer found himself playing Eichmann (whom he vaguely resembled) in the 1961 quickie Operation Eichmann. He also essayed a suitably slimy role as a former Nazi jurist on trial for war crimes in 1961's Judgment at Nuremberg. Try though he might to break free of the stereotype, Klemperer was stuck in Teutonic roles, so he resigned himself to recultivating his German accent and worked steadily throughout the '60s. A low-comedy variation of Klemperer's standard character made him an international TV favorite: the actor played the heel-clicking, imperious and incredibly stupid Colonel Klink on the popular sitcom Hogan's Heroes from 1965 through 1970. In the '70s, Klemperer returned to his musical roots as a sometimes performer at the Metropolitan Opera, and as a lecturer/narrator for dozens of American symphony orchestras. Having spent most of his professional career chilling the audience's marrow as the archetypal Nazi officer, Werner Klemperer was the soul of geniality as the jovial narrator of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at regional kiddie concerts of the '80s and '90s. — Hal Erickson
Most Frequently Worked With[To Top]
Production team: Abby Mann (Screenwriter), Stanley Kramer (Producer), Ernest Laszlo (Cinematographer), Gordon Bau (Makeup), Lionel Newman (Mus. Direction/Supervision), Ernest Gold (Composer), Max Steiner (Composer), Delmer Daves (Director), Charles Martin (Director), Henry S. Kesler (Associate Producer), Rudi Feld (Art Director)
Actors: Nancy Kulp, John Emery, Olga Fabian, Frank Nelson, Ray Walston, Leif Erickson, Kathleen Freeman, Eva Gabor, Cary Grant, Ben Wright, William Shatner
Filmography-TV Schedule[To Top]
  1991 Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez  Actor [Starring] F
2.5 Stars 1981 Return of the Beverly Hillbillies [TV]  Actor F
3 Stars 1972 Assignment: Munich [TV] 
     aka Munich-Assignment
Actor F
2.5 Stars 1969 Wake Me When the War Is Over [TV]  Actor F
1.5 Stars 1967 The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz  Actor F
2 Stars 1965 Dark Intruder  Actor F
3 Stars 1965 Ship of Fools  Actor F
2.5 Stars 1964 Youngblood Hawke  Actor [Starring] F
3 Stars 1964 Man from U.N.C.L.E., Vol. 1 [TV]  Actor T
2 Stars 1962 Escape from East Berlin  Actor [Starring] F
2.5 Stars 1961 Operation Eichmann  Actor [Starring] F
4.5 Stars 1961 Judgment at Nuremberg  Actor F
2 Stars 1958 The High Cost of Loving  Actor F
3 Stars 1958 Houseboat  Actor F
3 Stars 1958 The Goddess  Actor F
1.5 Stars 1957 Istanbul  Actor F
3 Stars1.5 Stars2.5 Stars3 Stars2 Stars 1957
Kiss Them for Me 
Five Steps to Danger
Flight to Hong Kong
The Wrong Man
Death of a Scoundrel 

     aka Diary of a Scoundrel
     aka Loves of a Scoun

Werner Klemperer as Lieutenant
 Walter Wallace from 1957's "Kiss Them For Me"
* Film Types: F-Feature, D-Documentary, A-Animated, T-Television, P-Performance, S-Series, V-Video


Henry Fonda and Werner Klemperer 
from Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 thriller "The Wrong Man"


Notable TV appearances

"Simpsons, The" (1989) playing "Col. Wilhelm Klink" (voice) in episode: "Last Temptation of Homer, The" (episode # 5.9) 12/9/1993

"Law & Order" (1990) playing "Father of Victim" in episode: "Star Struck" (episode # 2.12) 1/7/1992

"Night Gallery" (1970) playing "Ludwig Asper" in episode: "Funeral, The" (episode # 2.44) 1/5/1972

"Batman" (1966) playing "Colonel Klink" (uncredited) in episode: "It's How you Play the Game" (episode # 2.26) 12/1/1966

"Lost in Space" (1965) playing "Bolix" in episode: "All That Glitters" (episode # 1.26) 4/6/1966

"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964) playing "Brainwasher" (uncredited) in episode: "Saboteur, The" (episode # 1.24) 2/22/1965

"Man from U.N.C.L.E., The" (1964) in episode: "Project Strigas Affair, The" 11/24/1964

"Perry Mason" (1957) playing "Hurt" in episode: "Case of a Place Called Midnight, The" (episode # 8.8) 11/12/1964

"Perry Mason" (1957) playing "Ulric Zenas" in episode: "Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout, The" (episode # 6.18) 2/14/1963

"Untouchables, The" (1959) playing "January Tornek" in episode: "Purple Gang, The" (episode # 2.7) 12/1/1960

"Alaskans, The" (1959) in episode: "Gold Fever" (episode # 1.15) 1/17/1960

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) playing "Mr. Ranks" in episode: "Crystal Trench, The" (episode # 5.2) 10/4/1959

"Perry Mason" (1957) playing "Stefan Riker" in episode: "Case of the Desperate Daughter, The" (episode # 1.27) 3/22/1958

"Gunsmoke" (1955) playing "Clifton Bunker" in episode: "Sunday Supplement" (episode # 3.22) 2/8/1958

"Maverick" (1957) in episode: "Comstock Conspiracy" (episode # 1.14) 12/29/1957

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) in episode: "Safe Conduct" (episode # 1.21) 2/19/1956