R.I.P. Robert Clary, Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes, familiar face on daytime television

The Holocaust survivor spent over two years in a concentration camp before achieving a successful career in Hollywood.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hogan's Heroes actor Robert Clary has died.

Clary was known for his role as Corporal LeBeau, one he played for six seasons on the World War II comedy sitcom. THR says the actor, who was "the last surviving memeber of the show's original principal cast," passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. 

The only living principal cast member from Hogan's Heroes is Kenneth Washington, who played Sergeant Richard Baker in the final season of the series. 

Clary played one of the allied French prisoners of war on Hogan's Heroes. He was part of the sabotage unit working from inside the POW camp "Stalag 13."

He was born in Paris in 1926 and was the youngest of 14 children, according to THR. As a child, Clary enjoyed performing and singing. "One day when he was 16, he and his family were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz."

Clary was in the concentration camp for 31 months and sadly, was the only member of his captured family to leave.

Once freed from the camps, Clary went to LA to record for Capitol Records, according to THR. Shortly after, he was on a CBS variety show hosted by Ed Wynn, performing a French comedy skit. 

Clary could be seen in films such as Ten Tall Men and Thief of Damascus before he became Corporal LeBeau on Hogan's Heroes. As far as his role on the show and his history, Clary felt there was a clear difference between the two. 

"I had to explain that [Hogan's Heroes] was about prisoners of war in a stalag, not a concentration camp, and although I did not want to diminish what soldiers went through during their internments, it was like night and day from what people endured in concentration camps," he's quoted as saying in The Hollywood Reporter, from his 2001 memoir From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes

After Hogan's Heroes ended, Clary could be seen as a familiar face on daytime television. He was in episodes of The Young and the Restless and General Hospital before playing Robert LeClair on Days of Our Lives, appearing in episodes across 15 years. In the early '90s, Clary continued on his soap opera path with his role as Pierre Jourdan on The Bold and the Beautiful

Clary was 96. 

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Randall 15 days ago
Very sad news, not only was he brilliant on Hogans Heroes, He was awesome in the 1974 film about the Hindenburg disaster! He played a traveling acrobat and was amazing! Must see movie and I wish I could find it!
FLETCH 18 days ago
He lived an amazing life and made it to 96. RIP
CecilMJames1 20 days ago
He was married to Eddie Cantors daughter until she passed away and he was on Days of Our Lives Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.
ron 20 days ago
You will be missed very much love you will be praying for your family
JohnGrant 20 days ago
Thats nice he lived long but sad their all gone now except Kenneth Washington. One of the best shows ever made and yet never to be repeated. Their was one episode I remember where LeBeau (with Carter/Newkirk) clearly showed his Broadway talent ,
PatrickRegan 20 days ago
When LeBeau gets to heaven I heard that St.Peter had a tree stump with a lid installed out side the Gates Of Heaven so upon arrival LeBeau will feel right at home. God Bless Robert
Rest In Peae
LalaLucy 20 days ago
One of my favorites on the show. I have always loved this guy's incredible story and his indomitable spirit. Prayers to all mourning his loss.
Klink 21 days ago
Sad day, part of the greatest show in TV history
Snickers 21 days ago
Rest in peace little Cockroach. Rest in Peace Robert.
Peter_Falk_Fan 21 days ago
I was sad to hear about his passing. He was a great entertainer. He said that his skill as an entertainer helped keep him alive in the concentration camps. “For the 10 minutes that I worked, or the 15 minutes that I sang,” he added, “they had forgotten where they were. And that was the most important thing.”

R.I.P. Robert Clary

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mdit21 22 days ago
I remember Robert Clary in the film "The Hindenburg." It was about the airship disaster and starred George C. Scott. R.I.P. Robert Clary.
Wufferduck 22 days ago
What a great gentleman, and an amazing career. And a wonderful attitude for life. Thank God we have reruns love watching Hogan’s Heroes. RIP Mr. Clary.
ShineyRock 22 days ago
I can honestly say I have watched every episode of Hogans Hearos at least twice. And LeBeau was one of the best actors in the part he played, Rest in Peace little man you definitely played the part!!!
DZee ShineyRock 20 days ago
I can honestly say I have watched every episode at least 50 times.
BillThorp 22 days ago
Rest in Peace Lebeau, I'll be watching tonight.
ENCarlan 22 days ago
I knew that one day I would turn on the news and see this, yet I still have no words.
CoreyC 22 days ago
I hope Me TV would put a block of LeBeau episodes to honor him.
sanman1970 CoreyC 22 days ago
FYI - Just saw an ad on MeTV that all Hogan's Heros episodes next week (Nov. 21st) will feature Robert Clary best.
BrittReid 22 days ago
What a front row seat in life. R.I.P. Robert Clary. Never missed Hogan's Heroes growing up. Many thank you's for all the smiles you gave us......
Mrusso 22 days ago
Loved this show as a kid and still do. Just fun humor. You will be missed Mr Clary thank you for the wonderful time you gave us
bj1606 Mrusso 22 days ago
Yep me too watched the original as a kid I can’t wait till 9 for it to come on
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