But behind the on-screen persona Crane had a dark side, and it likely led to his 1978 murder in Scottsdale.
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Hogan's Heroes, starring Bob Crane, aired for six seasons on CBS from 1965 to 1971. It was set in a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany during World War Two.
Hogan and his band of Allied captives outwitted the Germans at every turn.
The role propelled Crane, a former disk jockey to stardom, and it provided him an endless stream of women eager to meet the star. It fueled his other passion -- pornography -- homemade pornography.
Crane videotaped hundreds of sexual encounters through the years. After Hogan's Heroes had gone off the air, Crane took to the dinner theater circuit.
During a run of shows at the Windmill Dinner Theater in Scottsdale in June of 1978, Crane was murdered. A friend found him in his Scottsdale apartment with his head bashed in.
The man who introduced him to early video-cameras to record his sexual escapades, John Carpenter, was eventually charged with Crane's murder, but a lack of DNA and poor evidence collection resulted in a jury finding Carpenter not guilty.
Bob Crane's murder officially remains unsolved.