Robert Clary, a French actor and singer who spent 31 months in Nazi concentration camps before going on to co-star in the US sitcom "Hogan's Heroes,"
which was set in a German POW camp during World War II, has passed away at the age of 96.
Clary, who starred in six seasons of "Hogan's Heroes" from 1965 to 1971 as the strudel-baking French Corporal Louis Lebeau,
passed away on Wednesday at his Los Angeles home, according to his granddaughter, who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter.
David Martin, his former manager, praised Robert as "an great guy and tremendously skilled not only as an actor but also a performer and a gifted painter."
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Clary endured starvation, illness, and forced work for 2.5 years while incarcerated in the concentration camps in Ottmuth, Blachhammer, Gross-Rosen, and Buchenwal
After being set free by American forces when they liberated Buchenwald in April 1945, he discovered that his parents and other family members had perished in the Holocaust.
Ironically, Clary rose to prominence by making jokes in a TV program that was set in a German POW camp. He claimed that participating in a show that made fun of the Nazis didn't worry him.
Clary was a well-known character for his burgundy beret and culinary prowess, which he exploited to divert German officials with delectable fare while his fellow POWs were getting into mischief.