The only Black German POW dies

Posted: March 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

On TV at least.

Ivan Dixon, best known for his role as Kinchloe on “Hogan’s Heroes” has just passed away.

Hogan’s Heroes was/is probably one of favorite television shows. I must say I never could understand how Kinchloe could fool German guards when he occasionally dressed as a German soldier. One of the great mysteries of life for me.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ivan Dixon, an actor, director and producer best known for his role as Kinchloe on the 1960s television series “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 76.

Dixon died Sunday at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte after a hemorrhage and of complications from kidney failure, said his daughter, Doris Nomathande Dixon of Charlotte.

Actor Sidney Poitier said the two men became friends after Dixon was his stunt double in the 1958 movie “The Defiant Ones.”

“As an actor, you had to be careful,” Poitier said in a statement. “He was quite likely to walk off with the scene.”

Dixon began his acting career on Broadway in plays including “The Cave Dwellers” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” On film, he appeared in “Something of Value,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “A Patch of Blue,” “Nothing But a Man” and the cult favorite “Car Wash.”

But he was probably best known for the role of U.S. Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe on “Hogan’s Heroes,” a satire set in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Kinchloe, in charge of electronic communications, could mimic German officers on the radio or phone. (more…)


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