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Robert Hogan, veteran character actor known for The Wire and Laverne and Shirley, dies at 87
2024/04/10

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Robert Hogan, a beloved TV and stage actor, passed away on May 27 at the age of 87. His family confirmed his death due to pneumonia at his home in Maine. Hogan had an incredible career in Hollywood, appearing in over 100 shows and almost every daytime drama series. He had memorable roles in iconic shows such as The Twilight Zone, Laverne and Shirley, and M*A*S*H. One interesting fact about Hogan is that although he only made a guest appearance on the CBS comedy Hogan's Heroes, the character was actually named after him by co-creator Bernie Fein, who was a friend of Hogan's. Hogan initially auditioned for the role but it eventually went to actor Robert Crane.

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Born in Queens, Hogan originally pursued a career in engineering after serving in the U.S. Army. However, a suggestion from one of his professors led him towards acting. He enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began his journey in the entertainment industry.

Throughout his career, Hogan divided his time between New York and California, allowing him to excel both on stage and in Hollywood. He graced Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theaters with his performances. In 1988, his portrayal of Clarence Darrow in Never the Sinner earned him an Outer Critics Circle Award.

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Furthermore, Hogan was an original cast member of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men when it premiered on Broadway.

Hogan's contribution to the industry did not go unnoticed. In the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, actor Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Rick Dalton, gave Hogan a shoutout while watching an episode of The F.B.I. This highlights the lasting impact and influence that Hogan had on both his peers and future generations of actors.

Robert Hogan's death marks the end of an era in the entertainment industry. He will be remembered for his impressive body of work, his versatility as an actor, and the legacy he leaves behind. His dedication, talent, and warm personality will always be cherished by his family, friends, and fans alike.

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