Robert Clary Biography, Career, Family, Spouse and Net Worth

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  1. What does Robert Clary do for a living?
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 Who is Robert Clary?

Robert Clary was a famous French-born American professional actor. Clary is recognized for his role in the television sitcom Hogan’s Heroes as Corporal Louis LeBeau (1965 to 1971). Additionally, he had recurring roles in the soap operas Days of Our Lives (1972 to 1987) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1990 to 1992).

Robert Clary Career

Clary went back to the entertainment industry and started singing songs that became famous not only in France but in the United States too. He then made his first recordings in 1948, which were brought to the U.S. on wire and were issued on disk by Capitol Records. In October 1949, he moved to the United States. Among his first American appearances was a French-language comedy skit on The Ed Wynn Show in 1950. He then met Merv Griffin and Eddie Cantor. This finally led to him meeting Cantor’s daughter, Natalie Cantor Metzger, whom he married in 1965, after being ”the closest of friends” for 15 years. Cantor later got him a spot on The Colgate Comedy Hour. Clary then appeared on NBC’s early sitcom The Martha Raye Show and on CBS’s drama anthology series Appointment with Adventure in the mid-1950s.

His comedic skills were instantly recognized by Broadway, where he then appeared in various popular musicals. The musicals include New Faces of 1952, which was produced as a movie in 1954. In 1952, Clary appeared in the movie Thief of Damascus which also starred Lon Chaney Jr. and Paul Henreid. Clary guest-starred on The Gisele Mackenzie Show (NBC) in 1958. He then guest-starred on The Munsters Today (1989) as Loius Schecter, Lily’s acting coach, in the episode ”Green Eyed Munsters”. Clary was cast in the title role of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in a British production of an Edward Chodorov play, Monsieur Lautrec in 1959. The play ran for 2 weeks at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Despite The Stage panning the play, it credited him for playing Lautrec ”with a delicacy and yet moving intenseness.”

LeBeau on Hogan’s Heroes

In 1965, the diminutive 155 cm (5 ft 1 in ) Clary was offered the role of Corporal Loius LeBeau on a new television sitcom titled Hogan’s Heroes. He accepted the role when the pilot was sold. The series was set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. He played a French POW who was a member of an Allied sabotage group operating from inside the camp. Clary became one the last two surviving principal cast members of Hogan’s Heroes, alongside Kenneth Washington (Sergeant Richard Baker, final season), when Cynthia Lynn (Helga, first season, 1965-1966_ died on March 10, 2014. Clary was the last surviving original principal cast member.

Later life and career

Following Hogan’s Heroes cancellation in 1971, he kept close ties with fellow Hogan’s Heroes cast members John Banner, Werner Klemperer, and Leon Askin, whose lives were also affected by the Holocaust. After the show was canceled, Clary appeared in a handful of feature movies with World War II themes, such as the made-for-television movie Remembrance of Love, about the Holocaust. He also appeared on the soap operas Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless.

Clary then appeared in the 1975 movie The Hindenburg, which portrayed a fictional plot to blow up the German airship following its arrival at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station. He portrayed Joseph Spah, a real-life passenger on the airship’s last voyage. Clary then spent years touring Canada and the United States, speaking about the Holocaust. He was also a painter painting from photographs he took on his travels. In 2001, he published a memoir, From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary.

A photo of Robert Clary

A photo of Robert Clary

How old is Robert Clary?

Robert Max Widerman was born on March 1, 1926, in Paris France, and died at the age of 96 on November 16, 2022, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He shared his birthday with famous people including Justin Bieber, Lupita Nyong’o, Jensen Ackles, Ron Howard, Zack Snyder, Booker T, Robert Conrad, Ana Hickmann, Krystle D’Souza, and many more.

Robert Clary Family

Who are Robert Clary’s parents?

Robert Max Widerman was born to his parents, Moishe Wilderman and Baila Widerman in Paris. His parents were from Poland but moved to France after World War I. His father was a tailor, 15 years older than Clary’s mother, and brought six children from his previous marriage after his wife died in childbirth.

Does Robert Clary have siblings?

Clary was born into a family of 14 children as the youngest. 10 of his siblings died in the Holocaust, which he learned after returning to France from the camp.

Robert Clary Education

Clary had not shared any information about his educational and academic background and qualifications with the media.

Robert Clary Interests

Clary started a career singing professionally on a French radio station and also studied art in Paris at the age of 12. He was deported to the Nazi concentration camp at Ottmuth, in Upper Silesia (now Otmet, Poland) because he was Jewish in 1942. There he was tattooed with the identification ”A5714” on his left forearm and later sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. At the camp, he sang to an audience of SS soldiers every other Sunday together with an accordionist. He was later liberated from Buchenwald on April 11, 1945. He was the only survivor after 12 other members of his immediate family had been sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. After going back to Paris following World War II, Clary learned that three of his 13 siblings had not been taken away and had survived the Nazi occupation of France.

Robert Clary Spouse

Clary married Natalie Cantor Metzger in 1965, after meeting her through her father Eddie Cantor, and being friends for 15 years. She later died in 1997, still married to him. Clary lived in his Los Angeles home, where he passed away.

Robert Clary Kids

Clary and his wife, Natalie did not have any children of their own at her death.

Robart Clary Height

Clary had a well-built, energetic, and physically fit body with a height of 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) and an undisclosed weight.

Robert Clary Net Worth

French-born American professional actor, Clary had been active in the film industry from 1951 to 2001. He had gathered an estimated net worth of approximately $1-5 million as of his demise in 2022.