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John Banner
Birth: Jan. 28, 1910
Vienna
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death: Jan. 28, 1973
Vienna
Vienna (Wien), Austria

Actor. Fondly remembered for his role of 'Sergeant Schultz' in the classic 1960s television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" (1965 - 1971). An Austrian actor of Jewish descent in his hometown of Vienna, he was forced to leave when Germany and Austria unified in 1938, at the age of 28, during the Anschluss (union) between the two countries. There are reports that he spent time in a German Concentration Camp, but these are unconfirmed. At the time of the Anschluss, he was touring Switzerland with an acting company, and with Hitler's anti-semitic policies, he decided to immigrate to the United States. Rapidly picking up English, he obtained work in the early 1940s in Hollywood, oddly enough playing Nazis or Germans in war films, often uncredited. His trim Nordic look and accent typecast him in the roles of the very villains who would murder his family that had been left behind in Austria - all of whom perished in the Holocaust. His first Hollywood role was in the 1941 film, "Accent on Love," but he more often than not was uncredited in his roles. He regularly found work in such films as "Desperate Journey" (1942), "Immortal Sergeant" (1943), "Tonight we Raid Calais" (1943), "Tangier" (1946), "Rendezvous 24" (1946), "My Girl" (1948), "King Solomon's Mines" (1950), "The Beast of Budapest" (1958), "Operation Eichmann" (1961), "The Interns" (1961), and "Bedtime Story" (1964). He would also play guest star roles on television, finding steady work in such shows as The Lone Ranger, Fireside Theatre, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Father Knows Best, and The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. By 1965, he had gained an additional 100 pounds, weighing 280 pounds, and had won the role of Sergeant Georg Schultz, on the comedy series "Hogan's Heroes." In a 1965 interview with TV Guide Magazine, he viewed his Schultz role as "the representative of some kind of goodness that is in every generation." Portraying Schultz as an inept guard, he would become known for his character's ignoring of the shenanigans going on in the camp with his signature "I know nothing! I see nothing!" After "Hogan's Heroes" was cancelled in 1971, he signed on for another television sitcom, "The Chicago Teddy-Bears" (1971), set in the 1930s Chicago of Prohibition, with his character, Uncle Latzi," becoming a lovable bumbling gangster similar to the earlier Sgt. Schultz character. However, the "Chicago Teddy-Bears" flopped and was cancelled in the middle of the first season. After that, he retired to his hometown of Vienna, Austria, where he died from an abdominal hemorrhage on his 63rd birthday, in 1973. The grave shown in the photo is the original site of the Banner grave, but since grave space in Germany and Austria is tightly controlled, the space was rented to the Hübner family. The small grave sign translates as: "Here is the last resting place of the actor, John Banner, known as 'Sergeant First Class Georg Schultz' in the comedy show, 'A Cage Full of Heroes' (in English, 'Hogan's Heroes'). You have provided us with many rememberable hours; you will live forever in our hearts. We, your family, will never forget you." (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 

Cause of death: Abdominal hemorrhage
 
Burial:
Mauer Cemetery
Vienna
Wien Stadt
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Plot: Group 57, row 2, number 26
 
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Record added: Dec 16, 1999
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John Banner
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