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DiedJanuary 28, 1973, Vienna, Austria
SpouseRenee Christine Gemenne Muhr, 24. Rockets or Romance, 23. Look at the Pretty Snowflakes, 22. Hogan's Double Life
FactBanner is best remembered for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe prison- camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965). But there remains a certain irony: John Banner was Jewish.

John Banner was born on July 10, 1910, in Vienna, Austria. His parents were Jewish and his father was a successful businessman. Banner had two brothers and one sister. He was educated at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

Banner began his career as an actor in the German film industry. He appeared in over 30 films between 1930 and 1945. He is best known for his role as Sergeant Schultz in the television series Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971).

Banner emigrated to the United States in 1947. He became a naturalized citizen in 1953. He continued his acting career in Hollywood, appearing in such films as The Ten Commandments (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

Banner died of a heart attack on January 28, 1973, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by his wife, actress Ruth Roman, and their two children.

Banner’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated at $5 million.

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Full NameJohn Banner
DiedJanuary 28, 1973, Vienna, Austria
Height1.85 m


SpouseRenee Christine Gemenne Muhr, 24. Rockets or Romance, 23. Look at the Pretty Snowflakes, 22. Hogan's Double Life


Movies36 Hours, The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz, Once Upon a Honeymoon, The Fallen Sparrow, 20,000 Eyes, Seven Miles from Alcatraz, Never Say Goodbye, Guilty of Treason, My Girl Tisa, Star Spangled Salesman, Crash of the Moons, The Story of Ruth, Hitler, The Interns, Callaway Went Thataway, Operation E...
TV ShowsThe Chicago Teddy Bears, Hogan's Heroes

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1There is no such thing as a cuddly Nazi. Maybe Goering was cuddly to his wife. He wasn't cuddly to the city of Rotterdam. Schultz is not a Nazi. I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in any generation.
2On his ironic casting as Sgt. Schultz: "Well, who better to play Nazis than we Jews?"


1On Februray 2, 1973, John Banner was interred at Mauer Cemetery, Vienna, plot no 57/2/26.
2John Banner and Werner Klemperer appeared together nearly 10 years prior to "Hogans Heroes" in the episode "Safe Conduct" of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
3In _The Untouchables_ episode "Takeover", Banner is pumped for information and says "I know nothing." 3 years before, he made the line famous as Sgt. Schultz in Hogan's Heroes (1965).
4Passed away in his native Vienna on his 63rd birthday.
5Another bit of irony, besides John Banner being Jewish and playing a guard in a POW camp... is that like his co-star on Hogan's Heroes, Robert Clary.... John Banner was in a concentration camp prior to his release and travel out of Nazi Occupied Germany (in the early part of the Nazi control of Germany, a trip to a concentration camp was not an automatic "death sentence"). So John Banner was lucky to leave just before the Nazi policies changed.
6Banner is best remembered for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe prison- camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes (1965). But there remains a certain irony: John Banner was Jewish.




G.E. True1963TV SeriesHipp
Wide Country1963TV SeriesThe Doctor
The Interns1962Dr. Duane
The Counterfeit Traitor1962Voices (uncredited)
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesVandever
Hitler1962Gregor Strasser
The Untouchables1962TV SeriesFranz Koenig
Outlaws1962TV SeriesWint
Thriller1961TV SeriesProf. Martin Vander Hoven
One, Two, Three1961Krause / Haberdrasher (voice)
20,000 Eyes1961Kurt Novak
Operation Eichmann1961Rudolf Höss
Five Fingers1960TV SeriesSaphani
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1960TV SeriesPopper
77 Sunset Strip1960TV SeriesCarl Neuman
Dante1960TV SeriesBaron Von Zenger
Perry Mason1960TV SeriesA. Tobler
Michael Shayne1960TV SeriesDr. Hess
The Roaring 20's1960TV SeriesOtto Bauer
My Sister Eileen1960TV Series
Markham1960TV SeriesPolice Commissioner Langres
The Story of Ruth1960King of Moab
One Step Beyond1960TV SeriesDr. Molhaus
This Is the Life1960TV SeriesCarl Brandt
The Wonderful Country1959Ben Sterner
The Blue Angel1959Principal Harter
The Third Man1959TV SeriesSteiner
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959TV SeriesOffice Supervisor
Shotgun Slade1959TV SeriesCorneilus
Behind Closed Doors1958TV SeriesProsecutor Hoxa
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin1958TV SeriesBaron Carlisle
Cimarron City1958TV SeriesP.B. Minscher
Man Without a Gun1958TV SeriesMax Brenner
Fräulein1958Ulick, German Health Dept. (uncredited)
The Young Lions1958German Town Mayor (uncredited)
Telephone Time1958TV Series
The Beast of Budapest1958Dr. Kovach
Studio 571958TV Series
Adventures of Superman1957TV SeriesBronsky
The Loretta Young Show1957TV SeriesHans
The Lineup1957TV Series
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna1957TV SeriesHans Schlosser
Conflict1957TV Series
Father Knows Best1957TV SeriesArtist
The Gray Ghost1957TV SeriesMajor Von Borcke
Navy Log1956TV Series
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday1956TV SeriesCount Courtebiche
You Are There1956TV SeriesNazi News Dealer
The Power and the Prize1956Mr. Ruloff (uncredited)
Matinee Theatre1955-1956TV Series
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesPrefect of Police
Private Secretary1956TV SeriesSandor
Never Say Goodbye1956Oskar, the Baker
Four Star Playhouse1956TV SeriesKoert
The Man Called X1956TV Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956TV SeriesTrain Conductor
Jungle Jim1956TV SeriesWilhelm Camphausen
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle1956TV SeriesBrunner
Captain Midnight1954-1955TV SeriesVan Ronk / Goronov
The Rains of Ranchipur1955Rashid Ali Khan (uncredited)
Mystery Is My Business1955TV SeriesBuehler
Cradle Song1955TV Movie
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV SeriesSgt. Heinz
Fireside Theatre1954-1955TV SeriesJoe / Josef Novak / Amos
Topper1955TV SeriesAli / Henri
Schlitz Playhouse1955TV SeriesMorris Odvarka
The Whistler1954TV SeriesVan Loovan
Adventures of the Falcon1954TV SeriesColdroski
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger1954TV SeriesBovaro
Public Defender1954TV Series
Executive Suite1954Henri (Stork Club Maître D') (uncredited)
Cavalcade of America1954TV Series
The Juggler1953Emile Halevy
Sky King1952TV SeriesGriz Raetze
Callaway Went Thataway1951Headwaiter at Mocambo's (uncredited)
Go for Broke!1951German Officer (uncredited)
King Solomon's Mines1950Austin - Safari Client (uncredited)
The Lone Ranger1950TV SeriesVon Baden
Guilty of Treason1950Dr. Szandor Deste
The Argyle Secrets1948Winter
To the Victor1948Jacques Lestrac
My Girl Tisa1948Otto
The Beginning or the End1947German Laboratory Assistant (uncredited)
Nocturne1946Charles Shawn (uncredited)
Rendezvous 241946Ernst - Nazi Henchman (uncredited)
Tangier1946Ferris Wheel Operator (uncredited)
The Fallen Sparrow1943Anton
They Came to Blow Up America1943Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
This Land Is Mine1943German Sergeant (uncredited)
Tonight We Raid Calais1943Kurz (uncredited)
The Moon Is Down1943Lt. Prackle (uncredited)
Immortal Sergeant1943Officer (uncredited)
The Fighting Guerrillas1943Gestapo Agent (uncredited)
Seven Miles from Alcatraz1942Fritz Weinermann
Once Upon a Honeymoon1942German Capt. Von Kleinoch
Desperate Journey1942Conductor on Empty Troop Train (uncredited)
Pacific Blackout1941uncredited
It Started with Eve1941Party Guest (uncredited)
Accent on Love1941Austrian Tenant (uncredited)
Spring Parade1940Cymbalist (uncredited)
The Partridge Family1972TV SeriesMax Ledbetter
Alias Smith and Jones1972TV SeriesOtto
The Doris Day Show1972TV SeriesBruno
The Chicago Teddy Bears1971TV SeriesUncle Latzi
Hogan's Heroes1965-1971TV SeriesSgt. Hans Georg Schultz / Wolfgang Brauner
Togetherness1970Hipolitas Mollnar
Star Spangled Salesman1968Documentary shortChef
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz1968Weber
The Red Skelton Hour1967TV SeriesSgt. Schultz
The Lucy Show1966TV SeriesSgt. Schultz
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesMartin Rutke
Mister Ed1965TV SeriesProfessor Meyerhoff
Hazel1965TV SeriesMr. Mueller
The Baileys of Balboa1964-1965TV SeriesHans
The Rogues1964TV SeriesSteiner / Fat Man
The Cara Williams Show1964TV SeriesZinzer
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964TV SeriesDr. Foster
36 Hours1964Ernst
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1964TV SeriesRussian Chairman
Kisses for My President1964Vasiliovich Alexminitch (uncredited)
Bedtime Story1964Burgermeister (uncredited)
Mr. and Mrs.1964TV MovieGuard
My Three Sons1964TV SeriesChief of Protocol
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesDutch Customs Man
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesMr. Schultz
The Virginian1963-1964TV SeriesAugust the Head Waiter / Gus Schultz
The Prize1963German Correspondent (uncredited)
The Donna Reed Show1963TV SeriesCruikshank
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1963TV SeriesGeneral
The Yellow Canary1963Sam Skolman
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis1960-1963TV SeriesChief / Dr. Otto von Schwering


Hogan's Heroes1970TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Mike Douglas Show1972TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer

Archive Footage

Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentarySgt. Hans Georg Schultz
Family Guy2012TV SeriesSgt. Schultz
Crash of Moons1954TV MovieBavarro
The Gypsy Moon1954Bavarro

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