John Banner, who achieved television immortality for his portrayal of the Luftwaffe POW camp guard Sergeant Schultz in the TV series Hogan's Heroes. He was born on January 28, 1910 in Vienna. Vienna was the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The 28-year-old Banner, who was Jewish, was forced to abandon his homeland after the 1938 Anschluss (union) between Nazi Germany and Austria. This happened to occur while he was engaged in a tour of Switzerland with an acting company. Unable to return to Austria due to Hitler's anti-Semitic policies of persecution. He emigrated to the United States as a political refugee.
Soon after reaching the United States. Banner, who was completely ignorant of the English language, was hired to emcee a musical revue. He had to learn his lines phonetically. But the total immersion paid off in that he rapidly picked up English. His accent and "Nordic" look ironically meant that he was typecast in several films as Nazis during the 1940s. He survived the war playing the same villains who were murdering the members of his family, who had been left behind in Austria. All of whom, perished in concentration camps.
The Banner who had emigrated to the US weighed a trim 180 lbs.. He eventually added another 100 lbs. to become the roly-poly character actor, that America would come to know and love. The 280-lb. Banner became a character actor who appeared regularly in movies and on TV. He specialized in foreign-official types, such the Soviet Ambassador in the Fred MacMurray comedy Kisses for My President.
In 1965, Bing Crosby Productions cast Banner as Sgt. Schultz in the wartime sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Hogan's Heroes was a take-off on Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, but with more humor and less drama. The bumbling Dutch uncle that Sgt. Schultz portrayed was a continent apart from the wickedly evil Nazis he specialized in during the war. Spectacularly inept as a guard of Allied prisoners of war, Sgt. Schultz was prone to ignoring the irregularities that transpired in the fictive Stalag 13, bellowing "I know nothing! I see nothing! Nothing!!!"
John Banner enjoyed the role but demurred when accused of portraying a "cuddly" Nazi. He told TV Guide, "I see Schultz as the representative of some kind of goodness in every generation."
Banner, and Werner Klemperer, ["Colonel Klink"] (who like Banner was a Jewish refugee from Hitler both of whom played comical, bumbling Nazi's in "Hogan's Heroes"), co-starred with Bob Crane ["Colonel Hogan"] in The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz. A bizarre movie "comedy" about a defecting East German athlete. The picture bombed and the trio went back to turning out the highly popular series without losing too much pride or momentum.
After the cancellation of "Hogan's Heroes" in 1971, Banner was signed for another TV show set in the past. The Chicago Teddy Bears, which used the Prohibition era as its setting. Banner's Uncle Latzi was a close cousin of Schultz, but lightning did not strike twice and the series was canceled after 13 episodes.
John Banner died on his 63rd birthday, January 28, 1973, in his hometown of Vienna. He lives on as the inimitable Sgt. Schultz to the legions of "Hogan's Heroes" fans who now span the generations.
Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage, her eternally forlorn looks later evolved as an amusingly familiar plain-Jane presence on TV sitcoms and in an occasional film or two during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Alice was born in a whistle-stop railroad station in the tiny town of Eve, Missouri, where her father was employed as a telegraph operator. She grew up in various towns in the Midwest (Arkansas, Oklahoma) and began performing from the age of 5 where she was called upon to recite poetry, sing and tap-dance. Spurred on by a high school teacher, she studied drama at the University of Oklahoma but eventually left in order to pursue a career in New York with her sister Gladys.
Teaming together in an act called "The Ghostley Sisters", Alice eventually went solo and developed her own cabaret show as a singer and comedienne. She also toiled as a secretary to a music teacher in exchange for singing lessons, worked as a theater usherette in order to see free stage shows, paid her dues as a waitress, worked once for a detective agency, and even had a stint as a patch tester for a detergent company. No glamourpuss by any stretch of the imagination, she built her reputation as a singing funny lady.
The short-statured, auburn-haired entertainer received her star-making break singing the satirical ditty "The Boston Beguine" in the Broadway stage revue "New Faces of 1952", which also showcased up-and-coming stars Eartha Kitt, Carol Lawrence, Hogan's Heroes co-star Robert Clary and Paul Lynde to whom she would be invariably compared to what with their similarly comic demeanors. The film version of New Faces_ featured pretty much the same cast. She and "male counterpart" Lynde would appear together in the same films and/or TV shows over the years.
With this momentum started, she continued on Broadway with the short-lived musicals "Sandhog" (1954) featuring Jack Cassidy, "Trouble in Tahiti" (1955), "Shangri-La" (1956), again starring Jack Cassidy, and the legit comedy "Maybe Tuesday" (1958). A reliable sketch artist, she fared much better on stage in the 1960s playing a number of different characterizations in both "A Thurber Carnival" (1960), and opposite Bert Lahr in "The Beauty Part" (1962), for which she received a Tony nomination. She finally nabbed the Tony trophy as "featured actress" for her wonderful work as Mavis in the comedy play "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" (1965).
By this time Alice had established herself on TV. She and good friend Kaye Ballard stole much of the proceedings as the evil stepsisters in the classic Julie Andrews version of Cinderella, and she also recreated her Broadway role in a small screen adaptation of _Shangri-La (1960) (TV)_. Although it was mighty hard to take away her comedy instincts, she did appear in a TV production of "Twelfth Night" as Maria opposite Maurice Evans' Malvolio, and graced such dramatic programs as "Perry Mason" and "Naked City", as well as the film To Kill a Mockingbird. She kept herself in the TV limelight as a frequent panelist on such game shows as "The Hollywood Squares" and "The Match Game".
Enjoying a number of featured roles in such lightweight comedy fare as My Six Loves with Debbie Reynolds, With Six You Get Eggroll starring Doris Day, and the Joan Rivers starrer Rabbit Test, she also had a small teacher role in the popular film version of Grease. Alice primarily situated herself, however, on the sitcom circuit and appeared in a number of recurring 'nervous Nellie" roles, topping it off as the painfully shy, dematerializing and accident-prone witch nanny Esmeralda in Bewitched from 1969-1972 (replacing the late Marion Lorne, who had played bumbling Aunt Clara), and as the batty friend Bernice in Designing Women.
In 1978 Alice replaced Dorothy Loudon as cruel Miss Hannigan in "Annie", her last Broadway stand. Alice would play the mean-spirited scene-stealer on and off for nearly a decade in various parts of the country. Other musicals during this time included "Take Me Along", "Bye, Bye Birdie" (as the overbearing mother), and the raucous revue "Nunsense".
A series of multiple strokes ended her career come the millennium and she passed away of colon cancer on September 21, 2007. Her long-time husband of fifty years, Italian comedic actor Felice Orlandi died in 2003. The couple had no children.
Ivan Dixon, a handsome, mustachioed African-American actor and director who carried a strong, serious nature about his solid frame, initially earned attention on the ground-breaking stage and film with pronounced themes of social and racial relevance. He would become better known, however, for his ensemble playing in the nonsensical but popular WWII sitcom Hogan's Heroes. His role as a POW radio technician, while heightening his visibility, did little to satisfy his creative needs. Overshadowed by the flashier posturings of stars Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and John Banner, Ivan eventually left the series, the only one of the original cast to do so. In retrospect, he was among the few African-American male actors in the 1960s, along with Bill Cosby and Greg Morris, to either star or co-star on a major TV series.
Born Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III on April 6, 1931, in New York's Harlem, where his parents originally owned a grocery store. Ivan grew up, however, in the South, and as a youngster, was headed towards a life of crime, when he took a keen interest in acting. This helped Ivan to get back on the straight-and-narrow, studying dramatics at Lincoln Academy, a black boarding school in Gaston County, North Carolina. He then graduated from North Carolina Central University (in Durham) with a degree in drama in 1954.
Ivan's Broadway debut occurred three years later in William Saroyan's "The Cave Dwellers", and in 1959 his career took a significant jump after earning the part of Joseph Asagai, the well-mannered Nigerian-born college student, in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark drama, "A Raisin in the Sun," which starred Sidney Poitier, and was the first play written by a black woman which was produced on Broadway. He and Poitier became lifelong friends.
Ivan's early film career included providing stunt double assistance for Poitier in The Defiant Ones.
Following minor film parts in the racially-tinged Something of Value, and Porgy and Bess (both of which starred Poitier), he and Poitier recreated their respective Broadway roles in the film version of A Raisin in the Sun, which drew high marks all the way around. Ivan's most mesmerizing film role, however, came a few years later when he and renowned jazz singer Abbey Lincoln starred in the contemporary film drama Nothing But a Man.
Starring as a young, aimless railroad worker who gives up his job to marry a school teacher and minister's daughter (Lincoln), Ivan's character matures along the way, as he strives to build a noble, dignified life for the couple, living in a deeply prejudicial South. The film was hailed for its extraordinarily powerful portrayals of black characters and its stark, uncompromising script. The film, which was written by two white documentary filmmakers who spent time in the Deep South in the 1960s, was considered far ahead of its time. Dixon himself never found a comparable role in film again. During this time he was cast dramatically on TV with fine roles on "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone," "Laramie" and "The Outer Limits", among others.
Following another strong but secondary showing as Poitier's brother in the film A Patch of Blue, Dixon won his "Hogan's Heroes" TV role. While shooting the series, he managed to squeeze in the title role in "The Final War of Olly Winter," a dramatic special which earned him his sole Emmy nomination in 1967. Ivan's post-"Hogan" acting work was limited. Active in the civil rights movement (he served as a president of Negro Actors for Action), he steadfastly refused to play roles that he felt were stereotypical in nature. As a result, he segued himself as a director, and was a noted success, helming hundreds of television productions during the 70s and 80s, including "Nichols," "The Waltons," "The Greatest American Hero," "The Rockford Files," "Magnum, P.I.," "Quincy" and "In the Heat of the Night."
Ivan also managed to direct films, including Trouble Man, and the controversial crime drama The Spook Who Sat by the Door, the story of the first black officer in the Central Intelligence Agency who turns revolutionary. This blaxploitation-era movie did not do well upon initial release (the film's title being highly in question) and was quickly pulled from theaters. It subsequently gained cult status.
Throughout his career, Ivan actively worked for better roles for himself and other black actors. Among the honors he received were 4 NAACP Image Awards, the National Black Theatre Award and the Paul Robeson Pioneer Award, from the Black American Cinema Society.
In his later years, Ivan battled kidney disease, and died of a brain hemorrhage, age 76 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ivan was survived by his wife of 58 years, Berlie Ray, whom he met while both were college theater students. 2 of their 4 children - Ivan Nathaniel IV and N'Gai Christopher - predeceased him. Of his surviving children, Doris Nomathande and Alan Kimara, Doris has been a documentary filmmaker and was a one-time production assistant on the film Boyz n the Hood.
Popular African-American vocalist and entertainer Barbara McNair dazzled audiences with her singing prowess and exceptional beauty for well over four decades until her death on February 4, 2007 of throat cancer in Los Angeles. The Chicago-born entertainer and one-time secretary was raised in Racine, Wisconsin, one of five children born to Horace and Claudia Taylor McNair. She sang in her church choir and was encouraged by her parents to pursue voice. Following music studies at the Racine Conservatory of Music and the American Conservatory of Music in her hometown Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles and attended USC before relocating once again to New York to pursue her dream.
Barbara worked her way up from typist to singer of small supper clubs to headlining large showrooms as one of America's more visible singers of the late 50s and 60s. A jazz stylist influenced by the great Sarah Vaughan at first, she gently eased into popular music. Her first big break came with a week-long gig on Arthur Godfrey's talent show, which led to bookings at The Purple Onion, The Persian Room and L.A.'s Cocoanut Grove. She began receiving invites on the TV variety circuit ('Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town," "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Tonight Show") and made it to Broadway with the musicals "The Body Beautiful" (1958) and "No Strings" (1962), replacing original star Diahann Carroll in the latter. At different times she recorded on the Coral, Signature and Motown labels resulting in such modest hits as "You're Gonna Love My Baby" and "Bobby."
In the late 60s Barbara made a choice to scout out acting roles, hoping to parlay her singing success into a movie career. The singer showed initial promise as a sexy lead alongside Raymond St. Jacques in the gritty crime drama If He Hollers, Let Him Go! in which she made news with her celebrated nude sequences. She also wore a nun's habit alongside Mary Tyler Moore in Elvis Presley's last feature film Change of Habit, and appeared opposite Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs' wife in both They Call Me Mister Tibbs! and The Organization. A warm, inviting presence, she pioneered her own syndicated musical TV show The Barbara McNair Show, a rarity at the time for a black entertainer, and guested on all the popular TV programs of the day including "Mission: Impossible," "Hogan's Heroes" and "I Spy."
The early 1970s were a difficult time for Barbara when offers suddenly stopped coming in and her husband/manager, who had mob affiliations, was shot and killed in 1976. Barbara went on to appear in such stage musicals as "The Pajama Game" and "Sophisticated Ladies", and was also seen in a recurring role for a time on General Hospital in later years. She was also spotted in a couple of obscure films in the 80s and 90s. Barbara's love of performing continued even in lesser venues -- cabaret clubs, cruise ships, special events and even retirement centers in Florida -- still sporting her stunning looks and vocal sparkle. In 2006 she opened for Bob Newhart in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Married four times in all, Barbara died at age 72 and was survived by husband, Charles Blecka.
Born George Shephard Houghton on June 4, 1914, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Shep is the youngest of two sons born to George Henry Houghton and Mabell Viola Shephard. Far from being born into show business, his father was an insurance company representative who moved his family to Hollywood for business reasons in 1927. As luck would have it, they rented a house on Bronson Avenue just two blocks from Paramount Studio's iron front gate, and not far from the Edwin Carreau studio. Picked off the street by an assistant producer, Shep's first work in the movie industry was in 1927 as a Mexican youngster in Carreau's production of Ramona, released in 1928. As a thirteen-year old he also worked in Emil Janning's The Last Command, and continued to work for director Josef von Sternberg in several subsequent pictures. He found movie work to his liking, and out of high school he worked through Central Casting for Mascot Productions, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Fox Film Corporation, and Warner Brother's, where he became a favorite in the Busby Berkeley musicals as a dancer and chorus singer. In 1935 he married Jane Rosily Kellog, his high school sweetheart. Together they had one child, Terrie Lynn, born on September 22, 1939. They were divorced in October, 1945. In 1946 he married Geraldine Farnum, daughter of featured actor Franklin Farnum. They had also one child, Peter William, born August 19, 1947. He and Gerry were divorced in 1948.
Shep was a talent in television from its earliest days. He acted in many recurring roles, beginning with the Jack Benny Program in 1950. That show, and Shep's work in it, lasted until 1965. He worked on many programs through their entire runs, with the notable exception of the original Star Trek of 1966, in which he appeared in only the first three episodes. In addition to these productions, he worked on the I Love Lucy show from 1951 to 1957, and Wagon Train, Perry Mason, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables, and The Twilight Zone, all in the 1950s.
The 1960s brought him steady work in My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Loretta Young Show, both The Lucille Ball Show and the renewed Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Hogan's Heroes, Mannix, and Marcus Welby. In the 1970s he worked on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Shep was a charter member of both SAG and SEG, and continued to work in both movies and television until his retirement in 1976. He and Mel Carter Houghton were married in 1975, and continue to live happily ever after. She lets him play golf very nearly every day.
Tubby 5' 10 1/2" character actor Bruno VeSota had a remarkably long, varied and impressive career acting and directing in the mediums of stage, radio, movies and television. He was born Bruno William VeSota on March 25th, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second of three sons born to Lithuanian immigrants Kasmir and Eleanora VeSota. Bruno first began acting in the 7th grade while attending the Catholic parochial school St. George's. He made his stage debut as the villain in the children's play "Christopher's Orphans." At age 19 VeSota went to the Hobart Theatre in Chicago where he learned the basics on acting, make-up and direction. He made his stage directorial debut with a production of "Richard III" and went on to direct everything from the classics to light comedies. After briefly working in Lithuanian radio in the 40s Vesota did a longer stint on English-language radio. He even provided the voice of Winston Churchill for a radio production. Moreover, Bruno joined the Actors Company of Chicago and continued to perform on stage. VeSota then worked in live television in Chicago in 1945. He directed over 2,000 live TV programs and acted in some 200 more. VeSota moved to Hollywood, California in 1952. Bruno began acting in films in 1953. He achieved his greatest cult feature popularity with his frequent and delightful appearances in a bunch of hugely enjoyable low-budget Roger Corman exploitation pictures. Bruno was especially excellent as Yvette Vickers' angry cuckolded husband in the Grade B monster classic "Attack of the Giant Leeches." Other notable movie roles include a disgusting slob junkyard owner who sells stolen automobile parts on the side in "The Choppers," a bartender in "The Haunted Palace," a hapless night watchman who becomes a victim of "The Wasp Woman," a snobby coffeehouse regular in the hilarious black comedy gem "A Bucket of Blood," a perverse oddball named Mr. Donald Duck from Duluth in "Single Room Unfurnished," a nervous innkeeper in "The Undead," a Russian spy in "War of the Satellites," a minister in "Hell's Angels on Wheels," a cultured gangster in "Daddy-O," and a brutish loan enforcer in "Carnival Rock." Bruno narrated the atrocious cheapie clunker "Curse of the Stoned Hand" for notorious schlockmeister Jerry Warren. He also worked on the make-up and has a bit part in Curtis Harrington's nicely spooky "Night Tide." VeSota does a cameo in Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV fright feature "Something Evil." Bruno directed three movies: the entertainingly lurid crime potboiler "The Female Jungle," the fun alien invasion entry "The Brain Eaters," and the silly spoof "Invasion of the Star Creatures." VeSota had a recurring role as a bartender in a handful of episodes of the hit Western TV show "Bonanza." Among the TV shows VeSota had guest spots on are "Kojak," "McMillan and Wife," "Hogan's Heroes," "Mission: Impossible," "It Takes A Thief," "Hondo," "Branded," "My Mother the Car," "The Wild, Wild West," "The Untouchables," and "Leave It to Beaver." VeSota had six children with his wife Genevieve. Bruno VeSota died of a heart attack at age 54 on September 24th, 1976.
"Entertainment necessarily underpins a nation's culture, and when you look at a nation's culture you are looking at the soul of its people and the glue that binds a society." ----- André Morgan
Currently, Morgan is focused on all international markets with more than a half dozen major motion pictures currently in the works. He has put together independent and/or studio deals for and is producing Cannonball Run with Warner Bros, Doolittle: The Year of the Horse (in pre-production) with Village Roadshow, Point Thunder, Reborn (in post-production) and Genghis Khan among others.
Built on his success at The Ruddy Morgan Organization, Morgan kept his hand in the Chinese market and its fast developing opportunities for entertainment content. Frequently commuting to China, Morgan executive produced The White Countess (2005) starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave -- the first Chinese American co-production. His film The Warlords (2007) starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro has garnered 17 awards and 19 nominations, including Best Picture from the Hong Kong Film Awards. His production of Peter Chan's Perhaps Love (2005) was chosen as Hong Kong's 2006 Oscar entry and has achieved 22 wins, including 6 awards at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards, and 17 nominations. Perhaps Love is also the largest budgeted musical in China's film industry to date.
In 1984, Morgan found a complement to his business styles and personality in partner Al Ruddy, the other "half" of The Ruddy Morgan Organization, one of the longest-running and most successful independent production companies in entertainment today. Morgan expanded RMO based on the knowledge gained from his experience at Golden Harvest. Morgan credits Ruddy for winning people over with his larger-than-life personality, while Morgan is known for his skills to crunch numbers and making people feel at ease. Like a well-oiled machine Morgan believes they have found a style and business practice that works and is totally unique to the business. Together with Ruddy, Morgan has produced over 50 feature films and 400 hours of television over the past 30 years. The Cannonball Run, Million Dollar Baby, "Martial Law," "Hogan's Heroes," and "Walker: Texas Ranger," only skim the surface of RMO's established history of success.
As a strategic thinker, Morgan took Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest Studios in Hong Kong in 1972 and turned it into one of the largest movie companies in Asia by 1984 thereby proving his ability to successfully manage a foreign-based enterprise. Morgan helped mold the careers of cinematographer Dean Semler who won an Academy Award for Dances with Wolves and martial arts legends Bruce Lee, director John Woo, and actor Jackie Chan. He provides invaluable counsel to Chinese, Australian and European talent who want to make the cross over to American film.
As demonstrated by his active schedule, Morgan gravitates toward challenging projects and takes great pride in resolving issues that have stumped others in the past. It's his business acumen and keen sense as well as understanding of Hollywood and international affairs that have contributed to making him into one of the most successful producers in the entertainment industry.
Morgan's past experience of having lived in Asia for 32 years, including 12 years in Hong Kong, and Hollywood in between has proved to influence what's going on in the business today. As a result Morgan is very familiar with international practices that have puzzled the American entertainment industry and vice versa. He continues to balance his time between serving as executive producer, advisor and manager on a myriad of diverse and interesting projects.
Born in Morocco, Morgan studied at the University of Kansas and is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.
Milton Lustig was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of 6 children (5 boys and 1 girl) of Samuel and Dora Friedfeld Lustig. Milton was married for more than 50 years to Anita (deceased 1999) and had two children: David Carl Lustig and Jill Lustig Harris.
He was a member of the following professional organizations: Member of Film Editors Guild Member of Musicians Local 47 Member of B.M.I. Member of Motion Picture Academy - Music Branch
In addition: Milton authored the book "Music Editing for Motion Pictures" published by Hastings House, New York, 1980. He was an Instructor of Music Editing for Motion Pictures at: UCLA - 1985; and Los Angeles City College; and The University of the Pacific at Stockton, California.
His affilliations were: 1937 - Fleischer Studios, Animated Cartoons, as Music Editor and Composer. 1942 - U.S. Army - Army Pictorial Service, as Music Editor and Composer. 1945 - Animated commercials. Music Editor and Composer. 1946 - Army Pictorial Services as a civilian, Music Editor and Composer. 1954 - Metro Goldwyn Mayer - music editor. 1955 - Twenty Century Fox - music editor. 1956 - ZIV Television - music editor, composer, and Music Department Head. 1961 - Independent Features as Music Editor and Composer. 1966 - Bing Crosby Productions - Hogan's Heroes - Music Editor and Composer. 1971 - Screen Gems - Music Editor and Composer. 1974 - Independent Features - Music Editor and Composer.
Robert Heske is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, casting director, actor, published graphic novelist and indie comic creator.
Bob is writing/directing/producing an experimental documentary called "Afraid of Nothing".
Bob wrote and produced "Blessid", an ultra-low-budget drama dedicated to his mother (Carlotta Heske) who passed while the film was in post-production. Blessid was accepted into several festivals and won many awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor and an Award of Excellence.
Bob also wrote the festival winning short film "Alibi" by transgender filmmaker/director Noni Salma Lawal and "Waiting" starring Richard Schiff, Izabella Miko and W. Earl Brown and directed by Lisa Demaine.
Bob's vampire epic "The Night Projectionist" was published by Studio 407. Bob has also published "Bone Chiller" (winner of a Bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards), "2012: Final Prayer", "Cold Blooded Chillers: Tales of Suburban Murder and Malice", and has edited/contributed to other graphic anthologies.
A member of the New England Horror Writers Association, Bob's favorite genre is horror but he also writes animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, suspense/thriller, among others. He lives in the oldest house in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (where he filmed part of "Blessid") with his wife Angela, two daughters Carly and Emily and a golden doodle named Tedy. In the house, Bob witnessed a strange paranormal event which he captured on a YouTube video called "The Ghost in Emily's Crib" (the video has appeared on the popular "Paranormal Report" video podcast formerly hosted by Jim Harold and Clayton Morris).
Bob has been a guest on several comic book, filmmaking and paranormal podcasts. His favorite un-produced scripts are "Unrest" (horror), "Here Before I Go" (fantasy/drama), "Love Stupid" (comedy) and "Mighty Lemming" (animation) which he continues to ask the Universe to have a savvy producer purchase from him, and even let him direct.
BOB HESKE TRIVIA: Bob's father Edward E. Heske briefly worked with Bob Crane ("Hogan's Heroes") in 1951 at WLIZ in Bridgeport Connecticut where both of Bob's parents attended Bridgeport University. In 1969 Bob and his sister Cheryl both won boy and girl banana seat bikes on The Bozo Show (Frank Avruch) in a contest sponsored by Town Talk Bread. The next day Bob sold the bike for five dollars to a childhood friend. Bob's father made him go to his friend's house to get the bike back.
N'Gai Dixon is the son of actor Ivan Dixon. (Sgt. Kinchloe of 'Hogan's Heroes'). Playing 10 year old Herman Washington in 'A Storm in Summer' was young Dixon's first professional dramatic acting job.