**(Raimund Harmstorf) Raimund, a rugged European with a German accent who helped
run a bush country ranch called Freedom Ranch set in the wilds of African
**(Richard Marner) Colonel Kurt Von Strohm, a bumbling, crooked Nazi officer who
hung out at Café René when not fighting the French resistance or looting
valuable art treasures. Also featured were Richard Gibson/David Janson as Herr
Otto Flick, a steely-eyed German; Kim Hartman as Private Helga Geerhart, Flick's
attractive assistant; Private Elsa Bigstern; Guy Siner as Lieutenant Hubert
Gruber a tank driver who had a crush on René, the café owner; Sam Kelly as
Captain Hans Gerring, Von Strohm's friend; Hilary Minster as General Erich Von
Klinkerhoffen; Ken Morley as General Leopold von Flockenstoffen; and John Louis
Mansi as Herr Engelbert Von Smallhausen, Flick's small sidekick.
*(Inga Swenson/costar) Gretchen Krause, a formidable German housekeeper raised
in Bavaria who moved to America and took a job as the Head of Household Affairs
at a governor's mansion.
**(Patrick Horgan) Major Strasser, Nazi officer stationed in the Algiers city of
Casablanca during the days of World War II. Kai Wulff appeared as Strasser's
assistant, Lt. Heinz.
D.E.A.-SPECIAL TASK FORCE/FOX/1990-91
*(Alan Scarfe) Carl Schleimann, a German-born trusted aide of Rafael Cordera, an
Ecuadorian-based drug smuggler.
*(Jerry Harrell) Dr. Madblood, a crazed physician (mit a German accent ) who
hosted Dr. Madblood's Movie on WAVY-TV on Channel 10, WHRO-TV Channel 15 and on
WTVZ-TV Channel 33 in the Portsmouth, Virginia area from 1975 through 1990s. Dr.
Madblood (played by Jerry Harrell) resided in Madblood Manor located at 13 Idle
Hour Road in the town of Pungo between the Great Dismal Swamp and Virginia
Beach. At the close of each show, Doctor Madblood sporting a mound of curly
grey-hair, grey beard and reading glasses, looked into the camera and says
"Thanks for turning us on."
*(Bernie Kopell) Siegfried, the sinister KAOS agent who battled the secret
agents from CONTROL. Siegfried's strong Nazi-like Germanic accent and his "Vee
have vays to make you talk! "attitude added to the silliness of his character.
HILL STREET BLUES/NBC/1981-87
*(Dennis Franz) Lt. Norman Buntz, a short balding detective of German ancestry
who worked in a large but unnamed American city. Although street smart, Buntz
had no fashion sense.
*(Werner Klemperer/costar) Colonel Wilhelm Klink, an inept career officer in the
Luftwaffe assigned to run Stalag 13 in Dusseldorg Germany during World War II.
He wears a monocle, and continually reminds everyone that there has never been a
successful escape from his facility. In fact, he was elected “Kommandant of the
Year” when Stalag 13 was named one of the top ten prison camps in Germany.
Klink’s success however, is not because he is such an good administrator, but
rather because the POW’s at the camp, especially Colonel Robert Hogan, need a
stupid supervisor so they can continue their successful sabotage and rescue
missions to the outside world. So as long as Klink is in charge, the POW’s are
happy to stay [they operate in a series of hidden tunnels underneath the camp].
Klink’s support staff included his beautiful blond secretaries Helga (Cynthia
Lynn) and Hilda Sigrid Valdis) ; and his bumbling chief aide, Sgt. Han Schultz.
Klink’s Nazi superiors are the suspicious Major Hockstetter and the overweight
General Burkhalter who is always trying to get Klink to marry his sister,
Gertrude Linkmeier or threatening to have Klink “court-martialed, shot and sent
to the Russian Front.” Klink’s catchphrase is “H-O-O-O-GAN!” Sergeant Hans
Schultz is a portly, bumbling German soldier in charge of supervising a group of
Allied POWs at Stalag 13 prison camp. He reports to an equally inept superior
Colonel Wilhelm Klink. Although Shultz wore the uniform of the Third Reich, he
didn't support the Nazi party wholeheartedly. He would rather get back to his
wife and children than stand guard in a POW camp. In the meantime, Schultz made
the best of his situation by befriending his captives and taking advantage of
their generosity (usually chocolate bars or strudel baked by French POW Louis
LeBeau) when he overlooked one of their schemes. When faced with such a
situation Shultz proclaimed “I see nothing, I hear, nothing, and I know
NOTHING!” Schultz admitted “Colonel Hogan, there are soldiers out there. Real
soldiers. For me, it is just a job.” and “When it comes to war. I do not like to
take sides.” Despite Shultz's easy-going demeanor, he was very careful not to be
implicated in any of the POW's activities because he knew his ruthless masters
could very easily “shoot a man AND send him to the Russian Front.” In real-life,
John Banner (an Austrian Jew) fled Europe after the Nazi's invaded Austria and
killed his whole family.
*(Michael Moriarity) Erik Dorf, a German lawyer and son of a baker, living in
the 1930s world of Hitler and the rising tide of Nazism At first, Dorf protests
the political climate but eventually becomes a "professional Nazi," an efficient
bureaucrat and a cold calculating killer of Jewish men, women and children. As
the Americans arrives on the scene, Dorf aware that he will be accused of
horrendous war crimes falls back on the old excuse "I was only following
orders." But even he has a hard time believing his defense. Also featured were
Deborah Norton as Marta Dorf, Erik's social-climbing wife; Robert Stephen as
Kurt Dorf; Erik's son.
**(Peter Palmer) Oscar Heinz, a German immigrant with a limited English
vocabulary who worked at a small gas station owned by the Kallikak family in the
town of Nowhere, California.
THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW/ABC/SYN/1955-82
*(Lawrence Welk) Lawrence Welk, German-American bandleader Born March 3, 1903 in
Strasburg, North Dakota, who successfully entertained the American public for 27
years with his bubbly blend of "Champagne Music", Big Band swing and Dixie Rag
Time until his retirement from television in 1982. When he was young he made a
deal with his father to work the family farm until he was twenty-one, if he
could get two things: an accordion and his father's permission to leave the farm
for a career in music. He got both and leaving home speaking no English, he
quickly began playing in hotels, ballrooms across the country. Some of his
earliest band names were "The Hotsy, Totsy Boys," "The Welk Novelty Band," and
"The Fruit Gum Orchestra". In 1951 KTLA-TV telecast his weekly performances at
the Aragon Ballroom at Pacific Ocean Park (destroyed by fire in 1970) on local
Los Angeles television. The Dodge Corporation, his sponsor, got the ABC network
to put his program on nationwide starting July 2, 1955. During the 1956-59 he
had an additional program LAWRENCE WELK'S TOP TUNES AND NEW TALENT on the ABC
network. In 1971, the ABC network executives dropped his program because they
thought his musical format only catered to "old folks". The cancellation brought
one million protest letters from devoted fans. Taking his TV family of over 200
into syndication, his Saturday night program ran for an additional 11 years
until their last TV program on February 24, 1982. The last song performed was
Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business." His California license
plate "A1-AN-A2" echoed his classic opening line as he conducted his orchestra.
LIFE GOES ON/ABC/1989-93
**(David Byrd) Hans, a proud German chef working in the Glen Brook Grill in the
town of Glen Brook, Illinois. His character was introduced during the second
LIFE WITH LUIGI/CBS/1952
**(Sig Ruman) Schultz, German immigrant attending night classes in Chicago to
improve his English.
**(Frederick Jaeger) Professor Friedrich Bhaer, a German-born teacher engaged to
Jo March, a headstrong New England writer and one of the four sisters featured
in the Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women. On the two-part NBC TV
Movie version of LITTLE WOMEN that aired in on October 2 & 3, 1978, William
Shatner appeared as Professor Bhaer. One year later David Ackroyd stepped into
the role of the Professor when NBC created a sequel one hour dramatic series
LITTLE WOMEN/NBC/1979 based on its earlier 1978 adaptation.
THE NAKED TRUTH/ABC/NBC/1995-98
**(Shannon Kenny) Liesl, a sexually active German female from Munich with an
addiction for picking pockets. She is the friend of reporter Nora Wilde on
episode No. 37 "Liesl Weapon."
THE RAT PATROL/ABC/1966-68
**(Hans Gudegast) Captain Hauptman Hans Dietrich, a Nazi German military officer
stationed in the desert of North Africa during World War II. Under the command
of Rommel, "The Desert Fox," Capt. Dietrich pursued a group of Allied armored
jeeps (“The Rat Patrol”) which roamed the sand dunes disrupting Rommel's elite
ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73
**(Arte Johnson) Comical Nazi soldier with helmet and glasses who popped out
from behind a potted-palm tree and smirked "Ve-e-r-ry interesting-but stupid!"
This character was one of many that appeared on the zany blackouts, sketches and
one-liners on the program.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE/NBC/1975+
**(Mike Myers) Dieter, a brooding Germanic man dressed in black shirt and pants
who concluded his avant-garde talk show by performing an improvisational dance
filled with jerky robotic movements. He was fond of saying to his guests "Would
you like to touch my monkey?" Myers' off-beat Bohemian character was inspired by
an art student he once knew in Toronto who took texture courses and was graded
on touching Styrofoam, and rice pudding. Dieter thought everything from North
America was bourgeois and cracked mocking comments like "It was Cher or Larry
Storch who said F TROOP was both crime and magic." When bored, Dieter said
"Let's go touch monkeys. Let's go to the zoo and touch them because they are
warm and furry." Then just as quickly he would say "Did I ever tell you I hate
you." While working as a waiter Dieter would begin to take a customer's order
then say "Your order had become tiresome. Now I would like to dance". And then
he'd be gone.
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC./SYN/1997
*(Guntar Hauer) Lt. Germany's GSG-9 Electric Engineering Demolitions CQB. Guntar
was killed in Iraq during SOF Inc.'s 1st mission. He was the most educated man
out of the group and a much missed member of the team. His skills were hard to
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING/CBS/1979
*(Jeffrey Kramer) Ted Stein, high school science teacher of German descent who
worked in Boston. Ted inherited a Victorian lodge located off Highway 15 in
Massachusetts from his grandfather Emil Stein, and soon discovered the
property’s groundskeeper was the original Frankenstein Monster created by Gustav
Frankenstein, Ted’s great-great grandfather. Ted now helps recreate a special
serum that the Monster needs to survive (he has to take it every 50 years or he
**(Nicole Nagel) Kate, a statuesque yet intimidating German woman introduced on
episode No. 17 "Love & Divorce American Style." Kate's insatiable appetite for
thrills and danger, at times, threatened the very life of her boy friend Jack
(the publisher of a trendy San Francisco magazine) who first met Kate on the ski
slopes. Kate's character was phased out after the first season.
YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS/NBC/1950-54
*(Sid Caesar) The Professor, a seemingly educated man (he actually knows
nothing) wearing a crushed top hat and disheveled formal wear who smoked a
stubby cigar and spoke with a German accent in a recurring skit on the show.
Some sample Professor characters included Professor Von Houdinoff-an expert on
Magicians, Professor Von Sedative-an expert on Sleep Theory, and Professor
Sigmund Von Fraidy Katz-a zany psychiatrist.
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