Robert Hogan, Beloved ‘Peyton Place’ and ‘The Wire’ Actor, Dies at 87

by Joe Rutland

Actor Robert Hogan, known for roles on “Peyton Place” and “The Wire” and having a tie-in to “Hogan’s Heroes,” died on Tuesday.

Hogan died from complications of pneumonia at his home in Maine, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87 years old.

He played the Rev. Tom Winter for two seasons in 1968-69 on ABC’s popular drama “Peyton Place.” For TV viewers of another generation, Hogan portrayed Louis Sobotka, the father of Pablo Schreiber’s character, in 2003 on HBO’s “The Wire.”

Hogan was born on Sept. 28, 1933, in Queens, N.Y. Besides his TV work, he also established a presence on the New York theater scene as well. In 1998, Hogan received an Outer Circle Critics Award for his portrayal of attorney Clarence Darrow in “Never the Sinner.” The play was about the Leopold and Loeb murder trial from the 1920s.

Robert Hogan Had Direct Connection To CBS Comedy ‘Hogan’s Heroes’

A good friend of Hogan’s, Bernard Fein, happens to be a co-creator of the CBS comedy “Hogan’s Heroes.” In the show, captured U.S. Army Col. Robert Hogan, played by Bob Crane, is named by Fein after Hogan.

Robert Hogan, the actor, actually did two guest shots in 1965 and 1970 on “Hogan’s Heroes.” He actually tried out for the lead role, but the network didn’t want him. They wanted a “name” actor as their lead and offered it to veteran movie actor Van Johnson.

He ended up turning it down. Eventually, Crane gets the job as the show’s leading actor.

Hogan appeared in more than 100 TV shows, including “Hazel,” “Cheyenne,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Gunsmoke,” and “Magnum P.I.” His movie career included “Greenwich Village Story,” “Westworld,” “The Lady in Red,” and “Species II.”

Hogan is survived by his wife of 38 years, novelist Mary Hogan; three children, Chris, Stephen, and Jud, from his marriage to Shannon Hogan: and grandchildren Susanna and Liam.

He was diagnosed in 2013 with vascular Alzheimer’s disease. But Hogan kept working and appeared in 2014 in “Trouble In Mind” at a New Jersey theater.

Outsider sends its condolences to the family of Robert Hogan on the news of his death.