Robert Clary, an actor from the United States, was actually born in France. His role as Corporal Louis LeBeau in the television sitcom Hogan’s Heroes is widely recognised as his most notable performance (1965 to 1971).
Both The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives, which aired from 1972 to 1987, featured him in recurring parts during that time period (1990 to 1992).
The Holocaust survivor who later found success as an actor triumphed against adversity and rose to prominence. Over the course of his lengthy career in both television and movies, he was able to build a sizeable fortune for himself. Here is everything we know about the late actor’s career, including his salary and his net worth.
Early Life and Career of Robert Clary
Robert’s parents were observant Jews who settled in Paris, where he was born. The Holocaust took the lives of 10 of his family members, making him the youngest of 14. After over two years in jail, Clary got the tattoo that would become his permanent identifier: A-5714. In 1949, he moved to Los Angeles to record a single for Capitol Records, marking the beginning of his professional career.
His role as Corporal Louis LeBeau on CBS’s Hogan’s Heroes was a breakout role for him. The novel took place in a German POW camp during WWII, with the protagonist, LeBeau, a Frenchman captured by an Allied sabotage team. From its premiere in 1965 until its cancellation in 1971, the show had quite a run. Robert was the only original cast member still alive.
Following the discontinuation of Hogan’s Heroes in 1971, the actor participated in several war-themed productions, notably the TV movie Remembrance of Love. He played the lead role in the 1975 film adaptation of the story of the sinking of the Hindenburg. In the film, Clary portrayed real-life passenger Joseph Späh.
Not only did he guest star on The High Chaparral, but also Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Fantasy Island, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Earlier that year, in 1952, he starred in and performed two songs for the film production of the Broadway play New Faces of 1952.
Robert Clary Net Worth
It is believed that Robert Clary’s net worth was approximately $1.5 million at the time of his dying. Some reports put his net worth at $1.9 million, which is significantly more than what others have stated it to be. The vast majority of Clary’s earnings came from her career as an actor.
Tragically, Robert Clary, who played Corporal LeBeau on Hogan’s Heroes, passed away. He was 96 at the time of his death. After a brief illness, the French actor passed suddenly at his Los Angeles home on Wednesday morning, his granddaughter Kim Wright confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Farewell Robert Clary. The last living star Hogans Heroes, has died at age 96. Clary played Corporal Louis LeBeau. Robert was born in 1926 in France, and survived the Holocaust during WWII. We’ll miss seeing him at Nate n’ Al’s. Loved hearing all his stories. pic.twitter.com/B0ZzU6V3cB
— Vintage Los Angeles (@alisonmartino) November 17, 2022
Why Did His Past Traumatize Him?
Robert’s parents had 14 children, and the Holocaust took the lives of 10. He chose to remain silent about the traumatic experience for 36 years.
“During the war, I kept these memories bottled up inside of me. But those trying to deny the Holocaust, my anguish, and the suffering of millions of others have compelled me to speak up,” he subsequently stated.
While I did not want to minimize what soldiers went through during their internments, it was like night and day from what people endured in concentration camps, Clary wrote in his memoir From the Holocaust to Hogan’s Heroes in 2001. “I had to explain that [Hogan’s Heroes] was about prisoners of war in a stalag, not a concentration camp,” he wrote.
When he was finally able to escape the camp in 1945, he went back to France and started making a living as a dancer in nightclubs.
Who Was He Married to?
Natalie Cantor Metzger was Robert Clary’s late wife before she passed away. They arrived at the decision that they should get married in 1965, and they remained a married couple until her death in 1997.
Natalie Cantor Metzger was an actress who had roles in the films This Is Your Life (1968), It Takes Two (1968), and It’s Your Bet (1969). She is well recognised for her role as Robert Clary’s wife (1950).