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Howard Caine
Born Howard Cohen
(1926-01-02)January 2, 1926
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died December 28, 1993(1993-12-28) (aged 67)
North Hollywood, California, United States
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Film and television actor
Years active 1953–1988
Spouse(s) Joan-Ellen Caine (m. - her death)
Valerie Elson (m. 1991–1993; his death)

Howard Caine (born Howard Cohen; January 2, 1926 – December 28, 1993) was an American character actor, probably best known as Gestapo Major, Wolfgang Hochstetter in the television series Hogan's Heroes (1965–71). He also played Lewis Morris of New York in the musical film 1776, and Everett Scovill, a thinly disguised portrait of Charles Manson's attorney Irving Kanarek, in the television movie, Helter Skelter.

Early life

Howard Caine was born on January 2, 1926, in Nashville, Tennessee, into a Jewish family. At the age of 13, Cohen moved with his family to New York City, where he began studying acting. Learning to erase his Southern accent, he went on to become a master of 32 foreign and American dialects. Caine served in the United States Navy during World War II, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Caine studied drama at Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude.


He appeared on Broadway in Wonderful Town, Inherit the Wind, Lunatics and Lovers and Tiger at the Gates. He succeeded Ray Walston as "Mr. Applegate" in the original production of Damn Yankees. He was featured in such films as From the Terrace (1960), Pay or Die (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Brushfire (1962), The Man from the Diner's Club (1963), Pressure Point (1962) and Alvarez Kelly (1966).[1] He also appeared in "1776" as delegate from New York, Lewis Morris. He co-starred with Godfrey Cambridge and Estelle Parsons in Watermelon Man (1970). He was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He acted in more than 750 live and filmed television programs, including the western series, The Californians, Two Faces West, and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.

Caine is most commonly remembered for his recurring role (37 episodes) as Major Hochstetter on the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes (1965-1971). Prior to that he appeared on that show in two other roles, in the season one episode "Happy Birthday, Adolf" and the season two episode "The Battle of Stalag 13". The Major Hochstetter character first appeared later in season two. Hochstetter is a feared Gestapo officer who strongly suspects the prisoners, particularly Colonel Hogan, are engaged in clandestine activities, but he is never able to confirm his suspicions and usually ends up getting his comedic comeuppance. Hochstetter had several catchphrases, including (referring to Hogan) "Who is this man?" and "What is this man doing here?", and "I will surround this camp with a ring of steel". He would also shout "Baah!" when frustrated by the camp’s incompetent commanding officer, Colonel Klink. The Major self-identifies as a Gestapo agent but dresses in the uniform of the SS, Schutzstaffel.

Caine was featured as "Everett Scovill", a thinly disguised portrait of Charles Manson's attorney Irving Kanarek, in Helter Skelter (1976).

From his early childhood in Tennessee, Caine had always been fascinated with the Appalachian five-string bluegrass banjo and began mastering it in the mid-1960s. From the summer of 1970 until his death in 1993, he had taken trophies at 29 prominent banjo and fiddle contests in the southland for both Best Traditional Banjo and Traditional Singing. He was also a popular folk singer and appeared at a number of prominent folk clubs and folk festivals.[2]


Caine died of a heart attack on December 28, 1993, 5 days short of his 68th birthday.[3]


Year Title Role Genre Notes
1953 Marty Bartender TV series
1957 The Californians Schaab TV series, 8 episodes, 1957–1958
1959 Peter Gunn Rafael Blanco TV Series "The Briefcase"
1960 From the Terrace Creighton Duffy Film
Pay or Die Enrico Caruso Film
Pete and Gladys Burke CBS-TV "Pete Takes Up Golf"
1961 Two Faces West Jethro TV series, "The Vials"
Judgment at Nuremberg Hugo Wallner
1962 Brushfire Vlad
Straightaway TV series, "Full Circle"
Leave It to Beaver A crooked dairy foreman TV series, "Eddie, the Businessman"
87th Precinct Meinig TV series, "Idol in the Dust"
Pressure Point Tavern Owner
Fair Exchange Assorted roles TV series 4 episodes
1963 The Man from the Diner's Club Claude Bassanio
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis R.J. Crumley TV series "The Call of the, Like, Wild"
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters The Indian, "Afraid-of-His-Horse" TV series "The Day of the Pawnees, Parts 1 and 2"
The Twilight Zone Nick Bloss TV series "He's Alive"
659 Hogan's Heroes Major Wolfgang Hochstetter TV series 39 episodes (37 as Maj Hochstetter), 1965-1971
1966 Alvarez Kelly McIntyre
The Doomsday Flight L.A. dispatcher TV film
1967 The Rat Patrol Major Bracken, English TV series, "The Violent Truth Raid" s2/e11, episode #43, aired on 11/27/67
1970 Watermelon Man Mr. Townsend Film
1972 1776 Lewis Morris
1976 Helter Skelter Everett Scoville TV film
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo TV series (unknown)
1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story Billy Wilder TV film
1982 Forced Vengeance Milt Diamond Film
1984 Challenge of the GoBots TV series (unknown)
1986 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show TV series (unknown)
1987 Jonny Quest Additional voices
1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Mr. Endakis TV series (unknown)
1988 War and Remembrance Lord Maxwell Beaverbrook TV miniseries 2 episodes, 1988, (final television appearance)


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