Published in September 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography contains the first-hand testimonies, memories, and recollections from 200 prominent individuals from Bob Crane's life. Family, friends as far back as grade school, and coworkers in radio, television (including many from Hogan's Heroes), theatre, and film have helped tell his complete story. In addition, the hard cover edition contains more than 200 rare family and professional photographs, some never before published or seen by the public until now. Discover the truth! If you think you know Bob Crane before reading this book, you don't know him at all. Author profits will be donated to various charities in Bob's memory.
Official Statement about the Re-Investigation of Bob Crane's Murder (11/23/16)
"We—my coauthors and I, members of Bob Crane's family, his friends, and his colleagues—are always hopeful that one day, the true identity of Bob's murderer will be known and justice can be served. However, this recent investigation did not reveal any groundbreaking information or provide a resolution, and the subsequent media coverage did nothing more than bring unnecessary heartache to many who knew, loved, and cared about Bob. We do not discuss or endorse any speculative theories as to who may have committed the crime. We encourage those who want to know more about Bob Crane to discover his complete and true life story in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. All author profits are being donated to various charities in Bob's memory."
—Carol Ford, author, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bob Crane - An Interview with Dick Van Dyke

Bob Crane, Dick Van Dyke,
and Mary Tyler Moore
"Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra"
Dick Van Dyke Show, 1962
The legendary, award-winning actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke hardly needs an introduction. He is universally known and recognized for his terrific work in television (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis Murder), in theatre (Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man), and in film (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins).

Not unlike Bob Crane, Dick Van Dyke's career started in radio. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio announcer in Special Services where he entertained the troops. After the war, he worked in the news room for a radio station in Illinois.

In 1962, Carl Reiner, producer and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show, cast Bob as the character of Harry Rogers in the episode, "Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra." (To watch the episode on IMDB, click here.) This was one of Bob's first roles on television, and it helped pave the way for his being hired as a semi-regular cast member on The Donna Reed Show.

Dick was a guest on Bob's KNX radio show in 1964 shortly after The Dick Van Dyke Show took home a series of Emmy Awards. In this interview segment, Bob talks with Dick about his start in radio and his work as an actor.

Bob Crane - Dick Van Dyke Interview Segment
Bob Crane Show / KNX-CBS Radio

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Note: In May 2011, Dick Van Dyke published his memoirs in his new book, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir.

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