January 2, 1926
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 1993 (aged 67)|
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Eden Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Joan-Ellen Caine (m. - her death)|
Howard Caine (born Howard Cohen; January 2, 1926 – December 28, 1993) was an American character actor, dialection and 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.
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 suppress 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 from 1944 to 1946, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Caine studied drama at Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Caine 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), as the husband of the character portrayed by Judy Garland in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Brushfire (1962), The Man from the Diner's Club (1963), Pressure Point (1962), and Alvarez Kelly (1966). 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. Also appeared on Get Smart as Bediyoskin/Dr.Smith Caine is best remembered for his recurring role (37 episodes) as Major Wolfgang Hochstetter on the popular 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!" as he leaves the room, when frustrated by the camp's incompetent commanding officer, Colonel Klink. The Major self-identifies as a Gestapo agent but usually dresses in the pre-war 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.
Caine died of a heart attack on December 28, 1993, five days short of his 68th birthday.
|1957||The Californians||Schaab||TV series||8 episodes, 1957–1958|
|1959||Peter Gunn||Rafael Blanco||TV Series||"The Briefcase"|
|1959||Lawman||Newt Whittaker||TV series||"Warpath"|
|1960||From the Terrace||Creighton Duffy||Film|
|Pay or Die||Enrico Caruso||Film|
|Pete and Gladys||Burke||TV series||"Pete Takes Up Golf"|
|Gunsmoke||Brady||TV series||"Big Tom", S5 Ep.18, aired 1/9/60|
|1961||Two Faces West||Jethro||TV series||"The Vials"|
|Judgment at Nuremberg||Hugo Wallner|
|1962||My Three Sons||Police Sergeant||TV series||"Chip Leaves Home", S2/E14, aired on 1/4/62|
|Straightaway||Carson||TV series||"Full Circle", S1/E23, aired on 3/14/62|
|Leave It to Beaver||A crooked dairy foreman||TV series||"Eddie, the Businessman", S6/E06, aired on 11/1/62|
|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"|
|1965||Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Mr. Setlin||TV series||"Thou Still Unravished Bride", S3/E22, episode #22, 1965|
|Get Smart||Dr. Fish||TV series||"The Day Smart Turned Chicken", S1/E8, November 6, 1965|
|My Favorite Martian||The Sultan, English||TV series||"The Bottled Martin", S3/E8, episode #8, aired on 10/30/65|
|1965-1971||Hogan's Heroes||Major Wolfgang Hochstetter, German||TV series, 39 episodes||37 as Maj. Hochstetter; 1 as German Col. Feldcamp in "The Battle of Stalag 13" (S2/E5), 1966; 1 as Major Keitel in "Happy Birthday, Adolf" (S1/E17)|
|Death Valley Days||Lazaro||TV Series||The Solid Gold Cavity|
|The Doomsday Flight||L.A. dispatcher||TV film|
|1967||Rango||Gayfor Ashton||TV series||"Gunfight at the K.O. Saloon", S1/E4, February 3, 1967|
|Get Smart||Dr. Waldo Smith and Russell Bediyoskin||TV series||"A Man Called Smart" (three parts), S2/E28-30, April 8–22, 1967|
|The Rat Patrol||Major Bracken, English||TV series||"The Violent Truce Raid", S2/E11, episode #43, aired on 11/27/67|
|1970||Watermelon Man||Mr. Townsend||Film|
|1976||Helter Skelter||Everett Scoville||TV film|
|1978||The Paper Chase||Mr. Bond||TV series||"The Seating Chart", Episode number 8|
|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 appearance)|