Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder

Book - 2015
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"On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Robert Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life. Crane began his career writing for Oui magazine and spent many years interviewing celebrities for Playboy--stars such as Chevy Chase, Bruce Dern, Joan Rivers, and even Koko the signing gorilla. As a result of a raucous encounter with the cast of Canada's SCTV, he found himself shelving his notepad and tape recorder to enter the employ of John Candy--first as an on-again, off-again publicist; then as a full-time assistant, confidant, screenwriter, and producer; and finally as one of Candy's pallbearers. Through disappointment, loss, and heartbreak, Crane's humor and perseverance shine. Beyond the big stars and behind-the-scenes revelations, this riveting account of death, survival, and renewal in the shadow of the Hollywood sign makes a profound statement about the desire for love and permanence in a life where those things continually slip away. By turns shocking and uplifting, Crane is an unforgettable and deeply human story"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2015]
ISBN: 9780813160740
Characteristics: xi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fryer, Christopher
Call Number: 791.43028 CRA


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Aug 19, 2016

I wasn't all too impressed by this book, which is both a biography of Bob Crane ("Hogan's Heroes"), his involvement with the sex film industry and his unsolved 1978 murder; and an autobiography by his son Robert Jr who details his life as a journalist for Playboy magazine as well as his work as the personal assistant to actor John Candy. The stuff about Candy leapt out at me, the rest was a confusing mess.

Mar 06, 2016

This book is actually quite boring. Its very little about Robert Crane's death, no new information compared to other books. Its really about Robert Crane Jr's life. Unfortunately his life is quite dull. Somewhat misleading cover as not much about the murder.


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