Jon Cedar

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Jon Cedar
Born (1931-01-22)January 22, 1931
Died April 14, 2011(2011-04-14) (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place
Cremated, Groman Eden Mortuary
Mission Hills, California
Occupation Actor

Jon Cedar (January 22, 1931 – April 14, 2011) was an American character actor, screenwriter and producer.[1] He appeared in more than sixty television and film roles during his career.[2]

Cedar began his acting career in high school theater productions at Detroit High School.[2] He enlisted in the U.S. military and served in Italy during the Korean War.[2] Cedar moved to Hollywood after leaving the military.[2] Cedar toured the United States with his family, appearing in traveling musical and touring off-Broadway productions.[1] His stage credits during this time included the national tours of South Pacific, Irma La Douce and The Deputy.[1] He also joined the theater troupe, the Players Ring, based in Hollywood, with his brother, George Cedar.[1]

Cedar had a recurring role as Corporal Karl Langenscheidt on the television series, Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. [1] His other television roles included Matlock, Barnaby Jones, Kojak, Ben Casey, The Greatest American Hero, Moonlighting, The Rockford Files, Murder, She Wrote and the 1987 film In Love and War.[1][2] His last television appearance was in an episode of The Inside in 2005.[2]

Cedar produced, wrote and co-starred in the 1978 horror film, The Manitou, which starred Tony Curtis.[1] His additional film credits included Foxy Brown in 1974, Capricorn One in 1978, and the disaster film, The Concorde ... Airport '79.[2] His last film role was in the 1997 film, Murder in Mind.[2]

He and his late wife, Barbara Cedar, owned and operated a script typing company, Barbara's Place, during the 1970s and 1980s.[2]

Jon Cedar died of leukemia at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 14, 2011, at the age of 80.[1] He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. Cedar was survived by his daughter, actress Loren Thompson; son, producer Michael Cedar; partner, Elynore Leigh; and brother, actor George Cedar.[2] His memorial service was held at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Barnes, Mike (April 19, 2011). "'Hogan's Heroes' Actor Jon Cedar Dies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jon Cedar, actor, dies at 80". Variety Magazine. April 19, 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 

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