Larry Hovis

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Larry Hovis
Hovisheros.jpg
in Hogan's Heroes
Born (1936-02-20)February 20, 1936
Wapato, Washington
USA
Died September 9, 2003(2003-09-09) (aged 67)
Austin, Texas, USA
Alma mater University of Houston

Larry Hovis (February 20, 1936 – September 9, 2003) was an American singer and actor best known for playing Sergeant Carter on the 1960s television sitcom Hogan's Heroes.

Early life and career[edit]

Hovis was born in Wapato, Washington, and moved to Houston, Texas as a small child. As a youth, he was a singer, appearing on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Hovis attended the University of Houston. During the mid-1950s, Hovis sang in nightclubs with groups including the Mascots, and the Bill Gannon Trio. He wrote songs and signed with Capitol Records, which released one album. His biggest song was "We could have lots of fun".

Hovis began appearing in local theater productions. After some success, he moved to New York City in 1959 and appeared in Broadway revues such as From A to Z which showcased his singing and comedy talents.

Television[edit]

Hovis moved to California in 1963 where he performed stand-up comedy and tried to break into television. In 1964, he was discovered by Andy Griffith's manager and was hired to appear on the TV series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., where he played "Pvt. Larry Gotschalk". He also appeared on The Andy Griffith Show.

In 1965, Hovis was cast in the television show Hogan's Heroes as "Sgt. Andrew Carter", a POW in a German prison camp who was an expert on explosives. In the series Carter was of Sioux ancestry; Hovis himself was partly of Yakama Indian ancestry. Later, in an episode of the comedy Alice, Hovis played an American Indian police detective who arrests a fake American Indian conman.

While Hovis was a regular on Hogan's Heroes, he also did other work in the entertainment industry, including writing the screenplay for the 1966 spy-spoof Out of Sight. He also appeared in and wrote comedy bits for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

After Hogan's Heroes[edit]

After Hogan's Heroes was cancelled in 1971, Hovis appeared in several TV shows. He also produced and appeared in the mid-1970s game show Liar's Club.

In the early 1980s, Hovis toured in the musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Melvin P. Thorpe. In 1982, Hovis was a writer/producer on the So You Think You Got Troubles, which was hosted by actor/ventriloquist Jay Johnson. Later in the decade, Hovis teamed up with Gary Bernstein to form Bernstein-Hovis Productions, which produced the game shows Anything For Money, the original version of Lingo and the short-lived Yahtzee, a TV version of the classic dice game, for which Hovis also announced and served as a regular panelist.

Beginning in the 1990s, Hovis taught drama at Southwest Texas State University – now called Texas State University-San Marcos – in San Marcos, Texas.

Staged segments on Totally Hidden Video[edit]

Hovis was hired as a producer for the hidden-camera television show Totally Hidden Video but was fired from the show by Fox executives after accusations by Candid Camera creator Allen Funt of staging segments using paid actors.[1][2]

Death[edit]

Hovis died of esophageal cancer in Austin, Texas on September 9, 2003. He was 67.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Producer of "Totally Hidden Video" fired by Fox for staging segments". The Modesto Bee. 13 July 1989. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Hodges, Ann (13 July 1989). "Fox exposes phony segments on its `Totally Hidden Video'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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