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At age 12, began career as a professional singer
With a dozen relatives, sent to concentration camp by Nazis; only member of his family sent to camps who survived
Returned to Paris after WWII
"Discovered" while singing at a dance hall; signed to recording contract in USA
Moved to USA (October); began recording for Capitol Records
Father-in-law Eddie Cantor helped boost career by having him make guest appearances on "Colgate Comedy Hour"
Made US nightclub debut at NYC's La Vie En Rose; spotted by Leonard Sillman
Film debut in "Ten Tall Men"
Was one of the stars featured in the Broadway revue "New Faces of 1952"; reprised role in feature version
Played perhaps best-known role as Coporal LeBeau in the CBS sitcom "Hogan's Heroes"
Joined cast of the NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"; cast as nightclub owner/singer Robert LeClair; played role on and off until 1986
Had one-year stint on the CBS daytime serial "The Young and the Restless"
Last feature role (to date) as a passenger on "The Hindenburg"
Played himself in the Holocaust-themed drama "Remembrance of Love" (NBC)
Last major acting part to date, a regular role on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Provided the voice-over narration for Henri Matisse in the PBS production "Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry"
"Retired" from acting
Published memoirs, "From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes"
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Natalie Cantor Clary. Married in 1950; died in 1997.
Eddie Cantor. Actor, singer.