Equity Celebrates Werner Klemperer's Life, March 6

News   Equity Celebrates Werner Klemperer's Life, March 6 Actors' Equity will hold a public memorial for actor Werner Klemperer at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44 St.) on March 6 at noon. In addition to many stage and screen roles, Klemperer served on Equity's governing council from 1975 until his death on Dec. 6, 2000.

Actors' Equity will hold a public memorial for actor Werner Klemperer at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44 St.) on March 6 at noon. In addition to many stage and screen roles, Klemperer served on Equity's governing council from 1975 until his death on Dec. 6, 2000.

Speakers at the memorial will include John Anderson, Philip Bosco, Aaron Frankel, Tammy Grimes, Arne Gundersen, Fr. Doug Haefner, Equity president Patrick Quinn, Regina Resnick, John Simon and Gerard Schwarz.

Known to most as Col. Klink from television's "Hogan's Heros," Klemperer was described by his peers in his Playbill obituary as "a tireless supporter of the stage actors' union who worked on many committees — including the Committee For Racial Equality (which sought to get minority actors casting opportunities) and the Alien Committee (which sought to give American actors a shot at roles in productions that may have originated overseas)."

"From 1974-1989 he served three terms as a principal councillor. He was elected fourth vice president in 1988, and held that position until 1994. He chaired the Picket Committee.

"'He was always available to help the union," Equity executive director Alan Eisenberg said in a statement. "He would travel, picket, be wherever he was needed. He was a caring, charming and courtly gentleman, and will be sorely missed by the Association, as well as myself.'" —By Murdoch McBride