Actors' Equity Association will hold a memorial for the late actor and union activist Werner Klemperer at 11 AM on March 22 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44 St.) in New York City. Klemperer died last year on Dec. 7 at 80. Originally scheduled for March 6, the memorial was rescheduled due to inclement winter weather.
Scheduled to speak at the Equity memorial are John Anderson, Philip Bosco, Aaron Frankel, Tammy Grimes, Arne Gundersen, Fr. Doug Haefner Patrick Quinn, Regina Resnick, John Simon and Gerard Schwarz.
As reported, Klemperer served on Equity's governing council from 1973 until his death. His name still appears on the union's letterhead. Equity says the public is invited to the memorial. The union seeks to "recognize the numerous ways Werner touched the lives of others, as well as tracing his achievements on the stage and screen."
Known to most as Col. Klink from television's "Hogan's Heroes," 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)."
Klemperer’s father, Otto Klemperer, was the noted 20th Century conductor and composer. His cousin, Victor Klemperer, kept a diary of his experiences during the Third Reich which has been adapted as the play, I Will Bear Witness, now running at the Classic Stage Company. —By Murdoch McBride