Actor Howard Caine

Howard Caine (born Howard Cohen; January 2, 1926 – December 28, 1993) was an American character actor, dialection and probably best known as Gestapo Major Wolfgang Hochstetter in the television series Hogan’s Heroes (1965–71). He also played Lewis Morris of New York in the musical film 1776, and Everett Scovill, a thinly disguised portrait of Charles Manson’s attorney Irving Kanarek, in the television movie Helter Skelter.

Early life

Howard Caine was born on January 2, 1926 in Nashville, Tennessee into a Jewish family. At the age of 13 Cohen moved with his family to New York City, where he began studying acting. Learning to suppress his Southern accent, he went on to become a master of 32 foreign and American dialects. Caine served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, Caine studied drama at Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude.


Caine appeared on Broadway in Wonderful Town, Inherit the Wind, Lunatics and Lovers, and Tiger at the Gates. He succeeded Ray Walston as “Mr. Applegate” in the original production of Damn Yankees. He was featured in such films as From the Terrace (1960), Pay or Die (1960), as the husband of the character portrayed by Judy Garland in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Brushfire (1962), The Man from the Diner’s Club (1963), Pressure Point (1962), and Alvarez Kelly (1966). He also appeared in “1776” as delegate from New York Lewis Morris. He co-starred with Godfrey Cambridge and Estelle Parsons in Watermelon Man (1970). He was also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He acted in more than 750 live and filmed television programs, including the western series The Californians, Two Faces West, and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Also appeared on Get Smart as Bediyoskin/Dr.Smith Caine is best remembered for his recurring role (37 episodes) as Major Wolfgang Hochstetter on the popular 1960s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971). Prior to that he appeared on that show in two other roles, in the season one episode “Happy Birthday, Adolf” and the season two episode “The Battle of Stalag 13”. The Major Hochstetter character first appeared later in season two. Hochstetter is a feared Gestapo officer who strongly suspects the prisoners, particularly Colonel Hogan, are engaged in clandestine activities, but he is never able to confirm his suspicions and usually ends up getting his comedic comeuppance. Hochstetter had several catchphrases, including (referring to Hogan) “Who is this man?” and “What is this man doing here?”, and “I will surround this camp with a ring of steel”. He would also shout “Baah!” as he leaves the room, when frustrated by the camp’s incompetent commanding officer, Colonel Klink. The Major self-identifies as a Gestapo agent but dresses in the uniform of the SS, Schutzstaffel.

Caine was featured as “Everett Scovill”, a thinly disguised portrait of Charles Manson’s attorney Irving Kanarek, in Helter Skelter (1976).

From his early childhood in Tennessee, Caine had always been fascinated with the Appalachian five-string bluegrass banjo and began mastering it in the mid-1960s. From the summer of 1970 until his death in 1993, he had taken trophies at 29 prominent banjo and fiddle contests in the southland for both Best Traditional Banjo and Traditional Singing. He was also a popular folk singer and appeared at a number of prominent folk clubs and folk festivals.


Caine died of a heart attack on December 28, 1993, five days short of his 68th birthday.


Year Title Role Genre Notes
1953 Marty Bartender TV series
1957 The Californians Schaab TV series 8 episodes, 1957–1958
1959 Peter Gunn Rafael Blanco TV Series “The Briefcase”
1959 Lawman(TV series) Newt Whittaker TV series “Warpath”
1960 From the Terrace Creighton Duffy Film
Pay or Die Enrico Caruso Film
Pete and Gladys Burke TV series “Pete Takes Up Golf”
Gunsmoke Brady TV series “Big Tom”, S5 Ep.18, aired 1/9/60
1961 Two Faces West Jethro TV series “The Vials”
Judgment at Nuremberg Hugo Wallner
1962 My Three Sons Police Sergeant TV series “Chip Leaves Home”, S2/E14, aired on 1/4/62
Brushfire Vlad
Straightaway Carson TV series “Full Circle”, S1/E23, aired on 3/14/62
Leave It to Beaver A crooked dairy foreman TV series “Eddie, the Businessman”, S6/E06, aired on 11/1/62
87th Precinct Meinig TV series “Idol in the Dust”
Pressure Point Tavern Owner
Fair Exchange Assorted roles TV series 4 episodes
1963 The Man from the Diner’s Club Claude Bassanio
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis R.J. Crumley TV series “The Call of the, Like, Wild”
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters The Indian, “Afraid-of-His-Horse” TV series “The Day of the Pawnees, Parts 1 and 2”
The Twilight Zone Nick Bloss TV series “He’s Alive”
1965 Alfred Hitchcock Hour Mr. Setlin TV series “Thou Still Unravished Bride”, S3/E22, episode #22, 1965
Get Smart Dr. Fish TV series “The Day Smart Turned Chicken”, S1/E8, November 6, 1965
My Favorite Martian The Sultan, English TV series “The Bottled Martin”, S3/E8, episode #8, aired on 10/30/65
1965-1971 Hogan’s Heroes Major Wolfgang Hochstetter, German TV series, 39 episodes 37 as Maj. Hochstetter; 1 as German Col. Feldcamp in “The Battle of Stalag 13” (S2/E5), 1966; 1 as Major Keitel in “Happy Birthday, Adolf” (S1/E17)
1966 Alvarez Kelly McIntyre
Death Valley Days Lazaro TV Series The Solid Gold Cavity
The Doomsday Flight L.A. dispatcher TV film
1967 Get Smart Dr. Waldo Smith and Russell Bediyoskin TV series “A Man Called Smart” (three parts), S2/E28-30, April 8-22, 1967
The Rat Patrol Major Bracken, English TV series “The Violent Truce Raid”, S2/E11, episode #43, aired on 11/27/67
1970 Watermelon Man Mr. Townsend Film
1972 1776 Lewis Morris
1976 Helter Skelter Everett Scoville TV film
1978 The Paper Chase Mr. Bond TV series “The Seating Chart”, Episode number 8
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo TV series (unknown)
1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story Billy Wilder TV film
1982 Forced Vengeance Milt Diamond Film
1984 Challenge of the GoBots TV series (unknown)
1986 The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show TV series (unknown)
1987 Jonny Quest Additional voices
1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Mr. Endakis TV series (unknown)
1988 War and Remembrance Lord Maxwell Beaverbrook TV miniseries 2 episodes, 1988, (final appearance)

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