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Larry Hovis
Born February 20, 1936(1936-02-20)
Wapato, Washington
Died September 9, 2003 (aged 67)
Austin, Texas, USA

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


Early life and career

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. He wrote songs and signed with Capitol Records and released one album.

He also 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 that showcased his singing and comedy talents.

The move to television

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 hit TV series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. where he played "Pvt. Larry Gotschalk". He also appeared on the Andy Griffith Show as the owner of a car that had several chronic noises that Goober attempted to repair eventually disassembling and reassembling in the Mayberry Courthouse.

In 1965, Hovis was cast as "Sgt. Andrew Carter" in the television show Hogan's Heroes. Hovis' character was part of a group of five Western Allied POWs; each character had a specialized task or talent (Sgt. Carter was the ordnance expert; in a typical episode of the series, it was Sgt. Carter who would be called upon to make an explosive device). In the series Carter was of Sioux ancestry; Larry Hovis was partly of Yakama Indian ancestry. In one episode of the comedy "Alice", Hovis played a Native American police detective who arrests a fake Native American 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 film spy-spoof Out of Sight. He also appeared in and wrote comedy bits for Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

After Hogan's Heroes

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. He also served as announcer and regular panelist on Yahtzee, a game show adaptation of the dice game.

In the early 1980s, Hovis toured in the musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Melvin P. Thorpe.

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

Larry Hovis died in Austin, Texas, of esophageal cancer in 2003.

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