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'Hogan's Heroes' Star Ivan Dixon


Actor Ivan Dixon as Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe in the

popular 1960s TV sitcom, 'Hogan's Heroes'

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Ivan Dixon, an actor, director and producer best known for his role as Kinchloe on the popular 1960s television series "Hogan's Heroes," died Sunday, March 16 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte after a hemorrhage and of complications from kidney failure, said his daughter, Doris Nomathande Dixon of Charlotte. He was 76.

Actor Sidney Poitier said the two men became friends after Dixon was his stunt double in the 1958 movie, "The Defiant Ones." "As an actor, you had to be careful," Poitier said in a statement. "He was quite likely to walk off with the scene."

Dixon began his acting career on Broadway in plays including "The Cave Dwellers" and "A Raisin in the Sun." On film, he appeared in "Something of Value," "A Raisin in the Sun," "A Patch of Blue," "Nothing But a Man" and the cult favorite, "Car Wash."


Diana Sands and Ivan Dixon in 'The Fugitive'

But he was probably best known for the role of U.S. Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe on "Hogan's Heroes," a satire set in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. Kinchloe, in charge of electronic communications, could mimic German officers on the radio or phone.

While her father was most proud of work in plays such as "A Raisin in the Sun" and for films such as "Nothing But a Man," he had no mixed feelings about being recognized for the role of Kinchloe, his daughter said.

"It was a pivotal role as well, because there were not as many blacks in TV series at that time," Nomathande Dixon said. "He did have some personal issues with that role, but it also launched him into directing."


Ivan Dixon in later years

Dixon also earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the CBS Playhouse special, "The Final War of Olly Winter." In addition to acting on television, he also directed hundreds of episodic shows, including "The Waltons," "The Rockford Files," "Magnum, P.I." and "In the Heat of the Night."

Born April 6, 1931, in New York City, Dixon graduated in 1954 from North Carolina Central University in Durham. His honors include four NAACP Image Awards, the National Black Theatre Award and the Paul Robeson Pioneer Award from the Black American Cinema Society. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild of America and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 53 years, Berlie Dixon of Charlotte, North Carolina and a son, Alan Kimara Dixon of Oakland, California. Dixon's two sons, Ivan Nathaniel Dixon IV and N'Gai Christopher Dixon, preceded him in death. At Dixon's request, the family said, no memorial or funeral is planned.

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