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Veteran character actor Jon Cedar died April 14 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 80.
Cedar had a regular role as the lovable Corporal Langenscheidt on the 1965-71 sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. He also appeared on such shows as Ben Casey, Barnaby Jones, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Moonlighting, The Greatest American Hero and Matlock. He wrote, produced and appeared in The Manitou, a 1978 film starring Tony Curtis.
Cedar and his late wife, Barbara, created and ran the Barbara’s Place script-typing service during the 1970s and ’80s.
As a youngster, Cedar traveled the country with his family appearing off-Broadway and in national tours with such shows as Irma la Douce, The Deputy and South Pacific. He and his brother George also did many performances at the Players Ring, a Hollywood theater troupe.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his daughter, Loren Thompson, his son, Michael Cedar, and his longtime companion, Elynore Leigh.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Leukemia Society or to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Emergency Assistance Fund.
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