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Ivan Dixon

Ivan Dixon, is an American actor and director. Dixon may be best known for his role as POW Sergeant James Kinchloe, stationed at Stalag 13 in Germany during World War II in the hit TV series Hogan's Heroes. Sergeant Kinchloe's role was the communications officer; he would frequently be ordered by Colonel Hogan (portrayed by Bob Crane) to encode a message and send it to Allied Headquarters in London, the Submarine, or to the German underground. Dixon played Kinchloe from 1965 to 1970, making him the only original actor on Hogan's Heroes not to stay for the entire series (Hogan's Heroes finished in 1971, by which time Kenneth Washington had replaced him).

In 1964 he starred in the independent film Nothing But a Man, which was written and directed by Michael Roemer. He was practically unrecognizable as Lonnie in the cult classic Car Wash (1976).

Dixon spent many years (1970-1993) behind the camera directing television shows and movies such as Trouble Man and The A-Team.

He played a doctor and leader of a guerrilla movement in the controversial 1989 ABC miniseries Amerika, set in post-Soviet invasion Nebraska. Perhaps his most memorable scene was his dramatic rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, which had been banned by the puppet government led by Robert Urich.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Ivan Dixon Facts

BirthdayApril 6, 1931
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Date of deathMarch 16, 2008 (age 76)

Selected Filmography

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