Robert Clary was born in Paris, France. In 1942 Robert and 12 members of his immediate family were deported by the Nazis. Only Robert survived. He came to the United States and landed a role in a new Broadway musical entitled "New Faces of 1952." His show-stopping performances of such songs as "Lucky Pierre" and "I'm In Love With Miss Logan" made him a household name. Perhaps his best known role was his character of Lebeau in the hit television series "Hogan's Heroes."
After "Hogan's Heroes," he went on to several soap operas including "The Young & the Restless," "Days of Our Lives" and "The Bold & the Beautiful." In 1980 Robert felt the need to talk about his experience during the war; he began speaking publicly through the Simon Wiesenthal Center's nationally acclaimed outreach program. "For 36 years I kept these experiences during the war locked up inside myself. But those who are attempting to deny the Holocaust, my suffering and the suffering of millions of others have forced me to speak out."
Here is Robert saluting his favorite songwriters with the John Rodby jazz trio. This is one in a series of Robert Clary's jazz interpretations of great standard songwriters of pop, movies and the theatre.