Appeared in 'Hogan's Heroes'

Actor, producer and writer Jon (Seymour) Cedar died April 14 in Tarzana, Calif., after a brief battle with leukemia. He was 80.

Cedar appeared onstage, in film and on television, racking more than 60 screen appearances.

He started onstage at his Detroit High School, after which he served a stint in Italy during the Korean War. After his military service, he arrived in Hollywood, where he and his brother performed in many legit roles at the Players Ring. Cedar traveled the country with his family, appearing Off Broadway and in national tours with shows such as “Irma La Douce,” “The Deputy” and “South Pacific.”

He appeared in character roles in numerous feature films, including “Foxy Brown,” “Capricorn One” and “The Concorde… Airport ’79”; the last was “Murder in Mind” in 1997. In addition Cedar had a semi-regular role on “Hogan’s Heroes” as Corporal Langenscheidt and guested on many TV shows from “Moonlighting” to “Matlock” and “Murder, She Wrote.” He most recently appeared on TV in a 2005 episode of “The Inside.”

Along with his late wife, Barbara, he created and ran Barbara’s Place script-typing service during the 1970s and ’80s.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Elynore Leigh; daughter Loren Thompson, an actress; son Michael, a producer; a brother, George, an actor; and several grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at the Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills. Donations may be made to the American Leukemia Society or the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Emergency Assistance Fund.

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