Interesting what you find when looking at the credits on old shows (1 Viewer)

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SatelliteGuys Pro
Apr 26, 2006
40 miles NW of Omaha. Omaha?
I happened to be typing another post in the AZBox area, looked up at my TV and AZBox to see if my recording of The Rockford Files was underway, as the show was just starting.

I happened to notice that it showed: DIRECTED BY.... Ivan Dixon

I am not always good with names, but I am certain that Ivan Dixon was the prisoner Kinchloe on Hogan's Heros. I looked it up and sure enough, he was a producer as well as an actor!



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Apr 2, 2008
Northern Kentucky
Ivan Dixon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Ivan_Dixon.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/e/ee/Ivan_Dixon.jpg/220px-Ivan_Dixon.jpg

Early life and career

Ivan Nathaniel Dixon III was born in Harlem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Apollo_Theater.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/d/d2/Apollo_Theater.jpg/220px-Apollo_Theater.jpg, the son of a Grocery store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Merge-arrow.svg" class="image"><img alt="Merge-arrow.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/a/aa/Merge-arrow.svg/50px-Merge-arrow.svg.png owner. When he was young, Dixon lived in the brownstone at 518 W. 150th St. in Harlem. Living on the same block were Josh White - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:JoshWhite1945.jpg" class="image" title="Josh White in 1945"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/3/32/JoshWhite1945.jpg/220px-JoshWhite1945.jpg, Ralph Ellison - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Ralph_Ellison_photo_portrait_seated.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/1/1c/Ralph_Ellison_photo_portrait_seated.jpg/240px-Ralph_Ellison_photo_portrait_seated.jpg and the Hines brothers (Gregory Hines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Gregory_Hines.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/9/99/Gregory_Hines.jpg and Maurice Hines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Replace_this_image_male.svg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/7/7e/Replace_this_image_male.svg/220px-Replace_this_image_male.svg.png).[2] He graduated from the Lincoln Academy in, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Flag_of_North_Carolina.svg" class="image" title="Flag of North Carolina"><img alt="Flag of North Carolina" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/b/bb/Flag_of_North_Carolina.svg/125px-Flag_of_North_Carolina.svg.png, [3] and went on to earn a drama degree from North Carolina Central University - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:NCCU_seal.png" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/0/0b/NCCU_seal.png/150px-NCCU_seal.png in 1954,[2] where the theater troupe is known as the Ivan Dixon Players.[3]He also became a member of Omega Psi Phi, while in attendance. In 1957, he appeared on Broadway theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:New_York_New_Amsterdam_Theatre_2003.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/c/ca/New_York_New_Amsterdam_Theatre_2003.jpg/250px-New_York_New_Amsterdam_Theatre_2003.jpg in the William Saroyan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:William_Saroyan.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/7/7b/William_Saroyan.jpg/200px-William_Saroyan.jpg play Ator l'invincibile 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Question_book-new.svg" class="image"><img alt="Question book-new.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/9/99/Question_book-new.svg/50px-Question_book-new.svg.png. In 1959, he co-starred in Lorraine Hansberry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Lorrainehansberry.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/c/c4/Lorrainehansberry.jpg/145px-Lorrainehansberry.jpg's groundbreaking drama A Raisin in the Sun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:RaisinInTheSun.JPG" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/c/c5/RaisinInTheSun.JPG/220px-RaisinInTheSun.JPG, the first produced Broadway play by a Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Solid_black.svg" class="image"><img alt="Solid black.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/2/21/Solid_black.svg/250px-Solid_black.svg.png woman.
Dixon went on to television roles on The Twilight Zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:TheTwilightZoneLogo.png" class="image"><img alt="TheTwilightZoneLogo.png" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/d/df/TheTwilightZoneLogo.png/280px-TheTwilightZoneLogo.png and other series. In 1964, he starred in the independent film Nothing But a Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Drama-film-stub-icon.svg" class="image"><img alt="Stub icon" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/8/8e/Drama-film-stub-icon.svg/35px-Drama-film-stub-icon.svg.png, written and directed by Michael Roemer.
[edit] Hogan's Heroes

In his best-known role, Dixon appeared as Prisoner of war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:prokudin-Gorskii-22.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/1/1c/Prokudin-Gorskii-22.jpg/300px-Prokudin-Gorskii-22.jpg Staff Sergeant Ivan Kinchloe in the ensemble of the hit Television program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hogan's Heroes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. "Kinch" was the communications specialist and default second in command to Colonel Hogan (portrayed by Bob Crane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Bob_Crane_as_Hogan.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/5/5c/Bob_Crane_as_Hogan.jpg/220px-Bob_Crane_as_Hogan.jpg). Dixon played Kinchloe from 1965 to 1970, making him the only original actor on Hogan's Heroes not to remain for the entire series. Hogan's Heroes ended in 1971, by which time had succeeded Dixon.
[edit] Film work and directing

From 1970 to 1993, Dixon worked primarily as a Television director - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Question_book-new.svg" class="image"><img alt="Question book-new.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/9/99/Question_book-new.svg/50px-Question_book-new.svg.png on such Television program - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Television film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia as, The Waltons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:The_Waltons_Title_Screen.png" class="image"><img alt="The Waltons Title Screen.png" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/b/bb/The_Waltons_Title_Screen.png/220px-The_Waltons_Title_Screen.png, The Rockford Files - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Rockford_files.JPG" class="image"><img alt="Rockford files.JPG" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/7/77/Rockford_files.JPG/250px-Rockford_files.JPG, The Bionic Woman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Bionicwoman.jpg" class="image"><img alt="Bionicwoman.jpg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/6/62/Bionicwoman.jpg/220px-Bionicwoman.jpg, Magnum, P.I., and The A-Team. He also directed the controversial 1973 feature film based on a novel by Sam Greenlee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, about the first black Central Intelligence Agency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:CIA.svg" class="image"><img alt="CIA.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/2/23/CIA.svg/200px-CIA.svg.png, who takes his espionage knowledge and uses it to lead a black guerrilla operation in Chicago, Illinois. The New York Times wrote in 2008.
Although The Spook caused controversy and was soon pulled from theaters, it later gained Cult film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Question_book-new.svg" class="image"><img alt="Question book-new.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/9/99/Question_book-new.svg/50px-Question_book-new.svg.png as a bootleg video and in 2004 was released on DVD - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:DVD_logo.svg" class="image"><img alt="DVD logo.svg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/9/9b/DVD_logo.svg/200px-DVD_logo.svg.png. At that time Mr. Dixon told The Times that the movie had tried only to depict black anger, not to suggest armed revolt as a solution.[2]
Occasionally returning to acting, he played a doctor and leader of a Guerrilla warfare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Ramses_II_at_Kadesh.jpg" class="image"><img alt="Ramses II at Kadesh.jpg" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/c/cc/Ramses_II_at_Kadesh.jpg/49px-Ramses_II_at_Kadesh.jpg movement in the controversial 1987 American Broadcasting Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:American_Broadcasting_Company_Logo_2007.png" class="image"><img alt="American Broadcasting Company Logo 2007.png" src=""@@AMEPARAM@@en/thumb/2/21/American_Broadcasting_Company_Logo_2007.png/170px-American_Broadcasting_Company_Logo_2007.png Miniseries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, set in post-Soviet invasion Nebraska.
[edit] Later life and death

After his career as an actor and director, Dixon was the owner-operator of radio station in Maui - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Map_of_Hawaii_highlighting_Maui.svg" class="image" title="Location in the state of Hawaii."><img alt="Location in the state of Hawaii." src=""@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/b/b3/Map_of_Hawaii_highlighting_Maui.svg/250px-Map_of_Hawaii_highlighting_Maui.svg.png. In 2001, he left the islands for health reasons and sold the radio station in 2002.[4]
Ivan Dixon died on March 16, 2008, aged 76, at in Charlotte, North Carolina due to complications from Renal failure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.[5]


SatelliteGuys Master
Sep 22, 2005
L.A., Calif.
I watch Hogan's Heroes every day, and recognized the name immediately.
Always wondered why he didn't stay to the end of that series, and where he went aftewards.
Thanks for the update.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Apr 2, 2007
Hudson Valley Region, NY
Here's a couple more...

I was surprised to notice that Howard Morris that played Ernest T. Bass, on the Andy Griffith Show also directed some of the episodes.

Also Jerry Paris, that played the next door neighbor on the Dick VanDyke Show, directed many episodes of Happy Days.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Jul 5, 2005
Southern North Carolina
Use to watch Bob Ross painting on PBS and one day I was watching Andy Griffith Show, and noticed that the background drawing look alot like Ross's work...sure enough, his name scrolled by during the credits.


SatelliteGuys Pro
Dec 1, 2006
what am I missing? a lot of people act and direct (or are producers/exec producers) episodes of shows nowdays. I don't see why the old days/shows seem surprising in that sense unless it's just another thing way before my time.

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SatelliteGuys Family
Sep 21, 2009
Northwest Pennsylvania
I used to work at a golf course that Joe Santos (Sgt. Dennis Becker) from the Rockford Files frequented. Unfortunately, the man is a (insert your favorite obscenity), so every time I see the Rockford Files I can't help but think of that guy. Kinda' ruined the show for me, which is a shame, since I think James Garner is great.

Every once in awhile I'll stop and watch Bob Ross. He had to be one of the calmest individuals I have ever seen. Kinda' amusing when he showed videos of him and his pet squirrel. :)
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