Robert David Crane is an American author and writer, probably best known for the book, "Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder" about the unsolved murder of his father, "Hogan's Heroes" star, Bob Crane.
Not much is known about his early life. He was the son of Robert Crane and Anne Terzian, a high school sweetheart, and one of three children including Deborah Anne Crane and Karen Leslie Crane. A writer for Playboy Magazine for over twenty years, he published his first book, "Jack Nicholson, Face to Face," in 1975 and worked as a publicist for comedian John Candy. They also worked together on the movies "Hamburger," "Only The Lonely," "Hostage for a Day" and "Wagons's East." Candy also gave Robert a walk-on role in the film, Delirious.
Crane co-authored several books, interviews and articles for magazines and newspapers. After John's death in 1994, he co-authored the book "SCTV: Behind the Scenes," which was published in 1996. In 2002, he collaborated with director Paul Schrader in the film, "Auto Focus," a semi-autobiographical chronicle on the sordid off-camera life and murder of his father. The film was the subject of controversy with his half-brother Scott Crane and step-mother Sigrid Valdis who considered it unfair and exploitative and an insult to the memory of Bob Crane. His other projects include actor Bruce Dern's memoir, "Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have: An Unrepentant Memoir," "Jack Nicholson: The Early Years" and a biography about the life of Tom Mankiewicz, "My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider's Journey Through Hollywood."
Crane also co-produced the short films "Mirage" with Richard Decker and "She'll Never Make it to the Olympics" with Kari Hildebrand. His most recent book is "Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father's Unsolved Murder," published in 2015.