LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robert Clary, who played Cpl. Louis LeBeau on the 1965-71 sitcom "Hogan’s Heroes," celebrated his 88th birthday over the weekend simply, at a dinner out with friends, and with gratitude for his long life.

"Every day I wake up is a birthday," said Clary, who as a Jewish French teenager survived the Nazi Holocaust that claimed 12 family members, including his parents.

He’s resisted bitterness, he said: "You learn from the bad things and you learn from the good things."

Clary has been off the screen for more than a decade, staying busy with his family, his hobby of painting and regular gym
workouts.

"The only thing I really miss tremendously, I lost my wife. But that is part of life, unfortunately," Clary said. He was married to Natalie Cantor, the daughter of singer-actor Eddie Cantor, for more than 30 years."