A Bridge Too Far star Hardy Krüger is dead at 93: Actor passes away in Calfornia
By SEAMLESS DAILY
20 January 2022
Hardy Krüger has died at the age of 93.
The actor was known for his role in adventure movies including A Bridge Too Far and The Wild Geese.
Kruger's agency said in a statement : "His warmth of heart, joie de vivre, and his unshakable sense of justice will make him unforgettable."
Krüger's career spanned 40 years, with his most famous role being Karl Ludwig in A Bridge Too Far, alongside stars including James Caan.
he made his acting debut in the german film the young eagles, but things stalled at 16, when he was drafted by the german wehrmacht- one of the nazi armed forces- in 1944.
he went on to fight for the 38th ss division nibelungen, but was almost executed for cowardice when he refused orders to ambush a group of us soldiers.
krüger eventually escaped and hid out in italy until the end of the war, and frequently spoke out against extremism and in favour of democracy.
as he celebrated his 90th birthday back in 2018, kruger confessed he had no fear of death- telling german press agency dpa :' i grew up with death, i got used to it".
After the war, Krüger struggled to pay for acting school, and so resumed his career with small stage roles, before gaining the attention of worldwide audiences with a role in the British film The One That Got Away in 1957.
The film sees Krüger play a German Luftwaffe pilot shot down over Britain in 1940, and documents his attempts to escape captivity.
In 1975 he also starred as Captain Potzdorf in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon opposite Ryan O'Neal, and The Wild Geese With Richard Burton in 1978.
Hardy eventually retired from acting in the late 1980s, and went onto publish 16 books, and directed several documentaries about his travels round the world.
Kruger was married three times; firstly Renate Densow from 1950 to 1964, after they had son Christiane Krüger in 1945.
peter kaefferlein, who was hardy's hamburg-based literary agent, added that kruger died "suddenly and unexpectedly".
Considered one of the biggest German actors of post-war cinema, Kruger featured in a number of noteworthy English-language projects, including the 1957 movie The One That Got Away.
He married his third wife, Anita Park, in 1978.
He is thought to have died at his home in California on Thursday.
In 1962, Krüger starred in the Oscar-winning film Sundays and Cybele, before going on to appear in the original The Flight of the Phoenix in 1965.
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