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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.

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.

The film sees Krüger play a German Luftwaffe pilot shot down over Britain in 1940, and documents his attempts to escape captivity, and the actor perfectly fit the criteria of the blond German solder.

in 1975 he also starred as captain potzdorf in stanley kubrick's barry lyndon.

kruger married his third wife, anita park, in 1978.

After Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, Hardy decided he wanted to follow follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Nazi party

hardy eventually retired from acting in the late 1980s and was a writer- and published 16 books.

kruger's agency said in a statement : "his warmth of heart, joie de vivre, and his unshakable sense of justice will make him unforgettable."

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.

the star, who retired from the screen in the late 1980s, died at his home in california on wednesday.

Famous pals: Throughout his career Krüger appeared alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars (pictured second right at Roger Moore's 50th birthday party in 1977)

he made his acting debut in the german film the young eagles, but his career was interrupted when he was drafted by the german wehrmacht- one of the nazi armed forces- in 1944.

He spent time as a prisoner-of-war but then escaped and hid in Italy until the end of the war.

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.

Fluent in German, English and French, Hardy later starred in the French picture Sundays and Cybèle, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1962.

Blast from the past: Having been raised under Adolf Hitler's rule, for years Hardy wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Nazi party

He had a leading role in the Oscar-winning Sundays and Cybele and a key role as the German engineer in the original 1965 version of The Flight of the Phoenix.

he also directed several documentaries showing him travelling around the world.

when asked if he was afraid of death in 2018, ahead of his 90th birthday- krüger told german press agency dpa :' i grew up with death, i got used to it".

'Back in Germany, I started my acting career and experienced quite a bit of hype with the series Against the Wind.

Epic: In 1975 he also starred as Captain Potzdorf in Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon opposite Ryan O'Neal

Krüger was married three times; firstly to Renate Densow from 1950 to 1964, after they had daughter Christiane Krüger in 1945.

Thank you for the countless adventures and trips. '

Throughout his life, he would go on to often speak out against extremism and stressed the importance of democracy.

As a result he was sentenced to death for cowardice before an SS officer countermanded this.

Praised: He also starred in 1965's The Flight Of The Phoenix, alongside stars including John Wayne and Richard Attenborough

His experience with Nazism led him to be a lifelong campaigner against extremism.

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