Hardy Krüger

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Hardy Krüger
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Hardy Krüger, ca. 1960
Born Franz Eberhard August Krüger
(1928-04-12) 12 April 1928 (age 86)
Wedding, Berlin, Weimar Republic
Years active 1944–2011
Spouse(s) Anita (1978–present)
Francesca Marazzi (1965–?) (divorced)
Renate Densow (1950–?) (divorced)

Hardy Krüger (born Franz Eberhard August Krüger; 12 April 1928) is a German actor. He is thought of as one of the greatest German actors of the 1960s and is arguably the first German actor to have been accepted as a protagonist by audiences outside Germany post World War II.

Life and work[edit]

Krüger was born in Wedding, Berlin in 1928. From 1941, he went to an Adolf Hitler School at the Ordensburg Sonthofen. At age 15, Hardy made his film début in a German picture, The Young Eagles, but his acting career was interrupted when he was conscripted into the German Wehrmacht in 1944 at age 16.[1] In March 1945, Krüger was drafted into the 38th SS Division Nibelungen, where he was drawn into heavy fighting before being captured by American forces.

Because of his archetypal Nordic German look, blond hair and blue eyes, Hardy Krüger often performed in roles portraying German soldiers.

He first came to the attention of English language audiences in the 1957 British war film The One That Got Away, the story of Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner of war to successfully escape from Allied custody and return to Germany.

In 1960, Krüger bought Ngorongoro farm in the then Tanganyika Territory, which he owned for 13 years. Ngorongoro served as the setting for the 1962 film Hatari!, a Howard Hawks film, in which Krüger appeared with John Wayne.

Fluent in German, English and French, he has worked in numerous European and American films such as the Oscar-winning Les dimanches de ville d'Avray (1962), the original 1965 version of The Flight of the Phoenix and the German version of The Moon is Blue. Other films include The Wild Geese (1978) with Richard Burton, Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon with Ryan O'Neal and Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far (sharing a scene with Laurence Olivier).

His daughter Christiane Krüger and his son, Hardy Krüger, Jr. are also actors.

Hardy Krüger, 2013

Awards[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography on imdb.com

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