23 July 1916|
|Died||12 July 2006
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Education||London School of Economics|
real estate investor
Kurt Kreuger (July 23, 1916 – July 12, 2006) was a Swiss-reared German actor. Kreuger once was the third most requested male actor at 20th Century Fox. He starred with, among others, Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Life and career
Kreuger was born in Michendorf, Germany, but grew up in Switzerland (in St. Moritz). He attended the London School of Economics and enrolled in Columbia University (New York City) to study medicine, but soon dropped out to pursue a career in acting. His father, a businessman, cut off his allowance after he embarked seriously on an acting career.
I was running across the dunes when Tambul jumped on top of me and pressed my head into the sand to suffocate me. Only Zoltán forgot to yell cut, and Ingram was so emotionally caught up in the scene that he kept pressing my face harder and harder. Finally, I went unconscious. Nobody knew this. Even the crew was transfixed, watching this dramatic "killing." If Zoltán hadn't finally said cut, as an afterthought, it would have been all over for me.
Kreuger was primarily offered roles in World War II films as a German officer, prompting him to complain about being typecast as a Nazi. One of Kreuger's few opportunities to play a non-Nazi role was in 1948's Unfaithfully Yours, in which he played Rex Harrison's personal assistant. When Kreuger asked Darryl F. Zanuck for better roles, Zanuck reportedly replied: "What's your hurry? With your looks, you'll be good at 50."
His last film was The St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1967. He also had a number of roles in television in the 1950s and 1960s, including two guest appearances on Perry Mason and five on 77 Sunset Strip.
Kreuger was a successful real estate investor, primarily in properties in Beverly Hills, California. He lived in Beverly Hills and had a second home in Aspen, Colorado. He enjoyed skiing and participated in that sport until he was 87.
He was a lifelong bachelor and claims of a marriage to a European aristocrate were never substantiated.
- Mystery Sea Raider (1940)
- A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) German pilot (uncredited)
- The Deadly Game (1941)
- The Purple V (1943)
- Edge of Darkness (1943) with Ann Sheridan and Errol Flynn
- Sahara (1943) with Humphrey Bogart
- Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943)
- The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943)
- None Shall Escape (1944)
- Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)
- Hotel Berlin (1945) with Fay Emerson and Peter Lorre
- Paris Underground (1945)
- The Spider (1945)
- Escape in the Desert (1945)
- The Dark Corner (1946)
- Sentimental Journey (1946)
- Unfaithfully Yours (1948) with Rex Harrison
- Crown Jewels (1950)
- Spy Hunt (1950)
- Herzen im Sturm (1951) in Germany
- The Blue Hour (1953) in Germany
- La Paura (Fear) (1954) with Ingrid Bergman
- The Missing Scientist (1955)
- The Enemy Below (1957) with Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens
- Legion of the Doomed (1958)
- What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
- 77 Sunset Strip (multiple episodes 1958-63)
- Route 66 (1961)
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
- Mission: Impossible (1967)
- "Kurt Kreuger". The Independent. London. July 27, 2006. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012.
- "Kurt Kreuger, 89, Actor in Many War Films, Dies". New York Times. July 31, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- Adam Bernstein (July 21, 2006). "Kurt Kreuger, 89, Actor Portrayed Nazis (obituary)". The Washington Post (on the New York Sun website). Retrieved 2008-02-16.