Hardy Krüger

Hardy Krüger (born Franz Eberhard August Krüger; 12 April 1928 in Wedding, Berlin) 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 after World War II. From 1941, Krüger went to a Adolf Hitler School at the Ordensburg Sonthofen. At age 15, Hardy made his film debut in a German picture, "The Young Eagles", but his acting career was interrupted when he was conscripted into the German Infantry in 1944 at age 16. 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 Aryan 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 what is now northern Tanzania, which he owned for 13 years.


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