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German actor Hardy Kruger, star in adventure film, dies

BERLIN - Hardy Kruger, considered one of the best actors in post-war Germany, has died. He was 93.

His literary agent in Hamburg, Peter Kaefferlein, said Thursday that Kruger died "suddenly and unexpectedly" Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife, American-born author Anita Park.

Kruger starred in the 1957 British film "The One That Got Away" about a captured German fighter pilot who stages a series of daring attempts to escape the Allies and - as the title suggests - finally succeeds.

His charm, good looks, and the fact that he deserted from the Nazi army toward the end of World War II helped Kruger win several roles at a time when Germans of his generation were still viewed with suspicion abroad.

Kruger starred in a number of English-language adventure and war films, including "A Bridge Too Far" (1977) and "The Wild Geese" (1978).

In recent years, he has focused on making travel films for German television, writing books and occasionally performing on stage.

He leaves behind Park and his children Christiane, Malaika and Hardy Jr. from previous marriages.

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