13 February 2017

Hardy Krüger Jr.

German actor Hardy Krüger Jr. (1968) has proved to be more than the son of. He appeared in several international films and starred in popular TV series. Beside his acting career, he is a passionate ambassador for charity.

Hardy Krüger Jr.
German postcard by Studio Lemm. Photo: Bavaria Film / Studio Lemm. Publicity still for the TV series Gegen den Wind/Against the Wind (1995-1999).

Hardy Krüger Jr.
German autograph card.


Hardy Krüger Jr. was born in 1968, Lugano, Switzerland. He is the son of the German actor-writer Hardy Krüger and the Italian painter Francesca Marazzi. His half-sister is actress Christiane Krüger.

Shortly after his birth, his father took his wife and son to live on a farm in Tanzania. It had served as the set for the film Hatari! (Howard Hawks, 1962), in which Krüger senior had co-starred with John Wayne.

Krüger junior attended an international school in Germany and then trained and worked as a bartender and cook. In 1989 he took acting classes at the Lee Strasberg School of Acting in Los Angeles and acted in American television shows.

After graduating in 1991 he began his career in Germany with a part in the TV series Nicht von schlechten Eltern/Not bad (1992-1996). He had his breakthrough with the lead role in the TV series Gegen den Wind/Against the Wind (1994-1997).

In the cinema, Krüger appeared in several international productions such as the French films Le Cocu magnifique/The Magnificent Cuckold (Pierre Boutron, 1999) and Astérix & Obélix contre César/Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar (Claude Zidi, 1999), starring Christian Clavier and Gérard Dépardieu. In the latter Krüger played the bard Tragicomix.

Hardy Krüger Jr. in Gegen den Wind (1995-1999)
German postcard by ARD / Studio Lemm / Natzeck Design. Photo: publicity still for the TV series Gegen den Wind/Against the Wind (1995-1999) with Hardy Krüger Junior as Sven Westermann.

Hardy Krüger Jr.
German autograph card.


Hardy Krüger Jr. starred opposite Harald Leipnitz in the German Science Fiction film Vortex (Michael Pohl, 2001) and played Jonathan Harker in the Italian TV mini-series Dracula (Roger Young, 2001), starring Patrick Bergin.

He appeared opposite Sophie Marceau and Vincent Perez in the French comedy Je reste!/3 Is a Crowd (Diane Kurys, 2003). Krüger then starred opposite Sebastian Koch in Stauffenberg/Operation Valkyrie (Jo Baier, 2004), about Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg and the 20 July 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The German-Austrian TV film was awarded the Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award) for Best Film.

In 2004 and 2006, Krüger won two prestigious German theatre awards for his outstanding performances in the plays Butterflies are free and Visiting Mr. Green.

In 2006, he first appeared as the replacement for Christian Wolff in the popular German TV series Forsthaus Falkenau (2006-2012), in which he played the lead role of the forester Stefan Leitner. Krüger is a UNICEF ambassador against child prostitution. He served as the patron of the charity TukTuk-Tour, a goodwill tour from Asia to Europe, and is involved in a variety of other charity projects.

His first marriage to Petra Zinata in 1991 produced two sons, Daniel Leon (1994) and Noah Ben (1999), and ended in divorce in 2004. In 2009 he remarried to Austrian communications-trainer and painter Katrin Fehringer, with whom he has a daughter, Layla-Katharina (2012) and adopted Vinas (2007), a girl from Thailand. In 2011 they lost their 8-months-old son Paul Luca. The couple divorced in 2015.

Recently Hardy Krüger Junior starred in the TV crime series Notruf Hafenkante/Hamburg Dockland (2015-2016).

German trailer for Die Schokoladenkönigin. Source: Matthiaskopptv (YouTube).

German trailer for Auch Erben will gelernt sein. Source: Polar Film (YouTube).

Sources: Hardykruegerjr.de, Wikipedia (German and English) and IMDb.

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