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Overview (3)

Born in Toledo, Ohio, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (stroke and cerebral vascular complications)
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the day, specializing in sophisticated leading roles. He made his film debut in 1915 in The Runaway Wife (1915), but it was in the 1930s that Kruger's polished, urbane characterizations came into full swing. Although he occasionally played a hero, as in Corregidor (1943) he was often cast as the amoral villain or a charming but corrupt businessman (usually a banker), a task at which he excelled. Kruger was one of the industry's busiest character actors until a series of strokes brought about his retirement in the mid-1960s.

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Spouse (1)

Susan MacManamy (30 September 1919 - 6 September 1974) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Churchyard, plot #4266.
Died on his 89th birthday.
Great-nephew of Paul Krüger.
Daughter Ottilie Kruger was a stage actress who performed with Marlon Brando on Broadway in the 1944 production of "I Remember Mama." She also appeared in two plays with her father -- "Little A" (1947) and "Time for Elizabeth" (1948). She died of pancreatic cancer on May 12, 2005, at age 78.
His family had educated him as a musician, but he entered acting with a bit part in "Quo Vadis?" for a local stock company, eventually becoming its leading juvenile.
A 1960 stroke forced his sudden retirement when he no longer could remember lines.
Kruger made his Broadway debut in "The Natural Law" in 1915.

Salary (1)

Ever in My Heart (1933) $4,550

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