A Bridge Too Far star Hardy Krüger dies aged 93: Actor’s family pay tribute to his ‘warmth of heart’ after he passes away in California

Actor Hardy Krüger has died at the age of 93.

The actor is best-known for his roles as Wild Geese and The Flight of the Phoenix.

In a statement released by Kruger’s agency, paying tribute, Kruger’s family lauded his ‘warmth of heart’ and ‘unshakable sense of justice,’ after he became  one of few German actors to become known for his roles globally.

Tragic news: Actor Hardy Krüger has died at the age of 93 (pictured in 2015)

Tragic news: Actor Hardy Krüger has died at the age of 93 (pictured in 2015)

According to the statement, “His warm heart, joie-de vivre and unshakeable sense of justice will make his life unforgettable.”

Kruger had a leading role in 75 films over a career that spanned 40 years, and famously appeared in the epic war film A Bridge too Far, which boasted a star-studded cast including James Caan, 

He took on the role of Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl Ludwig in the film which focused on the failed World War II Operation Market Garden, which saw the European allies attempt to create an invasion route into northern Germany.

Sad:The actor, known for his roles in A Bridge Too Far (pictured), The Flight of the Phoenix, and Wild Geese, died at his home in California on Thursday

It was sad: The actor who is best known for roles in A Bridge Too Far, The Flight of the Phoenix and Wild Geese has died in his California home on Thursday 

Hardy also starred in the French movie Sundays and Cybèle, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1962. 

Also in 1975, he starred in Barry Lyndon’s Captain Potzdorf. He retired as an actor in the 1980s.