Otto Kruger
Raised in St. Cecile Lodge #568

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 at 15, he shortly became a matinée idol of the day, specializing in sophisticated leading roles. He made his film debut in 1923, but it was in the 1930s that Kruger's polished, urbane characterizations came into full swing. One of his best known roles was in the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession.

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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