Ben Kruger Biography – Ben Kruger Wiki
Ben Kruger was a South African actor, writer, and producer, best known for his role as Oom Okkie in the kykNET soapie Binnelanders. He was also known for his roles as Sakkie Bezuidenhoudt in the SABC2 drama series Zero Tolerance; as Neef Gert in the soapie 7de Laan; and as James Gregory, a former jailer and later friend of Nelson Mandela, in the 1997 made-for-TV movie Mandela and de Klerk.
Born in 1957, Kruger took part in various radio plays, advertisements, and stage plays with the help of his drama teacher and starred in his first movie playing Dirkie Uys, in Dave Millen’s Die Voortrekkers.
Kruger obtained his BA degree in drama from the University of Pretoria. He played Sakkie Bezuidenhoudt in the SABC2 drama series Zero Tolerance; Neef Gert in SABC2’s 7de Laan, and James Gregory, a former jailer and later friend of Nelson Mandela, in the 1997 made-for-TV movie Mandela and de Klerk.
After his navy training, Kruger started working as a professional actor in a Jan Scholtz movie, ‘n Sondag in September, and the SABC production Die Pannekoekhuis. He also had roles in series ranging from Tiny, and Gabriel to SABC1’s Generations, Jacob’s Cross, Moeggeploeg, Riemvasmaak, Silent Witness, Soul Buddyz, Triptiek, Savage and Van Der Walt’s Fault, in which he played Paul Kruger.
Ben Kruger Age
Ben Kruger was born on 25 March 1957, in Bothaville, South Africa. He died on 26 May 2021. He was 64 years old.
Ben Kruger Wife
Is Ben Kruger married? He was married to his wife Cheryl Kruger, a jewellery designer. Ben Kruger’s wife designed the engagement ring of South African actor Emmanuel Castis’ girlfriend, Sharlene Economou. Emmanuel Castis and his girlfriend, Sharlene Economou, got engaged at the Komati Gorge Lodge in Mpumalanga.
Ben Kruger Children
Kruger had a son, Niku Kruger, a former South African-born American rugby union player who played scrum-half for the Denver Stampede and the Glendale Raptors. He has also played for the United States national rugby union team. He debuted for the United States in 2015, and was part of the U.S. squad at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Niku was born on 9 October 1991, in Pretoria, South Africa. He played college rugby for the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, reaching the finals of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.
Ben Kruger Family
His father was a pastor in the local AGS congregation and his mother was from Bloemfontein. Kruger was born on 25 March 1957 in Bothaville, South Africa. Aged 2, his family moved to Cape Town. At age 4, the family moved to Johannesburg where he completed his schooling at Helpmekaar Boys’ High School.
Ben Kruger Death
Ben Kruger died on 26 May 2021 at his home in Brooklyn, Pretoria, a kykNET spokesperson confirmed the news of the actor’s death to Channel24. “I can confirm actor Ben Kruger has died. We are waiting for a statement to be approved and will send it out soon,” kykNET publicist Suzaan Kyter told TshisaLIVE.
Karen Meiring, M-Net director for kykNET channels, said in a statement: “Today we keep Ben Kruger’s family and Binnelanders in our minds as we process the enormous shocking news of his passing. Ben was a much loved one and this is a huge loss to our industry.”
Ben Kruger Cause of Death
Kruger died from Covid-19 complications.
Ben Kruger Net Worth
Ben Kruger’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.