Actor Johannes Heesters quits smoking - at age 106

BERLIN Fri Dec 3, 2010 8:52am EST

BERLIN (Reuters) - Actor and singer Johannes Heesters has given up smoking for love -- at age 106.

"I did it for love, for my wonderful wife," Heesters, who is better known as "Jopie" in Germany where he has spent most of his 90-year career, told the German entertainment magazine Bunte. "She should have me as long as possible."

Dutch-born Heesters, who will turn 107 on Sunday, has been married to German actress Simone Rethel, 61, since 1992. Heesters said he quit smoking three weeks ago.

Heesters, who in 2008 apologised for his cooperation with the Nazi regime, is known for his roles in the film "Die Fledermaus" (1946) and the German film "The Moon Is Blue" (1953).

(Writing by Eric Kelsey; editing by Paul Casciato)