People from The Netherlands

Actors or actresses born in The Netherlands, speaking/should know Dutch language or is of Dutch descents.
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Peter Vollebregt
Born in Dublin of Dutch parents and now living in London, Peter Vollebregt is a highly versatile actor who trained in drama at Trinity College Dublin. His theatre experience includes lead roles in all the major theatres in Ireland as well as productions from Sydney, Australia to London's West-End. His versatility with accents has been used in radio drama...
“ Certainly one of the best! Remember this name!! ” - pablo-originals
 
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Nina Foch
Actress, Spartacus
A leading lady of the 1940s, the tall and blonde Foch usually played cool, aloof and often foreign, women of sophistication. As film roles became harder to find, Foch proved to be versatile in many areas. She was a panelist on several TV quiz shows, worked as George Stevens' assistant director for The Diary of Anne Frank and directed plays...
“ I saw her first on the Dharma & Greg episode "Death & Violins". Great!! ” - pablo-originals
 
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Carice van Houten
Actress, Black Book
Carice Anouk van Houten was born in Leiderdorp (near Leiden) on 5 September 1976. Her parents are Margje Stasse, who is on the board of Dutch educational TV, and writer and broadcaster Theodore van Houten. She is the elder sister of actress and designer Jelka van Houten. Her paternal grandmother was Scottish...
“ Minoes! ” - pablo-originals
 
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Rutger Hauer
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. Hauer was born in Breukelen, a town in the province of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is the son of Teunke (Mellema) and Arend Hauer...
“ "Do a commercial about a beer brand....? No, I am waiting for something better..." :P ” - pablo-originals
 
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Famke Janssen
Actress, X-Men
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and has two siblings, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam. Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling...
 
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Thekla Reuten
Actress, In Bruges
As a young Dutch actress with numerous internationally acclaimed films under her belt and whose work has been twice Oscar nominated, Thekla Reuten is an undeniable front-runner in the new wave of European actresses lauded on the international stage and screen. Thekla first came to wide international...
 
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Lara Stone
Actress, En moi
 
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Doutzen Kroes
Doutzen Kroes is a supermodel best known for her work as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model. She appeared in eight Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2005 through 2014 and served as a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2008 to 2014. Kroes has been a brand ambassador for Miu Miu since 2013, L'Oreal since 2011 and Victoria's Secret since 2008...
 
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Lotte Verbeek
Lotte Verbeek (born 24 June 1982) is an award-winning Dutch actress, dancer and model. Lotte was born in Venlo, Netherlands. She was educated at Gymnasium Collegium Marianum in Venlo and graduated in 2008 at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam. From 1999, Verbeek attended the Dance Academy in Arnhem and the Amsterdam Academy of Jazz/Musical Theatre and Dance...
 
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Paul Verhoeven
Director, Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris, about a medieval knight...
 
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Jan de Bont
Cinematographer, Die Hard
Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the production of the film Speed...
 
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Sylvia Kristel
Actress, Emmanuelle
Sylvia Kristel was born on September 28, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She first came to international attention in the early 1970s with Emmanuelle for director Just Jaeckin. Then two more sequels followed in which she also starred. Included in her credits are a long list of European films including the film Julia...
 
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Carel Struycken
Carel Struyken was born in the Hague, The Netherlands. When he was four years old his family moved to Curacao, an island in the Caribbean. At age sixteen, he returned to his country, where he finished high school. He graduated from the directing program at the film school in Amsterdam, following which he did a year at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles...
 
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Anneliese van der Pol
Actress, Vampires Suck
Anneliese was born in Naaldwijk, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands on September 23,1984 and moved to the United States when she was a young child. Her mother named her after the late Holocaust refugee Anne Frank. A graduate of the Musical Theater Program at The Orange County High School of the Arts...
 
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Cobie Smulders
Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting. She was born on April 3, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. As a girl, Cobie had set her sights on becoming a doctor or a marine biologist. In fact, it wasn't until high school that Cobie started to explore acting after appearing in several school productions...
“ Although born in Canada, she has a Dutch father... and therefore a typical Dutch name ” - pablo-originals
 
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Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ She has a Dutch mother and she was born in Brussels, Belgium... where they aught to speak both Dutch and French... ” - pablo-originals
 
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Jean-Claude Van Damme
Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was physically weak...
“ Born as Jean-Claude van Varenberg in St.-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium, he has a Dutch last name and should know some about the Dutch language. At least he speaks fluently French ;) ” - pablo-originals
 
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Anna Drijver
From the age of 6, she practiced classical ballet. Anna started her career as a model at age 15 (1998). During her secondary school she traveled for her work as a model. After she starred in a TV series she studied at the Amsterdam Drama School. In the final year of this Academy she filmed Bride Flight, an international co-production in New Zealand.
 
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Halina Reijn
Actress, Black Book
Halina Reijn was 6 when she decided to become an actress. She grew up in Groningen, a small city in the Netherlands. When she was 20 years old she was accepted by three theatre schools in the Netherlands. She choose to go to the Maastricht theatre academy. In her second year of training, Job Gosschalk...
 
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Katja Herbers
Actress, Manhattan
In her home country the Netherlands, Katja has played major roles on screen as well as in the theater. After quite uniquely being accepted to both the Maastricht and the Amsterdam drama school, she started her film career during her studies at The Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. She worked with...
 
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Johanna ter Steege
Actress, Spoorloos
From 1979 to 1984 Johanna ter Steege studied at the academy of dramatic art in Kampen to become a drama teacher. Her initial desire to develop theatre for and with children prompted her to seek a career as an actress and a teacher. From 1984 to 1988 she attended the school of acting at Arnhem to become a stage actress...
 
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Azra Akin
Azra Akin (December 8, 1981, Almelo/Holland) She has won Elite Model Look Turkey in 1998 and entitled to attend in Elite Model Look International which she qualified for the first 15 and became a finalist. In 2002 she has won Miss Turkey title and same year entitled to attend Miss World Contest and she has won Miss World title...
 
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Tiësto
Soundtrack, 22 Jump Street
Tijs Michiel Verwest born in Holland back in 1969, Tiesto's aim from the start was 'to share his music with others'. By first gaining experience with his residency in Dutch club The Spock all while perfecting his producing skills in the studio at the start of 1995, he was always searching for the next best set to play...
 
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Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh...
 
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Neve Campbell
Actress, Party of Five
Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five. Described as TV's most believable teenager...
 
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Rebecca Romijn
Actress, X2
Rebecca Alie Romijn was born on November 6, 1972 in Berkeley, California. Her father was Dutch-born and worked as a custom-furniture maker. Her mother was American-born, with Dutch and English ancestry, and was a teacher of English. Rebecca attended Berkeley High School where her nickname was the "Jolly Blond Giant"...
 
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Tahyna Valentina MacManus
Tahyna grew up in the Sydney beach side suburb of Cronulla with her Italian father, Dutch mother and younger sister Cheyenne. Tahyna attended Woolooware High School Graduating in 2003 with a high distinction in drama and music. She can play the guitar, piano, saxophone and drums. Tahyna is a black belt in the Japanese Karate style of "Shotokan".
 
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Julia Levy-Boeken
Actress, World War Z
Born in France, Julia is the daughter of Dutch film producer Ludi Boeken and French journalist and writer Annette Levy Willard. Julia's first breakout role in France was playing Louba in "Louba's Ghost" at age fourteen; a film about Holocaust survivors for which Julia was invited to the San Francisco and Washington film festivals...
 
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Saskia Reeves
Actress, Anna
Born and raised in London to a Dutch mother and English father, who is himself an accomplished actor, Saskia took an early interest in drama and continues to do so, first studying at the London Guildhall School of Speech and Drama and since working with the likes of Mike Leigh, Stephen Poliakoff and Nicholas Hytner.
 
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Omar Metwally
Actor, Non-Stop
Omar Metwally was born in Queens, New York in 1975 to an Egyptian father and a Dutch mother, and moved with the family to Orange County, California at age three where he was raised. Metwally gained a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and while acting around the Bay area gained an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco.
 
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James Van Der Beek
James David Van Der Beek, Jr. was born on March 8, 1977, in Cheshire, Connecticut, USA as the oldest of three children to father Jim Van Der Beek, a cellular-phone company executive and mother Melinda (Weber) Van Der Beek, a gymnastics studio owner and former Broadway dancer. James has a brother named Jared who was born in 1979 and a sister named Juliana who was born in 1981...
 
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André van Duin
André van Duin was born as Adrianus Marinus Kyvon on February 20th, 1947. At the age of 15 he sent letters to several TV networks, requesting an audition. He's always had the talent of amusing people, imitating celebrities and singing. Unfortunately every network turned him down, because he was too young...
 
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Leighton Meester
Actress, Gossip Girl
Leighton Marissa Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance (Haas) and Douglas Meester. Although born in Texas when her mother was serving a jail sentence for her part in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents. There, she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a production of "The Wizard of Oz"...
 
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mark-Paul Gosselaar was born March 1, 1974 in Panorama City, California. His father, Hans Gosselaar, who is from the Netherlands, is of Dutch Jewish and German descent, and was a plant supervisor at Anheuser-Busch. His mother, Paula (van den Brink), was born in Indonesia, of Dutch and Indonesian descent; she worked as an airline hostess...
 
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Kevin Zegers
Kevin Joseph Zegers started acting at the tender age of six. He has starred in more than 40 films, including Air Bud, Dawn of the Dead, and Transamerica, and has also appeared in several modeling campaigns. Kevin was born in Woodstock, Ontario, to Mary-Ellen (Veldman), a teacher, and James Zegers...
“ Both his grandparents were Dutch, Zegers is a typical Dutch surname. ” - pablo-originals
 
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Thomas Dekker
Thomas Dekker was born to parents who possess very artistic and theatrical characteristics. His mother is an acting coach, actress, singer and concert pianist, while his father was an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor. Dekker began acting at age six, when he received a minor role on The Young and the Restless...
 
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Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau
Actress, Pain & Gain
Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen (born on March 19, 1985) is a Dutch/Spanish actress, born on the Spanish island of Ibiza. As a little girl all she wanted to do was acting and at the age of 16 she had her first significant part. Now she had to choose between going to acting school or acting in practice. She chose the last option and decided to pursue a serious acting career...
 
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Bas Rutten
Bas Rutten is a world-renowned mixed martial artist who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, and television personality. As an actor Rutten can be seen next summer co-starring in the Kevin James feature film Here Comes the Boom for Columbia Pictures. Rutten previously appeared in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) and lent his talents to the voice cast of Zookeeper (2011)...
 
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Jelka van Houten
Actress, Jackie
Jelka van Houten was born in Culemborg, Netherlands, on 1 September 1978, as the second daughter of Margje Stasse (presently on the board of Dutch educational TV Teleac) and film historian / musicologist Theodore van Houten. She is the only sister of actress Carice van Houten (b. 1976). In the eighties, both...
 
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Judith Light
Judith Light was born February 9, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey to Pearl Sue and Sidney Light. Judith later graduated from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, and later enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in drama. With several television appearances, perhaps Judith is best remembered as Angela Bower in the 1980's sitcom Who's the Boss?.
 
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Jessica De Gouw
Actress, Underground
Grew up in Lesmurdie, an eastern suburb of Perth, Western Australia where she attended Lesmurdie Senior High School. She appeared in an episode of The Sleepover Club, as well as a short film. In 2010, she graduated from Curtin University at the age of 22, majoring in performance studies. She also appeared in another short film the same year.She moved to Sydney...
 
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Matt LeBlanc
Actor, Friends
Matt LeBlanc was born on 25 July 1967 in Newton, Massachussetts. His mother, Patricia, is of Italian origin, and worked as an office manager, and his father, Paul LeBlanc, who was from a French-Canadian family, was a mechanic. After graduating from high school, he spent some time as a photo model in Florida before moving to New York where he took drama classes...
“ Questionable Dutch roots, but he has... as well as many others, :D But gotta make this list even more attractive ;) ” - pablo-originals
 
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Douglas Booth
Actor, Noah
Douglas John Booth is an English actor. Booth was born in London, England, the son of Vivien (De Cala), an artist, and Simon Booth, who works in shipping for Citigroup. He has appeared on English television as (Christopher and His Kind, Great Expectations), starred in the film Romeo & Juliet, and played Shem, one of the sons of Noah...
“ half British, quart Spanish and quart Dutch... the perfect sailor, hehehe! ” - pablo-originals
 
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Gina Gershon
Actress, Face/Off
Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania, Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading light of a Las Vegas leg-line in director Paul Verhoeven's kitsch classic Showgirls...
“ Of French, Russian and Dutch descents ” - pablo-originals
 
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Allie Haze
Very cute and sexy 5'7" brunette Allie Haze was born Brittany Sturtevant on May 10, 1987 in California. She's of Dutch and Latin descent. Allie grew up as a bit of a tomboy in a small San Bernardino County town. Haze not only started modeling as a kid, but also participated in pageants and stage theatre...
 
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Bruce Springsteen
Soundtrack, Jerry Maguire
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian ancestry. He has an older sister...
“ Quart Dutch (and half Italian and quart Irish) ” - pablo-originals
 
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, to James and Sara Roosevelt. His father was 54 at the time of FDR's birth and already had a grown son, nicknamed "Rosy". Sarah was only 27 when FDR was born. Growing up, FDR had a happy but sheltered childhood. His family was very wealthy and FDR had a very privileged upbringing...
 
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Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to acrobatic dancer parents. At 6 years old, Sasha got her start in television, co-starring as "Buffy" on The WB comedy series Family Affair, opposite Gary Cole. She now returns to series television playing Cole's daughter on Wanted...
“ Doubtful knowing the Dutch language...but with a Dutch surname and born in South Africa (the south african language is very similar to Dutch) she might just know the language! ” - pablo-originals
 
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Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Like #58, Sasha Pieterse, might know the Dutch language :) ” - pablo-originals
 
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Joan Van Ark
Actress, Knots Landing
Joan Van Ark, just out of high school, was the second youngest student to attend the Yale School of Drama on a scholarship. The youngest was Julie Harris. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. Years later, they would co-star on the CBS Television series, Knots Landing. Van Ark began her professional career at the Minneapolis Guthrie Theater in Moliere's "The Miser"...
 
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David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
 
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Aad van Toor
Adriaan van Toor was born on the 30th of October 1942 as the younger brother of Bas van Toor. His brother persuaded him to join the circus. In 1959 they worked with the circustheater where they develloped acts under the names: "The Melton Brothers" and "The Crocksons". Under that last name, they also recorded some songs...
 
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Robert De Niro
Actor, Goodfellas
Robert De Niro, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
 
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Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
 
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Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
 
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Just Meyer
Just Meyer is one of those young people who moved to Amsterdam to try their luck in showbusiness. Like Hilde de Mildt and others, he started his career with the famous Tekstpierement theatre of Jos Brink and Frank Sanders. Playing roles in musicals like "Madame Arthur", "Max Havelaar" and the Dutch...
 
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Emmy Rossum
It would seem that 2004, the year of her 18th birthday, will be remembered as pivotal for Emmy Rossum due to her appearance in two very different films, The Day After Tomorrow and The Phantom of the Opera. Emmy's performance in the latter film gained her a Golden Globe nomination. Emmanuelle Grey Rossum was born in New York City...
 
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“ just won an Emmy for The Voice :) ” - pablo-originals
 
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“ Has Dutch grandparents, on father's side. ” - pablo-originals
 
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Bill Pullman
William James Pullman was born in Hornell, New York, one of seven children of Johanna (Blaas), a nurse, and James Pullman, a doctor. He is of Dutch (mother) and English, Northern Irish, and Scottish (father) descent. After high school, Bill went into a building construction program at SUNY Delhi in New York...
 
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Michiel Huisman
Huisman was born on July 18, 1981 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, which is near Amsterdam. Before Game of Thrones, Huisman had a role in Paul Verhoeven's acclaimed Black Book, and he played Rudolf Nureyev in the BBC TV movie Margot about prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Before he became ubiquitous on television...
 
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“ Has a Dutch father, was born with last name "Jongejans" ” - pablo-originals