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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 (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer, who has ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 26 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Total Recall
Total Recall Director
Starship Troopers
RoboCop Director
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 2016/I Elle
 2012 Tricked
 2006 Black Book
 2006 Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection (Video) (video "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper")
 2000 Hollow Man
 1995 Showgirls (edited television version, as Jan Jansen)
 1990 Total Recall
 1987 RoboCop
 1986 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Last Scene (1986)
 1985 Flesh+Blood
 1983 The 4th Man
 1981 Voorbij, voorbij (TV Movie)
 1980 Spetters
 1979 Voor koningin en vaderland (TV Mini-Series) (4 episodes)
- De Ontmaskering (1979)
- De Oversteek (1979)
 1975 Katie Tippel
 1971 De worstelaar (Short)
 1970 Portret van Anton Adriaan Mussert (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Het korps Mariniers (Short documentary)
 1963 Feest! (Short)
 1962 De lifters (Short)
 1961 Nothing Special (Short)
 1960 Eén hagedis teveel (Short)
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4 Print Biographies | 19 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Jan Jansen


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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There is a fear about sex in motion pictures, as if sex would undermine morality. See more »


Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 64th Venice International Film Festival in 2007. See more »


A lot of his films include media coverage of some kind, ranging from real archive footage (Soldier of Orange (1977) ) to fictional news (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997)) and sportscasts (Spetters (1980)). See more »

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