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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 & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 2009 Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What (Documentary) (associate producer)
 2005 Starship Troopers (Video Game) (executive producer)
 1999-2000 Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (TV Series) (executive producer - 39 episodes)
- Spirits of the Departed (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Funeral for a Friend (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Requiem (2000) ... (executive producer)
- The Court-Martial of Lt. Razak (Clip Show #4) (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Hide n' Seek (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1963 Feest! (Short) (producer)
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4 Print Biographies | 19 Interviews | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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


Was offered the chance to direct The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), but did not accept, as he was unsure how to handle the social and political aspects of the movie. He later commented that he liked Philip Kaufman's version of the movie, but felt no regrets over passing on the project. See more »


His films usually have the two main antagonists hostile to each other (Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987), Cohaagen and Richter in Total Recall (1990), Catherine Trammel and Beth Garner, the two main suspects in Basic Instinct (1992), who were possibly framing each other and Ludwig Muntze and Gunther Franken in Black Book (2006)) See more »

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