Jeroen Krabbé

Jeroen Aart Krabbé (Dutch pronunciation: [jəˈrun ˈaːrt krɑˈbeː]; born 5 December 1944) is a Dutch actor and film director who has appeared in more than 60 films since 1963, including Soldaat van Oranje (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), The Living Daylights (1987), The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), and Immortal Beloved (1994).[1]

Jeroen Krabbé
Krabbé as a guest of the TV show De Wereld Draait Door, 2018
Jeroen Aart Krabbé

(1944-12-05) 5 December 1944
Amsterdam, Netherlands
OccupationActor, film director, painter
Years active1963–present
Herma Krabbé
(m. 1964)

Early life

Krabbé was born into an artistic family in Amsterdam. Both his father Maarten Krabbé and grandfather Hendrik Maarten Krabbé were well-known painters, and his mother Margreet, née Reiss (1914–2002), was a film translator. [2] His brother Tim is a writer and top-level chess player, and his half-brother nl:Mirko Krabbé is an artist. Only later in life did he learn that his mother was Jewish and that her family had been killed in the Holocaust.[3]


Internationally, he first came to prominence in fellow Dutchman Paul Verhoeven's films Soldier of Orange opposite Rutger Hauer and The Fourth Man with Renée Soutendijk. His first big American film was the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin' Jack Flash. However, it was his roles as villains in a string of international films from the late 1980s and early 1990s which brought him international stardom, with notable roles such as Losado in No Mercy (1986), General Georgi Koskov in the James Bond film The Living Daylights (1987), Gianni Franco in The Punisher (1989), Herbert Woodruff (Lowenstein's husband) in The Prince of Tides (1991), and the criminal Dr. Charles Nichols in The Fugitive (1993). He has also appeared in numerous TV productions, and as Satan in the TV production Jesus.

He was both director and producer of a 1998 film about Orthodox Jews during the 1970s in Antwerp, Belgium, co-starring Isabella Rossellini and Maximilian Schell called Left Luggage, as well as the Harry Mulisch novel adapted into film The Discovery of Heaven. Left Luggage was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] The following year, he was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

His television work included playing an uncanny psychic in the Midsomer Murders series 11 episode "Talking to the Dead". Krabbé also had an exhibition about his paintings in Museum de Fundatie (Zwolle), in 2008.

Personal life

Krabbé married Herma van Gemert in 1964. Together they have three sons – Martijn (who is a radio and television presenter), Jasper and Jacob.

Apart from acting and directing, he is an accomplished artist (his paintings have appeared on Dutch postage stamps), and has co-authored a Dutch cookbook. In November 2004, he released the book Schilder, which is an overview of his paintings.




  • Left Luggage (1998)
  • The Discovery of Heaven (2001)
  • Rico's Wings (2009)


  • Alles bleef zoals het niet was / J. H. van Geemert gedichten ; Jeroen Krabbé tekeningen – Amsterdam : De Beuk, 1992. 29 p. ISBN 90-6975-224-7. Opl. van 60 genummerde en gesigneerde ex. losbl. in cassette, ISBN 90-6975-223-9
  • Bezuinigingskookboek : kookboek voor de jaren 80 / Marjan Berk and Jeroen Krabbé – Amsterdam : Tiebosch, 1980. 189 p. ISBN 90-6278-509-3. 2e dr. (1985) zonder ondertitel: [illustration Jan van Wessum] – Haarlem : Gottmer, 1985. 183 p. ISBN 90-257-1917-1
  • Het eenvoudige kookboek / Marian "Marjan" Berk, Jeroen Krabbé ; [illustration Pam Pollack et al.] – Amsterdam: Atlas, 1993. 207 p. ISBN 90-254-0446-4. Herz. versie van: Bezuinigingskookboek.


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