Jan Decleir

Despite never having pursued a career outside of Europe, veteran actor Jan Decleir is respected worldwide and is arguably the greatest Belgian actor of his generation. A graduate of Antwerp's Studio Herman Teirlinck ... Read more »
Born: 02/14/1946

Filmography

Actor (49)

Blind (Michael Mailer Films) 2016 (Movie)

Dr. Victor Verbeecke (Actor)

Ay! Ay! Ramon 2015 (Movie)

Sinterklaas (Actor)

De Surprise 2015 (Movie)

Muller (Actor)

Wat Mannen Willen 2015 (Movie)

Pastoor (Actor)

Flying Home 2014 (Movie)

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Nova Zembla 2011 (Movie)

Peter Plancius (Actor)

Les Barons 2009 (Movie)

Lucien (Actor)

Limo 2009 (Movie)

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Soeur Sourire 2009 (Movie)

Lucien Deckers (Actor)

Loft 2008 (Movie)

Ludwig Tyberghein (Actor)

Firmin: Een Kip Is Soms Geen Hond 2007 (Movie)

Freddy White (Actor)

Man Zkt. Vrouw 2007 (Movie)

Leopold (Actor)

Where is Winky's Horse? 2007 (Movie)

Oom Siem (Actor)

Wolfsbergen 2007 (Movie)

Ernst (Actor)

Blind 2006 (Movie)

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Koning Van De Wereld 2006 (Movie)

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Kruistocht in spijkerbroek 2006 (Movie)

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Off Screen 2005 (Movie)

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The Memory of a Killer 2005 (Movie)

Angelo Ledda (Actor)

Verlengd Weekend 2005 (Movie)

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Winky's Horse 2005 (Movie)

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De Kus 2004 (Movie)

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Villa Des Roses 2004 (Movie)

Monsieur Brizard (Actor)

Hop 2003 (Movie)

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SuperTex 2003 (Movie)

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The Missing Half 2003 (Movie)

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Running Free 2000 (Movie)

Boss Man (Actor)

Little Crumb 1999 (Movie)

Vader Keyzer (Actor)

Shades 1999 (Movie)

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Character 1998 (Movie)

Dreverhaven (Actor)

S. 1998 (Movie)

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Antonia's Line 1996 (Movie)

Bas (Actor)

Camping Cosmos 1995 (Movie)

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Anchoress 1994 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

Daens 1992 (Movie)

Adolf Daens (Actor)

Beck 1991 (Movie)

Martin Beck (Actor)

Koko Flanel 1990 (Movie)

Azere (Actor)

Het Sacrament 1989 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Toute une nuit 1989 (Movie)

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De Leeuw Van Vlaanderen 1982 (Movie)

Jan Breydel (Actor)

Tijd om Gelukkig te Zijn 1981 (Movie)

He (Actor)

Le Grand Paysage d'Alexis Droeven 1980 (Movie)

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Une Page d'Amour 1976 (Movie)

Workman (Actor)

Verbrande Brug 1974 (Movie)

Charel (Actor)

De Loteling 1972 (Movie)

Jan Braems (Actor)

Verloren Maandag 1972 (Movie)

Katanguese (Actor)

Rolande or Chronicle of a Passion 1970 (Movie)

Renier Josquin de Lamarache (Actor)

Mira 1969 (Movie)

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Brush With Fate (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Despite never having pursued a career outside of Europe, veteran actor Jan Decleir is respected worldwide and is arguably the greatest Belgian actor of his generation. A graduate of Antwerp's Studio Herman Teirlinck drama school, the physically-imposing Decleir started working on TV and short films in the mid-1960s, and had his first high-profile role in the 1971 Flemish drama "Mira." While racking up numerous TV credits, he won praise for his involvement in film festival favorites like "One Page of Love," with Geraldine Chaplin, and director Chantal Akerman's understated Brussels-set drama "A Whole Night." However, it was not until the 1990s that he entered the international spotlight. In that decade, Decleir played the lead in historical biopic "Daens," which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, and had major roles in the agricultural drama "Antonia's Line" and the 1997 psychological mystery "Character"--in which he played the intimidating Dreverhaven--both of which won the Academy Award in that category. Decleir subsequently turned down roles in both Stanley Kubrick's 1999 swan song, "Eyes Wide Shut," and the Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough," opting instead to work close to home. Describing Decleir in his review of the 2003 film "The Memory of a Killer," Roger Ebert wrote, "Jan Decleir never goes for the easy effect, never pushes too hard, is a rock-solid occupant of his character. Everything he has to say is embodied, not expressed. ...Decleir is the real thing."

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