Jan Decleir

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BelgianBorn Jan Amanda Gustaaf Decleir

Belgian movie and stage actor

Born on February 14, 1946 in Niel, Antwerpen , Belgium (78 years)

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Jan Decleir (born as Jan Amanda Gustaaf Decleir on 14 February 1946) is a prolific Belgian movie and stage actor born in Niel, Antwerp.

...   Jan Decleir (born as Jan Amanda Gustaaf Decleir on 14 February 1946) is a prolific Belgian movie and stage actor born in Niel, Antwerp.

He had his first big role in Fons Rademakers's Mira (1971). Since then, he has appeared in countless Flemish and Dutch films and TV productions. In the world of theater he gained his fame by acting at the International New Scene for the play Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo.
To the larger audiences of television he became known through his role of Sil de strandjutter in 1976 in the equally named TV series. He starred in Academy Award winning movies including Karakter by Mike van Diem and Antonia and the Oscar-nominated social drama Daens. More recently he turned down roles in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (due to commitments to other projects) and the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Decleir was also Belgium's national performer of Sinterklaas from 1993 until 2019.
In 2003 he had the starring role in the critically acclaimed thriller The Memory of a Killer (The Alzheimer Case) of which the leading American critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review: "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. Talks are under way for a Hollywood remake, but this performance will not be easily equaled. Gene Hackman, maybe. Morgan Freeman. Robert Mitchum, if he were alive. Decleir is the real thing."
For several years he also led the Studio Herman Teirnlick where he brought in many new teachers: actors from various theater companies (e.g., de Blauwe Maandag Compagnie, STAN, etc.).

Personal life
Jan Decleir has been married to Brechtje Louwaard since 1 April 2006. He was previously married to Caroline van Gastel with whom he has 3 children (Sofie, Jenne and Flor). Both his siblings – sister Reinhilde Decleir (died in 2022) and brother Dirk Decleir (died in 1974) involved in acting, too.

Honors and awards
Over the lifespan of his career Jan Decleir has received several prizes for his acting. He was awarded the Best Actor Award for his role in Off Screen (directed by Pieter Kuijpers) at the Montreal World Film Festival. In 2003 he received Golden Calf Culture Prize (Dutch: Gouden Kalf) and in 2007 a Golden Calf for Best Supporting Actor for the movie Wolfsbergen at the Netherlands Film Festival.
In 2008 he was awarded the best actor prize at the Tiburon International Film Festival for his role in Man zkt vrouw (A Perfect Match).
For his role in The Barons, he received the Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2013 he also received the Flemish Culture Prize for General Cultural Merit.


Shanghai International Film Festival - Golden Goblet: 1993 (Daens)
Nederlands Film Festival
Grolsch Film Award: 1997 (Karakter)
Best Actor nomination: 1997 (Karakter)
Dutch Culture Award: 2003
Best Supporting Actor: 2007 (Wolfsbergen)
Best Supporting Actor nomination: 2015 (The Surprise)
Paris Film Festival - Best Actor: 1998 (Karakter)
European Film Festival
Actor of the Year nomination: 1993 (Daens)
Best European Actor nomination: 2003 (Hop)
Joseph Plateau Award - Best Belgian Actor: 1993 (Daens), 1998 (Karakter), 2004 (The Alzheimer Case)
Montréal World Film Festival - Best Actor: 2005 (Off Screen)
Gulden Mira (nl) Career Prize: 2005
Tiburon International Film Festival - Best Actor: 2008 (A Perfect Match)
Magritte Awards - Best Supporting Actor: 2010 (The Barons)
Golden Film Award: 2011 (Nova Zembla)
Film by the Sea - Grand Acting Award: 2013
Ostend Film Festival - Best Actor nomination: 2019 (Niet Schieten)
The movie Karakter in which Decleir played the leading role, won the Academy Award for best international feature film in 1997. Prior, Daens was nominated for this Oscar in 1992.

Decleir appeared in more than hundred Belgian, Dutch, French and German movies.

He is also known from Flemish and Dutch TV series such as:



External links
Media related to Jan Decleir at Wikimedia Commons
Jan Decleir at IMDb
Jan Decleir on Cinenews

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