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      Jan Decleir

      Jan Decleir

      Highest Rated: 100% This Magnificent Cake! (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 27% Running Free (2000)

      Birthday: Feb 14, 1946

      Birthplace: Niel, Belgium

      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."

      Highest rated movies

      Character
      The Surprise
      The Alzheimer Affair
      Will
      Antonia's Line
      Molokai
      Rosenstraße

      Photos

      RUNNING FREE, Jan Decleir, Nicholas Trueb, 1999, (c)Columbia Pictures ANTONIA'S LINE, Jan Decleir, 1995, (c)First Look Pictures MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics ANTONIA'S LINE, Jan Decleir, Willeke Van Ammelrooy, 1995 ANTONIA'S LINE, Willeke Van Ammelrooy, Jan Decleir, 1995 MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Jan Decleir, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, Patrick Descamps, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir (left), 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, Deborah Ostrega, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics MEMORY OF A KILLER, (aka DE ZAAK ALZHEIMER), Jan Decleir, Deborah Ostrega, 2003, (c) Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 71% Will The Professor (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 44% The Claus Family 3 Noël Claus (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 50% The Claus Family 2 Noël Claus (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 37% The Claus Family Noël Claus (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Shoot Albert (Character) - 2018
      100% 90% This Magnificent Cake! The King (Voice) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Spot Voorzitter (Character) - 2017
      88% 72% The Surprise Cornald Muller (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wat mannen willen Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ay Ramon! Sinterklaas (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 45% Flying Home Jos Pauwels (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finn Luuk (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 40% Nova Zembla Petrus Plancius (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marieke, Marieke Jacoby (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 54% Sister Smile Lucien Deckers (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Limo Professor Ploffermans (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 58% The Barons Lucien (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 79% Loft Ludwig Tyberghein (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 80% Where Is Winky's Horse? Oom Siem (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 84% Blind Dr. Verbeecke (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 29% A Perfect Match Leopold (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolfsbergen Ernst (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolfsbergen Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 65% Off Screen John Voerman (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 73% Someone Else's Happiness Johnny De Flow (Character) - 2005
      84% 80% The Alzheimer Affair Angelo Ledda (Character) $332.0K 2003
      56% 67% Rosenstraße Nathan Goldberg (Character) $732.0K 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet SuperTex Simon Breslauer (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 50% Brush With Fate Old Laurens (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 50% Villa des Roses Monsieur Brizard (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 86% Hop Frans Misonne (Character) - 2002
      27% 71% Running Free Boss Man (Voice) $101.4K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mariken Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 33% Shades Freddy Lebecq (Character) - 1999
      63% 77% Molokai Bishop Köckerman (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet S. Mother's friend (Character) - 1999
      92% 92% Character Dreverhaven (Character) $743.9K 1997
      No Score Yet 33% Camping Cosmos L'ami d'Arno (Character) - 1996
      69% 91% Antonia's Line Boer Bas (Character) $45.1K 1995
      No Score Yet 81% Daens Priester Daens (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Het sacrament Albert (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Het gezin van Paemel Masco (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet De leeuw van Vlaanderen Jan Breydel (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 62% John the Fearless Jan zonder Vrees (Voice) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Toute une nuit Unknown (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burned Bridges Unknown (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chronicle of Passion Unknown (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mira Lander (Character) - 1971