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."

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Filmography

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Credit
100% 100% This Magnificent Cake! The King (Voice) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Shoot Albert (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dode Hoek Voorzitter (Character) - 2017
88% 71% The Surprise Cornald Muller (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 41% Nova Zembla Petrus Plancius (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marieke, Marieke Jacoby (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 58% The Barons Lucien (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Limo Professor Ploffermans (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 54% Sister Smile Lucien Deckers (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 79% Loft Ludwig Tyberghein (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 83% Blind Dr. Verbeecke (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 80% Where Is Winky's Horse? Oom Siem (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 33% A Perfect Match Leopold (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wolfsbergen Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 73% Someone Else's Happiness Johnny De Flow (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 65% Off Screen John Voerman (Character) - 2005
55% 68% Rosenstraße Nathan Goldberg (Character) $732K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet SuperTex Simon Breslauer (Character) - 2003
84% 80% The Alzheimer Affair Angelo Ledda (Character) $332K 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mariken Unknown (Character) - 2000
27% 72% Running Free Boss Man (Voice) $101.4K 2000
No Score Yet 33% Shades Freddy Lebecq (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet S. Mother's friend (Character) - 1999
63% 76% Molokai Bishop Köckerman (Character) - 1999
92% 91% Character Dreverhaven (Character) $743.9K 1997
No Score Yet 36% Camping Cosmos L'ami d'Arno (Character) - 1996
67% 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 Mira Lander (Character) - 1971

QUOTES FROM Jan Decleir CHARACTERS

Jakob Willem Katadreuffe says: Today I have been made a lawyer. You no longer exist for me! You have worked against me all my life!

Dreverhaven says: Or for you.

Joba Katadreuffe says: Why don't you leave our boy in peace?

Dreverhaven says: I'll strangle him for nine-tenths, and the last tenth will make him strong."

Angelo Ledda says: It's scandalous, but not my doing. You don't touch children.

Angelo Ledda says: I spent the whole night here? Tell me! I spent the whole night here?

Anja says: Yes, where else?

Boss Man says: Do Not Touch my Son's Horse

Boss Man says: Do not touch my son's horse.