Belgian actors who were born in 1968

Here are 9 famous actors from Belgium were born in 1968:

Frédéric Fonteyne

Frédéric Fonteyne (January 9, 1968 Uccle-) is a Belgian film director, actor and screenwriter.

He studied at INSAS, the Belgian film school in Brussels, where he graduated in 1992. His first feature film Max et Bobo, co-directed with Philippe Blasband, was released in 1998 and won multiple awards, including the André Cavens Award for Best Film at the Belgian Film Critics Association. Fonteyne's other notable films include Une Liaison pornographique (1999), which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and La Femme de Gilles (2004), which won the André Cavens Award for Best Film and Best Director at the Belgian Film Critics Association. In addition to his film work, Fonteyne has also directed several television series in Belgium.

Fonteyne's films often explore themes of love, desire, and human relationships. His work is known for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of the complexities of human emotions. In 2007, he directed the film La Régate, a drama set in the world of rowing, which was praised for its realistic portrayal of the sport. Fonteyne has been described as one of the leading figures of the Belgian film industry, and his work has been showcased at major film festivals around the world. In addition to his directing work, Fonteyne has also acted in several films, including Rosetta (1999) and The Son (2002), both directed by the Dardenne brothers. He has also worked as a screenwriter, with credits including the film Une Liaison pornographique, which he co-wrote with Blasband.

Norman Baert

Norman Baert (January 26, 1968 Ekeren-) is a Belgian cinematographer and actor.

He is best known for his work as a cinematographer on films such as "The Broken Circle Breakdown" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Baert has also acted in several Belgian films, including "North Sea Texas" and "Café Derby." He began his career as a camera assistant before transitioning to cinematography in the late 1990s. Baert has also served as a jury member at several international film festivals. In addition to his film work, he has also worked on several television series, including "The Spiral" and "The Pack."

Baert has always been passionate about photography and started taking pictures when he was just 15 years old. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he developed his skills in cinematography. One of his first feature films, "Ex Drummer," received critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.

Baert is known for his ability to use natural light to create the perfect atmosphere for each scene. He believes that a good cinematographer must be able to adapt to any situation and find the beauty in even the most mundane settings.

Aside from his work in film, Baert is an advocate for animal rights and has been involved in several animal welfare organizations. He is also a fan of music and has worked with several musicians on their music videos. Baert is married and has two children.

Jan Hammenecker

Jan Hammenecker (January 24, 1968 Ostend-) also known as January Hammenecker is a Belgian actor.

He started his acting career in the early 1990s and quickly gained recognition for his talent. Hammenecker's breakthrough role was in the 1996 film "Les Randonneurs" where he played the character of Leo. He then went on to star in several successful Belgian and French films such as "La vie sexuelle des Belges 1950-1978" and "La Tourneuse de Pages".

Aside from his work in film, Hammenecker has also appeared in numerous television series and theater productions. In 2001 he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo for his performance in the French drama series "La Bicyclette Bleue".

Hammenecker is also a fluent speaker of several languages including French, Dutch, and English. He has successfully juggled his acting career with his personal life, being an avid sportsman and father to two children. Hammenecker continues to be a prominent figure in the Belgian and French entertainment industry.

In addition to his successful career in acting, Jan Hammenecker is also known for his work as a voice actor. He has lent his voice to numerous animated films such as "Despicable Me 2" and "Rio 2" where he dubbed the characters of Floyd Eagle-san and Pedro respectively. Hammenecker is also a talented writer and director. He wrote and directed the 2014 short film "Le Pingouin" which was screened at various film festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019 he directed his feature film debut "Black Garden" which premiered at the Brussels Film Festival. Hammenecker is also known for his philanthropic work and has been involved with various charitable organizations throughout his career.

Gert Verhulst

Gert Verhulst (January 24, 1968 Berchem-) is a Belgian actor, screenwriter, film producer and television producer.

He is best known as the co-founder of Studio 100, a media company that produces popular children's programming such as "Mega Mindy," "K3," and "Plop." Verhulst began his career as an actor, starring in the TV series "Samson en Gert," which he also co-created and co-wrote. He later transitioned into producing, creating the popular children's series "Kabouter Plop" in 1997. In addition to his work with Studio 100, Verhulst is also a co-owner of the Plopsaland theme parks in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. He has been recognized for his contributions to Belgian media and entertainment with numerous awards, including the Order of Leopold. Verhulst is married to Belgian actress and TV host, Ellen Callebout.

Verhulst was born on January 24, 1968, in Berchem, Belgium. He grew up in a show business family with a father who was a radio host and a mother who was a singer. Verhulst studied law at the University of Ghent but dropped out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Verhulst is not only successful in the entertainment industry but he also gained recognition as a philanthropist. He is the founder of the charity organization the "Plopsaqua Foundation", which aims to provide water for people in developing countries. He also serves as an ambassador for a number of causes such as the "Kom op tegen Kanker" (Stand up against Cancer) campaign in Belgium.

In 2020, Verhulst announced that he would be stepping down as CEO of Studio 100 to focus on other endeavors. Despite his departure, his impact on the Belgian media and entertainment industry has been profound, and his legacy will continue to influence it for years to come.

Tom Lenaerts

Tom Lenaerts (October 25, 1968 Deurne, Belgium-) is a Belgian presenter, screenwriter, television director and actor. His children are called Willem Lenaerts, Maarten Lenaerts and Juliette Lenaerts.

Lenaerts studied Communication Sciences in Antwerp before starting his career as a TV presenter for the Belgian broadcaster VRT. He gained fame in the 1990s with the popular hidden-camera show "Schalkse Ruiters", which he co-created and co-hosted. He later became known for his work as a writer and director, with credits including "De Slimste Mens ter Wereld", "M!LF", and "Scheire en de Schepping".

In addition to his television work, Lenaerts has also acted in several films and TV shows, including "De Laatste Loodjes", "Quiz Me Quick", and "Vermist". He has been honored with several awards for his contributions to Belgian television, including the Belgian Golden Shoe for Television in 2003 and the Flemish Culture Award for Media in 2015.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Lenaerts is known for his love of football and his support of the Royal Antwerp Football Club.

He has also worked as a radio host for the Belgian radio station Studio Brussel. Lenaerts is considered one of the pioneers of reality television in Belgium, and has been credited with bringing innovative content to Belgian television. In 2015, he co-founded the production company Woestijnvis, which has produced popular television shows such as "De Mol" and "Hotel Römantiek". Lenaerts is known for his sharp wit, humor, and willingness to take risks in his work, which has made him a beloved figure in the Belgian entertainment industry. He continues to be active in the television industry, creating and producing new shows for Belgian audiences.

Axel Daeseleire

Axel Daeseleire (October 26, 1968 Ghent-) also known as Axel Dorothée Marc Daeseleire is a Belgian actor and disc jockey.

Daeseleire started his career as a DJ in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Ghent, and eventually became a popular radio host. He later transitioned to acting and made his film debut in the 1996 feature film "Beck - De gesloten kamer". He has since appeared in numerous Belgian films and television shows, including the popular series "Matroesjka's" and "Aspe".

In addition to his acting career, Daeseleire is also known for his humanitarian work. He has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and has traveled to countries such as Congo and Afghanistan to provide aid to those in need. He also hosted the television show "Axel opgelicht" which explored various forms of fraud and scams.

Throughout his career, Daeseleire has received several awards and nominations for his work, including the Flemish Culture Award for Film in 2002. He continues to act and DJ, and is widely regarded as one of Belgium's most talented and versatile performers.

Daeseleire is also a known advocate for mental health awareness. In 2015, he publicly shared his personal struggles with addiction and depression, using his platform to urge others to seek help and speak openly about their own mental health experiences. He has since become a spokesperson for several mental health organizations and has worked to break down stigmas surrounding mental illness in Belgium. Daeseleire is also an accomplished author, having written a book on his experiences with addiction and recovery titled "Een Ongewone Heldenreis" (An Uncommon Hero's Journey). His contributions to Belgian entertainment and humanitarian efforts have earned him a large and dedicated fanbase, and he remains a prominent figure in both the entertainment and social justice spheres.

Bart de Pauw

Bart de Pauw (May 28, 1968 Wachtebeke-) a.k.a. Man van Melle is a Belgian screenwriter, presenter, actor, television director and writer. He has three children, Charlotte De Pauw, Quinten De Pauw and Amélie De Pauw.

De Pauw first gained fame in Belgium in the early 1990s for his sketch comedy show Schalkse Ruiters. He went on to create and star in several other successful television programs and films, including Het Geslacht De Pauw, Willy's en Marjetten, and Quiz Me Quick.

In addition to his work in comedy, De Pauw has also written and directed several dramas, including the popular series Matroesjka's. He has won numerous awards for his contributions to Belgian television and film, including the prestigious Joseph Plateau Award.

In 2018, De Pauw faced allegations of sexual misconduct from several women, leading to his firing from the show De Ideale Wereld and the cancellation of his production company's upcoming projects. Despite the controversy, he remains a prominent figure in Belgian entertainment and continues to work on new projects.

De Pauw's career in the entertainment industry began while he was still a student at Ghent University. He co-founded the comedy group Neveneffecten, which later became known for their television series Neveneffecten. This led to De Pauw's break-out success with Schalkse Ruiters, which was critically acclaimed and ran for four seasons.

Following the success of Schalkse Ruiters, De Pauw went on to create and star in numerous other successful television series and films. His work often combines humor with social commentary, and he is known for his satirical portrayals of Belgian culture and politics. He also emphasizes diversity and inclusivity in his work, featuring actors and characters from different cultural backgrounds.

In addition to his work in television and film, De Pauw is also an accomplished writer and director. His drama series Matroesjka's, which explores the world of human trafficking, was internationally acclaimed and won several awards. De Pauw also wrote and directed the film Loft, which was later remade in multiple countries.

Despite facing allegations of sexual misconduct in 2018, De Pauw remains a prominent figure in Belgian entertainment. Many of his colleagues and fans continue to support him, while others have criticized his behavior and the handling of the accusations. De Pauw has apologized for any harm he may have caused and remains committed to creating engaging and socially relevant entertainment.

Danny Wuyts

Danny Wuyts (December 17, 1968 Antwerp-) a.k.a. Danny Garcy is a Belgian actor, film score composer, singer and pianist.

He started his career in the late 1980s as a member of the Belgian rockband "The Dreamers". Wuyts made his acting debut in the 1991 film "De Zevende Hemel" and has since appeared in numerous Belgian films and television series. He is also highly regarded for his work as a film score composer and has contributed music to a number of widely acclaimed films.

Aside from his acting and composing career, Wuyts is a classically trained pianist and has released several albums as a singer and pianist. He is known for his soulful voice, emotional songwriting, and unique interpretations of jazz and pop standards. In addition to his solo work, he has collaborated with various musicians and producers on several projects.

Outside of music and acting, Wuyts is involved in several charitable causes, including animal rights and environmental activism. He is especially passionate about promoting sustainable living practices and has spoken at several environmental conferences and events. Despite his success and fame, Danny Wuyts remains committed to giving back to his community and improving the world around him.

Danny Wuyts was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. His passion for music began at a young age, and he started playing the piano when he was just six years old. He went on to study music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where he received his degree in piano performance. Even as Wuyts pursued his acting and composing career, he continued to perform and tour extensively as a pianist and singer.

Wuyts has won several awards for his work in film and music, including the Best Original Score award at the 2011 Montreal World Film Festival for the film "Marathon". He has also been nominated for several Belgian Film Awards for his acting performances.

In recent years, Wuyts has dedicated much of his time to environmental activism. He has served as a spokesperson for several green initiatives and has worked with organizations to promote clean energy and conservation efforts. He is a vocal advocate for sustainable living practices and has encouraged his fans and followers to take action to protect the planet.

Despite his busy schedule, Danny Wuyts remains deeply committed to his art and his causes. He continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world with his music, acting, and activism.

George Arrendell

George Arrendell (October 22, 1968 Antwerp-) is a Belgian actor. He has one child, Lee Arrendell.

George Arrendell grew up in Antwerp and started his career in the arts as a dancer in Paris. He later transitioned to acting and has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and theater productions. His notable roles include playing detective Patrick Vincke in the Belgian crime series "Aspe" and portraying the character Gouden Staf in the Dutch children's TV series "Het Huis Anubis".

In addition to his acting career, Arrendell has also served as the artistic director of the "Afrovibes" festival in Amsterdam, which showcases contemporary African art, dance, and music.

He has worked extensively in both Belgium and the Netherlands, appearing in productions such as "Flikken Maastricht", "Witse" and "Zone Stad". Arrendell has also acted in international productions such as "The Emperor's Wife" and "Left Luggage". He is known for his versatility as an actor, and has played a wide range of characters throughout his career.

Aside from his work in the arts, George Arrendell is also involved in various social causes. He has been active in promoting diversity in the arts and supporting young artists from underprivileged backgrounds. Arrendell has also worked with UNICEF and other organizations, advocating for children's rights and supporting education programs in Africa.

George Arrendell continues to be one of the most respected and accomplished actors in Belgium and the Netherlands. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his work, including the Best Actor award at the 2013 Roma Fiction Fest for his role in "Aspe".

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