Here are 2 famous actors from Belgium died in 2004:
Frans Buyens (February 2, 1924 Temse-May 26, 2004 Jette) was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, film producer and actor.
Buyens started his career in the film industry as a still photographer and cameraman. He later became a documentary filmmaker and made several films on social and political issues. His most famous documentary, "Mijn vriend, mijn moordenaar" ("My Friend, My Killer"), depicted the life of a death-row inmate in a Belgian prison, and won critical acclaim both locally and internationally, earning him a Golden Globe award.
Buyens also worked as a director for feature films and TV series, as well as a screenwriter and producer. He was known for his realistic and socially-engaged style, and his films often tackled controversial topics such as racism, poverty, and human rights.
In addition to his work in film, Buyens also served as president of the Belgian film-makers association (Flanders Film Production Association) and as a member of the Belgian Academy of Film.
Buyens' interest in film-making started at a young age when he would attend screenings at the local cinema. After finishing high school, he began training as a filmmaker and worked for a brief period in advertising before beginning his career in the film industry. Throughout his career, he was an advocate for the development of the Belgian film industry, and worked tirelessly to promote the work of Belgian filmmakers both locally and internationally.
In addition to his documentary work, Buyens also directed and produced several feature films, including "De Bende van Jan de Lichte" ("The Jan de Lichte Gang"), which was based on a novel set in 18th century Flanders. He also worked on several TV series, including the popular crime drama "Wittekerke", which was set in a seaside resort town.
Buyens' legacy in the Belgian film industry is one of social engagement and artistic excellence. He was awarded numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Golden Globe award for "Mijn vriend, mijn moordenaar" and the Order of Leopold, one of Belgium's highest honors. Today, his films continue to be studied and appreciated by cinephiles around the world.
Guido De Belder (March 14, 1939 Tienen-October 20, 2004 Leuven) was a Belgian actor.
He studied acting at the Conservatory of Brussels and started his career in theater before making his way to film and television. De Belder was known for his versatility and his ability to play a wide range of characters, from comedic to dramatic roles. He appeared in numerous Belgian and international films, including "Man Bites Dog" and "The Eighth Day." De Belder was also a respected voice actor, dubbing foreign films and cartoons into Flemish. In addition to his acting work, he was a mentor and teacher to many aspiring actors in Belgium.
Throughout his career, Guido De Belder played a significant role in the Belgian entertainment industry. He acted in various television dramas, including the popular Belgian soap opera "Thuis." Additionally, he played a recurring role in the television series "Witse." De Belder's extensive filmography included appearances in over 70 films, among which were "A Belgian Vampire in Cannes," "Everyone's Famous!," and "Daens."
Guido De Belder was highly respected in his field and was the recipient of several prestigious awards for his outstanding contributions to the arts. In 1986, he received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Flemish Television Film Festival. In 2003, he was honored by the Flemish government when he was awarded the title of "Knight in the Order of the Flemish Community" for his exceptional artistic career.
Despite facing health issues towards the end of his life, Guido De Belder continued to work in the entertainment industry until his passing at the age of 65. He will always be remembered as one of the most talented actors in his country, leaving behind an illustrious legacy that continues to inspire aspiring actors and entertainers today.