Film, Obituary

Obituary: Dutch actor Rijk de Gooyer dies aged 85

Dutch actor Rijk de Gooyer, best known for his comedy work with John Kraaijkamp Sr., has died at the age of 85. During his half century professional career, he won the Netherlands Film Festival’s Golden Calf award three times.

Starting in the 50’s, de Gooyer and Kraaijkamp were one of Dutch TV’s most popular double acts. Most of their work involved de Gooyer playing the straight man to Kraaijkamp’s delivery. But by the early 70’s, de Gooyer was becoming more interested in film work and the double act was disbanded.

He won his first Golden Calf in 1982, and caused controversy in 1995 when he threw his third out the window of a taxi. He also starred in the Dutch version of popular British sitcom ‘Til Death Do Us Part, playing the Alf Garnett role.

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