Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

director, producer, writer, actor

Born July 18, 1938 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer, who has appeared in many of Verhoeven's later films. Verhoeven's first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. "What do I See?"), was released in 1971. However, it was his second, Turkish Delight (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story-line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldier of Orange (1977) and The 4th Man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was Flesh+Blood (1985) in 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and, especially, Total Recall (1990) that made him a big box office success. Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: Soldier of Orange (1977) and Flesh+Blood (1985). He also directed an episode of the HBO The Hitchhiker (1983) TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano, including the hit cult film, Starship Troopers (1997), starring Casper Van Dien.



  • Gerard Soeteman

    Gerard Soeteman

  • Jan de Bont

    Jan de Bont

  • Edward Neumeier

    Edward Neumeier

  • Rutger Hauer

    Rutger Hauer

  • Jon Davison

    Jon Davison

  • Peter Weller

    Peter Weller

  • Nancy Allen

    Nancy Allen

  • Thom Hoffman

    Thom Hoffman

  • Jeroen Krabbé

    Jeroen Krabbé

  • Sharon Stone

    Sharon Stone


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