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A noted theater and movie actor as well as director, Krabbe is also an abstract painter. He was born December 5, 1944 in Amsterdam into a family of painters, and studied at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam (1961-62). He changed course by enrolling in Drama School and graduated in 1965. Krabbe subsequently worked in theater and film, achieving international stardom through films like No Mercy (1986), the James Bond film The Living Daylights (1987), The Punisher (1989), The Fugitive (1993) and others. He has also appeared in numerous TV productions including the last episode of Dynasty and as 'Satan' in the TV production Jesus.
In 1975 Krabbe furthered his studies in art by enrolling in the National Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam and has had major exhibitions, including Drie Generaties Krabbé (Three Krabbé Generations) at the Singer Museum, Laren (1985) and a major public retrospective at the Gemeentelijke Expositieruimte, Kampen (1992). In 1998 his work was chosen to feature in De Losgezongen Toets: figurative art in the Netherlands since 1945 at the Eelde Museum, North Holland. In 1999, along with Karel Appel, he was appointed by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands a Commander in the Order of the Dutch Lion, his country's highest distinction.
In 2004 Jeroen Krabbé: painter by Ruud van der Neut, a comprehensive account of his career in painting, was published by Waanders of Zwolle in Dutch and English editions.
In 2008, the Museum de Fundatie presented Jeroen Krabbé, Painter: a Retrospective featuring some 250 works spanning the artist’s career over twenty-five years including loans from many collections worldwide, introduced by Prof. Ronald de Leeuw, Director of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In 2009, Unknown Horizons, an exhibition recording the artist’s travels in South America and the Far East was shown at the Kasteel het Nijenhuis, Heino.
In 2010 De Onvergang van Abraham Reiss, a tribute in nine paintings to the artist's maternal grandfather was shown in the Museum de Fundatie.
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