Famous People Born In Rotterdam

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Willem de Kooning
(Dutch-Born American Abstract Expressionist Artist)
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Birthdate: April 24, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 19, 1997
Willem de Kooning was a Dutch-American artist and one of the most famous practitioners of abstract expressionism of his generation. One of the 20th century's best-known artists, de Kooning is noted for paintings, such as Woman III (1953) and Interchange (1955). Many of his paintings have been sold for record prices.
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Robin van Persie
(One of the Best Football Strikers of His Generation)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo

Once one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, Dutch football coach and retired footballer Robin van Persie is also known as one of the greatest strikers of his time. He had successful stints with Arsenal and Manchester United and was also part of the Dutch squad that was the 2010 FIFA World Cup runner-up.

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Semmy Schilt
(Dutch Former Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
Semmy Schilt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Georginio Wijnaldum
(Dutch Football Midfielder)
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Dutch footballer Georginio Wijnaldum plays as a midfielder for the Italian club Roma and the French club Paris Saint-Germain. Starting his youth career with Feyenoord, as the youngest-ever player of the club, he later had successful stints with Liverpool and PSV and was the 2014 FIFA World Cup third-place-winning Dutch squad.

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Edsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch Mathematician and Computer Scientist Best Known for His Shortest-Path Algorithm in Graph Theory)
Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 6, 2002

A pioneering computer scientist from the Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra had initially studied theoretical physics, before focusing on computers. He developed the domain of structured programming and also won honors such as the Turing Award. He died at 72, after a long struggle with cancer.

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Denzel Dumfries
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Denzel Dumfries
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Tyrell Malacia
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Tyrell Malacia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Robert Wolders
(Dutch Television Actor Best Known for His TV Series 'Laredo')
Robert Wolders
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Birthdate: September 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 12, 2018

Robert Wolders was a Dutch actor best known for his portrayal of Erik Hunter in the Western television series, Laredo. Known for his exotic accent and good looks, Wolders' personal life largely overshadowed his professional life. His marriage with Merle Oberon and relationship with Audrey Hepburn kept him in the spotlight throughout his life.

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James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth
(Duke)
James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 9, 1649
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 15, 1685
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Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
(Dutch Physical Chemist Known for Work on Rates of Chemical Reaction, Chemical Equilibrium, and Osmotic Pressure)
Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 30, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 1, 1911

Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff was a Dutch physical chemist best remembered for winning the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Van 't Hoff's work helped found the modern theory of chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and chemical affinity. A highly popular theoretical chemist, Van 't Hoff is also counted among the founders of physical chemistry.

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Rem Koolhaas
(Architect)
Rem Koolhaas
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Hannah Hoekstra
(Actress)
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Birthdate: August 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo

Hannah Hoekstra is a Dutch actress known for her portrayal of the title role in the 2012 film Hemel, for which she won the Golden Calf. A critically acclaimed actress, Hoekstra won another Golden Calf in 2016 for playing Tiny in a film titled De Helleveeg. A recipient of the Theo d'Or, Hoekstra is also renowned for her theatre work.

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Zakaria Aboukhlal
(Moroccan Professional Footballer Who Plays as Forward)
Zakaria Aboukhlal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Jordan Larsson
(Swedish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Jordan Larsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Cuco Martina
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Cuco Martina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Desiderius Erasmus
(Dutch Philosopher and Catholic Theologian Who is Considered One of the Greatest Scholars of the Northern Renaissance)
Desiderius Erasmus
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Birthdate: October 28, 1466
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 12, 1536

Born as an illegitimate child of a priest from Rotterdam, Desiderius Erasmus later grew up to be a significant figure of the northern Renaissance. He is remembered for his research on free will and for being the first to edit the New Testament, replacing traditional elements with new-age humanism.

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Rajiv van La Parra
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Winger or Striker)
Rajiv van La Parra
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini

Rajiv van La Parra is a Dutch football player who has played for the Netherlands national team at various youth levels. A versatile player, Rajiv van La Parra can either play as a midfielder or striker. Over the years, he has played for popular clubs like Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, and SC Heerenveen.

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Ferry Corsten
(Dutch Disc Jockey and Record Producer)
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Dutch DJ/producer Ferry Corsten is known for his hit tracks that he churned out throughout the 1990s and 2000s, using a variety of pseudonyms such as Gouryella. A master of trance and progressive house music, he has also created concept albums such as Blueprint and supports VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

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Davina Michelle
(Singer)
Davina Michelle
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst
(Former Dutch Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder and Defender)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is a Dutch former football player who played as a midfielder and defender for the Netherlands national football team from 1996 to 2010. He helped his team win the runner-up trophy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Apart from his national team, Giovanni van Bronckhorst also played for popular clubs like Barcelona and Arsenal.

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Jeffrey Bruma
(Footballer Centre Back)
Jeffrey Bruma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Richard Krajicek
(Dutch Former Professional Tennis Player)
Richard Krajicek
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Soufiane Touzani
(Dutch-Moroccan Freestyle Footballer)
Soufiane Touzani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Garry Rodrigues
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Garry Rodrigues
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Fatima Moreira de Melo
(Former Dutch Field Hockey Player)
Fatima Moreira de Melo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Ruud Lubbers
(Economist, Politician, Diplomat, Entrepreneur, University teacher)
Ruud Lubbers
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus

Dutch politician Ruud Lubbers scripted history as the longest-serving prime minister of his country, having held the office for over a decade. He had also been the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. A bright student of economics, he had initially aspired to be academician but took up construction management and eventually, politics.

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Royston Drenthe
(Dutch Football Left Winger and Left-Back)
Royston Drenthe
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Dutch footballer Royston Drenthe plays as a midfielder/defender. Starting his career with Feyenoord, he later had a successful stint with Real Madrid, winning both the La Liga 2007-08 and the Supercopa de España: 2008 with them. During a 2-year hiatus, he also recorded music as Roya2Faces.
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Antonia Brico
(Dutch Conductor and Pianist)
Antonia Brico
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 3, 1989

Born to an unwed mother in the Netherlands, Antonia Brico later moved to the US with her foster parents. She was the first American to graduate from the master class of conducting at the Berlin State Academy of Music. She was also the first woman to gain respect as a symphony orchestra conductor.

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Robert Doornbos
(Racing driver)
Robert Doornbos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
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Crysencio Summerville
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Crysencio Summerville
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 2001
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Iepe Rubingh
(Dutch Chess Boxer and the Founder of Chess Boxing and World Chess Boxing Organisation)
Iepe Rubingh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 8, 2020
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Willy van de Kerkhof
(Association football player)
Willy van de Kerkhof
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Grinling Gibbons
(Sculptor)
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Birthdate: April 4, 1648
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 3, 1721
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Jetro Willems
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Jetro Willems
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries

Jetro Willems is a Dutch football player who played for the Netherlands national team from 2012 to 2016. Willems, who currently plays for Greuther Fürth, has also represented other popular clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt and PSV Eindhoven. 

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Patricia Paay
(Singer)
Patricia Paay
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries

Patricia Paay is a Dutch television personality, singer, glamour model, and radio host. She is best known for her musical career and has released popular albums like Beam of Light. In 1984, she became the first glamour model to pose for the Dutch edition of Playboy. Paay posed for Playboy for the third time in 2009 when she was 60!

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Pieter de Hooch
(Dutch painter)
Pieter de Hooch
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Birthdate: December 20, 1629
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 24, 1684
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Halil Dervişoğlu
(Dutch Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Halil Dervişoğlu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Kees van Dongen
(Painter)
Kees van Dongen
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Birthdate: January 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 28, 1968
 39 
Winston Bogarde
(Retired Footballer central defender)
Winston Bogarde
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ancilla van de Leest
(Politician, Fetish model)
Ancilla van de Leest
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer

Ancilla van de Leest is a Dutch former fetish model, presenter, producer, and activist. She appeared in the Dutch edition of the famous Playboy magazine on a couple of occasions before establishing herself as a popular fetish model, specializing in corsets, latex clothes, stockings, and high heels. She then quit her modeling career and became a politician. 

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Francis Hoenselaar
(Dutch Professional Darts Player)
Francis Hoenselaar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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L. E. J. Brouwer
(One of the Greatest Mathematicians of the 20th Century and Founder of Modern Topology)
L. E. J. Brouwer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 27, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 2, 1966

Best remembered for introducing the concepts of the fixed-point theorem and mathematical intuitionism, Dutch mathematician L. E. J. Brouwer was dragged into a controversy when he opposed David Hilbert’s formalism. He was also interested in philosophy and penned volumes such as Life, Art, and Mysticism.

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Piet Pieterszoon Hein
(Admiral)
Piet Pieterszoon Hein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1577
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 18, 1629
 44 
Betty Stove
(Dutch Former Tennis Player Who Made her Grand Slam Debut at the 1964 Wimbledon)
Betty Stove
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ismael Londt
(Surinamese-Dutch Kickboxer)
Ismael Londt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Uli Stielike
(Football player)
Uli Stielike
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Henk Sneevliet
(Politician)
Henk Sneevliet
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 13, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 13, 1942
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Bernard Mandeville
(Dutch Philosopher, Political Economist and Satirist)
Bernard Mandeville
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Birthdate: November 15, 1670
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 21, 1733

Anglo-Dutch social philosopher Bernard Mandeville is best remembered for his satirical work The Fable of the Bees. A qualified physician just like his father, he later settled in London, where he gained fame with his writings. He believed that even the most negative actions are capable of producing positive outcomes.

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Andre van Duin
(Comedian)
Andre van Duin
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Birthdate: February 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Ricardo Moniz
(Dutch Football Manager and Former Player)
Ricardo Moniz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)