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Dirk Bogarde

Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, better known by the stage name Dirk Bogarde, was an actor.

Bogarde was born in the London suburb of Hampstead, of mixed Dutch-British ancestry. He joined the army and served in World War II, after which his good looks helped him begin a career as a film actor. His 1950 appearance as the criminal who shot P.C. George Dixon in The Blue Lamp launched him as a lead player, but it was the comedy, Doctor in the House (1954), that made him a star. He quickly became a matinee idol.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Bogarde gradually abandoned his heart-throb image for more challenging parts, such as the ex-Nazi in The Night Porter (1974), a bored University professor in Accident (1967), and, most notably, as Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice (1971).

Bogarde never married and, even during his lifetime, was reported to be homosexual. For many years he shared a home with a male friend, but repeatedly denied that their relationship was anything other than platonic. His only serious relationship with a woman seems to have been with the actress, Capucine, though he had many female friends.

He was knighted in 1992 for his services to acting.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Dirk Bogarde Facts

Birth NameDerek Icks Gaspard Niven Van den Bogaerde
BirthdayMarch 28, 1921
BirthplaceHampstead, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathMay 8, 1999 (age 78)
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Dirk Bogarde compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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