Date of Birth : Dec 5th 1944
Krabbé was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the son of Margreet (née Reiss), a film translator, and Maarten Krabbé, a painter. Born into an artistic family, he first came to prominence in fellow Dutch countryman Paul Verhoeven’s films Soldier of Orange opposite Rutger Hauer and The Fourth Man with Renée Soutendijk.
His first big American film was the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin’ Jack Flash. However, it is as the ‘bad guy’ in a string of international films from the late 1980s which brought him international stardom, with notable films being No Mercy (1986), the James Bond film The Living Daylights (1987), The Punisher (1989), and The Fugitive (1993). He has also appeared in numerous TV productions, and as ‘Satan’ in the TV production Jesus.
He has also been both director, and producer recently with a film about Orthodox Jews during the 1970s in Antwerp (Flanders) co-starring Isabella Rossellini, and Maximilian Schell called Left Luggage made in 1998 and the Harry Mulisch novel adapted into film The Discovery of Heaven.
Apart from acting and directing he is an accomplished artist (his paintings have graced Dutch postal stamps) and co-authored a Dutch cookbook. In November 2004 he released the book schilder, which is an overview of his paintings.
Krabbé has three sons, Martijn, Jasper and Jacob. His brother is journalist and novelist Tim Krabbé.