André van Duin

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André van Duin

André van Duin (stage name of Adrianus Marinus Kyvon;[1] born 20 February 1947 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch actor (in comedy and theatre), singer, writer and creator of television programs.


Television, radio and theatre[edit]

Van Duin was discovered in 1964 when he won the AVRO talent contest show Nieuwe Oogst, which gave him the opportunity to debut on television alongside singing father and daughter Willy and Willeke Alberti.

From 1967 onwards, André van Duin made regular appearances on Dutch television and took apprenticeship at comedians Snip & Snap's theatre-shows. In the 1970s he set up his own Revue with Frans van Dusschoten (the straight man) and Corrie van Gorp. These shows were televised on TROS and in 1975 Van Duin won an award for Dag Dag Heerlijke Lach.

In 1972, André van Duin began the radio program Dik Voormekaar Show. First with broadcasting company Radio Noordzee Internationaal, later with the NCRV and TROS. He involved his then technician, Ferry de Groot, in the show, becoming the character "Meneer de Groot" (Mister de Groot). The show continued to air as recently as 2009.

In 1989 Van Duin, alongside stable-mate Ron Brandsteder, was taken over by TV Tien, the commercial station that never happened due to transmission problems; instead they ended up being team-captains in Wie ben ik? hosted by Caroline Tensen. Between 1993 and 1999 Van Duin made television shows for RTL.

In 2007 the André's Nieuwe Revue-tour was launched; Belgium was visited in November 2008 for five shows in Antwerp.

After 18 years with RTL, Van Duin happily returned to the TROS. In 2009 he made a new series of Dik Voormekaar Shows.


In 1972 André van Duin debuted as actor in Het Meisje Met De Blauwe Hoed (The Girl With The Blue Hat), playing an army recruit.

In 1981 he starred in his own movie; Ik Ben Joep Meloen, which was a reasonable success.

In 1982 Van Duin released De Boezemvriend, partly an adaptation of the Danny Kaye movie The Inspector General, which portrays charlatan dentist Fred van der Zee mistaken for Napoleon's delegate. De Boezemvriend was considered a failure. Van Duin hasn't returned to the big screen since.


The wacky side[edit]

Van Duin has in the Netherlands had hits such as "Het bananenlied", "Angelique", "De tamme boerenzoon" and "File", and the parodies "Doorgaan" and "Willy Alberti, bedankt". He has also had some hits that grew from stage performances such as "Er staat een paard in de gang" (1981) and "Ik heb hele grote bloemkolen".

In January 1976, Van Duin had another massive hit with "Willempie". Parents of mentally challenged children however considered it too offensive. The song was banned while controversy lasted, and "Willempie" was number 1 on AVRO's Top Pop-chart for three weeks. Van Duin escaped legal actions by apologising on television.

In the 1990s he had one of his last major hits with "Pizzalied (Effe Wachten)" (no. 1 late 1993).

The serious side[edit]

In 1976 Van Duin released And're Andre (The Other Andre), an album stripped of wackiness (although File, a roadblock-themed cover version of Morris Albert's Feelings is a slight compromise) that became the first of five volumes. Besides And're Andre, Van Duin went on to release Wij (Us), Wij Twee (Two of Us), an album full of Perry Como-translations and Recht Uit Het Hart (Straight From The Heart).

His 1980s fun hits were interrupted by tributes to the sunny weather (including a cover version of Because I Love You) and durable friendship (a duet with Willeke Alberti).

The TV-special that accompanied the 1985 volume of And're Andre triggered off the WWF-promoting Animal Crackers-series.

2010; new album, biography and compilation-show[edit]

In March 2010, Van Duin released Dubbel, a 2CD made up of both serious and wacky songs (with the mother's day-tribute "Moederdag" another compromise and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" becoming the cattle-themed "Alle Koeien").

Ferry de Groot is currently writing a Van Duin biography.

Private life[edit]

André van Duin was in a relationship with Wim van der Pluym from 1974 until 1995.[2] Van der Pluym died in 1995.[2] Van Duin found love again with Martin Elferink whom he married on 23 December 2006,[3] ten days after their plans were announced.[4]


  1. ^ Van Duin was born Adrianus Marinus Kloot, which he legally changed to Kyvon in 1966, a few years after taking the pseudonym André van Duin [1]
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  3. ^ "Grote dag voor André van Duin". Algemeen Dagblad. 23 December 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ "André van Duin stapt in huwelijksbootje". Algemeen Dagblad. December 13, 2006. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 

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