Bart de Graaff

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Bart de Graaff
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Bart de Graaff in 1991
Bart Frederikus de Graaff

(1967-04-16)16 April 1967
Died25 May 2002(2002-05-25) (aged 35)
OccupationPresenter, comedian

Bart Frederikus de Graaff (Dutch pronunciation: [bɑrt ˌfreːdəˈrikɵz də ˈɣraːf];[1] 16 April 1967 – 25 May 2002) was an influential Dutch television presenter, comedian and creator, as well as the founder and chairman of the public broadcasting network BNN.

Early life[edit]

Bart Frederikus de Graaff was born on 16 April 1967 in Haarlem in the Netherlands.

Because of a car accident in his youth, De Graaff suffered from serious renal failure for most of his life. This also caused a growth disorder which caused de Graaff to appear much younger than his actual age. In his career as a television presenter he often used childlike appearance to his advantage.


Collection of items of Bart de Graaff

In 1997, he founded a public broadcasting network, Bart's News Network (BNN). After his death, it was renamed to Bart's Neverending Network. Targeted at a youthful audience, the network quickly became known for its sometimes provocative programming. A television show De Grote Donorshow (The Big Donor Show) by BNN won an Emmy award for Best Non-scripted Entertainment.


At the end of 1997 De Graaff received a donor kidney and was for a time able to live a relatively normal life. In 1999 the kidney was rejected and his health deteriorated quickly. De Graaff died on 25 May 2002 at the age of 35.


  1. ^ In isolation, Frederikus is pronounced [ˌfreːdəˈrikɵs].

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