Kees van Kooten

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Kees van Kooten
Kees van Kooten
Kees van Kooten in 2007
Born Cornelis Reinier van Kooten
(1941-08-10) 10 August 1941 (age 75)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Other names Koot
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer
Known for Van Kooten en De Bie
Spouse(s) Barbara Kits (1968 to date)
Children Kasper van Kooten (1971)
Kim van Kooten (1974)
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Cornelis Reinier "Kees" van Kooten (Dutch pronunciation: [kɔrˈneːləs rɛiˈniːr keːs fɑŋ ˈkoːtə(n)]) (born 10 August 1941) is a Dutch comedian, television actor, and writer. He formed the duo Van Kooten & De Bie with Wim de Bie from 1972 to 1998.


Cornelis Reinier van Kooten was born on 10 August 1941 in The Hague, Netherlands. He is the oldest child of Cornelis Reinier van Kooten en Anna Geertruida Snaauw. He has one sister, Anke, who is a year younger. He met his wife Barbara Kits in 1959 and married her on 18 October 1968. After their marriage they moved from The Hague to the polder village of Zuidoostbeemster, where their two children were born, Kasper in 1971 and Kim in 1974. Both children are well-known performers in the Netherlands. In 1978 the family moved to Hilversum and in 1996 to Amsterdam.

Van Kooten is best known for his collaboration with Wim de Bie. With him he formed the comedic duo Van Kooten en De Bie, often abbreviated as "Koot en Bie," in a variety of often very popular programs for the VPRO broadcasting organization from 1972 to 1998. Their collaboration had started in the Dalton Lyceum high school in The Hague, where they had formed a theater group named Cebrah. Every year between 1972 and 1985 they published a tear-off calendar named Bescheurkalender (nl), combining the Dutch words for tear-off and splitting one's sides in laughter; Bescheurkalender is now officially included in Dutch dictionaries for any humorous block-calendar.

Wim de Bie and Kees van Kooten in 1968
Wim de Bie and Kees van Kooten in 1970


Van Kooten has written some 47 books, including novels, short story and poetry collections, and autobiographical material. They are characterized by frequent wordplays and lighthearted satire of Dutch society. Few books have been translated in English. He often wrote under a wide variety of pseudonyms, including Koot, Jan Blommers, Hans van Dek, Tj. Hekking, Heer Kooten, Harry F. Kriele en Roman Tate. He also wrote several books together with Wim de Bie. Most of his books are published by De Bezige Bij. Among his better-known works are:


Van Kooten has received many awards for his television shows and writing, individually and with de Bie. Among these are:

  • 1974 – Zilveren Nipkowschijf (Van Kooten en de Bie)
  • 1977 – Zilveren Nipkowschijf (Van Kooten en de Bie)
  • 1979 – Cestoda-prijs ("for effortless use of the Dutch language")
  • 1985 – Special Zilveren Nipkowschijf (Van Kooten en de Bie)
  • 1985 – Edison Award for Draaikonten (Van Kooten en de Bie)[1]
  • 1999 – Groenman-taalprijs ("for radio and television persona distinguished by their use of language")
  • 2004 – Gouden Ganzenveer ("for exceptional contribution to Dutch literature")[2][3]
  • 2006 – Edison Award for Audiotheek, collected recordings of Van Kooten en de Bie[1]


  1. ^ a b Search "Prijswinnaars," then "last name = 'kooten,'" in "Edison Awards". Edison Awards. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Laureaten De Gouden Ganzenveer vanaf 1955". Stichting De Gouden Ganzenveer. 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gouden Ganzenveer 2004 toegekend aan Kees van Kooten" (in Dutch). Literatuurplein. 19 January 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 

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