|Born||Marcel Céline Gerard Edgard Vanthilt
24 August 1957
|Occupation||musician, television presenter|
Marcel Vanthilt was born on 24 August 1957, in Lommel, Belgium. After attending high school, Marcel studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and attained a bachelor's degree in political sciences. He came to Brussels because he knew the BRT had her offices there. He didn't know at the time there was something like a drama school, like St.-Lukas in Brussels. In 1977, during his spell at the university, he discovered Punk.
Marcel Vanthilt rose to fame with his group 'Arbeid Adelt!', formed in 1981. He provided vocals and played keyboard for the group, singing mainly in Dutch. They made 2 EPs ('Jonge Helden' and 'Le chagrin et Quatre-vingt') and scored minor hits with 'De Dag dat het zonlicht...' and 'Lekker Westers'. Despite the initial success, the group decided to split. One year later, they reformed, only to split again after releasing one single ('Stroom'). The reason behind this was the discontent of the group with their record label, and also differing opinions between the group members about the future of the band. Vanthilt noted the following comment: "They saw us as a kind of clowns. They refused to bring out the songs that were representative of what we were doing, and released "Stroom" en "Witte kom hie". Those were both good jokes, good for a laugh at the live gigs, but not good as a release two years after your last record."
Vanthilt tried to gain musical fame with two other groups: "The Yéh-yéhs" and "Groep Z"(in 2004). Both stints were unsuccessful.
He also designed the album cover of Clouseau's record En Dans (2001).
In the early 1980s Vanthilt worked for VPRO on Dutch television. One of the projects he worked on was the presentation of Big Fun In The Big Town (1986), a documentary about Hip hop music, credited for making the genre very popular in the Netherlands. It became available on DVD in 2012.
From 1987 to 1990, Vanthilt lived in London. There he became a VJ for the new music station MTV Europe. His most famous programme there was "Cokes & Vanthilt", which he presented in co-operation with Ray Cokes. The two got together again on New Year's Eve 2008 for a one time show on Belgian network Canvas.
From 1996 to 1998, Vanthilt moved to the United States, in pursuit of his wife. He tried to launch an acting career, but was ultimately unsuccessful. He can be seen as a supporting actor in an episode of Friends. After he divorced his wife, he returned to Belgium. He also wrote columns and was reporter for the magazine Panorama. He bundled his columns in a book, called Ha!Merika! and also adapted it to a theatre show.
Belgian TV and Radio career
From 1998 onwards, Vanthilt became involved with the media in Belgium, mostly on Flemish radiostation Studio Brussel and TV-station Eén. On TV, he hosted various shows, such as quizzes ('Quix', 'ViaVia', 'De lage Landen'). His most famous quiz was perhaps 'Tien voor Taal', a language-centered quiz, which he co-hosted with Dutch presenter Anita Witzier. He had a short stint with vtm, for which he hosted 'Tilt' (1993–1995), but soon returned to the VRT. He further hosted reality show "Wit in Vegas" (2005), in which he accompanied couples wanting to get married in Las Vegas. In recent years, Vanthilt has appeared on screen as talkshow host. From 2006 to 2009 he appeared as a weekly guest in late night talkshow ""De laatste show". He continued on to host the summer talkshow Zomer 2007 and Zomer 2008, in alternation with Ben Crabbé. Since 2009 he has his own summer talkshow, Villa Vanthilt. These shows are recorded in a makeshift studio in a Flemish city. In 2009, the cities chosen were Ghent and Hasselt; in 2010 Hasselt and Kortrijk. He has since started the 2011-season of Villa Vanthilt, five weeks in Dendermonde and five weeks in Roeselare. His program is scheduled to run to the end of August. Since 2009, Vanthilt also hosts Ook getest op mensen, a TV show mainly focusing on health related consumer issues (Eén).
His most important radio show was "Was het nu 70, 80 of 90" (Was it 70, 80 or 90?), but he also hosted the "Album 100".
- Heerema,Y., Marcel Vanthilt - Presentator Marcel Vanthilit, NCRV-gids 1, 5 till 11 January 2008, retrieved 29 April 2011. (Dutch)
- HDP,  , "Guido", 2 February 2055, retrieved June 10, 2011. (Dutch)
- Houbrechts, D. Arbeid Adelt!, "The Belgian Pop and Rock archives", December 2001, accessed April 26, 2011.
- "De ambassadeurs - Klara". 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- TV-visie, Cokes en Vanthilt in de overgang op Canvas, 30 December 2008 (Dutch)
- Eén, Villa Vanthilt, het programma, Eén (Dutch)
- Eén, Ook getest op mensen, Eén (Dutch)
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