Vincent van Ommen

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Vincent van Ommen
Vincent van Ommen.jpg
Van Ommen at the premiere of A Real Vermeer, 2016
Born (1982-06-14) 14 June 1982 (age 34)
The Hague, Netherlands
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 2008 – present
Website www.vincentvanommen.com

Vincent van Ommen is a Dutch film and television actor. He is known for his English language work in films like Life is an Art (2010), Amsterdam Heavy (2011), A Morass (2011), and the TV mini-series You Look Stunning Too (2013) in which he played the role of Richard. Video games he voiced for include Planet Explorers and Until I Have You.

Van Ommen is also part of the film jury for ShortCutz Amsterdam. An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, other jury members include Rutger Hauer and Roel Reine.

Early life[edit]

Van Ommen was born on 14 June 1982 in The Hague, the Netherlands. He was raised bilingual, speaking both English and Dutch from an early age.

He studied drama at De Trap, a private school for acting in Amsterdam. After completion he did a post-grad, specializing in acting for film and television.[1] He also studied classical Shakespearean acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and followed an advanced acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2]

He was trained in film and stage combat by Tony Wolf, the Lord of the Rings fighting styles designer.[3]

Film career[edit]

His first screen role was in the short film Stop!.[4] The film, depicting a violent theft and car chase, was released during the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2008. The film was a viral success and was widely praised for its acting, multiple journalists filed police reports thinking it was real.[5] The film reached national media and talk shows like De Wereld Draait Door and Editie NL.

In 2009, Van Ommen made his English language feature film debut as the immortal Elijah in the fantasy film Reiki, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival later that year.[6] In April 2010, Reiki also screened at the Elf Fantasy Fair, the biggest fantasy event in Europe.

Director Jayant R. Harnam saw one of his short films[7] and cast him in the leading role for his thriller Life is an Art, in which he stars opposite Alison Carroll. This movie was Van Ommen's second appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.[8][9]

In March 2010, Van Ommen starred in the British film A Morass with Alessandro Giuggioli, and made his Dutch feature film debut in the film Verloren Jaren. He was also cast in the short film Klik alongside Lone van Roosendaal, Thomas Acda & Tim Oliehoek.

In January 2011, it was announced that Van Ommen was cast opposite Fajah Lourens in the action film Amsterdam Heavy[10] by director Michael Wright. The movie also stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs).

In March 2011, he appeared in the short movie Paper Parachutes directed by Katie Pow, a children's fantasy film about obsessively ordered nine-year-old Miles. Both Amsterdam Heavy and Paper Parachutes screened at the 64th Cannes Film Festival[11][12] and marked his third appearance at the festival.

In 2012, Van Ommen joined the film jury for ShortCutz Amsterdam.[13][14] An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam.[15] Other jury members include Rutger Hauer, Roel Reine and Jan Harlan.

He starred in a slate of short movies, notably Millie directed by Merel den Otter, Faith, La Commedia, Escape and Orbit directed by Djie Han Thung.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Stop! Paul Short film
2008 De beste commercial Zoon 1 episode
2008 Millie Matthias
2008 Gamekings Mark / Pascal 1 episode
2008 Kaaskoppen & waterlanders Willem Drees 1 episode
2009 Reiki Elijah
2009 Koekeloere Meneer Boer 1 episode
2010 Life is an Art Nathan
2010 Verloren Jaren Luuk Dutch film
2010 Escape Felton
2010 Faith Keith
2010 Win/Win Junior Broker Dutch film
2011 A Morass Traveller
2011 Amsterdam Heavy Agent van Beek
2011 Paper Parachutes Uncle Ed
2011 Klik The Manager
2011 Orbit
2013 You Look Stunning Too Richard Recurring role
2013 ShortCutz Amsterdam Jury Himself
2013 La Commedia
2014 Cam2Cam Voyeur
2014 Triggers Joseph

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Voice Role Notes Source
2016 Planet Explorers Ataro [16]
2016 Until I Have You Keiroth [17][16]
2016 Tales Urshanabi [18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Source
2016 AGS Awards Best Voice Acting
Until I Have You
Nominated [19][20]
Tales
Nominated [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ What about Vincent van Ommen - Interview (in Dutch), castingnieuws.nl. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ Biography - Vincent van Ommen Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ Film1 interview De Filmliefde van Vincent van Ommen (in Dutch), film1.nl.
  4. ^ Vincent in Stop! imdb.com.
  5. ^ Stop! reaches Dutch national news broadcast, EditieNL.
  6. ^ ANP (24 May 2009). "Nederlandse acteur in film met Tomb Raider-model". 
  7. ^ Vincent van Ommen: Q & A
  8. ^ RTL Boulevard interview Vincent van Ommen (in Dutch), RTL Boulevard broadcast.
  9. ^ Novum interview Vincent: "Cannes was echt kicken" (in Dutch), broadcast. Retrieved 28 May 2010
  10. ^ Ook Van Ommen in ‘Amsterdam Heavy’ (in Dutch), nlfilmdoek.nl. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  11. ^ Vincent van Ommen, Amsterdam Heavy, Cannes Film Festival 2011 RealTVFilms.com broadcast. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  12. ^ Acteur Vincent van Ommen in Cannes Omroep West. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  13. ^ ShortCutz Amsterdam
  14. ^ Jurylid Vincent van Ommen en Eddy Terstall met Shortcutz-mascotte Mr Zee filmkrant.nl.
  15. ^ Dutch Short Films Are the Focus - Shortcutz Amsterdam Go Social Film Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Filmography - Vincent van Ommen". IMDb. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Vincent van Ommen in Amerikaanse Videogame". DenHaag FM. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Tales - Official Trailer". Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse acteur Vincent van Ommen maakt kans op stemprijzen". noordhollands dagblad. 
  20. ^ "9 AGS Awards Nominations for Unit I Have You". steamcommunity.com. 
  21. ^ "Haagse acteur Vincent van Ommen twee keer genomineerd voor internationale prijs". denhaagfm. 

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