Yorick van Wageningen

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Yorick van Wageningen
Born (1964-04-16) 16 April 1964 (age 55)
Years active1989 – present

Yorick van Wageningen (born 16 April 1964) is a Dutch actor who has performed in Dutch and American films, including The Chronicles of Riddick and the 2011 remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Life and career[edit]

Van Wageningen was born in Baarn. After acting in several Dutch plays, movies, and television series, van Wageningen was asked to come to Hollywood to appear in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. Due to problems with his visa, he was unable to work on that movie, but thereafter acted in a number of American movies, achieving a breakthrough with his role in The Chronicles of Riddick.

Back in the Netherlands, he starred in Winter in Wartime, based on a Dutch novel about World War II.

In 2011 he appeared in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo along with Daniel Craig, in the role of Nils Bjurman, the sexually abusive guardian of Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). He garnered praise in the Dutch press for his portrayal of Ronnie, an Amsterdam gangster who experiences a spiritual resurrection after miraculously surviving an assassination attempt, in the 2013 film De wederopstanding van een klootzak.[1][2][3]

In 2017, Van Wageningen was reported to be filming one of his last major roles, a remake of 1973's Papillon, and in pre-production for Simon de Waal's The Fear of God, before shifting his attention to "improving the position of creators in the Netherlands".[4]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Source
2009 Rembrandt Award Best Dutch Actor
Winter in Wartime
Nominated [6]
2013 Fantastic Film Fest Next Wave Spotlight Best Actor
The Resurrection of a Bastard
Won [7][8]


  1. ^ Koch, Eric (21 February 2013). "De wederopstanding van een klootzak". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ Waardenburg, André (20 February 2013). "Amsterdamse gangster met mystieke bijna-dood ervaring". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch).
  3. ^ Bockting, Berend Jan (21 February 2013). "De wederopstanding van een klootzak". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Yorick van Wageningen in remake Papillon". Telegraaf. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Film met Yorick van Wageningen hit in VS". Telegraaf NL. 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Oorlogswiner kans op Rembrandt Award". biosagenda.nl.
  7. ^ "Award Yorick van Wageningen for The Resurrection of a Bastard at Austin Fantastic Film Fest". topkapi.
  8. ^ "Yorick van Wageningen wint prijs beste acteur in Texas". brabants dagblad.

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