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Paul Verhoeven
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Verhoeven in 2016
Born 18 July 1938 (1938-07-18) (age 83)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma mater Leiden University
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 1960–present
Notable work
RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers, Elle
Martine Tours (m. 1967)
Children 2
Awards Saturn Award for Best Director (1987)
Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film (2016)

Paul Verhoeven (born 18 July 1938) is a Dutch director, screenwriter and film producer. Verhoeven is active in the Netherlands and Hollywood, and is famous for his drama and science fiction films. He directed the films Turkish Delight (1973), RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Starship Troopers (1997), Hollow Man (2000), Black Book (2006) and Elle (2016).

Turkish Delight received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. His films altogether received a total of nine Academy Award nominations, mainly for editing and effects. Verhoeven won the Saturn Award for Best Director for RoboCop. His Dutch war film Black Book (2006) was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and was voted by the Dutch public, in 2008, as the best Dutch film ever made. In contrast, he won the Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture and Worst Director for Showgirls; he is one of the few people to have accepted their Golden Raspberry awards in person, and was the first person to go to the ceremony to receive it.

Verhoeven was knighted in the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2007.

Verhoeven is an atheist.

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