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List of famous people from Netherlands, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Netherlands, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Netherlands you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Netherlands, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People on this list include Willebrord Snellius and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Netherlands?" or "Which celebrities were born in Netherlands?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Famke Janssen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Famke Janssen age 51 - Famke Beumer Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, screenwriter, and former fashion model. She played Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye, Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men film series, Ava Moore on ...more

Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Eddie Van Halen age 60 - Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Theo van Gogh Died at 47 (1957-2004) - Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor. Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce ...more

Mata Hari is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Mata Hari Died at 41 (1876-1917) - Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Frisian exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy and executed by firing ...more

Guido van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Guido van Rossum age 61 - Guido van Rossum is a Dutch computer programmer who is best known as the author of the Python programming language. In the Python community, Van Rossum is known as a "Benevolent Dictator ...more

Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Christiaan Huygens Died at 66 (1629-1695) - Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of ...more

Henri Nouwen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Henri Nouwen Died at 64 (1932-1996) - Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor and writer. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and ...more

Johan de Witt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Johan de Witt Died at 47 (1625-1672) - Johan de Witt or Jan de Witt, heer van Zuid- en Noord-Linschoten, Snelrewaard, Hekendorp and IJsselveere was a key figure in Dutch politics in the mid-17th century, when its flourishing sea ...more

Nina Foch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Nina Foch Died at 84 (1924-2008) - Nina Foch was a Dutch-born American actress and leading lady in films from the 1940s to the 1950s as well as a guest star on numerous television shows from the 1950s to 2007. She received an ...more

Wilhelmina Cooper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Wilhelmina Cooper Died at 41 (1939-1980) - Wilhelmina Cooper was a Dutch model who began with Ford Models and, at the peak of her success, founded her own agency, Wilhelmina Models, in New York City in 1967.

Olivier van Noort is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Olivier van Noort Died at 69 (1558-1627) - Olivier van Noort was the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. Olivier van Noort was born in 1558 in Utrecht. He left Rotterdam on 2 July 1598 with four ships and a plan to attack Spanish ...more

Albert Mol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Albert Mol Died at 87 (1917-2004) - Albert Mol was a popular Dutch author, actor and television personality.

Cornelis de Witt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Cornelis de Witt Died at 49 (1623-1672) - Cornelis de Witt was a Dutch politician. Cornelis de Witt was a member of the old Dutch patrician family De Witt. He was born on 15 June 1623 in Dordrecht, Holland, Dutch Republic. He was the ...more

Ruud Lubbers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Ruud Lubbers age 77 - Rudolphus Franciscus Marie "Ruud" Lubbers is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 4 November 1982 until 22 ...more

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Grinling Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Grinling Gibbons Died at 73 (1648-1721) - Grinling Gibbons was a Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and other London churches, ...more

Corrie ten Boom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Corrie ten Boom Died at 91 (1892-1983) - Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned ...more

Dirk Langendijk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Dirk Langendijk Died at 57 (1748-1805) - Dirk Langendijk (1748-1805) was a Dutch draftsman and painter.

Meindert Hobbema is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Meindert Hobbema Died at 71 (1638-1709) - Meindert Hobbema, was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter.

Werner van den Valckert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Werner van den Valckert Died at 42 (1585-1627) - Werner van den Valckert was a Dutch Golden Age painter and engraver.

Ary Scheffer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Ary Scheffer Died at 63 (1795-1858) - Ary Scheffer, was a Dutch-French Romantic painter.

Hans van Mierlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Hans van Mierlo Died at 79 (1931-2010) - Henricus Antonius Franciscus Maria Oliva "Hans" van Mierlo was a Dutch politician of the Democrats 66. In 1966 Van Mierlo together with Hans Gruijters founded the Democrats 66. He ...more

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Fons Rademakers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Fons Rademakers Died at 87 (1920-2007) - Fons Rademakers was a Dutch filmmaker and actor. His 1960 film Makkers Staakt uw Wild Geraas was entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Award. ...more

Jetta Goudal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jetta Goudal Died at 94 (1891-1985) - Jetta Goudal was a Dutch-born American actress, successful in Hollywood films of the silent film era.

Willem Drees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Willem Drees Died at 102 (1886-1988) - Willem Drees was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from August 7, 1948 until December 22, 1958. He previously served as Member of the House ...more

Armin van Buuren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Armin van Buuren age 40 - Armin van Buuren is a Dutch trance music producer, DJ and radio personality. Since 2001, Van Buuren has hosted a weekly radio show called A State of Trance, which has 20 million weekly listeners ...more

Hieronymus Bosch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Hieronymus Bosch Died at 66 (1450-1516) - Hieronymus Bosch was an Early Netherlandish painter. His work is known for its fantastic imagery, detailed landscapes and illustrations of moral and religious concepts and narratives. Within his ...more

Gerrit Komrij is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Gerrit Komrij Died at 68 (1944-2012) - Gerrit Jan Komrij was a Dutch poet, novelist, translator, critic, polemic journalist and playwright. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s writing poetry that sharply contrasted with the ...more

Hendrik Verwoerd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Hendrik Verwoerd Died at 65 (1901-1966) - Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, also known as Dr H.F Verwoerd, was a South African Applied Psychology and Sociology Professor, newspaper editor and Prime Minister of South Africa. He is regarded as ...more

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Karel Appel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Karel Appel Died at 85 (1921-2006) - Christiaan Karel Appel was a Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet. He started painting at the age of fourteen and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. He was one of the founders ...more

Jan Steen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jan Steen Died at 53 (1626-1679) - Jan Havickszoon Steen was a Dutch genre painter of the 17th century. Psychological insight, sense of humour and abundance of colour are marks of his trade.

Jan Hein Donner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jan Hein Donner Died at 61 (1927-1988) - Johannes Hendrikus Donner was a Dutch chess grandmaster and writer. Donner was born in The Hague and won the Dutch Championship in 1954, 1957, and 1958. FIDE, the World Chess Federation, awarded ...more

Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint Died at 74 (1812-1886) - Anna L.G. Bosboom-Toussaint was a novelist.

Willem-Alexander of the Nether... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands age 49 - Willem-Alexander is the King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, including the Netherlands proper, and the countries of Curaçao, Aruba, and Sint Maarten. He is head of the Dutch royal ...more

Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Abraham Kuyper Died at 83 (1837-1920) - Abraham Kuijper, generally known as Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch journalist, statesman and Neo-Calvinist theologian. He was a master organizer. He founded a new church, a newspaper, the Free ...more

William III of England is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
William III of England Died at 52 (1650-1702) - William III was sovereign Prince of Orange from birth, Stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, and Overijssel in the Dutch Republic from 1672, and King of England, Ireland, and ...more

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Mark Vanderloo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Mark Vanderloo age 48 - Mark Vanderloo is a Dutch model. At age 22, Vanderloo entered the University of Amsterdam to study history. He began modeling after accompanying a model girlfriend to a photoshoot. Vanderloo has ...more

Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Theo van Gogh Died at 34 (1857-1891) - Theodorus "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch art dealer. He was the younger brother of Vincent van Gogh, and Theo's unfailing financial and emotional support allowed his brother to devote ...more

Abraham Pais is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Abraham Pais Died at 82 (1918-2000) - Abraham Pais was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. Pais earned his Ph.D. from University of Utrecht just prior to a Nazi ban on Jewish participation in Dutch universities ...more

Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Hugo Grotius Died at 62 (1583-1645) - Hugo Grotius, also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for ...more

Max Velthuijs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Max Velthuijs Died at 82 (1923-2005) - Max Velthuijs was a Dutch painter, illustrator and writer, one of the most famous children's illustrators in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his ...more

Johann Weyer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Johann Weyer Died at 73 (1515-1588) - Johann Weyer or Wier was a Dutch physician, occultist and demonologist, disciple and follower of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa. He was among the first to publish against the persecution of witches. ...more

Bernard D. H. Tellegen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Bernard D. H. Tellegen Died at 90 (1900-1990) - Bernard D.H. Tellegen was a Dutch electrical engineer and inventor of the pentode and the gyrator. He is also known for a theorem in circuit theory, Tellegen's theorem. He obtained a masters ...more

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Isaac Titsingh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Isaac Titsingh Died at 67 (1745-1812) - Isaac Titsingh FRS was a Dutch surgeon, scholar, merchant-trader and ambassador. During a long career in East Asia, Titsingh was a senior official of the Dutch East India Company. He represented ...more

Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff Died at 59 (1852-1911) - Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Jr. was a Dutch physical and organic chemist and the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is best known for his discoveries in chemical kinetics, ...more

Arthur van Hoff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Arthur van Hoff age 52 - Arthur van Hoff is a Dutch computer scientist and businessman.

Ischa Meijer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Ischa Meijer Died at 52 (1943-1995) - Israël Chaim "Ischa" Meijer was a Dutch journalist, author, actor and television presenter. He survived the Nazi concentration camp Bergen Belsen along with his parents.

Thomas Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Thomas Bernhard Died at 58 (1931-1989) - Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian novelist, playwright and poet. Bernhard, whose body of work has been called "the most significant literary achievement since World War II," is widely ...more

Jan Wolkers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jan Wolkers Died at 82 (1925-2007) - Jan Hendrik Wolkers was a Dutch author, sculptor and painter. Wolkers is considered one of the "Great Four" writers of post-World War II Dutch literature, alongside Willem Frederik ...more

Adriaan Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Adriaan Blaauw Died at 96 (1914-2010) - Adriaan Blaauw was a Dutch astronomer. Blaauw was born in Amsterdam to Cornelis Blaauw and Gesina Clasina Zwart, and studied at Leiden University and the University of Groningen, obtaining his ...more

Jan van Rijckenborgh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Netherlands
Jan van Rijckenborgh Died at 72 (1896-1968) - Jan van Rijckenborgh was a Dutch-born mystic and founder of the Lectorium Rosicrucianum, a worldwide esoteric Rosicrucian movement. Jan van Rijckenborgh was born in Haarlem, Holland, under the ...more