View the scanned image of the entry for Derek de
to Richard for this!
year and location of Mr. de Lint's birth has always been known (thanks to the IMdb)
but my ever-helpful Dutch cyberpal, Richard van Bilsen, found
a book, scanned the entry and confirmed
the birthdate/name of Derek de Lint way back when. The name of that book
is 'Acteurs- en kleinkunstenaars lexicon: 3200 namen uit 100
jaar Nederlands toneel' by Pieter Hein Honig (1984) Click
here to read the entire entry for Derek de Lint translated (where
need be) from Dutch to English by Richard.
to a friend!
Hein de Lint (see note)
17, 1950 (see note)
Location of Birth:
Hague, The Netherlands (aka Holland)
cm (6 feet, 1 ¼ inches)
(a lovely range from greenish to light brown which seems to change with mood and the lighting used in a scene.)
greyish brown with plenty of fine silvering
(if the makeup people leave it alone!)
French and German.
(Art Academy) in Enschede
Kleinkunstacademie (Academy of the
Arts) in Amsterdam.
sons ages 9, 15 & 17 (as of 2/97 when I received
this info. Obviously they get older every year!)
NOTICE TO OTHER FANS: Since 1996, I have not posted any more personal information than this about the de Lint family (like their NAMES) out of respect for them. I hope you will follow suit and refrain from posting anything more on the Internet. If you are acquainted with the de Lint family in any way, please do not post anything about them on this site's discussion board, mailing list or guestbook without their permission. THANK YOU!
||Due to the four years of filming
Poltergeist: The Legacy, he lives in or around Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada. (Previously, they lived in Amsterdam in The Netherlands and continues to go back to his homeland regularly.)
||The Moon (feminine)
family, emotion, instincts, roots
emotional, nurturing, sensitive, responsive
active, motivated, distracted
Astrological Sign: TIGER
- self-assured, hard-working, honorable, alluring, independent,
- hot-headed, moody, disobediant, rebellious, predatory, harsh.
action, movement, light, hot, dry
|Derek de Lint's Signature
(Signature is the same on both of my two autographed Poltergeist: The Legacy
scripts that came from MGM , so I'm assuming this is an authentic autograph since it is certified so.)
following was compiled, translated from various sources (that were in
Dutch) in 1996 by Richard van Bilsen, including his comments to clarify
a few things:
a child he never thought of becoming an actor but he
originally wanted to be a stand-up comedian but a part in a stage play
marked the first chapter in his acting career.
His parents always thought he would become some kind of businessman.
He was also good in drawing and painting. That's why he went to the
art academy in Enschede (Holland). There he took lessons in fashion
and photography, but that just didn't work out. He had a feeling that
he lacked freedom to do the things he wanted. In search of that freedom
he went to the 'Kleinkunstacademie' (Richard's comment: that's an academy like in that
'Fame' series) in Amsterdam but that also didn't work out. He played
a role in the Dutch (theatre) version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This was probably the reason why he didn't get the lead in "Soldier
of Orange" - that role went to Rutger Hauer. Derek ended up with
the role of a traitor that joins the Germans in WorldWar II. I believe
his name was Fritz. Anyway, in "Soldier of Orange," his character
gets killed in kind of a stupid way: blown up while sitting on the toilet.
(Richard's comment: The only way to travel.) His breakthrough in America came with "De
Aanslag" (The Assault) although people still come up to him because
of his role in Soldier of Orange. He says he's being pigeonholed in
America because he always gets cast as the European. He doesn't live
in America (at least not in May 1995) but he lived for half a year in
L.A. in 1989 with his family. His kids loved it. His wife is a interior
decorator. In 1992 he almost got an offer to star in a sci-fi series (Star
Trek: Deep Space Nine - the Captain). Because that would mean he would have to be
in L.A. nine months a year, he backed out. He said he got kinda scared,
he just didn't want to. Oh, well. He says he likes the glamour of show
business, but now and again he needs to get back to the basics, like
making breakfast for the kids. He lived/lives in Amsterdam, Holland. [ NOTE: After 1995, he and later his family moved to the Vancouver area in British Columbia, Canada, due to Poltergeist: The Legacy production. ]
Items of Interest:
was a member of the jury and present from October 10-21 at the 1995
Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent along with: Elliott Gould
(Actor, USA), Leonard Rosenman (Composer, USA),Yves Boisset (Directro,
France), Gabrielle Claes (Conservator filmarchive, Belgium)
he is listed as being on the Nederlands Film Festival jury with Bob
Bouma (voorzitter), Philip Bloemendal, Sherman de Jesus, Dick Maas,
Ageeth Scherphuis and Leon de Winter.
excerpt from an article about upcoming programs written by Ann Hodges
of the Houston Chronicle, right before the premiere of the pilot episode
of "Poltergeist: The Legacy":
actor Derek De Lint plays the Legacy's leader, and Helen Shaver is
its resident psychiatrist, Rachel Corrigan. De Lint, by the way, has
it from a psychic that this show will be a hit.
years ago, she predicted I'd play a psychic in a show on the other
side of the ocean, and it would change my career," he said. A
change for the better, he obviously assumed.
Thanks again to Derek's fellow Dutchman,
Richard van Bilsen, for doing the translations and some research to
confirm information for us.