Sir Dirk Bogarde

(redirected from Derek Niven van den Bogaerde)

Bogarde, Sir Dirk

(dûrk bō`gärd), 1921–99, English film actor, b. Hampstead as Derek Niven Van den Bogaerde. In his early career Bogarde played romantic leads in such films as So Long at the Fair (1950) and A Tale of Two Cities (1958). He later showed great versatility playing character parts, including a corrupting valet in The Servant (1963), a dying, obsessed composer in Death in Venice (1971), and a would-be murderer in Despair (1980). His other films include Darling (1965) and The Night Porter (1974). He broke a nine-year retirement from acting—during which he wrote an autobiography (1977) and several novels—to appear in Daddy Nostalgia (1990). He was knighted in 1992. His memoirs were published in 1995.
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The man born Derek Niven Van den Bogaerde made his theatrical debut just before the Second World War.
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Born in March, 1921, Derek Niven Van den Bogaerde described the Second World War, when he drove into Belsen concentration camp the day after it was liberated from the Germans, as the most important event in his life.