12 February 2018

Cas Jansen

Dutch actor Cas Jansen (1977) became a teen idol with the popular Dutch soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden/Good Times, Bad Times (1996-1999). Later he starred in several Dutch films, including the award-winning thriller Lek/Leak (2000).

Cas Jansen in GTST
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group / Entres / Photo Sportivo, no. 3. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999) with Cas Jansen as Julian Verduyn.

Cas Jansen in GTST
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group / Entres / Photo Sportivo, no. 18. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999) with Cas Jansen as Julian Verduyn.

Cas Jansen in Goede tijden, slechte tijden
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group / Entres / Photo Sportivo, no. 19. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999) with Cas Jansen as Julian Verduyn.

Lord of the Flies


Cas Jansen was born Casper Jansen in 1977 in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands.

At the age of 11, Jansen played on stage at Jeugd Theater De Krakeling in Amsterdam in the play Strandrand, a Dutch translation of Lord of the Flies by William Golding. He also appeared on stage in Ubu Roi (1993) and King Lear (1995).

In addition, Jansen played in several television series, including Fort Alpha (1996-1997). He became very popular with his role as Julian Verduyn in the TV soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden/Good Times, Bad Times (1996-1999).

Then he got a small part in the film Karakter/Character (Mike van Diem, 1997), starring Fedja van Huêt and Jan Decleir. This film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Jansen was featured in the television series All Stars (1999-2001) as pot-head Nemo. His final breakthrough was the leading role as police officer Eddy Dolstra in the thriller Lek/Leak (Jean van de Velde, 2000), which won several Golden Calf awards, including for Best Feature.

For two seasons, he performed the role of detective Chris Luifel in the second season of the television series Luifel and Luifel (2002-2003). In this crime series his character solved murder cases with his father (Guus Dam).

Jansen then performed in the films Volle Maan/Full Moon Party (Johan Nijenhuis, 2002), and De Dominee/The Preacher (Gerrard Verhage, 2004), based on the life of gangster Klaas Bruinsma who was played by Peter Paul Muller.

Jansen played another supporting part in the Dutch action comedy Vet hard/Too Fat Too Furious (Tim Oliehoek, 2005), starring Jack Wouterse. This is a remake of the Danish comedy Gamle mænd i nye biler/Old Men in New Cars (Lasse Spang Olsen, 2002) and received a Golden Film for 100,000 visitors.

Cas Jansen and Chantal Janzen in Volle Maan (2002)
Dutch postcard by Boomerang, Amsterdam. Photo: Ray Christian / De Krom Studio. Artwork: Michiel van Randeraat/ Locust Enterainment. Promotion card for Volle Maan/Full Moon Party (Johan Nijenhuis, 2002) with Chantal Janzen.

Cas Jansen and Daan Schuurmans in Volle Maan (2002)
Dutch postcard by Boomerang, Amsterdam. Photo: Ray Christian / De Krom Studio. Artwork: Michiel van Randeraat/ Locust Enterainment. Promotion card for Volle Maan/Full Moon Party (Johan Nijenhuis, 2002) with Daan Schuurmans.

A hellish ice skating tour


Cas Jansen tried to combine TV- and film roles with working in the theatre. In 2005, he acted on stage in d in the play Tape by Stephen Belber. In the 2006-2007 season, he performed a main role alongside Jelka van Houten in the play Sexual Perversity, directed by Marcus Azzini.

He voiced Emo in the short computer-animated film Elephants Dream (Bassam Kurdali, 2006). From 2006 till 2008, he played the leading role of Timo de Brauw in de TV series Spoorloos verdwenen/Vanished. In the summer of 2006, Jansen also made his debut as a radio DJ at the channel Caz!.

He played the leading role in the film De Hel van '63/The Hell of 63 (Steven de Jong, 2009) with Willeke van Ammelrooy. This film drama is based on the 1963 edition of the Elfstedentocht, a long distance ice skating tour in the Netherlands.

In 2010, he appeared on stage in the gangster opera Pimp with Nadja Hüpscher. and became the voice of the television channel Veronica. He returned as Nemo in the film All Stars 2: Old Stars (Jean van de Velde, 2011).

Cas Jansen is married since 2009 with actress Annelieke Bouwers, with whom he has a daughter and a son. He started to make family films like De Club van Lelijke Kinderen/The Ugly Kids Club (Jonathan Elbers, 2012), which won several awards, and the very popular Mees Kees (Barbara Bredero, 2012) starring Willem Voogd. He also appeared in the two sequels, Mees Kees op kamp/Mees Kees goes camping (Barbara Bredero, 2013) and Mees Kees op de planken/Mees kees on stage (Barbara Bredero, 2014).

Other films were Leve Boerenliefde/Live Farmers Love (Steven de Jong, 2013), and Wiplala (Tim Oliehoek, 2014), based on the classic children’s book by Annie M.G. Schmidt. In 2017 Cas Jansen appeared in the TV series Vaders & Moeders/Fathers & Mothers (Jelle de Jonge, 2012) with Anna Drijver, and De 12 van Oldenheim/The 12 of Oldenheim (Anne van der Linden, a.o., 2017), with Noortje Herlaar.

Ferri Somogyi, Angela Schijf and Cas Jansen in Goede tijden, slechte tijden
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group, no. 8. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST with Ferri Somogyi and Angela Schijf.

Cas Jansen
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by RTL4, no. 10. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999).

Cas Jansen and Angela Schijf in GTST (1996-1999)
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group, no. 12. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999) with Angela Schijf.

Cas Jansen and Angela Schijf in GTST
Dutch postcard in the GTST-verzamelkaarten series by Grundy / Joop van den Ende Productions / RTL4 / Veronica De Holland Media Group, no. 11. Photo: Govert de Roos. Publicity still for Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden/GTST (1996-1999) with Angela Schijf.

Sources: Wikipedia (Dutch and English), and IMDb.
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