Johannes Heesters Movies and Career Information

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Sagittarius
Dec 05, 1903
Amersfoort
Actor

Johan Marius Nicolaas Heesters (born 5 December 1903) is a Dutch actor, singer and entertainer with an 89-year career, almost exclusively in the German-speaking world. In Germany and Austria, Heesters is mainly known for his acting career. In his native Netherlands, he is a controversial figure due to his having performed for the National Socialist government of Germany during World War II. As of 2010, aged 107, Heesters holds the record of being the oldest performer worldwide who is still active, both on the stage and on television. He has made international headlines by announcing that he has quit smoking for his 62 year old wife: "She should have me as long as possible". Born in Amersfoort, Netherlands, Heesters very early in his career specialized in Viennese operetta, making his Viennese stage debut in 1934 in Karl Millöcker's Der Bettelstudent (The Beggar Student). Heesters moved to Germany in 1935. During his time there, he performed for Adolf Hitler and visited the Dachau concentration camp which has made him a controversial figure amongst the Dutch. He worked extensively for UFA until almost the end of the Second World War (his last wartime movie being Die Fledermaus,

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