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Henk Molenberg was born on May 14, 1924 in Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands. He was an actor, known for Suske en Wiske (1975), Uilenspiegel (1973) and Hendrik IV (1965).
Molenberg studied at the Académie des Beaux- Arts in Paris. He also obtained a diplomas of trade correspondence in English, French and German. In 1946 he made his debut on the scene in Paulus onder de Joden (Paul among the Jews). More roles in various productions followed. Molenberg became popular via television. His successful TV debut as Gijs in the series Flip de Tovenaarsleerling paved the way for more TV awareness. He appeared in series like De vloek van Woestewolf (The Curse of Woestewolf), Pommetje Horlepiep and Kunt u mij de weg naar Hamelen vertellen, mijnheer? (Can you tell me the way to Hamelen, sir?). Despite his TV successes, he remained faithful to the scene. He played for example at the Amsterdam Volkstoneel and at Toneelgezelschap Johan Kaart. For over fifteen years he also played at the Eindhoven company Zuidelijk Toneel Globe. His versatility is evident from the pieces in which he played: in both The Cherry Garden and the musical De Jantjes, to name only two extremes. His filmography is more limited than his stage career but still includes memorable titles like The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, What do I see !? (1971) and De mantel der liefde (1978). In the eighties he became less and less active and moved to Antwerp. He started presenting cooking programs, including a cooking category in the Studio Vrij program and wrote some cookbooks.
Molenberg was asked what he thought of the Gay Games held in 1998 in Amsterdam. He made no bones about it: "I think it's pure nonsense." He remembered a demonstration by gays against executions in Iran - not the least thing to take to the streets for. "But they didn't look like they were very angry about that. It was just riot cousins walking in front. And just scream. I thought it was terrible.'' He vented his heart to Simon Carmiggelt who, like him, watched the parade from a coffee shop. To which Carmiggelt said: "Do you know what it is, Henk? The gays are occasionally the enemies of the gays." Molenberg thought that was a striking observation.
On December 4, 1998, at the age of 74, he died of a heart attack in Antwerpen, Belgium.
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