Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch Director, Screen Writer, and Film Producer who has predominantly worked in both Netherlands and Hollywood. Born on 18th July 1938, the director’s film ‘Turkish Delight’ released in the year 1973 was awarded the Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival. Elle (2016), directed by Verhoeven, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His films, when taken together, received a total of nine Academy Award nominations. Verhoeven received the Saturn Award for Best Director for his movie RoboCop (1987).
His first short film was ‘A Lizzard Too Much’ in 1960. Following which he made Nothing Special (1961), The Hitchhikers (1962), and Let's Have a Party (1963). Verhoeven's first feature film was ‘Business Is Business’ that released in the year 1971. His other known movies are Keetje Tippel (1975), Soldier of Orange (1977), Spetters (1980), The Fourth Man (1983), Flesh and Blood (1985),
(1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Starship Troopers (1997), Hollow Man (2000) and Black Book (2006). The popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969) that narrated the story of a medieval knight was directed by him. He has also directed one of the episodes of HBO’s Television Series, Deadly Nightmares (1983). Verhoeven's first feature film was Diary of a Hooker (1971).
The talented Director was born in the capital of Netherlands, Amsterdam, as the son of a school teacher, Wim Verhoeven, and a hat maker, Nel van Schaardenburg. The family moved to The Hague in 1943, where they were almost killed when the bombs fell on the streets. Paul remembers the war days as an exciting adventure during his childhood. Verhoeven is graduated from Leiden University. During his last years at the university, Verhoeven attended classes at the Netherlands Film Academy. Later he joined the Royal Dutch Navy, where he made few documentaries and short films for the military.