Herman van Veen
Herman van Veen

Herman van Veen

About Herman van Veen

Herman van Veen is most widely recognized as the creator of the cartoon Alfred J. Kwak. Based on van Veen's 1979 book about a duck and a subsequent stage production, Alfred J. Kwak is a children's cartoon that became known for its often serious, mature themes that touched on politics and death. Born in Utrecht, Netherlands, in 1945, van Veen was a creative child and, despite his working-class roots, eventually studied violin and voice at the Utrecht Conservatory. He published a book of verses in 1969 and was largely known during the '70s as a cabaret-style stage performer who mixed satiric theater and music. A political activist and well-known personality in Europe, van Veen has served as a member of UNICEF and formed various organizations in support of children's rights. ~ Matt Collar

  • HOMETOWN
    Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • BORN
    March 14, 1945

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