1938 – Born on the 18th of July in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1955 – He studied at the University of Leiden, where he joined the students’ corps. He graduated with a Ph.D. in mathematics and physics.
1960 – Made his first film A Lizzard Too Much for the anniversary of his students’ corps.
1961-1963 – He made three more short films Nothing Special, De Lifters and Let’s Have a Party.
1965 – He made the documentary The Royal Dutch Marine Corps about the Navy, which won the French Golden Sun award for military propaganda films.
1967 – He married Martine Tours.
1968 – He made a documentary about Anton Mussert named Mussert.
1969 – His first major success was the Floris television series, starring Rutger Hauer.
1971 – First feature film Business Is Business was released and was not especially well received.
1973 – Turkish Delight received the award for Best Dutch Film of the Century at the Netherlands Film Festival.
1980 – He made the film Spetters with Renée Soutendijk and again Rutger Hauer.
1987-1997 – He is best known for directing the American feature films RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, and Starship Troopers.
1995 – His film Showgirls was poorly received and won 7 Golden Raspberry Awards, but has become a cult film over time.
2007 – Another Dutch film Kneeling on a Bed of Violets is announced. The shooting of this film, which will be directed and (partially) produced.