ANPKees van Kooten and Wim de Bie
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 06:44
Almost two weeks after the death of Wim de Bie, his immediate colleague Kees van Kooten has responded to his death for the first time. In an article in the VPRO guide, he writes that he has lost a brother whom he has known “for a lifetime”. Wim de Bie passed away at the end of last month at the age of 83.
Van Kooten describes how as a teenager he already looked up to De Bie, who was two grades higher at the same school. “Literally, because he was tall. But he also had a kind of natural authority.”
When they started making radio and later television together, it was De Bie who “guarded their artistic freedom” and was the conscience of the duo. “I am an excited little guy by nature and will often immediately say yes to something, while Wim was more thoughtful. He has saved me from disaster more than once.”
Something is definitely closed.
Kees van Kooten
“Our sketches came about very organically, there was no ‘leader'”, writes Van Kooten about their working method. “We alerted each other to an article in the newspaper or a program on TV, and that naturally led to a type and a comic scene.” Van Kooten calls his satirical other half an innovator in the media with a sharp eye, an antenna for new technology and a nose for talent.
In addition, according to Van Kooten, De Bie had an enormous influence on his personal development. “I will miss our regular contact the most, just calling, visiting each other, that casual,” he ends his comments. “Something is finally closed. Like a part of me has died.”