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Occupation  Entertainer
Name  Lou Burg

Role  Host
Movies  The Roaring Fifties
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Born  25 August 1917 (1917-08-25) The Hague, Netherlands
Died  April 26, 1986, Munich, Germany
Children  Yasmine van Burg, Angie Van Burg
Albums  Freunde furs Leben – 50 grose Erfolge, Cindy, oh Cindy (Mono Version) [feat. Robert Valentino et son orchestre]
Similar People  Rudi Carrell, Maria Mucke, Peter Alexander, Peter Zadek

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Lou van Burg (born Loetje van Weerdenburg) (25 August 1917 - 26 April 1986) was a Dutch television personality, singer and game show host, who was also famous in Germany.

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Born in The Hague, van Burg began his career as a singer and conferencier in Paris cabarets. He first appeared as a TV entertainer on the Austrian ORF broadcaster in 1958 and shortly afterwards also on German ARD.

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When the second German television broadcaster ZDF had launched in 1963, van Burg in the following year became the host of Der goldene Schuss, a game show that quickly reached an immense popularity. Referring to Schiller's Wilhelm Tell, in an early example of an interactive game the contestants, supported by viewers via telephone, had to true up the bolt of a crossbow trying to hit the bullseye on a displayed target. The ritual, accompanied by van Burg's catchphrases ("Wunnebar"), became a TV classic. On 25 August 1966 the show was even broadcast from the Monte Carlo Casino starring Grace Kelly and in 1967 it was adopted by the British ITV network (The Golden Shot). In the same year however, van Burg had to hand off the show after the yellow press had spread rumours about his private life.

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In the following years he again worked as a conferencier until he was able to return on the TV screen in 1976, again hosting several game shows on ZDF. From 1979 he also worked with Frank Elstner as a radio host on the German service of Radio Luxemburg.

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Lou van Burg died in Munich, aged 68.

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Literature

  • Lou van Weerdenburg: Lou van Burg erzählt: Aus dem Leben eines Fernsehstars. Kranich-Verlag: Berlin-Zehlendorf 1961
  • References

    Lou van Burg Wikipedia


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