Sonneveld, Wim

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Sonneveld, Wim Gender: M
born on 28 June 1917 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Utrecht, Netherlands, 52n06, 5e07
Timezone LST m19e53 (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 05°42' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 09°14 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 13°59'

Wim Sonneveld (as Frater Venantius, 1963)
photo: Eric Koch / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Dutch cabaret entertainer and actor.

He was the youngest of six children. His father Gerrit Sonneveld (14 November 1882, Vrijenban - 29 December 1957, Utrecht) was a grocer; his mother Geertruida van den Berg (1 January 1883, Bergschenhoek - 26 September 1922, Utrecht) died when he was four. After his time at school, where he was the class clown, he had a few unsuccessful jobs.

In 1936 he worked for Louis Davids, becoming his secretary. Later he became a singer in Das Kurhaus Cabaret, where he learned a lot from Jewish actors from Berlin and Vienna who had fled to the Netherlands for the Nazi's. He debuted with "only for ladies" December 1943. The text was written by Hella Haase.

The name Zonneveld means Sun's field. Together with Win Kan and Toon Hermans, he was one of the three greatest cabaret entertainers of his generation. Because of the advent of television, his satirical opinions given in stage performances became part of Dutch culture. Creations like Willem Parel (1952) and Frater Venantius, (1963) became well-known.

He died 8 March 1974 in Amsterdam of heart disease after a visit to his house in France.


Sonneveld was raised Catholic. He held his private life secret. Few knew that he was gay. He had important friend relation with Huub Janssen (7 March 1910 - 26 December 1984, Paris) and Friso Wiegersma (14 October 1925, Deurne - 5 June 2006, Amsterdam))

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Hermans, Toon (born 17 December 1916). Notes: big three of Dutch cabaret
  • associate relationship with Kan, Wim (born 15 January 1911). Notes: big three of Dutch cabaret
  • (has as) teacher relationship with Davids, Louis (born 19 December 1883)


  • Death of Significant person 14 March 1927 in Bergschenhoek (Grandmother Neeltje van den Drift, born 18 December 1854)
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  • Death of Significant person 15 January 1932 in Pijnacker (Grandfather Leendert Sonneveld, born 6 February 1854, Pijnacker)
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  • Death of Significant person 24 December 1940 in Pijnacker (Grandmother Jannetje Bregman, born 13 August 1856, Vrijenban)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 December 1943 (alleen voor dames)
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  • Death of Father 29 December 1957 in Utrecht (Gerrit Sonneveld)
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  • Health : Acute illness 20 February 1974 in Amsterdam (Heart attack when driving a car)
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  • Death by Heart Attack 8 March 1974 in Amsterdam (8 March 1974 in Amsterdam.)
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Source Notes

Lmr: Cirkels quotes Roland Hepp archives (1:00 PM Amsterdam Daylight time).

Svi: Gaugelain Series A Volume 5 states 28.6.1917 1h Utrecht (No 1400). The last birth date and place are also found on the Wikepedia. Upgraded Rodden Rating C to AA.

Svi: Koppejan quotes Municipal Archive of Utrecht (Burgerlijke stand, BS) in Beeldgids van de dierenriem, stating 28 June 1917 13h00 or 1 PM. Degraded Rodden Rating AA to C.

Svi: On closer inspection Koppejan quotes in part 1 of "Beeldgids van de dierenriem" the BC time twice (p 41, 57), for both 1 AM en 1 PM, but in both cases assumes and calculates ascendant Aries, not Libra. So the 1 PM instead of 1 AM BS time mentioned must have been a typing error. Upgraded Rodden Rating C again to AA. Note: On page 57 of his Dutch Zodiac handbook (using wrongly 1 PM), Koppejan assumed Ascendant in the 16th degree of Aries, which shows a woman balancing two well filled scales in the version of the zodiac degrees by Janduz. Maybe this explains the error.


  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Cabaret entertainer)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (big three of Dutch cabaret)