Mostly Credited As: Famke Janssen
Birth Name: Famke Beumer Janssen
Date Of Birth: November 05, 1965 (Age 48)
Country Of Birth: Netherlands
Birth Place: Amstelveen, Noord-Holland
Height: 5' 11 " (1.8 m)
Famke Beumer was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 5, 1965, Famke (which means "little girl" in Frisian) began her professional career as a model. She lived in Amsterdam with her parents and her two sisters until 1984, when she decided to move to New York City.
Although she signed on with an elite modeling agency, she continued her studies at Columbia University and she majored in writing and literature. She later decided to try her hand at acting, and took acting classes with Harold Guskin. She then went to Los Angeles, where she continued to study acting under Roy London (an Acting coach/director).
Famke's first film was with Jeff Goldblum in Fathers & Sons (1992), her famous film appearances include GoldenEye (1995), House on Haunted Hill (1999), X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), Eulogy (2004), Hide and Seek (2005) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
In 2001, she dated actor Ben Affleck.
She has 2 sisters, their names are Antoinette Beumer and Marjolein Beumer. Both sisters are blonde and blue-eyed and Famke is the only brunette.
Was married to Tod Williams (1995 - 2000)
She was originally cast as Serleena in Men in Black II (2002), but had to drop out due to a death in the family. Lara Flynn Boyle was cast in her place.
She was offered the lead female role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), but turned it down.
Famke Janssen Quotes
I think acting is just like that. There is something childish and fun about it.
I don't even like talking about dating. It's like having a stamp on your forehead: "I'm available and I'm looking".
I love darkness. I am attracted to the dark side of life! I thought it was really interesting that Jean Grey went through some changes in this film. - About her character's change in X2: X-Men United
I'm a firm believer in taking risks in life, because you'll never get anywhere unless you do, and the more risk involved the greater the outcome - or the worse, but you never know so you've got to go for it.