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Ruud Kleinpaste

Mostly Credited As: Ruud Kleinpaste
Sometimes Credited As: The Bug Man

Country Of Birth: Netherlands



Ruud Kleinpaste was born in 1952 to Dutch parents living abroad in Indonesia. After being schooled back home in The Netherlands, he studied plant sciences at university, eventually earning a degree in silviculture (the cultivation of trees). Meanwhile, at the age of 20, he discovered entomology.

After emigrating to New Zealand in 1978 (his wife Julie is a New Zealander), he worked in various environmental jobs before settling down to 14 years in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). In 1987 he started a talkback radio show ("Ruud's Awakening") in which he offers environmentally friendly horticultural tips to gardeners.

The success of this show led to some fame in New Zealand, where he is known as "the Bugman". He retired from MAF in the middle 1990s for a career as an ecological consultant. This line of work has led to television work inside and outside New Zealand, which has brought further fame for him and his environmental causes. These include promoting environmentally friendly agricultural techniques, the protection of endangered native NZ birds, and, most famously, the understanding and appreciation of insects, spiders, and other terrestrial arthropods.

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Buggin' with Ruud (2005)As: Himself
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Nick Nolte, bug expert Rudd Kleinpaste, Guster 15x119: (Mar/23/2007) As Himself 
  Sally Field, Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste, Kevin Federline 15x24: (Oct/19/2006) As Himself 
  Kevin Nealon, Bug Man, Minnie Driver 13x211: (Aug/17/2005) As Himself 
  Paul Giamati, "Bug Man" Ruud Kleinpaste, The Pussycat Dolls 13x169: (Jun/10/2005) As Himself (as bug man Ruud Kleinpaste) 
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