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Antoon (Tom) Manders (The Hague, 24 October 1921 - Utrecht, 26 February 1972) was a Dutch artist, comedian and cabaret performer. In his later role he was particularly known as Dorus.

From 1953 Manders became involved in the organization and programming of Carel Kamlag’s revue-café Saint-Germain-des-Prés at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam. Manders then preformed as an entertainer and would develop into the vagabond Dorus. When he received the invitation of the Vara (Dutch Broadcasting company) to do something for TV, he had the café reconstructed in the TV studio. He started a successful television programme that would be on the Dutch television for some years.

Between 1956 and 1962, Manders cooperated with organist Cor Steyn (“Mr Cor Steyn”) for the programme the Showboat. Together they were responsible for numbers as Twee motten, M’n volkstuintje, Als ik wist dat je zou komen, Bij de marine and Figaro.

Manders got into financial problems when he tried to produce Dorus films. In 1967, he won a Zilveren Roos, and started a new programme, Bij Dorus op schoot. In 1970, the Rotterdamse club closed, and the programme stopped that year.

At the beginning of February 1972 Manders had a car accident. In the hospital it was observed that he had cancer. Three weeks later Manders died of a heart attack.


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