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Rudi Kuhn

Rudy Kuhn

Hier is weer een nieuw avontuur van Dikkie Dik (Here is another new adventure of Dikkie Dik)

Rudi Kuhn (December 7th, 1951) played Rudy on Sesamstraat, the Dutch co-production of Sesame Street, from 1980 to 1985.

Rudi started his Sesamstraat career as Joyce's assistant in the Sesam Class preschool, interacting with children. Joyce and her preschool disappeared the next season, but Rudi stayed. His most important role was to read a story of the cat Dikkie Dik to kids in the studio.

Rudi was the first Surinamese inhabitant of Sesamstraat. He fit in perfectly with the innovative style of the earlier episodes: a male preschool teacher was quite rolebreaking in these days.

The Dikkie Dik stories were illustrated by Jet Boeke. Nowadays, the Dikkie Dik stories are read by Frank Groothof as a voiceover.

A well known group of Dutch comedians known as De Vliegende Panters (The Flying Panthers) performed a classic parody of Rudi reading Dikkie Dik stories to a group of kids in 1999.

When he was 11 years old, he moved with his family from Suriname to the Netherlands. There, he studied chemical engineering and built a career as a researcher of paints and plastics. After this, he also studied the human body chemistry from a western biological point of view. Later on through guides by Harish Johari, he started to study the same thing, but through a holistic point of view. After many years getting into the material and learning by traveling with Harish through India, he also started showing interests in the storytelling. This was later became a good background for his acting career he briefly followed in the 1980s. Teaching kids and telling stories on Sesamstraat was a perfect way to start.

After his acting career in the 1980s, Rudi went to trainings, seminars and workshops and mastered yoga teachings. He now gives seminars and lectures himself.  He is also acting in storytelling performances. Inspired by Harish Johari, he started this direction, basicly in Hindu and Afro Carribian stories (like the spider Anansi). He wrote also several books from which he still performs.

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