Lou van Burg (Game Show Host)

Lou van Burg

Lou van Burg was a Dutchman who had a successful career as a television personality, singer and game show host in Germany. Born in The Hague, van Burg began his career as a singer and conferencier in Paris cabarets. He first appeared as a TV entertainer on the Austrian ORF broadcaster in 1958 and shortly afterwards also on German ARD. When the second German television broadcaster ZDF had launched in 1963, van Burg in the following year became the host of Der goldene Schuss, a game show that quickly reached an immense popularity. Referring to Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell, in an early example of an interactive game the contestants, supported by viewers via telephone, had to true up the bolt of a crossbow trying to hit the bullseye on a displayed target. The ritual, accompanied by van Burg’s catchphrases, became a TV classic. On 25 August 1966 the show was even broadcast from the Monte Carlo Casino starring Grace Kelly and in 1967 it was adopted by the British ITV network.

Born: August 25, 1917, The Hague, Netherlands
Died: April 26, 1986, Munich, West Germany
Occupation: Entertainer
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About Lou van Burg

Dutch TV personality known for hosting the popular game show Der goldene Schuss, also known as The Golden Shot.

Before Fame

He was born in the Hague, Netherlands, and soon began his career as a conferencier and singer in Paris cabarets.


He started his broadcasting career on the Australian ORF broadcaster in 1958, then later on German ADR.

Family Life

He passed away at age 68 in Munich, Germany.


The Golden Shot was broadcast from the Monte Carlo Casino on August 25, 1968 with Grace Kelly.

Information related to Lou van Burg

  • Dutch emigrants to Germany
  • Dutch television personalities
  • Dutch game show hosts
  • Dutch radio personalities

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Latest information about Lou van Burg updated on August 25, 2020.

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