Dutch director of Submission, a 2004 short film about the treatment of Muslim women that prompted his assassination by a Muslim man.
He dropped out of law school at the University of Amsterdam to become a stage manager.
He was author of several books and columns and directed the award-winning film Blind Date in 1996.
His son Lieuwe Van Gogh was born in 1992.
He was the great-grandnephew of famous painter Vincent Van Gogh.