Antonie Knoppers was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Amsterdam when he was four. He has since been traveling to both countries, becoming bi-continental. His father is from Amsterdam, his mother from New York; thus he has dual citizenship. Antonie now resides in Los Angeles. Antonie has been involved in the performing arts from a very early age. He was surrounded by artists while he was growing up. His mother is a famous belly dancer and magician in the Netherlands. A story about Antonie at the age of four illustrates his connection to the stage: while his father was pacing backstage at his mother’s show holding a crying Antonie in his arms, he had the idea to put Antonie onstage as a solution to stop his crying. The story goes that Antonie promptly stopped crying and was mesmerized by being onstage. He studied acting as a young boy in Amsterdam, and performed skits with his friends at bar and bat mitzvahs. His first stage production came at the age of 17 when he was a first year student at Brandeis University in Boston, MA.
He went on to graduate from Brandeis with a Masters in International Economics and Finance. After completing his M.A. studies in 1995 with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, he became a professional actor.
Antonie got his first paid acting job as Bo in Bus Stop at a regional theater in upstate New York. He spent the next three years performing Off-Broadway at the HERE Theater as well as in various regional theaters, such as the George Street Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theater and the Sacramento Theater Company. In 1997 Antonie appeared in various commercials and in a series as a principal on a very popular soap series in Holland.
In 2000 Antonie attended the Old Globe/University of San Diego. In a class of only seven, he received plenty of attention honing his skills in Shakespeare, speech and voice, acting, singing, and movement classes. Antonie earned a second Masters Degree in 2003 at the Old Globe/University of San Diego. Returning to New York in 2004, Antonie signed with Schiowitz, Clay, Rose (now Schiowitz, Ankrum, Conner & Wolf), a theatrical agent, and started auditioning. His first job in New York was in Jeff Baron’s Visiting Mr. Green at Syracuse Stage in 2005. That same year, he played Antony Wilding in Enchanted April and Stephen Hoffman in Old Wicked Songs. He also had the wonderful opportunity to appear in his first feature film playing Frederick van Pallandt opposite Julie Delpy in the movie The Hoax, which was directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starred Richard Gere and Alfred Molina.