Gaston Berghmans, Belgian comedian and actor, Died at 90


Gaston Petrus Bernardina Berghmans was born on March 11, 1926, and died on May 21, 2016.

He was a Flemish actor and comedian.

From 1972 and 1993, Gaston and Leo Martin formed a comic duo called Gaston and Leo.

He was the eldest son in a family with two children.

Gaston sister, Paula, was four years younger and has lived in the U.S. since 1959.

His father was an independent diamond cutter, his mother worked as an assistant in her sister’s butcher shop.

Gaston Berghmans performed at the Ancienne Belgique concert hall.

Gaston Berghmans got married in 1960 and had a daughter, who was born in 1961.

During the late 1950s, Gaston also appeared in several films directed by Flemish comic Jan Vanderheyden: Een zonde waard “Worth a sin”, Den duivel te slim “Too smart for the devil”, Hoe zotter hoe liever “The crazier the better”, De stille genieter “The quiet enjoyer”.

Together they were all successful in Flanders and increased Gaston’s reputation and work efforts.

Gaston first met Leo Martin in 1957 in the Billiard Palace, where the orchestra of Willy Rockin played.

Martin had played the saxaphone and clarinet and Gaston performed sketches with him.

During the 1960s, Martin got his own orchestra and it became easier to invite Gaston to come perform sketches.

Their shows were often comic prologues for Martin’s musical moments.

All these performances were the foundation for what would be later evolve into their double act Gaston and Leo.

During 1972, Martin’s band broke up and the two men became a successful comedic duo.

Gaston Berghmans passed away at 90 yrs old.