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24 Facts: Steve Hofmeyr

2010-05-24 15:10

1. Steve was born on 29 August 1964 in Pretoria.

2. In 1982, he matriculated from Grey College in Bloemfontein.

3. As most white boys did at that time, Stevie went off to do two years of compulsory army duty.

4. After he'd served his country, he attended the Pretoria Technikon Drama School.

5. Steve is the Jacques Kallis of entertainment – a successful all-rounder. TV, film, music, books, and poetry – he's got a finger in every pie.

6. He's got a pretty similar attitude to his personal life. Steve has five children from four different women.

7. Back to his entertainment career. Steve started out on TV as Bruce Beyers in the Franz Marx series, Agter Elke Man. He also reprised this role in the 1990 movie of the same name.

8. From 1992 until 2001 he was bad-boy Doug Durand in Egoli: Place of Gold.

9. In 1997 he complained that "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Belgian songstress Dana Winner, and this duet cemented his music-making dreams.

10. So naturally, TV took a back seat. He did however dabble a little in 2007 when he played the enigmatic editor Brandt van den Bergh in 7de Laan.

11. Not content to play the same troubled, but "lucky with the ladies" bad boy anymore (maybe it was too close to home), Steve got his own TV show called Dis Hoe Dit Is Met Steve (That's how it is with Steve). It airs on kykNET.

12. Steve married his Egoli co-star and local beauty Natasha Sutherland in 1998, and they have two sons, Sebastian and Benjamin.

13. In January 2008, Janine van der Vyver, a fitness instructor, alleged that she and Steve had been involved for over 10 years. Steve didn't deny it, but he insisted that she was obsessed with him.

14. In 2009 Natasha divorced Steve. Ag shame... the poor woman thought she could change him.

15. Natasha wrote a book in 2009 called Bittersweet which details her life, trials and tribulations and offers advice on how to get over a cheating man.

16. Steve blamed YOU/Huisgenoot editor Esmaré Weideman for his divorce because of articles published in her magazines. At a Miss SA finals breakfast, he unceremoniously poured a cup of cold tea over her. Esmaré has made it very clear that there is no love lost between them and she has taken legal action against him.

17. Poor Steve's health took a knock from all these scandals. In May 2008, Steve was hospitalised and underwent emergency surgery to repair a perforated colon. It seems being too full of shit can be bad for your health.

18. Over 20 albums, 10 DVDs and thousands of concert tickets later, Steve is one of South Africa's best-selling music stars.

19. He's also had a few books and one poetry collection published. Seems Steve has got a lot to say.

20. Steve's latest book,Vier Briewe vir Jan Ellis, is his first attempt at writing prose. It's supposedly a heartbreaking story of loss. Is Steve speaking through his work, maybe?

21. Not everything he says is lyrical, poetic or profound, though. Sometimes he says dumb things just to get you all riled up. Jean Barker explains

22.  According to his website, Steve's favourite food is meat, because his "wife is vegetarian"! We bet he enjoys the odd nostalgic vegetarian pizza these days.

23. Steve's great, great grandfather is General Louis Botha, the first Prime Minister of The Union of South Africa back in 1907.

24. One of his career highlights is acting opposite Joan Collins in Egoli.
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