Eric Schneider is an actor, director and playwright. He played his first role in 1960, immediately after receiving his diploma from the Maastricht Theatre Academy, and in 1967 received the Dutch Louis d’Or prize for his performance as Hamlet. He played the major male roles with Toneelgroep De Appel and Het Nationale Toneel. He also played Prince Bernhard in the TV series Bernhard, schavuit van Oranje (2010). In Nocturne (2009), a play he wrote himself, he looks back on his life as an artist on stage.