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Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård

Swedish actor
Stellan Skarsgård
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Swedish actor
Is Actor Television actor Film producer
From Sweden
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 13 June 1951, Gothenburg
Age 70 years
Spouse: My Skarsgård
Children: Alexander SkarsgårdGustaf SkarsgårdBill SkarsgårdValter Skarsgård
Height: 1.905 m
The details (from wikipedia)


Stellan John Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈstɛlːan ˈskɑːʂɡoːɖ]; born 13 June 1951) is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves (1996), Prof. Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting (1997), Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007), Bill Anderson in Mamma Mia! (2008), Martin Vanger in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Early life

Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of Gudrun (née Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He moved often in his childhood and lived, amongst other places, in Helsingborg, Totebo, Kalmar, Marielund and Uppsala.

Acting career

Skarsgård started his acting career early; and, by the age of 21, his experience in film, TV and stage was considerable. Most of his early roles were in Swedish television (such as Bombi Bitt) and films. Of Skarsgård’s work in Swedish film, he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to save Holocaust victims.

Skarsgård is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier and has appeared in six of the Danish auteur's features: The Kingdom, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac. His most personal working relationship, however, is with Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, who has directed the actor in Kjærlighetens kjøtere, Aberdeen, "In Order of Disappearance" and A Somewhat Gentle Man. Skarsgård considers Moland a close friend and, in 2009, he said of their relationship: "We're like an old married couple and I get separation anxiety." Another Scandinavian work that he is known for is the 1997 Norwegian film Insomnia, in which he plays the guilt-ridden policeman Jonas Engström.

Skarsgård’s first American film was the 1985 film Noon Wine, directed by Michael Fields, in which Skarsgård played a mentally-disturbed immigrant farmhand being chased by a bounty hunter. He acted opposite Fred Ward, who portrayed the farmer. In 1990 he starred in another American film, The Hunt for Red October, playing the character of Captain Tupolev, a Soviet submarine commander.

He was considered for the role of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. Skarsgård reported that people often mistook him for Liam Neeson who portrayed Schindler in the film. Skarsgård would, in fact, replace Neeson in the 2004 film Exorcist: The Beginning. He appeared as a guest star on the HBO TV Series Entourage, as Verner Vollstedt, the German director of the fictional film Smokejumpers, who has a bias against the main character Vincent Chase, one of the stars of the film.

Skarsgård played Dr. Erik Selvig in Marvel's 2011 film Thor, and then reprised the role in the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World, as well as 2012's The Avengers and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Skarsgård reteamed with Thor director Kenneth Branagh for the 2015 film Cinderella, in which he played The Grand Duke.

Skarsgård has also appeared in music videos alongside fellow Swedes. He was in Eva Dahlgren's "Vem Tänder stjärnorna" (Who Lights the Stars) in 2009 and Lykke Li's 2011 music video, "Sadness Is a Blessing".

Personal life

He married My Agnes, a physician, in April 1975 and together they had six children: Alexander (b. 1976), Gustaf (b. 1980), Sam (b. 1982), Bill (b. 1990), Eija (b. 1992) and Valter Skarsgård (b. 1995). Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter are also actors, while Eija is a former model. Skarsgård and My divorced in May 2007 and he married Megan Everett in January 2009. The couple have two sons together, Ossian (b. 2009) and Kolbjörn (b. 2012).

Actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly named their son Stellan as a tribute to Skarsgård.

Skarsgård has been best friends with Peter Stormare since 1976 and even made Stormare the godfather to his son, Gustaf.

Views on religion

Skarsgård was brought up by humanist parents and had an atheist grandfather and a deeply religious grandmother. According to Skarsgård, this never led to any problems because of the family's mutual respect for each other's opinions. After the September 11 attacks, Skarsgård set out to read the Bible and the Quran, both of which he condemns as violent. Skarsgård is also a critic of religious independent schools in the Swedish educational system. Skarsgård has said he considers the notion of God absurd and that if a real God were actually so vain as to constantly demand worship, then he would not be worthy of it.

In 2009, Skarsgård, along with other non-religious artists, authors and entrepreneurs including Christer Sturmark, Björn Ulvaeus and Christer Fuglesang, wrote an article in Dagens Nyheter stressing the importance of secularity. The group also criticised the UN for its stance on blasphemy laws.



Year Film Role Director Notes
1972 Strandhugg i somras Erik
1972 Firmafesten Peter
1973 Åttonde budet Short
1973 Fem døgn i August Christer
1973 Bröllopet Roffe Eriksson
1974 Anita: Swedish Nymphet Erik Torgny Wickman
1975 Swedish Sex Games Peter Delaney, their son aka The Intruders and Let Us Play Sex
1977 Taboo Jan-Erik
1977 Hemåt i natten Kurt Sjöberg
1981 Kyssen Short
1982 The Simple-Minded Murderer Sven Hans Alfredson
1983 P & B Karl-Johan 'Charlie' Pettersson
1984 Åke och hans värld Ebenholtz Allan Edwall
1985 Falsk som vatten Stig Hans Alfredson
1985 Noon Wine Olaf Helton Michael Fields
1985 Peter-No-Tail in Americat Pelle Swanson (voice) Stig Lasseby &

Jan Gissberg

1986 Ormens väg på hälleberget Karl Orsa Markström Bo Widerberg
1987 Jim & piraterna Blom Gustav, Jim's Father Also writer
1987 Hip hip hurra! Peder Severin Krøyer Kjell Grede
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Engineer Philip Kaufman
1988 Vargens tid Peder Ulfstand
1988 Friends Matt Kjell-Åke Andersson
1988 The Perfect Murder Axel Svensson Zafar Hai
1989 S/Y Joy Klas Larsson Göran du Rées
1989 Täcknamn Coq Rouge Carl Hamilton Per Berglund
1989 Kvinnorna på taket Willy Carl-Gustav Nykvist
1990 The Hunt for Red October Captain Viktor Tupolev John McTiernan
1990 Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg Kjell Grede
1991 The Ox Helge Roos Sven Nykvist
1992 Den Demokratiske Terroristen Carl Hamilton
1992 Wind Joe Heiser Carroll Ballard
1993 The Slingshot Fritiof Schütt Åke Sandgren
1993 Sista dansen Host in Norrköping
1995 Jönssonligans största kupp Herman Melvin Hans Åke Gabrielsson
1995 Zero Kelvin Randbæk Hans Petter Moland
1995 The Dogs of Riga Magnus Björk Per Berglund
1996 Harry och Sonja Harry Olsson
1996 Breaking the Waves Jan Nyman Lars von Trier
1997 Insomnia Jonas Engström Erik Skjoldbjærg
1997 My Son the Fanatic Schitz Udayan Prasad
1997 Good Will Hunting Prof. Gerald Lambeau Gus Van Sant
1997 Amistad Tappan Steven Spielberg
1998 Glasblåsarns barn Albert Anders Grönros
1998 Savior Peter Dominic Predrag Antonijević
1998 Ronin Gregor John Frankenheimer
1999 Deep Blue Sea Jim Whitlock Renny Harlin
2000 Harlan County War Warren Jakopovich Tony Bill
2000 Passion of Mind William Granther Alain Berliner
2000 Signs & Wonders Alec
2000 Timecode Alex Green Mike Figgis
2000 Dancer in the Dark Doctor Lars von Trier
2000 Aberdeen Tomas Hans Petter Moland Also associate producer
2000 Powder Keg Harvey Jacobs Alejandro González Iñárritu Short
2000 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Felix Stewart Sugg
2001 Taking Sides Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler István Szabó
2001 The Glass House Terrence 'Terry' Glass Daniel Sackheim
2002 No Good Deed Tyrone Bob Rafelson
2002 City of Ghosts Joseph Kaspar Matt Dillon
2003 To Kill a Child Narrator Alexander Skarsgård Short
2003 Dogville Chuck Lars von Trier
2004 Eiffeltornet Jakob Short
2004 King Arthur Cerdic Antoine Fuqua
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Father Merrin Renny Harlin
2005 Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Father Lankester Merrin Paul Schrader
2005 Torte Bluma Stangl Short
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Hrothgar Sturla Gunnarsson
2005 Guilty Hearts Stangl George Gargurevich,

Krystoff Pizykucki,

Paul Black,

Phil Dornfield,

Ravi Kumar,

Savina Dellicour & Benjamin Ross

2006 Kill Your Darlings Erik's Father Björne Larson
2006 Goya's Ghosts Francisco Goya Miloš Forman
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Bootstrap Bill Turner Gore Verbinski
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Bootstrap Bill Turner Gore Verbinski
2007 The Killing Gene Eddie Argo Tom Shankland
2007 Arn – The Knight Templar Birger Brosa Peter Flinth
2008 Mamma Mia! Bill Phyllida Lloyd
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Birger Brosa Peter Flinth
2009 Angels & Demons Commander Maximilian Richter Ron Howard
2009 Boogie Woogie Bob Maccelstone Duncan Ward
2009 Metropia Ralph Parker (voice) Tarik Saleh
2010 A Somewhat Gentle Man Ulrik Hans Petter Moland
2010 Frankie and Alice Dr. Oz Geoffrey Sax
2010 Moomins and the Comet Chase Moominpapa / Hemulens (voice) Maria Lindberg
2010 Submission Narrator (English version) Stefan Jarl
2010 As If I Am Not There Doctor Juanita Wilson
2010 King of Devil's Island Bestyreren Marius Holst Also executive producer
2011 Thor Dr. Erik Selvig Kenneth Branagh
2011 Melancholia Jack Lars von Trier
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Martin Vanger David Fincher
2012 The Avengers Dr. Erik Selvig Joss Whedon
2013 Romeo and Juliet Prince of Verona Carlo Carlei
2013 The Railway Man Finlay Jonathan Teplitzky
2013 Nymphomaniac Seligman Lars von Trier
2013 The Physician Barber Philipp Stölzl
2013 Thor: The Dark World Dr. Erik Selvig Alan Taylor
2014 In Order of Disappearance Nils Hans Petter Moland Executive producer, stunt driver
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Edward Peter Chelsom
2015 Cinderella The Grand Duke Kenneth Branagh
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Dr. Erik Selvig Joss Whedon
2015 Our Kind of Traitor Dima Susanna White
2017 Return to Montauk Max Frisch Volker Schlöndorff Filming
2017 Borg vs. McEnroe Lennart Bergelin Janus Metz Pedersen Filming


Year Series Role Notes
1968 Bombi Bitt och jag Bombi Bitt TV series (5 episodes)
1972 Magnetisören Soldier TV film
1981 Skärp dig, älskling Georg TV mini-series
1981 Babels hus Dr. Mattsson TV mini-series
1981 Olsson per sekund eller Det finns ingen anledning till oro The tardy one TV film
1983 Farmor och vår herre Nathan TV mini-series
1983 Hustruskolan Horace TV film
1985 Den tragiska historien om Hamlet - Prins av Danmark Hamlet TV film
1985 August Strindberg: Ett liv Verner von Heidenstam TV mini-series
1989 The Wild Duck Gregers Werle TV film
1989 Förhöret Carl Hamilton TV film
1990 S*M*A*S*H Statssekreteraren TV mini-series (1 episode: "Wow, håll käften!")
1990 Parker Kane Nathan Van Adams TV film
1994 Rapport till himlen Gary TV mini-series
1997 The Kingdom II Stig Helmers advokat TV mini-series (1 episode: "Gargantua")
2000 Harlan County War Warren Jakopovich TV film
2001 D-dag - Den færdige film Lise's Mand TV film
2003 Helen of Troy Theseus TV film
2008 Masterpiece Contemporary Baumgarten TV series (1 episode: "God on Trial")
2008 Entourage Verner Vollstedt TV series (3 episodes)
2010 Arn Birger Brosa TV mini-series
2012 Rouge Brésil Villegagnon TV series
2012 Playhouse Presents The Man TV series (1 episode "The Man")
2014 Quarry The Broker TV film
2015 River John River TV series

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1982 Berlin International Film Festival Best Actor The Simple-Minded Murderer Won
1982 Guldbagge Awards Best Actor The Simple-Minded Murderer Won
1990 Guldbagge Awards Best Actor Täcknamn Coq Rouge
The Women on the Roof
1998 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast Good Will Hunting Nominated
1998 European Film Academy European Film Award for Achievement in World Cinema Amistad
Good Will Hunting
2000 European Film Academy Best Actor Aberdeen Nominated
2001 European Film Academy Best Actor Taking Sides Nominated
2002 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Actor Taking Sides Won
2004 Denmark's National Association of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Dogville Nominated
2004 Robert Award Best Supporting Actor Dogville Nominated
2006 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Nominated
2008 International Press Academy Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film God on Trial Nominated
2009 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cast Mamma Mia! Nominated
2010 Norwegian International Film Festival Best Actor A Somewhat Gentle Man Won
2012 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival Career Achievement Award Won
2014 Bodil Awards Bodil Award for Best Actor Nymphomaniac Nominated

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