Swedish actors in Hollywood

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Greta Garbo
Actress, Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store...
 
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Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
 
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Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ancestry...
 
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Lena Olin
Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. She was born in Stockholm, to actors Britta Holmberg and Stig Olin, who appeared in six of Bergman's films. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family"...
 
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Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag. Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he participated in "Vita rum" (1988)...
 
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Peter Stormare
Actor, Fargo
Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions of many Shakespeare plays...
 
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Ann-Margret
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
 
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Dolph Lundgren
Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. Despite an early interest in music and the fine arts...
 
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Alexander Skarsgård
Actor, True Blood
Sweden may not have a large population but it has gifted the world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors. Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Max von Sydow and Ingrid Bergman are just the tip of the iceberg of Nordic actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinemaphiles across the globe: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is poised to join their ranks...
 
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Maud Adams
Actress, Octopussy
Stunning Swedish born ex-model who broke into film in 1970, and quickly appeared in several high profile films including playing the ex-wife of James Caan in the futuristic Rollerball and the ill-fated lover of super-assassin Francisco Scaramanga played by Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun. To date, the beautiful Maud Adams has appeared in three James Bond films...
 
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Pernilla August
Pernilla August started acting as a child, performing in plays at Vår teater and at school. In 1979 she was accepted at the Statens scenskola to study acting professionally. Director Ingmar Bergman took note of her early and cast her as a nanny in his Fanny and Alexander. In 1982 she got married to author Klas Östergren and started work at the Folkteatern in Gävle...
 
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Anita Ekberg
Actress, La Dolce Vita
Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the United States...
 
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Izabella Scorupco
Actress, GoldenEye
Born in the northern Polish town of Bialystok, Izabella Scorupco moved to Sweden with her mother as a young child. She studied drama and music and, at 17, was discovered by a Swedish film director who cast her in the movie Ingen kan älska som vi, which made her a local teenage idol. She then became a successful model in Sweden and throughout Europe, where she made good use of her fluency in four languages...
 
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Britt Ekland
Britt Ekland was born in Sweden and grew up to be the poster girl for beautiful, big-eyed Scandinavian blondes. She attended a drama school and then joined a traveling theater group. With her looks as her passport, Britt entered films and became a star in Italy. When Peter Sellers met her in a hotel...
 
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Malin Akerman
Actress, Watchmen
Malin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, Pia (Sundström), is a model and aerobics instructor, and her father, Magnus Åkerman, is an insurance broker. They moved to Toronto when she was age 2. At age 5, she began appearing in TV commercials. Her parents divorced when she was 6 and her father returned to Sweden...
 
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Bibi Andersson
Actress, Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom, playing against Nils Poppe...
 
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Helena Mattsson
Actress, Iron Man 2
Helena Mattsson was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, with her two sisters. In her early teens she was discovered by one of the biggest modeling agencies in Sweden. After graduating from her Performing Arts High School in Stockholm, Helena traveled to London and New York to continue to study acting...
 
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Noomi Rapace
Actress, Prometheus
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the daughter of fellow Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for three years. When she was eight, she was cast in a small role in the Icelandic film...
 
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Joel Kinnaman
Charles Joel Nordström, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category - and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. He starred...
 
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Bo Svenson
An award-winning actor, writer, producer and director, Bo Svenson has during his career worked with over one hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees. He is a prolific writer in addition to being an accomplished actor. His first novel, "For Love and Country", was published in December 2015 and is on Amazon's "Recommended Reading" list...
 
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Mikael Persbrandt
Mikael Persbrandt is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, "In A Better World," directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. His interest in acting started when working as an extra in Ingmar Bergman's staging of William Shakespeare's "King Lear." In the early 1990s...
 
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Jan Malmsjö
Jan Malmsjö studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school 1950-1953. He made a memorable performance in 'Två åsnor' at Göteborgs stadsteater in 1958, in Åke Falck's TV-show 'Kaskad' in 1962 and in the musicals 'Stoppa världen - jag vill stiga av' at Scalateatern in 1963 and in 'La Cage aux Folles' at Malmö stadsteater in 1985...
 
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Mercedes Mason
Born into a multi-national family, Mercedes Mason moved to the United States from Sweden at the age of 12. At age 13, she was discovered by FORD modeling agency launching her into an international modeling career while attending high school. While studying psychology in college, she booked her first audition opposite Vince Vaughn in 2006's...
 
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Michael Nyqvist
Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. After a long journey...
 
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Alicia Vikander
Actress, Ex Machina
Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a child in minor stage productions at The Göteborg Opera...
 
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Emma Wiklund
Actress, Taxi
 
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Victoria Silvstedt
Just shy of six feet tall with crystal blue eyes and flaxen blonde hair, this ambitious glamazon from a quiet town in the north of Sweden has dreams of acting after a few more years of modeling. Victoria has graced the pages of Playboy magazine as Miss December 1996, and has just been named the 1997 Playboy's Playmate of the Year...
 
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Fares Fares
Began his acting career in Sweden 2000 with the movie "Jalla! Jalla!". He has been acting in both comedies as well as action movies. He has been acting in theater as well as some TV productions. In 2012, Mr. Fares started his Hollywood career co-starring with Denzel Washington in the movie "Safe house".
 
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Casper Andreas
Casper is an actor, writer, director and film producer who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City. He first moved to New York to study acting and directing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. As an actor, he has guest-starred on "Hawaii Five-0" and on the Hulu series "Deadbeat"...
 
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Signe Hasso
Actress, A Double Life
Signe Hasso was born Signe Larsson in Stockholm, Sweden, and lived with her mother, grandmother and two siblings in a one-room apartment; her father and grandfather had died when she was only four. Her mother, once an aspiring actress, cooked waffles to support the family. Ms. Hasso began working on stage at age 12 at the famed Royal Dramatic Theatre...
 
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Viveca Lindfors
Actress, Stargate
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than a half century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared with Ronald Reagan in her first Hollywood film...
 
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Anna Q. Nilsson
Actress, Sunset Blvd.
Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most beautiful girl in the US and in 1911 made her film debut in Molly Pitcher...
 
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Alf Kjellin
Director, The Waltons
Although trained for the stage in his native Sweden, Alf Kjellin appeared in only a few stage productions before entering films. His work in Torment resulted in his being noticed by Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1949 under the name Christopher Kent. He soon went back to using his real name...
 
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Siri Svegler
Actress, Troy
The mysterious, gorgeous singer, dancer and actress Siri Svegler was born on 15 April 1980 in Goteborg, Sweden. She started dancing and taking acting lessons in her childhood. In 2000, Siri moved to England to study performing arts at The Arts Education School, London. After graduating in 2003 with a national diploma...
 
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Inger Stevens
As a child she moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where she lived all the way through high school. When her father moved away, she moved in with a friend and stayed. She took dance classes at Kansas State University, then moved to Kansas City, where she taught dance and first got into modeling.
 
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May Britt
She was only 18 years old and working as a photographer's assistant in Stockholm when two Italians showed up. Producer Carlo Ponti and director Mario Soldati were there to see pictures of beautiful models, searching for a blonde girl for a movie. They picked her instead and soon she found herself in Rome...
 
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Warner Oland
Warner Oland was born Johan Verner Olund in the small village of Nyby in Bjurholm parish in the county of Vasterbotten, Sweden, on October 3, 1879. Bjurholm is situated about 60 kilometers outside the town of Umea. His family emigrated to the US on October 15, 1892. His father Jonas was a shopkeeper and his mother was Maria Johanna (nee Forsberg)...
 
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Julia Winter
Julia Winter is the envy of tween-age girls everywhere, having being plucked from obscurity to play Veruca Salt in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, alongside Johnny Depp. It was the London schoolgirl's first professional role, although she studies drama weekly at a part-time theatre school...
 
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Katia Winter
Actress, Negative
Swedish born actress Katia Winter moved to London at an early age, where she studied acting and film editing. She has appeared in British Television and Films including the UK drama "Unmade Beds" (2009), directed by award-winning Alexis Dos Santos and "Everywhere and Nowhere" (2011) directed by Mejhad Huda...
 
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Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen
Vendela Kirsebom Thomessen was born in Stockholm on January 12th, 1967. She was first discovered at a restaurant in Sweden at the age of 13 by Eileen Ford. Within 3 to 4 months, of arriving in the US, she was negociating a contract with 'Elizabeth Arden'. When her contract with Arden ended she started working with Almay as their spokesperson...
 
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Anne Bergstedt
Miscellaneous Crew, Snow White and the Huntsman
Anne Bergstedt grew up in Scandinavia, Texas & California and had a passion for cinema, movement, and performance from an early age. As an actress, Anne has appeared on screen in TV's Boardwalk Empire and Dag, and the Darren Aronofsky films Black Swan + Noah. She got her start on a film set as the stand in for Charlize Theron...
 
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John Matton
Multi award winning producer and actor Johan Patrik Fredrik Matton has contributed to the independent film community in New York producing several feature length independent films, writing the award winning film 'Till We Meet Again (2015) and producing the documentary Lives of Bernard Herrmann.' John...
 
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Elke Jeinsen
Luscious and lissome blonde knockout, Elke Erika Weintraub Jeinsen, was born on July 25, 1966 in Stockholm, Sweden. Her family moved to Hannover, Germany when Elke was just one-year-old. She grew up with her brother, Thomas, in Hannover. In 1986, Jeinsen placed second in the Miss Germany contest and won the title...
 
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Bo Corre
Actress, Eldorado
 
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Gunnar Winbergh
Actor, Flyboys
Was born in Stockholm but spent his first 12 years in Switzerland, Zurich. After which he went to boarding school (Lundsberg) in Sweden. He joined the Swedish Royal Navy at the age of nineteen and spent two years serving. Shortly after he went to Los Angeles California to study Theatre Arts. Graduated from Pepperdine University in June 2002.
 
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MyAnna Buring
Actress, The Descent
MyAnna Buring was born 22 September 1979, in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr...
 
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Agnes-Nicole Winter
Agnes-Nicole Winter was raised in Sweden, graduated Stockholm School of Optometry. She started her career in the entertainment industry as a model and actress. After she co-produced her first movie she was appointed Vice President in charge of production at Hux Enterprises, in Beverly Hills, where she developed...
 
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Anna Karin
Actress, Red Meat
Anna Karin was born in Sweden. Her mother was a medical nurse and her father a prominent criminal investigator. She is a descendant of Nordic Royalty "King Oscar II", King of Sweden and Norway. Anna started her career at 17 as a model and then actress. She lived in numerous countries including England...
 
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Emily Baldoni
Actress, Coherence
Emily Baldoni (born August 3, 1984) is a Swedish actress who lives in Los Angeles. Before her marriage, she was credited under the name Emily Foxler, a shortened, variant spelling of her birth name, Emily Malou Fuxler. She is best known for her leading role in the film Coherence. She is married to actor and director Justin Baldoni...
 
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Allan Corduner
Actor, Gladiator
Born in Stockholm, Sweden to a German mother and Russo-Finnish father, Allan Corduner moved to England with his parents at the age of one year old, growing up in London. His parents were artistic and encouraged his early ambition to become a concert pianist - he is still extremely accomplished on the piano...
 
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Mary Stavin
Lovely and slender blonde model and actress Mary Ann Catrin Stavin was born on August 20, 1957 in Orebro, Sweden. The blue-eyed beauty was crowned Miss World in 1977. Stavin released the disco single "Feeling Good, Being Bad/Headline News" on the Ariola label in 1979. She's featured in the music videos for "Ant Rap" and "Strip" by Adam Ant...
 
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Caroline Maria Winberg
Self, The Face
Caroline Winberg is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model and as an international fashion model. She appeared in seven Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2005 through 2011. Winberg has appeared on the catwalk and in campaigns for several notable Ready to Wear and Haute Coutre designers...
 
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Yan Birch
The son of a Swedish Actor-Comedian, Producer, Director and Musician; music and the arts were a natural part of Yan Birch's life, surrounding him throughout his early childhood. He learned to play the flute and trumpet at a tender age, and his passion for acting led him to the stage as a young child, appearing in several plays, including "Miss Julie", by August Strindberg...
 
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Madeleine Falk
Actress, I'm Gabrielle
Madeleine Falk. Started out at the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg and thanks to a grant from Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson pursued a career in dancing and acting, eventually ending up in Los Angeles. Here she continued her dance training and started studying acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute...
 
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Zoltan Barabas
Zoltán Barabás is a Canadian and EU (Hungarian) citizen, born in Sweden. His father, originally from Hungary (by way of Australia), is a Mechanical Design Engineer. His Swedish mother trained as a nurse. Zoltán has one 'leftover' brother, an artist and poet living in Calgary, Canada. Two younger brothers have since passed away. Zoltán's Hungarian roots include a long line of artists and actors...
 
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Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson grew up in the Vasastaden district in central Stockholm. Her mother, Rosemary, is British, and moved to Sweden from England at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an English-speaking school in Sweden and was raised bilingual, speaking Swedish and English. As a student, she attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm and graduated in 1999...
 
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Tor Johnson
Tor was a big guy, with a big heart. Tor Johnson was born October 19, 1903, in Sweden. Most of his adult life, he was a professional wrestler. Tor started appearing (uncredited, or bit parts) in movies as early as 1934. He was in 31 movies, usually as "Weightlifter" or "Strongman." Later, he got larger roles with character names...
 
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Ernst-Hugo Järegård
Actor, Europa
One of Swedish theatre's most well known actors. Järegård is appreciated for his extrovert and at the same time controlled style of acting, of which he gladly characterized comic or morbid characters. He played the title role in 'Moliére''s "Tartuffe" as well as Orgon (The Royal Dramatic Theatre, 1971) with great success...
 
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Nils Asther
Nils Asther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1897 and raised in Malmö, Sweden, by his wealthy Swedish parents. After attending the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm, he began his stage career in Copenhagen. His film debut came in 1916 when the director Mauritz Stiller cast him in the lead role (as an aspiring actor...