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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 August 1953Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden
Birth NamePeter Ingvar Storm
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Stormare 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, including "Hamlet". In 1993 he moved to New York, where he appeared in English productions. He continues to work in both the United States and his his homeland of Sweden. He resides in Los Angeles, California, USA, with his wife.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <mattdicker@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Toshimi Stormare (? - present) (1 child)
Karen Sillas (? - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Known for playing different nationalities: an American in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), a German in The Big Lebowski (1998), an Italian in _The Brother's Grimm (2005)_, a Frenchman in Chocolat (2000), a Russian in Armageddon (1998) and in Deadly Code (2013).
Greased back hair
Often plays extremely quiet, intense and dangerous men with an extreme capacity for violence.
Tall frame with an imposing physical presence.
Often cast by Joel Coen and 'Ethan Coen'

Trivia (21)

Godfather of Gustaf Skarsgård.
Last name pronounced Stor-mar-e.
Was offered the part of Eddie the Dane (originally named Eddie the Swede) in Miller's Crossing (1990), but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
Plays in a band called Blonde From Fargo.
Discovered by Ingmar Bergman.
In addition to being a stage and screen actor, he was quite prolific as a playwright and a theater director.
He was accidentally hit by Mark Hamill during a fight scene in Commander Hamilton (1998). He has broken his nose four times, last time during the shooting of "Unknown". A nose surgery was done in 2008, to prevent him from going blind on the right eye.
Was a friend of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen long before he was cast in Fargo (1996).
Has a daughter, Kelly (born in March 1989), with former Swedish girlfriend. Of respect to their privacy, Kelly's last-name is not official. He also has another daughter with his present wife. Her name is Kaiya Bella Luna, 4 years old, born May 9 2009.
Began using the name Stormare, since there were two Peter Storms at the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre.
His favorite actor is Gary Oldman.
Became an American citizen in the late 1990s.
Has played a German, (The Big Lebowski (1998)), a Frenchman (Chocolat (2000)), three Russians (Bad Boys II (2003)), Armageddon (1998) and Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008)), an Italian (Prison Break (2005)), a Dane (Echo (2007)), a Norwegian (Switch (2007)) and a Swede (Minority Report (2002)).
Peter is the owner of a record label: StormVox.
Released his first album in 2002: "Dallerpölsa och småfåglar".
Peter started his career in Royal Dramatic Theater in Sweden.
He moved to New York in 1993. Nowadays he lives in Los Angeles (2007).
He's an actor, a writer, a director, and a musician.
Whenever possible, he avoids watching himself in either TV shows or films.
Son of Karl Ingvar Storm and Gunhild Storm.
He and his wife, Toshimi, welcomed a daughter, Kaiya Bella Luna, born May 9, 2009.

Personal Quotes (8)

"I grew up in northern Sweden in a very small village and this is exactly the same. It's very strange. It's two hundred small villages linked together. Living here as compared to living in Tokyo, where I lived, or in London or New York, this is so much more like living in the country. You go to bed early and you get up early, even if you're not working. You get up early with the sun and go to bed with the sun. That is much more rural kind of living and it suits me so much better than New York." - On Los Angeles.
"I liked the way that film took realistic events and added this slightly out-of-kilter perspective. My character in that film was, in one sense, a caricature of a killer, but there was also a sense of mystery surrounding him that captured the imagination. Fargo (1996) was an exciting experience for me largely because of the approach the Coen brothers took. It was the antithesis of Armageddon (1998). It was low-budget, a very guerrilla-style approach to filmmaking that made its own rules and was very specific in what it was trying to accomplish." --on Fargo (1996).
"I was a foreigner, and I knew that most of the parts I would be offered would be foreigners. I knew I could not compete with Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, and Nicolas Cage, and so I did not fight it. I saw the path I was destined to walk and decided to do the parts that would be offered to me as well as I possibly could." --on his initial career outlook when he first came to the U.S. to act.
Upon receiving the Fargo (1996) script: "Where are all my lines?!"
I've done Hamlet, and no one talks about Hamlet killing five people. No one even talks about sending him to jail. And it's the same thing for a character like Abruzzi. I think people root for him because he's just punishing people who are bad humans in a way. Always in movies and TV, in drama we always root for those characters. Even if they have killed four or five people, they have killed people that we've really disliked. They have done us a service. And he's such a character. That's why I've tried to keep him very Shakespearean. --talking about his character John Abruzzi from Prison Break (2005)
They [the Coen Brothers] have an obsession with pancakes. It's a Midwestern thing, I guess. I had never had pancakes. I grew up in Sweden, and I'm not a big fan of pancakes.
Yeah, prep is very important -- for me, at least. I like to improvise. But if you're the only one improvising, then you can f**k it up for other actors in the scene if you're the only one coming up with new things. Sometimes it can be good, and the director tells you to do something to stir or awaken the actors whom you're playing with, or they do it to you and you have a great reaction. But I think it's the directors who especially need to prepare their work. A lot of young directors today work on digital and run the cameras 24/7, and it's tedious for an actor to do the same scene over and over again. When a director is prepped, you feel very secure, and you become a better actor. He knows what he wants and he's like, "Okay, let's move on to the next scene."
There are so many people who hate themselves, and I realized early on that you can't change your looks. You have to live with what you've got. And you have to give yourself credit every morning by saying "yes!" -- and that'll help you. But if you dis yourself every morning, it's not good for you mentally, and it won't help your appearance. It's not that I love my looks. But ... it's me. And I cherish the blessing that there's only one me in this world. I'm happy about that fact, and it shines through sometimes.

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