Great Danes

by yrnej | created - 09 Apr 2017 | updated - 11 Apr 2017 | Public

Yes, it's bad pun but it had to be done!

Who is your favorite Danish actor?

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1. Asta Nielsen

Actress | Hamlet

Danish leading woman of German films who became one of the greatest stars of the silent era. A native of the Copenhagen suburb of Vesterbro, Nielsen was the daughter of a coppersmith and a washerwoman, both of whom died before Nielsen was fifteen. Her stage debut came as a child in the chorus of ...

2. Jean Hersholt

Actor | Greed

If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...

3. Poul Reichhardt

Actor | Soldaten og Jenny

Poul Reichhardt was born on February 2, 1913 in Ganløse, Denmark as Poul David Reichhardt. He was an actor, known for Soldaten og Jenny (1947), Flagermusen (1966) and The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman (1948). He was married to Charlotte Ernst, Margareta Fahlén and Lili Lani. He died on October ...

4. Dirch Passer

Actor | Mig og mafiaen

Dirch Hartvig Passer was born on May 18, 1926, on Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Ragnhild Fich and Capt. Vilhelm Passer (seaman). He never did well in school, being the class clown, which had a negative effect on his grades. He did especially badly in mathematics, which came to follow him the rest of his...

5. Preben Kaas

Actor | Olsen-banden på spanden

Preben Kaas was born on March 30, 1930 in Aalborg, Denmark. He was an actor and writer, known for Olsen-banden på spanden (1969), Alt på et bræt (1977) and Det drejer sig om - (1967). He was married to Lisbet Dahl, Anne Mari Lie, Ulla Larsen and Bodil Nymark Nielsen. He died on ...

6. Ghita Nørby

Actress | Hamsun

Ghita Nørby was born on January 11, 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Hamsun (1996), Freud flyttar hemifrån... (1991) and Nøgle hus spejl (2015). She was previously married to Svend Skipper, Jørgen Reenberg, Dario Campeotto, Henrik Rosing Wiehe and Mogens ...

7. Jens Okking

Actor | Strømer

Jens Okking was born on December 18, 1939 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Jens Dyhr Okking. He was an actor and writer, known for Strømer (1976), At klappe med een hånd (2001) and Nitten røde roser (1974). He was married to Anette Walther. He died on January 21, 2018 in Copenhagen.

8. Anna Karina

Actress | Une femme est une femme

Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...

9. Sven-Ole Thorsen

Actor | Gladiator

Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards......

10. Lisbet Dahl

Actress | Den grønne elevator

Lisbet Dahl was born on April 9, 1946 in Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for Den grønne elevator (1996), Julefrokosten (1976) and Rene hjerter (2006). She was previously married to Claus Wolter, Preben Kaas and Lars Høy.

11. Jesper Christensen

Actor | Spectre

Born 1948 in central Copenhagen. Lived there ever since. Did 25 years of theatre, - like Alceste in the Misanthropist, Richard in Richard lll (solo), Faust in Faust, Astrov in Vanja, a lot of worried men,- stopped doing it in 1998. Since then only worried men on film. Worked on more than 100 films ...

12. Kirsten Olesen

Actress | Elise

Kirsten Olesen was born on May 10, 1949 in Horsens, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Elise (1985), Springflod (1990) and Honning måne (1978). She was previously married to Ole Ousen.

13. Preben Kristensen

Actor | Forbrydelsen

Preben Kristensen was educated at The Drama School of The Theatre in Aarhus 1975/78. He has played on most major stages in Denmark in roles including everything from Shakespeare to musicals to light comedy. Was knighted by The Danish Queen Margrethe 2. in 2003, and has received several major awards.

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14. Viggo Mortensen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Since his screen debut as a young Amish Farmer in Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Viggo Mortensen's career has been marked by a steady string of well-rounded performances.

Mortensen was born in New York City, to Grace Gamble (Atkinson) and Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr. His father was Danish, his mother was...

15. Jesper Asholt

Actor | Kunsten at græde i kor

Jesper Asholt was born on May 11, 1960 in Silkeborg, Denmark. He is an actor, known for Kunsten at græde i kor (2006), Mifunes sidste sang (1999) and Blinkende lygter (2000). He has been married to Nanna Katrine Lund since July 26, 1997. They have two children.

16. Brigitte Nielsen

Actress | Red Sonja

Actress, model, presenter and singer Brigitte Nielsen was born July 15, 1963 in Rødovre, a little place near Copenhagen in Denmark. At the end of high school when she was sixteen, Gitte (her given name) left her family to begin her modeling career. She worked for top fashion designers like Giorgio ...

17. Ulrich Thomsen

Actor | Festen

Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nattevagten (1994). Since then a number of ...

18. Peter Frödin

Actor | En kort en lang

Peter Frödin was born on January 7, 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an actor, known for En kort en lang (2001), Bullerfnis (1990) and Hannibal & Jerry (1997).

19. Lars Mikkelsen

Actor | Herrens veje

Lars was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, Denmark as the first child of Bente Christiansen, an occupational health nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk. Lars grew up in Copenhagen, where about one and a half years after him brother Mads was born, who's also an actor now. At first the family ...

20. Paprika Steen

Actress | Applaus

In Okay (2002), director and actress Paprika Steen shows off her multi- faceted acting talent as the loud-mouth control-freak Nete. It is Paprika Steen's first major part for which she has already been nominated for The Best Actress Award from the European Film Academy. The actress has won the ...

21. Kim Bodnia

Actor | Pusher

Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, who was born in Copenhagen in 1965. His ancestry is from Poland and Russia.

Kim Bodnia is educated as an actor at the Copenhagen Theatre school (1988-1991). After an amazing theatre career as an actor and creator of new Danish theatre in Copenhagen, he had his ...

22. Connie Nielsen

Actress | Gladiator

Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on...

23. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to ...

24. Troels Lyby

Actor | Klassefesten

Troels Lyby was born on October 15, 1966 in Århus, Denmark. He is an actor, known for Klassefesten (2011), En kort en lang (2001) and Anklaget (2005).

25. Sofie Gråbøl

Actress | Forbrydelsen

Sofie Gråbøl was born on July 30, 1968 in Denmark as Anne Sofie Gråbøl. She is an actress, known for Forbrydelsen (2007), Blinkende lygter (2000) and Nikolaj og Julie (2002). She was previously married to Jacob Thuesen.

26. Sidse Babett Knudsen

Actress | Borgen

Sidse Babett Knudsen was born on November 22, 1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Borgen (2010), Westworld (2016) and Inferno (2016).

27. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Actor | Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on July 27, 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark. He is an actor and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Oblivion (2013) and Gods of Egypt (2016). He has been married to Nukâka since 1998. They have two children.

28. Iben Hjejle

Actress | High Fidelity

Iben Hjejle was born on March 22, 1971 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for High Fidelity (2000), Defiance (2008) and Mifunes sidste sang (1999). She was previously married to Emil de Waal.

29. Trine Dyrholm

Actress | Hævnen

Trine Dyrholm was born on April 15, 1972 in Odense, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for In a Better World (2010), Den skaldede frisør (2012) and A Royal Affair (2012).

30. Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Actor | Kvinden i buret

"There are those who miss being in-depth with the world," explains Nikolaj Lie Kaas in an interview with Politiken on April 29th 2001, "but for me superficiality means a lot - that's where I get my drive." This is an interesting comment from an actor, whose acting always strikes a deeply personal ...

31. Thure Lindhardt

Actor | Bron/Broen

Thure Frank Lindhardt was born 24 December 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 12, he was cast as the role of the mailman in Negerkys og labre larver (1987), and later that year, he acted as a classmate in Bille August's film Pelle the Conqueror (1987), which, in 1988, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes ...

32. Pilou Asbæk

Actor | Ghost in the Shell

Pilou Asbæk graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2008. In the same year, he played the leading role in Niels Arden Oplev's drama Worlds Apart. In 2010 he had his breakthrough as the inmate Rune in Lindholm & Noer's prison drama R for which he won the price for Best actor ...



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