Stellan Skarsgård Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Birth NameJohn Stellan Skarsgård
Nickname Skarzie
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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 (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he participated in "Vita rum" (1988), August Strindberg's "Ett drömspel" (1986) and "Mäster Olof" (1988). Simultaneously Skarsgård did outstanding film roles, notably in The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982) by Hans Alfredson and with Fred Ward in American Playhouse: Noon Wine (1985). The fantastic performance gave him both a well-earned Guldbagge and Silver Berlin Bear. He portrayed the Skagen-painter Sören Kröyer in Hip Hip Hurrah! (1987) and the Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg in Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990), both directed by Kjell Grede. Codename Coq Rouge (1989) and The Democratic Terrorist (1992) he played Jan Guillou's Swedish superagent Carl Hamilton. He also had the leading part in the Oscar nominated The Ox (1991) directed by the world-famous cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Skarsgård did his first (but small) role in an big American film with The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). The role of Captain Tupolev in The Hunt for Red October (1990) was at supposed to be biggest part in a Hollywood-film, but unfortunately it was cut down. His breakthrough instead came with Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996) opposite newcomer Emily Watson. After that Skarsgård got several supporting roles in American films, such as in My Son the Fanatic (1997), Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997) and Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Fredrik Klasson <fredrik.klasson@boras.mail.telia.com>

Stellan Skarsgård 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) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), 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).

Skarsgård's first American film was the 1985 film American Playhouse: Noon Wine (1985), 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 (1990), playing the character of Captain Tupolev, a Soviet submarine commander.

Skarsgård is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier and has appeared in seven of the Danish auteur's features: The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2003), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Family (3)

Spouse Megan Everett-Skarsgard (12 January 2009 - present)  (2 children)
My Skarsgård (27 April 1975 - 1 May 2007)  (divorced)  (6 children)
Children Alexander Skarsgård
Gustaf Skarsgård
Sam Skarsgård
Bill Skarsgård
Valter Skarsgård
Eija Skarsgård
Ossian Skarsgård
Kolbjörn Skarsgård
Parents Skarsgård, Jan
Larsson, Gudrun

Trivia (24)

His ex-wife, My Skarsgård, is a doctor.
Been friends with Peter Stormare since 1976.
Signed the appeal Swedish Film Workers for Peace and Freedom in an Independent Palestine. [2001]
Claims people frequently mistake him for Liam Neeson.
Was considered for the part of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993).
Released the single "Bombi Bitt/Ler Mot Dej" in 1968, of which he is very ashamed today.
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany's son Stellan was named after Skarsgard, who is a friend of Bettany's.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
The Skarsgård family has a summer house in Öland, an island just off the coast of Kalmar, Sweden.
Frequently visits the city of Kalmar in the southeast of Sweden for summer vacation as he has family there.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 25 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their son Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård, aka Alexander Skarsgård, on August 25, 1976.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 29 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their son Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård, aka Gustaf Skarsgård, on November 12, 1980.
Became a father for the 3rd time at age 31 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their son Samuel Kristoffer Ymer Skarsgård, aka Sam Skarsgård, on June 5, 1982.
Became a father for the 4th time at age 39 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their son Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård, aka Bill Skarsgård, on August 9, 1990.
Became a father for the 5th time at age 41 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their daughter Eija Skarsgård on February 27, 1992.
Became a father for the 6th time at age 44 when his 1st [now ex] wife My Skarsgård gave birth to their son Valter Skarsgård on October 25, 1995.
Became a father for the 7th time at age 57 when his 2nd wife Megan Everett-Skarsgard gave birth to their son Ossian Skarsgård on April 26, 2009.
Became a father for the 8th time at age 61 when his 2nd wife Megan Everett-Skarsgard gave birth to their son Kolbjörn Skarsgård on August 24, 2012.
Plays in two different movie roles in which his character orders "two boilermakers." The first is in the sports bar in Good Will Hunting (1997) and the second is in a bar in Thor (2011). Stellan Skarsgård says the word "boilermakers" in his very distinctive Swedish accent.
Was a massive Tarzan fan growing up & would watch the ones with Johnny Weissmuller on VHS. He was even considered to play Tarzan in the 1984 version, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). Ironically, years later his son Alexander Skarsgård played the title character in The Legend of Tarzan (2016).
Fathered a total of 8 children over a period of five decades (1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s).
Is fluent in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German & English.
Is one of 4 Swedish actors to have received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Ingrid Bergman, Max von Sydow, and his son Alexander Skarsgård.

Personal Quotes (11)

In Hollywood you got work around you all the time. You can't get a taxi without that the driver hands you a script. Where I live [in Sweden] people still read books that can't be made into film.
It takes a long time to make me beautiful, but it goes fast to make me ugly.
There is no overacting, only untrue acting.
I'm not religious or anything, but to me it's great fun and it's nice to have a lot of kids. They take care of each other.
[on his first time on stage] I played a heap of snow in a school play. I was under a sheet, and crawled out when spring came. I often say I'll never reach the same artistic level again.
Th main pleasure of working with Lars [von Trier] is that you feel absolutely free and safe, and you can't fail because if you fuck up it's considered good...We've matured a little, hopefully, but hopefully not too much.
[on any potential sexual awareness emanating from making "Nymphomaniac'I and II] Well, it's not only about that, but if you get a chance to learn about something that's good, isn't it? I'd never heard about the 'silent duck' before. I have a lot of female friends who consider me one of their girlfriends because they talk very openly in front of me, so I've heard quite a lot.
I was born naked and walk around naked at home. My parents walked around naked and when my friends in school still thought babies were brought by storks I could tell them how they were really made. I have a very relaxed relationship[p with my genitals.
[on Robin Williams] It was as though he had three brains going at full speed all the time.
[on shooting Return to Montauk (2017)] It won't sell a lot of popcorn, but it's right up my alley.
[on Sverrir Gudnason's diet before filming Borg vs. McEnroe (2017)] He was living on pizza and beer, basically.

Salary (1)

Goya's Ghosts (2006) $1,000,000

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