Gunnar Björnstrand (1909–1986)

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Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in Stockholm, while he took acting lessons. One of his ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Seventh Seal Jöns, squire
Persona Mr. Vogler
Smiles of a Summer Night Fredrik Egerman
Wild Strawberries Dr. Evald Borg


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 1983 Fanny and Alexander (TV Mini-Series)
Filip Landahl
 1983 Farmor och vår herre (TV Mini-Series)
Kommerserådet Borck
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Kommerserådet Borck
 1982 Fanny and Alexander
Filip Landahl - Teatern
 1982 The Farewell
 1981 Charlotte Löwensköld och Anna Svärd (TV Mini-Series)
Prosten Forsius
- Tredje delen (1981) ... Prosten Forsius
- Andra delen (1981) ... Prosten Forsius
- Första delen (1981) ... Prosten Forsius
 1979 Charlotte Löwensköld
Rural Dean Forsius
 1979 Skeppsredaren (TV Mini-Series)
Göran Borg
- Slutspel (1979) ... Göran Borg
- Förräderiet (1979) ... Göran Borg
- Förhandlingen (1979) ... Göran Borg
 1978 Autumn Sonata
 1978 Nationalmonumentet (TV Movie)
Svante Puke
 1978 Forskaren (TV Mini-Series)
Elof Jilvenius
 1977 I väntrummet (TV Movie)
 1977 Isgraven (TV Movie)
 1977 Taboo
 1977 Kalkonen (TV Movie)
Bertil Apelqvist
 1976 Face to Face
The Grandfather
 1974 Engeln (TV Mini-Series)
- Grävmaskiner för gropar åt andra (1974) ... Bäckman
 1974 Gustav III (TV Movie)
 1973-1974 Någonstans i Sverige (TV Mini-Series)
- Del 5 (1974) ... Svärfadern
- Del 4 (1974) ... Svärfadern
- Del 3 (1973) ... Svärfadern
 1973 ITT's hemliga dokument (TV Movie)
Harold Green
 1973 Pistol
Alisia's Friend
 1973 Näsan (TV Movie)
 1972 Spöksonaten (TV Movie)
 1971 Lockfågeln
Maj. Swedenhielm
 1969 Blow Hot, Blow Cold
Prof. Gunnar Lindmark
 1969 The Rite (TV Movie)
Hans Winkelmann
 1969 Hissen som gick ner i helvete (TV Short)
 1969 Tunneln (TV Short)
 1968 Daddy, Why Are You Angry
Adm. Carl
 1968 Shame
överste Jacobi, borgmästare
 1968 The Girls
 1968 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Prof. Henry Higgins
 1968 Nina (TV Movie)
 1967 Tofflan
Engineer Morgan Alm
 1967 Stimulantia
Paul Hartman
 1967 Candida (TV Movie)
 1967 Hagbard and Signe
King Sigvor
 1966 Here Is Your Life
 1966 Pälsen (TV Short)
Rickhardt, fondmäklare
 1966 Persona
Mr. Vogler
 1966 Sadist
Dr. Rune Wester
 1966 My Sister My Love
Count Schwartz
 1965 Hans nåds testamente (TV Movie)
Baron Roger Bernhusen de Sars
 1965 Sissan (TV Movie)
 1964 Loving Couples
Dr. Jacob Lewin
 1964 Äktenskapsbrottaren
Herr Fotograf Fäger (as herr G. Björnstrand)
 1964 The Dress
Helmer Berg
 1963 Hittebarnet (TV Movie)
 1963 My Love Is Like a Rose
Georg Ehnström
 1963 Dream of Happiness
 1963 Winter Light
Tomas Ericsson
 1962 Handen på hjärtat (TV Movie)
David Mann
 1961 The Pleasure Garden
David Samuel Franzén (as Gunnar)
 1961 Through a Glass Darkly
David / father
 1960 The Devil's Eye
The Actor
 1959 Låna mig en miljon (Short)
 1959 Pirates on the Malonen
 1959 Himmel och pannkaka
Ernst C:son Kruuse
 1959 Brott i paradiset
Adam 'A.P.' Palmquist
 1959 Swinging at the Castle
Agne C:son Stressberg
 1958 Trappa utan slut (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1958 The Magician
Dr. Vergerus, Minister of Health
 1958 Miss April
Marcus Arwidson
 1958 You Are My Adventure
Tore Hall
 1957 Wild Strawberries
Dr. Evald Borg
 1957 Summer Place Wanted
Lawyer Gustaf Dahlström
 1957 Night Light
Mr. Purman
 1957 The Seventh Seal
Jöns, squire
 1956 Skorpan
Freddie Braxenhjelm
 1956 Sjunde himlen
Ernst C:son Kruuse, major
 1956 Det är aldrig för sent
Professor Rocke
 1955 Smiles of a Summer Night
Fredrik Egerman
 1955 Dreams
Otto Sönderby, Consul
 1955 Stampen
Acke Kullerstedt
 1954 Gabrielle
Robert Holmén
 1954 A Lesson in Love
David Erneman
 1954 Seger i mörker
Henrik Kugelström
 1954 Happy Lads of the Fleet
Shipowner Ludvig Ekman
 1953 Glasberget
Dr. Dalander
 1953 Sawdust and Tinsel
Mr. Sjuberg
 1953 Vi tre debutera
Director Brummer
 1953 Dansa, min docka...
Zdenko Zapatil
 1952 Oppåt med gröna hissen
Malte Lövman
 1952 Bom the Flyer
Sgt. Niklas Slevbrink
 1952 Waiting Women
Fredrik Lobelius
 1952 One Fiancé at a Time
Valentin Fredriksson-Frisk
 1952 Möte med livet
Narrator (voice)
 1952 Säg det med blommor
Oskar Blomkvist
 1951 Livat på luckan
 1951 Dårskapens hus
 1951 Customs Officer Bom
Frans Melin, aka Hamn-Casanova
 1950 Kvartetten som sprängdes
Engineer Planertz
 1950 The White Cat
Jarl Eksell
 1950 Kiss on the Cruise
Film Director Lasse Brenner
 1950 Fiancée for Hire
Actor Julius Brumse
 1950 My Sister and I
Architect Gunnar Stenwall
 1949 Father Bom
Sportsman Fritjof Krafft
 1949 The Girl from the Third Row
Dr. Edvin Burelius
 1949 Playing Truant
Bertil Kronberg
 1948 Private Bom
Korpral Berglund
 1948 Little Martin Returns
 1948 A Swedish Tiger
Hans Wolff
 1948 Each to His Own Way
Sture Widman
 1948 Music in Darkness
 1947 Två kvinnor
Bengt Larsson
 1947 Here We Are Coming
Actor Bob Hill, aka Robert Berg
 1947 Soldier's Reminder
Sgt. Löfgren
 1947 Daddy Wanted
Shoe-shiner Tom, 'Plutten'
 1947 The Bride Came Through the Ceiling
Sune Eriksson
 1946 While the Door Was Locked
Erik Sahlen
 1946 It Rains on Our Love
Mr. Purman
 1946 Incorrigible
Dr. Bertil Langenfeldt
 1946 Kristin Commands
Dr. Westman Senior / Vilhelm Westman
 1946 Peggy on a Spree
Harald Haraldsson
 1946 The Sacrifice (Short)
 1945 Vad vet ni om Sussie
Harry Hellberg
 1944 New Order at Sjogarda
Felix Palmer
 1944 Torment
Teacher (uncredited)
 1944 My People Are Not Yours
Major Rolf von Ritter
 1944 Live Dangerously
 1944 Appassionata
Svensson, Editor of Vecko-Bilden (uncredited)
 1943 Jag dräpte
 1943 Night in the Harbor
Sven Eriksson
 1942 Trygghet och trivsel (Short)
Axelson - ingenjör
 1942 General von Döbeln
Löjtnant Bäckström
 1942 Adventurer
Count Conti
 1941 Scanian Guerilla
Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 Spökreportern
Sausage Factory Engineer (uncredited)
 1940 Everybody at His Station
Military Doctor
 1940 Her Melody
Miss Lindenstjärnas fiance (uncredited)
 1940 Man of the Forest
Clerk (uncredited)
 1940 June Night
Journalist (uncredited)
 1940 Hjältar i gult och blått
Sgt. Kristian (uncredited)
 1939 Mot nya tider
August Palm's Associate (uncredited)
 1939 Vi två
Doctor (uncredited)
 1939 Panik
Bank Manager Ryder
 1938 We from the Theatre
A Man (uncredited)
 1937 Bergslagsfolk
Birthday guest (uncredited)
 1934 Uppsagd
Kirre Skoglund (uncredited)
 1932 Landskamp
Young student watching competition (uncredited)
 1932 Hans livs match
Student carrying 'Nicken' (uncredited)
 1931 Skepp ohoj!
Young man (uncredited)
 1931 Mon coeur et ses millions
Un choriste (uncredited)
 1931 The Wrong Millionaire
Member of the choir (uncredited)
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Other Works:

: Furst Ravenstein in Arthur Scnitzler's play 'Familjeband' which was aired on 16 May in the Swedish Radio Theatre. See more »

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Alternate Names:

herr G. Björnstrand | Gunnar


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Although less well-known internationally than other actors in Ingmar Bergman troupe (such as Max von Sydow or Liv Ullmann), he was perhaps the most chameleonic of the actors used by Bergman. his characters ranged from his bumbling, love-hungry lead, Fredrik Egerman, in the comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) to the tough, imposing squire he played in the legendary The Seventh Seal (1957) to ... See more »

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