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Reino Tolvanen (1920–1974)

Reino Tolvanen was born 31st July 1920 in Viipuri as son of city gardener. He did follow his father's steps and studied botany and graduated as research agronomist. Tolvanen was also an amateur actor and as fluent speaker of Karelian dialect he was chosen to play Rokka in Edvin Laine's Tuntematon sotilas (1955). This was his only major film role ... See full bio »

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 1957 Rakas varkaani
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 1955 Tuntematon sotilas

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He was an amateur actor who was spotted by director Edvin Laine and cast as Rokka for Tuntematon Sotilas (1955). It was the only major movie role he ever made but as a result he is one of the icons of Finnish Film. Few years later he moved to first to Australia and then to South Africa, where he died during 1970s. His wife run a antique bookstore in Pretoria till age of 76.

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