Joel Kinnaman Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Stockholm, Sweden
Birth NameCharles Joel Nordström
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category - and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. He starred on AMC's The Killing as detective Stephen Holder, played Alex Murphy in the 2014 reboot of RoboCop, Rick Flag in Suicide Squad and Edward Baldwin in Apple's For All Mankind to name a few.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: scaryofmonsters

Family (4)

Spouse Cleo Wattenström (2015 - 2018)  (divorced)
Children None
Parents Kinnaman, Bitte
Kinnaman, Steve
Relatives Melinda Kinnaman (half sibling)
Kinnaman, David H. (grandparent)
Kinnaman (Mitchell), Rosalie L. (grandparent)
Kinnaman, Sandra (sibling)
Leyla Belle Drake (sibling)

Trivia (8)

Joel holds both Swedish and American citizenship. His father is American-born and his mother is Swedish-born.
Half-brother of actress Melinda Kinnaman. He has four other sisters.
Joel's paternal grandparents were David H. Kinnaman, from Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana, and Rosalie L. (Mitchell), from Kansas City, Kansas. Joel's father's ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, and Irish. Joel's mother is of Swedish Jewish background (she is descended from Ukrainian Jewish immigrants to Sweden).
In 2015, he married model/tattoo artist Cleo Wattenström, they separated in 2018.
Was in a short-term relationship with Jane Timglas and Olivia Munn.
Friends with fellow Swedish actor Gustaf Skarsgård for a long time.
Kinnaman has a condition called "Pectus excavatum," a congenital deformity of the anterior thoracic wall in which the sternum and rib cage grow abnormally, producing a sunken appearance of the chest. For this condition, Joel underwent corrective surgery that involved the insertion of 2 curved metal bars behind his ribs that extended across the width of his chest. When rotated, the curvature of the bars moved outward against the rear of his sternum forcing a greater gap between his heart and chest, filling out the characteristic sunken chest cavity associated with the condition. Once the desired chest contour was determined, the bars were attached to his ribs. For his role in Altered Carbon (2018) Joel was still fitted with these metal braces.
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), Kinnaman revealed that he went to the same high school with Alexander Skarsgård and Noomi Rapace in Stockholm.

Personal Quotes (22)

I've worked with really great female directors in Sweden, too. It's funny, because "The Killing" has really been a strongly female-driven show. The producers, the show runner, the lead: they're all women. I have a Jewish mother and five sisters and all my representation but one are women, so my life is run by strong women.
In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs, and I grew up in between. There's a community of second generation immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American father.
I miss the Swedish women on the first day of spring cause they all just blossom in the most incredible way.
I always look for good stories and good characters, and if they're placed in a whodunit, then I'm interested.
I really want to live in New York. That's the city of my dreams.
We all can relate to people's weaknesses. We might put up a facade that everything is perfect but none of us are. When we see that weakness in somebody else, we understand or give ourselves a little bit of leeway.
We don't know why we are here and the context of our role in the universe, and the thought of an infinite universe. It's something the human mind can't really grasp. It's statistically impossible that there's not life on other planets.
'The Killing' has a really great combination of qualities: Even though it's very sad and deals with mourning and grief, it's still exciting. It's about real people and it doesn't shy from the painful points of life.
It's technically demanding to shoot in 3-D. It's an extra element. Also, just the size of the cameras. They look like these 'Transformers' monsters; they are incredibly big, many of them.
I went to high school in Texas for one year, my senior year. My parents wanted me to get out of Stockholm because I was running with the wrong crew. They wanted me to get back to my roots.
I think for a lot of people that had seen me do 'Snabba Cash,' after watching 'The Killing,' I think they got a sense that I could do different kinds of characters.
Being an actor in movies is a lot about the power of your imagination and making the circumstance real to you so the audience will feel that it's real.
We're all a big hippie family so I got five sisters and a bunch of different mothers. Not really, but my sisters' mothers are all good friends with my mother. We're a big family, 25 people.
I hate pork rinds. I couldn't imagine how anybody would ever get the idea of taking skin from a pig and frying it and then trying to sell it to people. And then people actually buy it to eat it. That is the true sign of the decline of the human race.
I don't think there have been many alien movies where the actors have actually seen the aliens.
Swedes are a really humble and shy people in many ways, but I think it's pretty much the same as in the U.S. Little girls want to take photographs with me at lunch.
I think I've seen the first 'RoboCop' like 15 or 20 times. I'm like a kid that way.
I usually have pretty good intuition on projects that I work on.
There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?', and they're finding out that, no, it's not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we're much more of an organic creature in that way.
[on his restricted diet to prepare for his shirtless role in Altered Carbon] I ate kale leaves with my own tears as dressing.
[on doing something different after Altered Carbon where he constantly showed off his physique] I have way too little body fat and too many abs in this show. Now I've got to go do something to get my credibility back.
[on how did he feel about the excessive nudity in Altered Carbon] That's a bonus for an exhibitionist like me. I was like, "If I'm gonna get in this good of shape, then I'm not going to be wearing any clothes, okay?!

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