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Born: June 13, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: actor

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As one of the most prominent film actors to have emerged from the frosty tundra of Sweden, Stellan Skarsgard drew favorable comparisons to the likes of fellow Swedish thespians Max von Sydow and Erland Josephson. Though relatively unknown in the United States for the first half of his career, Skarsgard introduced himself to American audiences with a memorable performance in Philip Kaufman's erotic drama, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988). But it was his performance in Lars von Trier's art house hit "Breaking the Waves" (1996) that propelled him into stardom. From there, he gained widespread recognition for performances in high-profile films like "Good Will Hunting" (1997), "Amistad" (1997) and "Ronin" (1998), though by no means did Skarsgard become a household name. He did, however, earn the respect of his peers and the allegiance of theater goers who recognized in the complicated, brooding actor an innate ability to transform himself and become the part he played onscreen. Despite his penchant for the art house, Skarsgard segued into blockbuster features, playing the barnacled ghost Bootstrap Turner in the last two installments of "Pirates of the Caribbean," allowing him to display his...

As one of the most prominent film actors to have emerged from the frosty tundra of Sweden, Stellan Skarsgard drew favorable comparisons to the likes of fellow Swedish thespians Max von Sydow and Erland Josephson. Though relatively unknown in the United States for the first half of his career, Skarsgard introduced himself to American audiences with a memorable performance in Philip Kaufman's erotic drama, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988). But it was his performance in Lars von Trier's art house hit "Breaking the Waves" (1996) that propelled him into stardom. From there, he gained widespread recognition for performances in high-profile films like "Good Will Hunting" (1997), "Amistad" (1997) and "Ronin" (1998), though by no means did Skarsgard become a household name. He did, however, earn the respect of his peers and the allegiance of theater goers who recognized in the complicated, brooding actor an innate ability to transform himself and become the part he played onscreen. Despite his penchant for the art house, Skarsgard segued into blockbuster features, playing the barnacled ghost Bootstrap Turner in the last two installments of "Pirates of the Caribbean," allowing him to display his considerable talents to worldwide audiences of all ages.

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 Railway Man, The (2014)
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 Physician, The (2013)
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 Romeo and Juliet (2013)
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 Avengers, The (2012)
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 Thor (2011)
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1968:
Became a teen star playing the title role in Swedish TV series "Bombi Bitt och jag"
1972:
Employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm
1973:
Acted in the Swedish-French erotic drama "Anita: Swedish Nymphet"
1982:
Breakthrough role as the feeble-minded Sven Olsson in the Swedish film drama "The Simple-Minded Murder"
1986:
First produced screenplay (also acted), "Jim & piraterna Blom"
1988:
First American production, the film adaptation of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"
1990:
American TV debut, the NBC pilot, "Parker Kane"
1990:
Featured as a Russian submarine captain in "The Hunt for Red October"
1996:
Breakthrough role as oil rig worker Jan, opposite Emily Watson in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves"
1997:
Played an MIT professor of mathematics, opposite Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting"
1998:
Played the leading role of a guilt-ridden policeman in the original "Insomnia"
1999:
Played a scientist testing a cure for Alzheimer's Disease on sharks in "Deep Blue Sea"
2000:
Played a doctor in the award-winning drama, "Dancer in the Dark"; second collaboration with director Lars von Trier
2000:
Co-starred with Holly Hunter in Showtime's "Harlan County War"
2000:
Featured as a movie producer in Mike Figgis' "Time Code"; once again acted with Holly Hunter
2000:
Garnered praise for his performance (also produced) in "Aberdeen"; co-starred with Charlotte Rampling
2000:
Second collaboration with Rampling, playing an estranged couple in "Signs & Wonders"
2003:
Third film for director Lars von Trier, "Dogville"
2004:
Cast as the Saxon warlord Cerdic in "King Arthur"
2004:
Played a young Lankester Merrin in "Exorcist: The Beginning"
2005:
Reprised role of Lankester Merrin in Paul Schrader's "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist"
2006:
Cast as 'Bootstrap' Bill Turner in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Reprised role of 'Bootstrap' Bill Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2007:
Portrayed Spanish grand master Francisco de Goya in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts"
2008:
Cast as one of the potential fathers in the film version of the ABBA musical, "Mamma Mia!"
2009:
Played head of the Swiss Guard in Ron Howard's "Angels and Demons," a sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"
2011:
Played scientist Erik Selvig in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"
2011:
Cast in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
2011:
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
2012:
Appeared in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers" opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson
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Notes

"As actors who travel where the jobs are, working long hours, in a mainly male environment, we can experience the isolation from family and friends felt by those oil rig workers (in 'Breaking the Waves'). Although, of course, we live in much more comfort than they do, there is still a sense of isolation, and many hours spent on the phone to the family at home." --Stellan Skarsgard

"Being an actor is like being a sailor. You're away for two or three months, but you make enough money to take some time off." --Stellan Skarsgard in THE VILLAGE VOICE, November 26, 1996

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wife:
My Skarsgard. Married in 1974.

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son:
Alexander Skarsgard. Actor. Born on August 25, 1976.
son:
Gustaf Skarsgard. Actor.

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