Nº46 Stellan Skarsgård

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård is best known for his roles in Breaking the Waves, Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mamma Mia!, Chernobyl and more. His acting career broke out when he was just 21 in his role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag. In fact, most of his beginning roles were in Swedish film and television. Throughout his life Skarsgård has travelled and lived in a variety of places, as a result he is fluent in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German, and English. 

Additionally, it was during these times that Skarsgård was able to develop a close relationship with Danish film director Lars von Trier and Norweigen director Hans Petter Moland. This led Skarsgård to be featured in a variety of their films which gained him popularity in the industry.

It wasn’t until 1985 when Skarsgård performed in his first American film Noon Wine. Since then his acting career took off and he has featured in over 70 films and TV shows. From those films he has been nominated for many prestigious awards including: Critics’ Choice Television Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and more. Of his 20 plus nominations, he has successfully won 10 of them. 

Aside from his acting career, Skarsgård has been married twice and has had 8 children altogether. His first born, Alexander, was born when Stellan was 25, and his last child, Kolbjörn, was born when he was 61. Fun fact, it was after his eighth child that he decided to have a vasectomy as he thought 8 children were more than enough. Additionally, 5 of his children followed in his footsteps and are actors as well. 

 

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