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      Stellan Skarsgård

      Stellan Skarsgård

      Highest Rated: 98% Hope (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

      Birthday: Jun 13, 1951

      Birthplace: Göteborg, Sweden

      Highly respected Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård portrays characters of deep emotional reserve, as well as flinty authority figures, in such films as "Breaking the Waves" (1996), "Good Will Hunting" (1997), "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006), "Mamma Mia" (2008), "Thor" (2011) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). Born Stellan John Skarsgård on June 13, 1951 in Gothenburg, Sweden, he was raised in an atheist, humanist-minded household, which would later inform his own publicly held opinions about politics, education and secular religion. As a boy, he appeared in school productions, but harbored a desire to become a diplomat; that changed in his late teens when he was cast as a freewheeling Swedish teenager in the television series "Bombi bitt och jag" (1968). Skarsgård disliked his brief tenure as a teen idol and focused his attention on his training, which he honed as a member of the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. He also married physician My Skarsgård, with whom he would have six children, four of which - sons Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter - would also become actors of note. Between productions - whuch included a production of "A Dream Play" directed by Ingmar Bergman - he remained active in European features, most notably in "The Simple-Minded Murderer" (1982), a Swedish drama about a young man driven to violence by abuse at the hands of his caretaker, a Nazi sympathizer. Skarsgård won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival and soon moved into starring roles in major films, including such critically acclaimed titles as Bo Widerberg's "The Serpent's Way" (1986) and a turn as diplomat Raoul Wallengberg in "Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg" (1990); he also made his first appearances in English-language productions, including Philip Kaufman's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) and "The Hunt for Red October" (1991). In 1996, he made his first of several collaborations with director Lars von Trier in "Breaking the Waves," playing the atheist husband of a deeply religious woman (Emily Watson), who believes that his injury was caused by her physical needs. A major hit on the festival and arthouse circuits, it led to a slew of high-profile assignments in Hollywood for Skarsgård, including "Good Will Hunting" (1997) as Matt Damon's mathematics professor, the abolitionist Lewis Tappen in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997), and the double-dealing Gregor in John Frankenheimer's "Ronin" (1998). After reuniting with von Trier for a minor role in "Dancer in the Dark" (2000), he settled into steady work in both America and Europe; the latter included his debut as producer on the road movie "Aberdeen" (2002) and Istvan Szabo's World War II drama "Taking Sides" (2001), while the latter encompassed a slew of minor efforts, as well as the back-to-back "Exorcist: The Beginning" (2004) and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" (2005), a turn as Francisco Goya in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghost" (2006) and two appearances as the spectral Bootstrap Bill Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2007). By the late 2000s, Skarsgård was averaging four to five movies per year for Hollywood and European producers; chief among these was his musical debut in "Mamma Mia!" (2008), a turn as the head of the Swiss National Guard in Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons" (2009), and a lengthy stint with Marvel Comics' production wing as the astrophysicist Erik Selvig in "Thor" (2011), "The Avengers" (2012), "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). But he also served as executive producer on "King of Devil's Island" (2010), a French-Norwegian film about a draconian boys' prison, and the black comedy "In Order of Disappearance" (2014), with Skarsgård as a vengeful snow plow driver who takes on mobsters. Between these projects, he also found time to reunite with von Trier for "Melancholia" (2011) and the controversial, two-part "Nymphomaniac" (2011), and log appearances in Julian Fellowes' adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" (2013) and Disney's live-action "Cinderella" (2015) and star in the British police drama "River" (BBC One, 2015). In 2018, he reprised his turn as the phlegmatic Bill Anderson in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."

      Highest rated movies

      Hope Good Will Hunting
      Insomnia
      King of Devil's Island
      Marvel's the Avengers
      The Slingshot
      The Hunt for Red October
      Aberdeen

      Photos

      09 February 2019, Berlin: 69th Berlinale: Stellan Skarsgard is at the Photocall for the film "Ut og stjæle hester" (Out Stealing Horses). The film is shown at the International Film Festival in the category "Competition". Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa | usage worldwide (116738870) Stellan Skarsgard at arrivals for BORG/MCENROE Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2017, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON September 7, 2017. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection TIME CODE, Selma Hayek, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Saffron Burrows, Kyle MacLachlan, Stellan Skarsgard, 2000. KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND, (aka KONGEN AV BASTOY), from left: Stellan Skarsgard, Benjamin Helstad, 2010. ph: Agnete Brun/©Film Movement TIMECODE, Stellen Skarsgard, 2000. ©Screen Gems DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST, Billy Crawford, Stellan Skarsgard, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers PASSION OF MIND, Stellan Skarsgard, Demi Moore, 2000 PASSION OF MIND, Stellan Skarsgard, Demi Moore, 2000, (c) Paramount Classics EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING, James D'Arcy, Stellan Skarsgard, 2004, (c) Warner Brothers INSOMNIA, (Norwegian), Stellan Skarsgard, Sverre Anker Ousdal, 1997 (c) Warner Brothers, SAVIOR, Stellan Skarsgard, 1998 PASSION OF MIND, Stellan Skarsgard, Demi Moore, 2000 THE GLASS HOUSE, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgard, 2001. ©Columbia Pictures TAKING SIDES, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard, 2001, (c) New Yorker Films THE GLASS HOUSE, Rita Wilson, Michael O'Keefe 2001, © Columbia Pictures KING ARTHUR, Stellan Skarsgaard, Joel Edgerton, 2004, (c) Touchstone BREAKING THE WAVES, Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, 1996 BREAKING THE WAVES, Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, 1996 THE GLASS HOUSE, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgard, 2001. (c) Columbia Pictures GOOD WILL HUNTING, Robin Williams, Stellan Skarsgard, 1997

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dune: Part Two Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Character) - 2024
      83% 90% Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Character) $108.3M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ape Star Tord (Voice) - 2021
      40% No Score Yet Last Words Unknown (Character) - 2020
      73% 81% I'll Find You Benno Moser (Character) - 2019
      98% 84% Hope Tomas (Character) - 2019
      72% 50% Out Stealing Horses Trond (Character) - 2019
      81% 68% The Painted Bird Hans (Character) $1.3K 2019
      66% 60% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote The Boss (Character) $392.0K 2018
      79% 66% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Bill/Kurt (Character) $120.6M 2018
      No Score Yet 88% Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Muminpappan (Voice) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Montauk Max Zorn (Character) - 2017
      95% 84% Filmworker Self $102.6K 2017
      84% 74% Borg vs. McEnroe Lennart Bergelin (Character) $228.8K 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gordon & Paddy Gordon (Voice) - 2017
      72% 50% Our Kind of Traitor Dima (Character) $3.2M 2016
      76% 82% Avengers: Age of Ultron Erik Selvig (Character) $459.0M 2015
      84% 78% Cinderella Grand Duke (Character) $201.2M 2015
      86% 79% In Order of Disappearance Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $49.3K 2014
      38% 61% Hector and the Search for Happiness Edward (Character) $1.1M 2014
      76% 69% Nymphomaniac: Volume I Seligman (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 73% The Physician Barber (Character) - 2013
      68% 68% The Railway Man Finlay (Character) $4.4M 2013
      59% 55% Nymphomaniac: Volume II Seligman (Character) - 2013
      67% 75% Thor: The Dark World Dr. Erik Selvig (Character) $206.4M 2013
      24% 46% Romeo & Juliet Prince Escalus (Character) $1.2M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rouge Brésil Villegagnon (Character) - 2013
      91% 91% Marvel's the Avengers Professor Erik Selvig (Character) - 2012
      80% 67% Melancholia Jack (Character) $3.0M 2011
      77% 76% Thor Dr. Erik Selvig (Character) $268.0M 2011
      86% 86% The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Martin Vanger (Character) $102.5M 2011
      No Score Yet 48% Moomins and the Comet Chase Moominpapa / Hemulens (Voice) - 2010
      94% 88% King of Devil's Island Bestyreren (Character) $4.2K 2010
      21% 59% Frankie & Alice Oz (Character) $693.2K 2010
      83% 71% A Somewhat Gentle Man Ulrik (Character) $37.5K 2010
      85% 76% As If I Am Not There Unknown (Character) - 2009
      50% 56% Metropia Ralph (Voice) - 2009
      32% 22% Boogie Woogie Bob Maclestone (Character) $1.8K 2009
      37% 57% Angels & Demons Richter (Character) $133.4M 2009
      No Score Yet 84% God on Trial Baumgarten (Character) - 2008
      55% 66% Mamma Mia! Bill (Character) $143.7M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road Birger Brosa (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 61% Arn: The Knight Templar Birger Brosa (Character) - 2007
      67% 36% Waz Eddie Argo (Character) - 2007
      44% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Bootstrap Bill Turner (Character) $309.4M 2007
      No Score Yet 88% Wrath of Gods Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 23% 3 & 3 Stangl (Character) - 2006
      30% 57% Goya's Ghosts Goya (Character) $1.0M 2006
      53% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Bootstrap Bill Turner (Character) $423.3M 2006
      30% 25% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Father Merrin (Character) $41.8M 2005
      50% 40% Beowulf & Grendel Hrothgar (Character) $66.9K 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Torte Bluma Stangl (Character) - 2005
      11% 27% Exorcist: The Beginning Father Lankester Merrin (Character) $41.8M 2004
      31% 59% King Arthur Cerdic (Character) $51.9M 2004
      70% 89% Dogville Chuck (Character) $1.5M 2003
      48% 46% City of Ghosts Kaspar (Character) $325.5K 2002
      25% 25% The House on Turk Street Tyrone (Character) - 2002
      73% 73% Taking Sides Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler (Character) $189.0K 2001
      22% 39% The Glass House Terry (Character) $18.0M 2001
      No Score Yet 64% Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Felix (Character) - 2001
      19% 51% Passion of Mind William (Character) $769.0K 2000
      No Score Yet 48% Harlan County War Warren Jakopovich (Character) - 2000
      66% 37% Signs & Wonders Alec (Character) $33.8K 2000
      70% 91% Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny (Character) $4.2M 2000
      87% 79% Aberdeen Tomas (Character),
      Associate Producer
      $64.1K 2000
      68% 48% Timecode Alex Green (Character) $945.0K 2000
      60% 39% Deep Blue Sea Jim Whitlock (Character) $73.6M 1999
      70% 80% Ronin Gregor (Character) $41.6M 1998
      79% 75% My Son the Fanatic Schitz (Character) $408.3K 1998
      56% 80% Savior Peter (Character) $12.9K 1998
      No Score Yet 72% The Glassblower's Children Albert (Character) - 1998
      95% 77% Insomnia Jonas Engström (Character) $88.0K 1997
      97% 94% Good Will Hunting Gerald Lambeau (Character) $138.3M 1997
      78% 79% Amistad Tappan (Character) - 1997
      84% 91% Breaking the Waves Jan Nyman (Character) $4.0M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry & Sonja Harry Olsson (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 85% Zero Degrees Kelvin Randbæk (Character) $8.7K 1995
      No Score Yet 35% The Hounds of Riga Magnus Björk (Character) - 1995
      89% 67% The Slingshot Fritiof Schütt (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Democratic Terrorist Carl Hamilton (Character) - 1992
      46% 81% Wind Joe Heiser (Character) $4.9M 1992
      No Score Yet 75% The Ox Helge Roos (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 69% Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg (Character) - 1990
      88% 88% The Hunt for Red October Captain Tupolev (Character) $119.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet S/Y Gladjen Klas Larsson (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women on the Roof Willy (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Täcknamn Coq Rouge Carl Hamilton (Character) - 1989
      87% 84% The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Engineer (Character) $9.3M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Time of the Wolf Peder Ulfstand (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Friends Matt (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jim & piraterna Blom Gustav (Character),
      Writer
      - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Noon Wine Olaf Helton (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet P & B Karl-Johan 'Charlie' Pettersson (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 92% The Simple-Minded Murderer Sven (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Party Peter (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      96% 86% Andor Unknown (Character) 2022
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2020
      95% 97% Chernobyl Boris Shcherbina (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vice Guide to Film Unknown (Character) 2016
      100% 95% River Unknown (Character) 2015
      65% 82% Entourage Verner Vollstedt (Guest Star) 2008