Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he participated in “Vita rum” (1988), August Strindberg’s “Ett drömspel” (1986) and “Mäster Olof” (1988). Simultaneously Skarsgård did outstanding film roles, notably in Бесхитростное убийство (1982) by Hans Alfredson and with Fred Ward in Американский театр: Noon Wine (1985). The fantastic performance gave him both a well-earned Guldbagge and Silver Berlin Bear. He portrayed the Skagen-painter Sören Kröyer in Hip hip hurra! (1987) and the Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg in Добрый вечер, господин Валленберг (1990), both directed by Kjell Grede. Псевдоним ‘Красный петух’ (1989) and Демократический террорист (1992) he played Jan Guillou’s Swedish superagent Carl Hamilton. He also had the leading part in the Oscar nominated Бык (1991) directed by the world-famous cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Skarsgård did his first (but small) role in an big American film with Невыносимая лёгкость бытия (1988). The role of Captain Tupolev in Охота за Красным Октябрем (1990) was at supposed to be biggest part in a Hollywood-film, but unfortunately it was cut down. His breakthrough instead came with Lars von Trier’s Рассекая волны (1996) opposite newcomer Emily Watson. After that Skarsgård got several supporting roles in American films, such as in Мой сын – фанатик (1997), Gus Van Sant’s Умница Уилл Хантинг (1997) and Steven Spielberg’s Амистад (1997).
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