Stellan Skarsgard

Stellan Skarsgård

(in Swedish), or "Skashgord"; born 13 June 1951) is a Swedish film actor, known for his roles in Breaking the Waves, The Hunt for Red October, Ronin, Good Will Hunting, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mamma Mia!

Personal life

Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of Gudrun and J. Skarsgård. He moved often in his childhood and he lived, amongst other places, in Totebo, Kalmar, Marielund and Uppsala.

He is the father of Alexander Skarsgård and Gustaf Skarsgård, also actors. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly named their son Stellan (born 5 August 2003) after him.

Acting career

Skarsgård started his acting career early, at age of 20 he already had a great experience in film, TV, and stage. Most of his early roles were in Swedish TV and movies.

Skarsgård is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier, having starred in three of the Danish auteur's features, including The Kingdom, Breaking the Waves, and Dogville. Aside from these, his best-known Scandinavian work is probably his leading role as the guilt-ridden policeman Jonas Engström in the original Insomnia.

Among his English-language film roles are:

He was considered for the role of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. Interestingly, Skarsgård reports that people often mistake him for Liam Neeson, who portrayed Schindler in the film. Skarsgård would in fact replace Neeson in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004).


This filmography is not full but rather a representative one.

Year Title Role
1968 Bombi Bitt och jag a.k.a. Bombi Bitt and Me, mini TV series Bombi Bitt
1972 Firmafesten a.k.a. The Office Party Peter
1972 Strandhugg i somras a.k.a. Raid in the Summer Erik
1972 Magnetisören, TV Soldier
1973 Fem døgn i August a.k.a. Five days in August Christer
1973 Bröllopet a.k.a. The Wedding Roffe Eriksson
1974 Anita - ur en tonårsflickas dagbok a.k.a. Anita: Swedish Nymphet Erik
1974 The Intruders a.k.a. Inkräktarna/Let Us Play Sex/Swedish Sex Games/Fait acompli Peter Delaney, their son
1977 Tabu a.k.a. Taboo Jan-Erik
1977 Hemåt i natten a.k.a. Homeward in the Night Kurt Sjöberg
1982 Den enfaldige mördaren a.k.a. The Simple-Minded Murder Sven
1983 P & B Karl-Johan 'Charlie' Pettersson
1984 Åke och hans värld a.k.a. Åke and His World Ebenholtz
1985 Falsk som vatten a.k.a. False as Water Stig
1985 Noon Wine Olaf Helton
1985 Pelle Svanslös i Amerikatt a.k.a. Peter-No-Tail in Americat Pelle Swanson, voice
1986 Ormens väg på hälleberget a.k.a. The Serpent's Way Karl Orsa Markström
1987 Jim & piraterna Blom a.k.a. Jim and the Pirates Gustav, Jim's Father
1987 Hip hip hurra! a.k.a. Hip Hip Hurrah! Sören Kröyer
1988 The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Engineer
1988 Vargens tid a.k.a. Arilds tid/Time of the Wolf Peder Ulfstand
1988 Friends Matt
1988 The Perfect Murder Axel Svensson
1989 S/Y Glädjen a.k.a. S/Y Joy Klas Larsson
1989 Täcknamn Coq Rouge a.k.a. Code Name Coq Rouge Carl Hamilton
1989 Vildanden a.k.a. The Wild Duck Gregers Werle
1989 Kvinnorna på taket a.k.a. The Women on the Roof Willy
1989 Förhöret a.k.a. The interrogation Carl Hamilton
1990 The Hunt for Red October a.k.a. Capt. Tupolev
1990 God afton, Herr Wallenberg a.k.a. Good Evening Raoul Wallenberg
1991 Oxen a.k.a. The Ox Helge Roos
1992 Den demokratiske terroristen a.k.a. The Democratic Terrorist Carl Hamilton
1992 Wind Joe Heiser
1993 Kådisbellan a.k.a. Innocent Life Fritiof Schütt
1993 Sista dansen a.k.a. The Last Dance Host in Norrköping
1995 Jönssonligans största kupp a.k.a. The Jönsson Gang's Greatest Robbery Herman Melvin

Awards and nominations

Year Award or nomination Category For a Role in Movie
1982 Nominated Berlin International Film Festival Best Actor
1982 Won Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actor Sven in Den Enfaldige Mördaren
2001 Nominated European Film Academy Best Actor Wilhelm Furtwangler in Taking Sides
2001 Nominated European Film Academy Best European Actor Wilhelm Furtwangler in Taking Sides


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