Stellan Skarsgård Biography
Stellan Skarsgård (full name: Stellan John Skarsgård) is a Swedish actor born on 13 June 1951 Gothenburg, Sweden. He is famous for his roles as Jan Nyman in Breaking the Waves (1996), Bootstrap Bill Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), The Grand Duke in Cinderella (2015) among other roles.
Stellan Skarsgård Age
Stellan was born on 13th June 1951 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is 67 years old as of 2018.
Stellan Skarsgård Family
The actor was born as Stellan John Skarsgård in Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of Gudrun (née Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He often moved during his childhood and lived in Helsingborg, Totebo, Kalmar, Marielund and Uppsala amongst other places.
Stellan Skarsgård Wife
Skarsgård has been married twice with his first marriage being to My Skarsgård, a physician, in April 1975. The two have six children: Alexander (born in 1976), Gustaf (born in 1980), Sam (born in 1982), Bill (born in 1990), Eija (born in 1992) and Valter (born in 1995). They divorced in May 2007. In January 2009, he married Megan Everett, a film producer and writer who is best known for her children’s book by the name ‘Banned from the Zoo.’ The couple has two sons together Ossian and Kolbjörn. Skarsgård has had a vasectomy, stating that he felt eight children were enough.
Stellan Skarsgård Children
Stellan has 8 children from his two marriages. Four of his sons are famous actors. They are: Alexander Skarsgård, Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård and Valter Skarsgård. His other son, Sam Skarsgård was also an actor but later changed his mind while his sister and the only daughter of Stellan, Eija Skarsgård, is a former model. From his second marriage to Megan Everett, Stellan has two other children: Ossian and Kolbjörn who are still young.
Stellan Skarsgård Height
He stands at a height of 1.9 m.
Stellan Skarsgård Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.
Stellan Skarsgård Movies
|2018||The Man Who Killed Don Quixote||The Boss|
|Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Bill Anderson|
|Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Kurt|
|2017||Return to Montauk||Max Frisch|
|Borg McEnroe||Lennart Bergelin|
|2015||Cinderella||The Grand Duke|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Erik Selvig|
|Our Kind of Traitor||Dima|
|2014||In Order of Disappearance||Nils|
|Hector and the Search for Happiness||Edward|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Prince of Verona|
|The Railway Man||Finlay|
|Thor: The Dark World||Erik Selvig|
|2012||The Avengers||Erik Selvig|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Martin Vanger|
|2010||A Somewhat Gentle Man||Ulrik|
|Frankie and Alice||Dr. Oz|
|Moomins and the Comet Chase||Moominpapa / Hemulens (voice)|
|Submission||Narrator (English version)|
|As If I Am Not There||Doctor|
|King of Devil’s Island||Bestyreren|
|2009||Angels & Demons||Commander Maximilian Richter|
|Boogie Woogie||Bob Maccelstone|
|Metropia||Ralph Parker (voice)|
|2008||Mamma Mia!||Bill Anderson|
|Arn – The Kingdom at Road’s End||Birger Brosa|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End||Bootstrap Bill Turner|
|The Killing Gene||Eddie Argo|
|Arn – The Knight Templar||Birger Brosa|
|2006||Kill Your Darlings||Erik’s Father|
|Goya’s Ghosts||Francisco Goya|
|Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest||Bootstrap Bill Turner|
|2005||Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist||Father Lankester Merrin|
|Beowulf & Grendel||Hrothgar|
|Exorcist: The Beginning||Father Merrin|
|2003||To Kill a Child||Narrator|
|2002||No Good Deed||Tyrone|
|City of Ghosts||Joseph Kaspar|
|2001||Taking Sides||Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler|
|The Glass House||Terrence ‘Terry’ Glass|
|2000||Harlan County War||Warren Jakopovich|
|Passion of Mind||William Granther|
|Signs & Wonders||Alec|
|Dancer in the Dark||Doctor|
|Powder Keg||Harvey Jacobs|
|Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)||Felix|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||Jim Whitlock|
|My Son the Fanatic||Schitz|
|Good Will Hunting||Prof. Gerald Lambeau|
|1996||Harry och Sonja||Harry Olsson|
|Breaking the Waves||Jan Nyman|
|1995||Jönssonligans största kupp||Herman Melvin|
|The Dogs of Riga||Magnus Björk|
|1993||The Slingshot||Fritiof Schütt|
|Sista dansen||Host in Norrköping|
|1992||Den Demokratiske Terroristen||Carl Hamilton|
|1991||The Ox||Helge Roos|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||Captain Viktor Tupolev|
|Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg||Raoul Wallenberg|
|1989||S/Y Joy||Klas Larsson|
|Täcknamn Coq Rouge||Carl Hamilton|
|Kvinnorna på taket||Willy|
|1988||The Unbearable Lightness of Being||The Engineer|
|Vargens tid||Peder Ulfstand|
|The Perfect Murder||Axel Svensson|
|1987||Jim & piraterna Blom||Gustav, Jim’s Father|
|Hip hip hurra!||Peder Severin Krøyer|
|1986||Ormens väg på hälleberget||Karl Orsa Markström|
|1985||Falsk som vatten||Stig|
|Noon Wine||Olaf Helton|
|Peter-No-Tail in Americat||Pelle Swanson (voice)|
|1984||Åke och hans värld||Ebenholtz|
|1983||P & B||Karl-Johan ‘Charlie’ Pettersson|
|1982||The Simple-Minded Murderer||Sven|
|Hemåt i natten||Kurt Sjöberg|
|1975||Swedish Sex Games||Peter Delaney, their son|
|1974||Anita: Swedish Nymphet||Erik|
|Fem døgn i August||Christer|
|1972||Strandhugg i somras||Erik|
|2012||Playhouse Presents||The Man|
|2003||Helen of Troy||Theseus|
|2001||D-dag – Den færdige film||Lise’s Mand|
|2000||Harlan County War||Warren Jakopovich|
|1997||The Kingdom II||Stig Helmers advokat|
|1994||Rapport till himlen||Gary|
|1990||Parker Kane||Nathan Van Adams|
|1989||The Wild Duck||Gregers Werle|
|1985||Den tragiska historien om Hamlet – Prins av Danmark||Hamlet|
|1985||August Strindberg: Ett liv||Verner von Heidenstam|
|1983||Farmor och vår herre||Nathan|
|1981||Skärp dig, älskling||Georg|
|1981||Babels hus||Dr. Mattsson|
|1981||Olsson per sekund eller Det finns ingen anledning till oro||The tardy one|
|1968||Bombi Bitt och jag||Bombi Bitt|
Stellan Skarsgård Pirates of the Caribbean
When ghostly pirate Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) comes to collect a blood debt, Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) must find a way to avoid his fate lest his soul be damned for all time. Nevertheless, the wily ghost manages to interrupt the wedding plans of Jack’s friends Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley).
Stellan Skarsgård The Avengers
Stellan Skarsgård Good will hunting
Stellan Skarsgård Interview
Stellan Skarsgård Family
Stellan Skarsgård Interview
Ahead of his appearance in tennis biopic Borg/McEnroe (and filming for the Mamma Mia! sequel), Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård talks about life on set, Scandinavian culture and his talented sons.
Are you a tennis fan?
Stellan Skarsgård: Not really, I’m not very much into sports. I don’t have time for that. But I saw that final in 1980 and that was one of the most dramatic things I’ve ever seen on television. It was fantastic.
Is Borg’s story still well-known in Sweden?
Stellan Skarsgård: Everything about Borg is well known about in Sweden, yeah.
Did you have to do much research for the character you play, Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin, or is he also a well-known figure?
Stellan Skarsgård: He’s a well-known figure, and I knew a lot about him but, of course, I read as much about him as I could find anyway. But my ambition was not primarily to make a sort of imitation of what he was like. I let reality stand back to fiction because the most important thing was to do what the film needed from the character.
Do you think Bergelin was jealous of Borg, which is something he’s often accused of?
Stellan Skarsgård: It was partly a Salieri-Mozart relationship, you know, where someone’s who’s almost really, really good sees someone who’s almost perfect and that combination of love and jealousy. But, eventually, he became like a father figure who partly made Borg as good as he was. Borg had, of course, all the talent to begin with but he taught him how to channel all his anger, his disappointments and everything and focus on the tennis.
It’s a bit of an uncomfortable moment in the film when you see Borg, as a child, being ordered to bottle up all his emotions, especially when you see his personal life as an adult strained because of this advice. Do you think that that was a responsible move?
Stellan Skarsgård: Was it the right thing to do? Well if you wanted him to become the best tennis player in the world, yeah. If you wanted him to be a happy person then you should have told him to stop playing tennis. [Laughs] Those are the options.
When Borg finally quit at the age of 26, he’d spent his entire life with one single thing, and that is: winning the next game in tennis. He’d barely read a book, he hadn’t finished school, he had no friends, he had no life, he hadn’t bought a coffee himself ever. I mean he’s suddenly stood there with no tennis any more and lots of millions and no knowledge about life whatsoever and of course all the vultures came descending on him immediately and f**ked him over big time.
What did you think of Sverrir Gudnason’s Borg?
Stellan Skarsgård: [Sverrir] has a very difficult role because he’s playing someone who doesn’t say much, is almost autistically unable to express himself and at the same time he has to show the cinema-goer an internal life that is rich enough to make them interested and he does that beautifully by just showing what’s happening behind the eyes. There’s an intensity to it that is…
Stellan Skarsgård: Yes!
Actors from that part of the world do manage to have this dark presence that is quite muted. Is that a cultural thing?
Stellan Skarsgård: Yes, it is a cultural thing because it is a culture where you understate your feelings and don’t show them on the outside. It’s not as repressed as the English way, it’s just that you don’t talk much about it. But it’s not wrong to talk about it and when you talk about it you say everything but you say it with as few words as possible. The English way is not even going near it, so it’s very different.
You’ve been very varied films in the work that you’ve done. Are you naturally adventurous with what you choose to act in or do these scripts just come your way?
Stellan Skarsgård: I always wanna do things I don’t think I can do. It seems like I’m sort of striving for failure. [Laughs] I don’t know, but I want to do things I haven’t done and eventually you’ve done a lot and you have to go further and further. But I like working and with the people that have dedication, the energy and the joy in their work because if it’s not fun on the set I’d rather be at home cooking. So I search for those parts and films I haven’t seen before, and I haven’t seen this film before.
So many of the scripts you get are written in a way that you suspect the writer has written a film he’s seen before, again, and that’s really sad. So you want to be rocked a bit. You want your perception – not only of life and things – but also of what cinema is should be rocked a little. I’m fortunate enough to work with Lars von Trier where every film is a film that’s never been made before and so I’m a little spoilt there.
Is there any particular genre or mode that you like to work in?
Stellan Skarsgård: I love working with Lars von Trier because it’s a totally egalitarian, un-hierarchical set where everybody can say whatever they want and do whatever they want and you’re free to fail and you’re free to try things. There’s a lot of humour on the set – the darker the story, the more humour on set – so it’s great, great fun and no pressure.
So you do put in your ideas to the director?
Stellan Skarsgård: I always do – I’m not supposed to shut up! It has to be the director’s film but I can always put all of my ideas on the table in front of him if he wants them, he can pick them. I don’t approve of actors who take over the set and neutralise the director and run the set because they’re not going to edit the film, they’re not going to take responsibility for the final product.
And any good film that is not a generic industrial production has to have a subjective idea – the more subjective, the better usually. It’s like, if you have a beautiful sunset and you take a photograph, it’s not that beautiful any more. But if Turner paints it then it’s really f**king interesting because it’s his vision of that sunset.
Would you ever direct?
Stellan Skarsgård: No. I tried to make a film many years ago and I got it written and mostly financed but it took such a long time, I lost interest. I don’t have the patience for it. I still like acting and I’d rather make a couple of films a year as an actor than a film every ten years as a director.
Has it always been acting for you? Have you wanted to do anything else?
Stellan Skarsgård: I wanted to become a diplomat when I was a kid and I never decided to become an actor. I just sort of slipped into it and kept on doing it and enjoyed it. But I haven’t made up my mind what I should do when I grow up. [Laughs]
The Skarsagård family is becoming a bit of a…
Stellan Skarsgård: …brand!
Exactly. Did your sons just slip into acting as well, like you?
Stellan Skarsgård: It has been varied. Four of them are actors now. Alexander for years didn’t want to deal with it at all because he did something in television when he was quite young and he got a lot of attention and he did not want that attention. But then he came back to it later. And Gustav wanted to be an actor from when he was two and a half I think.
Bill was not sure. At that time he had two brothers who were actors already and he wasn’t sure so he finished school properly with high grades and stuff and was thinking of taking a trip on the trans-Siberian railroad when he got a couple of really great roles in Swedish films and then he was f**ked. And the fourth son, he just quit school, he’s got a couple of jobs, and he likes it, so he might be…
…one to watch.
Stellan Skarsgård: Yeah.
Have you given them any advice?
Stellan Skarsgård: No, and they haven’t asked for any either! [Laughs] I haven’t opened any doors, I haven’t helped them with anything because they have to do it on their own. I haven’t encouraged them to become actors or discouraged them. It’s their lives, they have to fix it!
You’ve worked with Alexander though, in Melancholia…
Stellan Skarsgård: I’ve worked with Alexander. I’ve worked with all of them I think, at least once.
What has that experience been like?
Stellan Skarsgård: It’s great because if you have a scene, you talk the same language which means that, very quickly, you get the same idea of how the scene should be done or how you want to do it. But it’s also a bit funny. There was one film I did with Gustav, we came to the set and it was a period film and we’d come to the set with long beards and long hair and we were just looking at each other and started laughing. It was such a ridiculous situation when someone you know very, very well is pretending to be someone else.
How did you get started in film in this country?
Stellan Skarsgård: Well, I started in America. I won Best Actor in 1982 at the Berlin Film Festival in a film called The Simpleminded Murderer and that was picked up in the States and got me a job in the States, which got me an agent in the States and she started working for me there, and I got more and more.
Was that your goal?
Stellan Skarsgård: It wasn’t my goal. I was very reluctant. [My agent] tried to get me over to shake hands and send pictures and I thought, what’s the point in sending pictures – I look different in every film I do! And I was very angry, very snotty and pretentious but eventually I went over there. But it’s not the goal and it shouldn’t be the goal. The goal should be to do interesting, fun stuff. Sometimes it can be a Mamma Mia! film and sometimes it’s very dark and it’s a really bad ‘popcorn’ seller that you’re paid no money for at all.
Are you enjoying being back over here?
Stellan Skarsgård: Oh, of course, I love it – I’ve spent a lot of time here. Last time, I was living in Islington for a while when I did River for the BBC and now I will back for Mamma Mia!, and I will be living in Notting Hill for a while.
Looking forward to doing something lighter?
Stellan Skarsgård: Yes!
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