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.

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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
Nymphomaniac Seligman
The Physician Barber
Thor: The Dark World Erik Selvig
2012 The Avengers Erik Selvig
2011 Thor Erik Selvig
Melancholia Jack
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
Torte Bluma Stangl
Beowulf & Grendel Hrothgar
Guilty Hearts Stangl
2004 Eiffeltornet Jakob
King Arthur Cerdic
Exorcist: The Beginning Father Merrin
2003 To Kill a Child Narrator
Dogville Chuck
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
Timecode Alex Green
Dancer in the Dark Doctor
Aberdeen Tomas
Powder Keg Harvey Jacobs
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Felix
1999 Deep Blue Sea Jim Whitlock
1998 Glasblåsarns barn Albert
Savior Peter Dominic
Ronin Gregor
1997 Insomnia Jonas Engström
My Son the Fanatic Schitz
Good Will Hunting Prof. Gerald Lambeau
Amistad Tappan
1996 Harry och Sonja Harry Olsson
Breaking the Waves Jan Nyman
1995 Jönssonligans största kupp Herman Melvin
Zero Kelvin Randbæk
The Dogs of Riga Magnus Björk
1993 The Slingshot Fritiof Schütt
Sista dansen Host in Norrköping
1992 Den Demokratiske Terroristen Carl Hamilton
Wind Joe Heiser
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
Friends Matt
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
1981 Kyssen
1977 Taboo Jan-Erik
Hemåt i natten Kurt Sjöberg
1975 Swedish Sex Games Peter Delaney, their son
1974 Anita: Swedish Nymphet Erik
1973 Åttonde budet
Fem døgn i August Christer
Bröllopet Roffe Eriksson
1972 Strandhugg i somras Erik
Firmafesten Peter

Television Shows

Year Series Role
2015 River John River
2014 Quarry The Broker
2012 Rouge Brésil Villegagnon
2012 Playhouse Presents The Man
2010 Arn Birger Brosa
2008 Masterpiece Contemporary Baumgarten
2008 Entourage Verner Vollstedt
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 S*M*A*S*H Statssekreteraren
1990 Parker Kane Nathan Van Adams
1989 The Wild Duck Gregers Werle
1989 Förhöret Carl Hamilton
1985 Den tragiska historien om Hamlet – Prins av Danmark Hamlet
1985 August Strindberg: Ett liv Verner von Heidenstam
1983 Farmor och vår herre Nathan
1983 Hustruskolan Horace
1981 Skärp dig, älskling Georg
1981 Babels hus Dr. Mattsson
1981 Olsson per sekund eller Det finns ingen anledning till oro The tardy one
1972 Magnetisören Soldier
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).

Initial release: 24 June 2006 (USA) Director: Gore Verbinski Music composed by: Hans Zimmer Box office: 1.066 billion USD Budget: 225 million USD


Stellan Skarsgård The Avengers

When Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s “dream team” are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Initial release: 11 April 2012 (Hollywood) Director: Joss Whedon Featured song: Live to Rise Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.“The Avengers” is the world’s sixth-highest-grossing film of all time.

Stellan Skarsgård Good will hunting

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard), who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). Initial release: 2 December 1997 (Westwood) Director: Gus Van Sant Featured song: Miss Misery Awards: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Screenplay: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

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.

Updated: 20/9/2017

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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