Ronin - Stellan Skarsgård

Last Update: 19 September 1998

"Gregor appears to be a rather mysterious, cold and sad guy, you don't know where he comes from, where he's going or what his plans are. And you can only guess what his motives are."

STELLAN SKARSGÅRD (Gregor) co-starred in last year's enormously popular Good Will Hunting, playing the math professor who first realizes the genius of one of the school's janitors. He also appeared in Steven Spielberg's Amistad in 1997.

The Swedish-born actor earned international praise for his performance in Lars von Trier's psychological drama Breaking the Waves, which won the Grand Prix at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. The following year, Skarsgård's work was represented in two films that were shown at Cannes: Erik Skjolbjaer's Insomnia and Udayan Prasad's My Son the Fanatic. His other feature film credits include performances in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, John McTiernan's The Hunt For Red October and Carroll Ballard's Wind.

Skarsgård's international breakthrough role was in Hans Alfredson's Swedish film The Simple-Minded Murderer, for which he won the Best Actor Silver Bear at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival. He has won awards and critical acclaim for his performances in Carl Gustaf Nykvist's Women on the Roof, Kjell Grede's Hip Hop Hurrah! and Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg, another collaboration with Grede.

In 1991, Skarsgård starred in Sven Nykvist's The Ox, which received an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign Language Film. Other Scandinavian feature film credits include his portrayal of Swedish superagent Carl Hamilton in a pair of films directed by Pelle Berglund: Codename Cod Rouge and The Democratic Terrorist. He subsequently appeared in Ake Sandgren's The Slingshot, Petter Moland's Zero Degrees Kelvin and Bjourn Runge's Harry and Sonja.

Skarsgård began acting when he was still an infant in his native Sweden, becoming a household name after starring in the popular television series Bombi Bitt. He joined the Royal Dramatic Theater Company in Stockholm in 1972, working with Scandinavia's finest directors including Ingmar Bergman, Per Verner-Carlsson and Alf Sjoberg in a variety of classic plays.

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