Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist

Highest Rated: 100% Folies Bergère (2014)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Nov 8, 1960

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Primarily known to American audiences for playing the plucky investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film adaptations of author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" crime novels, Michael Nyqvist was already a huge star in Sweden prior to achieving international acclaim in the States. After landing numerous small roles in Swedish television shows throughout the '90s, Nyqvist drew praise for his role as detective John Banck on the popular crime series, "Beck" (1997- ). His sterling performance on the series soon led to meatier film roles, including a breakout performance in the 2000 Swedish drama, "Together." The film was a hit in Sweden, but it would be another four years before Nyqvist's acting work would reach acclaim on a worldwide scale. That came in 2004 when he portrayed a chronically ill conductor in "As It Is In Heaven." The Academy Award-nominated film thrust Nyqvist into the international spotlight, and over the next several years he continued to expand his fan base in America with riveting performances in such big budget action thrillers as "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Abduction" - both of which were released in 2011. Born in Stockholm in 1960, Michael Nyqvist spent the early days of his youth living a relatively normal life. When he was still a toddler, however, the people he assumed to be his parents informed Nyqvist that he was adopted. His birth parents gave him up shortly after his birth, and for a brief period Nyqvist resided in an orphanage. The thought of knowing he was given up at birth haunted Nyqvist for most of his adult life, yet not enough to deter him from pursuing his love of acting. Nyqvist took his very first acting classes while living in Omaha, NE as a foreign exchange student. It was there that the young actor learned to harness the emotional trauma from his past and use it in his performances. Upon returning to Sweden, however, Nyqvist briefly took up ballet before quitting to pursue acting full time. He began landing small roles in Swedish television shows and made-for-TV movies throughout the early '90s, before landing his first big break in 1997 after being cast as the lead on the television series "Beck." Nyqvist played detective John Banck on seven episodes of the popular Swedish cop show, all the while becoming a household name in his native country. Although he had appeared in features before, it was Nyqvist's performance as an emotionally troubled husband in the 2000 drama "Together" that made him a bona fide film star in Sweden. The film was an international hit, and earned Nyqvist a Best Actor nomination at the 2001 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's version of the Oscars. Nyqvist earned another Guldbagge Award nomination for his performance in 2004's "As It Is In Heaven." That film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, thus further establishing Nyqvist's already growing status as one of the most important film actors to come out of Sweden in generations. Upon appearing as the cunning magazine journalist Mikael Blomkvist in 2009's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Nyqvist skillfully brought to life one of the most revered characters in modern crime fiction. Nyqvist reprised his role as Blomkvist in the final two film adaptations of the "Millennium Trilogy," before appearing as the villain in two Hollywood action thrillers in 2011: "Abduction" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." In 2013 Nyqvist appeared as a series regular on the mystery series, "Zero Hour" (ABC, 2013). The show, however, was cancelled after three episodes due to low ratings. Nyqvist continued working streadily on both sides of the Atlantic, moving easily from musical drama "The Girl from Nagasaki" (2013) and indie drama "Days and Nights" (2013) to big-budget thriller "John Wick" (2014). Well-received roles in romantic comedy "Paris Follies" (2014), historical thriller "Colonia" (2015) and love triangle story "Frank and Lola" (2016) followed, as did a key supporting part in historical miniseries "Madiba" (BET 2017). Michael Nyqvist died of lung cancer on June 27, 2017. He was 56.

Highest rated movies

Folies Bergère
The Girl in the Book Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol John Wick
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
As It Is in Heaven
A Hidden Life
Europa Report




81% 72% A Hidden Life Bishop Fliesser (Character) $1.7M 2019
37% 68% Hunter Killer Captain Andropov (Character) $15.7M 2018
42% No Score Yet You Disappear Bernard Bergmann (Character) - 2017
69% 42% Frank & Lola Alan (Character) $5.7K 2016
9% 25% I.T. Henrik (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Serious Game Markel (Character) - 2016
42% 45% The Girl King Axel Oxenstierna (Character) - 2015
29% 61% Colonia Paul Schäfer (Character) - 2015
93% 55% The Girl in the Book Milan Daneker (Character) $5.2K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Follies Jesper (Character) - 2014
86% 81% John Wick Viggo Tarasov (Character) $43.0M 2014
100% 64% Folies Bergère Unknown (Character) - 2014
0% 36% Days and Nights Johan (Character) $6.0K 2013
81% 57% Europa Report Andrei Blok (Character) $125.5K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From Nagasaki Father Lars (Character) - 2013
70% 75% Disconnect Steven Schumacher (Character) $1.4M 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Beijing, Part 1 Staffan (Character) - 2011
93% 76% Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol Kurt Hendricks (Character) $209.4M 2011
5% 42% Abduction Kozlow (Character) $28.1M 2011
No Score Yet 53% The Man From Beijing, Part 2 Staffan (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 33% The Woman Who Dreamt of a Man Johan (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 71% Among Us Ernst (Character) - 2010
54% 66% The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Mikael Blomkvist (Character) $5.2M 2009
70% 68% The Girl Who Played With Fire Mikael Blomkvist (Character) - 2009
85% 87% The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist (Character) $10.1M 2009
19% 43% Downloading Nancy Stan (Character) $22.2K 2008
No Score Yet 81% The Kautokeino Rebellion Lars Levi Laestadius (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 42% The Black Pimpernel Harald Edelstam (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 61% Arn: The Knight Templar Magnus Folkesson (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 66% Suddenly Lasse (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 27% Bang Bang Orangutang Sven Blomberg (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 86% Mother of Mine Hjalmar Jönsson, Swedish Father (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 64% Next Door Åke (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day and Night Jacob (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 33% London Voodoo Unknown (Character) - 2004
83% 91% As It Is in Heaven Daniel Daréus (Character) $10.1K 2004
No Score Yet 87% Slim Susie Mörka Rösten (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 64% Detaljer (Details) Unknown (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 64% Breaking Out Diego (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waiting for a Tenor Regissören (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck: The Money Man John Banck (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 81% Tic Tac Restaurant Owner (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck 2 Banck (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck: White Nights Banck (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck: Decoy Boy Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man With the Icons John Banck (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck: The Pearl Hotel John Banck (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 58% Sant ar Livet Kalle Andersson (Character) - 1996


100% 100% Madiba Dr. H.F. Verwoerd (Character) 2017
42% 40% Zero Hour White Vincent (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wallander Lothar Kraftzcyk (Character) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beck John Banck (Character) 1997-1998