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Spede Pasanen

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Birthplace:   Kuopio, Finland
Pertti Olavi "Spede" Pasanen (born April 10, 1930 in Kuopio - died September 7, 2001 in Kirkkonummi) was a Finnish film director and producer, comedian, humorist, TV personality and practitioner of gags. During his career he directed, wrote, produced or acted in about 50 movies and participated in numerous TV productions, including the comedy Spede Show and the game-show Speden Spelit. Spede Pasanen named Bob Hope as one his biggest comedy influences. Much of his more commercial work was in collaboration with Vesa-Matti Loiri (whose most popular character created by Pasanen was called Uuno Turhapuro; first in TV sketches and then in a long-lasting series of motion pictures) and Simo Salminen. Pasanen's films and TV shows, often made fast and inexpensively in a conveyor-belt mode, usually didn't gain much recognition from the critics but were extremely popular among Finnish audiences from the 1960s onwards. Spede Pasanen is considered emblematic of Savonian humor with a slick ironic patter varying between the fullest extremes of understatement and hyperbole. As he himself explained: "A Savonian never tells a thing exactly like it is." Although Spede vociferously denounced elitism and explicitly sought to write and perform comedy for the largest possible audience, he was frequently the person who evinced greatest amusement at his own gags and bon mots. Noted for his intelligence, financial success and ability to draw in ladies, he is the idol of many who make an attempt to break into the Finnish comedy scene. Despite his homely appearance, Pasanen was something of a womanizer: he had a long relationship with Miss Europe 1976, Riitta Väisänen, and was almost married in 1990 to a Finnish model and Miss Finland candidate. A classic serial monogamist, he valued loyalty and friendship to the hilt, and even after separation, kept employing and financially supporting previous companions. During and after relationships, he vouchafed confidentiality and privacy for all involved in his private life. His good relations with the media might have helped with this, as outside his private sphere, he often dramatized his commercial and artistic ventures to the hilt. Pasanen was also an inventor and jack-of-all-trades; he had over 50 patents in his names, and many of his films include Rube Goldberg-style gadgets.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Koomikon kuva - Spede Pasanen 1930 - 2001, osa 2
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuron poika
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuro - kaksoisagentti
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Pikkupojat
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä
  • Haerski Hartikainen
1984
No Score Yet Lentävät luupäät (Flying Fools )
  • Actor
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuron Muisti Palailee Patkittain
  • Screenwriter
  • Haerski Hartikainen
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuro Menettaa Muistinsa
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Haerski Hartikainen
1982
No Score Yet Uuno Turhapuron Aviokriisi
  • Screenwriter
  • Haerski Hartikainen
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet Tup-akka-lakko
  • Actor
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Koeputkiaikuinen Ja Simon Enkelit
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Professori Uuno D.G. Turhapuro
  • Haerski Hartikainen
1975
No Score Yet Hirttämättömät (The Unhanged )
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Kahdeksas veljes
  • Director
  • Jalli Riivatsalo
1971
No Score Yet Speedy Gonzales (Noin 7 Veljeksen Poika)
  • Producer
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Jussi Pussi
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Näköradiomiehen ihmeelliset siekailut (The Marvellous Adventures of a TV Man)
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Noin 7 Veljestä
  • Producer
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Millipilleri
  • Director
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet X-paroni
  • Baron Wilhelm von Tandem / Kalle
1964
No Score Yet Hopeaa Rajan Takaa
  • Actor
1963

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