Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård

Highest Rated: 98% Hope (2019)

Lowest Rated: 10% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Birthday: Jun 13, 1951

Birthplace: Göteborg, Sweden

Highly respected Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård enjoyed a prolific career in Europe and America, for more than five decades, essaying characters of deep emotional reserve, as well as flinty authority figures, in such films as "Breaking the Waves" (1996), "Good Will Hunting" (1997), "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006), "Mamma Mia" (2008), "Thor" (2011) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). Born Stellan John Skarsgård on June 13, 1951 in Gothenburg, Sweden, he was raised in an atheist, humanist-minded household, which would later inform his own publicly held opinions about politics, education and secular religion. As a boy, he appeared in school productions, but harbored a desire to become a diplomat; that changed in his late teens when he was cast as a freewheeling Swedish teenager in the television series "Bombi bitt och jag" (1968). Skarsgård disliked his brief tenure as a teen idol and focused his attention on his training, which he honed as a member of the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. He also married physician My Skarsgård, with whom he would have six children, four of which - sons Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter - would also become actors of note. Between productions - whuch included a production of "A Dream Play" directed by Ingmar Bergman - he remained active in European features, most notably in "The Simple-Minded Murderer" (1982), a Swedish drama about a young man driven to violence by abuse at the hands of his caretaker, a Nazi sympathizer. Skarsgård won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival and soon moved into starring roles in major films, including such critically acclaimed titles as Bo Widerberg's "The Serpent's Way" (1986) and a turn as diplomat Raoul Wallengberg in "Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg" (1990); he also made his first appearances in English-language productions, including Philip Kaufman's "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988) and "The Hunt for Red October" (1991). In 1996, he made his first of several collaborations with director Lars von Trier in "Breaking the Waves," playing the atheist husband of a deeply religious woman (Emily Watson), who believes that his injury was caused by her physical needs. A major hit on the festival and arthouse circuits, it led to a slew of high-profile assignments in Hollywood for Skarsgård, including "Good Will Hunting" (1997) as Matt Damon's mathematics professor, the abolitionist Lewis Tappen in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" (1997), and the double-dealing Gregor in John Frankenheimer's "Ronin" (1998). After reuniting with von Trier for a minor role in "Dancer in the Dark" (2000), he settled into steady work in both America and Europe; the latter included his debut as producer on the road movie "Aberdeen" (2002) and Istvan Szabo's World War II drama "Taking Sides" (2001), while the latter encompassed a slew of minor efforts, as well as the back-to-back "Exorcist: The Beginning" (2004) and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist" (2005), a turn as Francisco Goya in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghost" (2006) and two appearances as the spectral Bootstrap Bill Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2007). By the late 2000s, Skarsgård was averaging four to five movies per year for Hollywood and European producers; chief among these was his musical debut in "Mamma Mia!" (2008), a turn as the head of the Swiss National Guard in Ron Howard's "Angels & Demons" (2009), and a lengthy stint with Marvel Comics' production wing as the astrophysicist Erik Selvig in "Thor" (2011), "The Avengers" (2012), "Thor: The Dark World" (2013) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). But he also served as executive producer on "King of Devil's Island" (2010), a French-Norwegian film about a draconian boys' prison, and the black comedy "In Order of Disappearance" (2014), with Skarsgård as a vengeful snow plow driver who takes on mobsters. Between these projects, he also found time to reunite with von Trier for "Melancholia" (2011) and the controversial, two-part "Nymphomaniac" (2011), and log appearances in Julian Fellowes' adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" (2013) and Disney's live-action "Cinderella" (2015) and star in the British police drama "River" (BBC One, 2015). In 2018, he reprised his turn as the phlegmatic Bill Anderson in "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."

Highest rated movies

Good Will Hunting
King of Devil's Island
Marvel's the Avengers
The Slingshot
The Hunt for Red October




No Score Yet No Score Yet Dune: Part Two Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Character) - 2023
83% 90% Dune Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Character) $108.3M 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ape Star Tord (Voice) - 2021
40% No Score Yet Last Words Unknown (Character) - 2020
63% 85% I'll Find You Benno Moser (Character) - 2019
98% 75% Hope Tomas (Character) - 2019
72% 46% Out Stealing Horses Trond (Character) - 2019
81% 68% The Painted Bird Hans (Character) $1.3K 2019
66% 60% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote The Boss (Character) $392.0K 2018
79% 66% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Bill/Kurt (Character) $120.6M 2018
No Score Yet 83% Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Muminpappan (Voice) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Montauk Max Zorn (Character) - 2017
95% 84% Filmworker Self $102.6K 2017
84% 73% Borg vs. McEnroe Lennart Bergelin (Character) $228.8K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gordon & Paddy Gordon (Voice) - 2017
72% 50% Our Kind of Traitor Dima (Character) $3.2M 2016
76% 83% Avengers: Age of Ultron Erik Selvig (Character) $459.0M 2015
84% 78% Cinderella Grand Duke (Character) $201.2M 2015
No Score Yet 76% In Order of Disappearance Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
$49.3K 2014
38% 61% Hector and the Search for Happiness Edward (Character) $1.1M 2014
No Score Yet 73% The Physician Barber (Character) - 2013
66% 68% The Railway Man Finlay (Character) $4.4M 2013
66% 75% Thor: The Dark World Dr. Erik Selvig (Character) $206.4M 2013
23% 46% Romeo & Juliet Prince Escalus (Character) $1.2M 2013
91% 91% Marvel's the Avengers Professor Erik Selvig (Character) - 2012
80% 67% Melancholia Jack (Character) $3.0M 2011
77% 76% Thor Dr. Erik Selvig (Character) $268.0M 2011
86% 86% The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Martin Vanger (Character) $102.5M 2011
No Score Yet 48% Moomins and the Comet Chase Moominpapa / Hemulens (Voice) - 2010
94% 88% King of Devil's Island Bestyreren (Character) $4.2K 2010
21% 59% Frankie & Alice Oz (Character) $693.2K 2010
86% 71% A Somewhat Gentle Man Ulrik (Character) $37.5K 2010
85% 76% As If I Am Not There Unknown (Character) - 2009
50% 56% Metropia Ralph (Voice) - 2009
33% 22% Boogie Woogie Bob Maclestone (Character) $1.8K 2009
37% 57% Angels & Demons Richter (Character) $133.4M 2009
No Score Yet 84% God on Trial Baumgarten (Character) - 2008
55% 66% Mamma Mia! Bill (Character) $143.7M 2008
No Score Yet 61% Arn: The Knight Templar Birger Brosa (Character) - 2007
67% 36% Waz Eddie Argo (Character) - 2007
44% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Bootstrap Bill Turner (Character) $309.4M 2007
No Score Yet 88% Wrath of Gods Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 23% 3 & 3 Stangl (Character) - 2006
30% 57% Goya's Ghosts Goya (Character) $1.0M 2006
53% 72% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Bootstrap Bill Turner (Character) $423.3M 2006
30% 25% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Father Merrin (Character) $41.8M 2005
49% 40% Beowulf & Grendel Hrothgar (Character) $66.9K 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Torte Bluma Stangl (Character) - 2005
10% 27% Exorcist: The Beginning Father Lankester Merrin (Character) $41.8M 2004
31% 59% King Arthur Cerdic (Character) $51.9M 2004
69% 89% Dogville Chuck (Character) $1.5M 2003
47% 46% City of Ghosts Kaspar (Character) $325.5K 2002
25% 25% The House on Turk Street Tyrone (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taking Sides Dr. Wilhelm Furtwängler (Character) $189.0K 2001
21% 39% The Glass House Terry (Character) $18.0M 2001
No Score Yet 63% Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Felix (Character) - 2001
19% 51% Passion of Mind William (Character) $769.0K 2000
No Score Yet 48% Harlan County War Warren Jakopovich (Character) - 2000
66% 38% Signs & Wonders Alec (Character) $33.8K 2000
69% 91% Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny (Character) $4.2M 2000
87% 79% Aberdeen Tomas (Character),
Associate Producer
$64.1K 2000
68% 48% Timecode Alex Green (Character) $945.0K 2000
59% 39% Deep Blue Sea Jim Whitlock (Character) $73.6M 1999
69% 80% Ronin Gregor (Character) $41.6M 1998
78% 75% My Son the Fanatic Schitz (Character) $408.3K 1998
56% 80% Savior Peter (Character) $12.9K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Glassblower's Children Albert (Character) - 1998
95% 77% Insomnia Jonas Engström (Character) $88.0K 1997
98% 94% Good Will Hunting Gerald Lambeau (Character) $138.3M 1997
77% 79% Amistad Tappan (Character) - 1997
85% 91% Breaking the Waves Jan Nyman (Character) $4.0M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry & Sonja Harry Olsson (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 86% Zero Degrees Kelvin Randbæk (Character) $8.7K 1995
No Score Yet 35% The Hounds of Riga Magnus Björk (Character) - 1995
89% 65% The Slingshot Fritiof Schütt (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Democratic Terrorist Carl Hamilton (Character) - 1992
50% 81% Wind Joe Heiser (Character) $4.9M 1992
No Score Yet 71% The Ox Helge Roos (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 69% Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg Raoul Wallenberg (Character) - 1990
88% 88% The Hunt for Red October Captain Tupolev (Character) $119.1M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet S/Y Gladjen Klas Larsson (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women on the Roof Willy (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Täcknamn Coq Rouge Carl Hamilton (Character) - 1989
85% 84% The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Engineer (Character) $9.3M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friends Matt (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 100% Jim & piraterna Blom Gustav (Character),
- 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noon Wine Olaf Helton (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 92% The Simple-Minded Murderer Sven (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Party Peter (Character) - 1972


85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2020
95% 97% Chernobyl Boris Shcherbina (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vice Guide to Film Unknown (Character) 2016
100% 96% River Unknown (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2011
65% 83% Entourage Verner Vollstedt (Guest Star) 2008