swedish actor ( behave 1976 )

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård ( swedish : [ alɛkˈsǎnːdɛr ˈskɑ̌ːʂɡoːɖ ] ( ) ; [ 1 ] born 25 August 1976 ) is a swedish actor. Born in Stockholm, he began acting at age seven but quit at 13. After serving in the swedish military, Skarsgård returned to acting and gained his first character in the US film drollery Zoolander. In 2008, he played Marine Brad Colbert in the miniseries Generation Kill. Skarsgård ‘s breakthrough came when he portrayed vampire Eric Northman in the television series True Blood ( 2008–2014 ). After appearing in films such as Melancholia ( 2011 ), Battleship ( 2012 ) and The Legend of Tarzan ( 2016 ), Skarsgård starred in the drama series Big Little Lies ( 2017–2019 ) as an abusive husband, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics ‘ Choice Television Award, and a shield Actors Guild Award. From 2019 to 2022, he appeared in the films Long Shot ( 2019 ), Godzilla vs. Kong ( 2021 ), and The Northman ( 2022 ) ; played Randall Flagg in the miniseries The Stand ( 2020–2021 ) ; and guest starred in the drama series Succession ( 2021 ).

early life sentence [edit ]

Skarsgård was born on 25 August 1976 [ 2 ] [ 3 ] in Stockholm, Sweden. [ 4 ] He is the eldest son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and doctor My Skarsgård. [ 5 ] His parents are divorced. [ 6 ] He has five younger siblings : Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers from his church father ‘s irregular wife, Megan Everett. [ 7 ] [ 8 ] Gustaf, Bill and Valter are besides actors. [ 7 ] A friend of his church father, a conductor, gave Skarsgård his first gear film character when he was seven years erstwhile, playing Kalle Nubb in Åke and His World ( Åke och hans värld ). [ 9 ] In 1989, his lead character in the swedish television production Hunden som log ( The Dog That Smiled ) earned him praise and brought him to bulge in Sweden at old age 13. [ 10 ] uncomfortable with the fame, he quit acting at that like age. [ 11 ] At age 19, Skarsgård applied to perform his national serve. He served in the swedish Armed Forces, in the SäkJakt ( “ protect and hunt ” ) whole that dealt with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism in the Stockholm archipelago, for 18 months. [ 12 ] After completing his servicing in 1996, he left Sweden and attended Leeds Metropolitan University in England for six months. He enrolled to study English but admits he did not study much and “ had a blast ” alternatively. [ 7 ] [ 13 ] While there, he considered pursuing an architecture career, but chose acting rather. [ 6 ] In 1997, he enrolled in a dramaturgy course at Marymount Manhattan College and moved to New York City. He returned to Stockholm after six months, but his time studying theatre confirmed to him that he wanted to act. [ 7 ] [ 14 ]

career [edit ]

2001–2009 : career beginnings and television breakthrough [edit ]

A man with blond hair and dressed in a black shirt and blazer smiles to his right Skarsgård at the 2009 PaleyFest On his render to Sweden, Skarsgård began landing roles in film, television and theatrical productions. [ 7 ] While vacationing in the United States, he auditioned for and obtained the contribution of a mindless model in the 2001 movie Zoolander, [ 15 ] his foremost function in an american film. [ 6 ] In 2003, his performance in Hundtricket-the Movie ( The Dog Trick ) earned him an Guldbagge Award nominating speech for Best Supporting Actor. He was named the Sexiest serviceman in Sweden five times. [ 9 ] He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 but continued to work in Sweden. [ 16 ] His break came when he was cast as US Marine Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. An adaptation of journalist Evan Wright ‘s script of the like mention, Generation Kill follows the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the early on region of the Iraq War. Director Susanna White wanted to cast him, but executive producer David Simon was not convinced he could do a convert american english stress. After four auditions in three cities, Skarsgård learned the character was his precisely 36 hours before he had to board a plane for Namibia where the visualize was filming. The project and crew spent seven months in the desert there, shooting six days a week. Skarsgård worked with a dialect bus to master the american stress. [ 7 ] [ 9 ] [ 17 ] fair earlier leaving to shoot Generation Kill, Skarsgård heard about the growth of True Blood, an HBO series based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, [ 18 ] which chronicle the coexistence of humans and vampires in a town in Louisiana. [ 19 ] Though initially reluctant about playing a vampire, he sent an audition tape for the character of Bill Compton on learning that screenwriter Alan Ball was behind the project. [ 18 ] Skarsgård had been a fan of Ball ‘s series Six Feet Under and film American Beauty. The function went to Stephen Moyer, but Skarsgård was cast as Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Nordic vampire. [ 18 ] Northman inaugural appeared in the first season ‘s fourthly sequence, [ 20 ] and the function brought Skarsgård to bulge. [ 21 ] To inform his depicting, he studied the exploit of actors Max Schreck and Bela Lugosi and the film Nosferatu. [ 22 ] He said that playing Northman appealed to his predilection for characters who were not just devilish or righteous. [ 11 ] True Blood ran on HBO from 2008 to 2014, [ 23 ] receiving blend reviews. [ 19 ] In 2009, Skarsgård appeared in the music video for popular singer Lady Gaga ‘s “ Paparazzi ”. [ 18 ] He was the voice of Stefan in the 2009 animated film Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh. [ 13 ] In 2010, Skarsgård portrayed Terje, a gay norwegian trek to the North Pole, in the british mockumentary Beyond the Pole. [ 24 ] Suit-maker Hickey Freeman chose Skarsgård to model a newly spirit it debuted in 2010. Annie Leibovitz photographed the ad campaign, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] Skarsgård appeared on the cover of the September 2010 offspring of Rolling Stone with his True Blood co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. [ 27 ]

2011–present : film and television receiver success [edit ]

In 2011, Skarsgård starred in Melancholia, a movie directed by Lars von Trier. He portrayed a newlywed aboard Kirsten Dunst as his wife in the movie, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and besides co-stars his beget. [ 28 ] [ 29 ] That same class, he appeared in Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, as Charlie Venner. The remake ‘s director, Rod Lurie, transferred the little town setting from Cornwall to Mississippi and described Venner as “ an ex-football ace gone to source ”. The film co-star James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, and was released 16 September 2011. [ 12 ] In 2012, Skarsgård appeared aboard Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna in Peter Berg ‘s Battleship, an adaptation of the Hasbro game. [ 30 ] negatively reviewed by critics, the film had a blue performance at the box function. [ 21 ] [ 31 ] He besides appeared aboard Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan in Scott McGehee and David Siegel ‘s film What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of the Henry James novel of the like appoint. [ 32 ] He was besides separate of the ensemble cast in Henry Alex Rubin ‘s thriller Disconnect, playing reverse Paula Patton. [ 33 ] Skarsgård starred aboard Brit Marling and Elliot Page in Zal Batmanglij ‘s 2013 film The East. [ 34 ] He appeared in the film The Diary of a Teenage Girl as a valet who begins an matter with his girlfriend ‘s underage daughter. [ 21 ] It was released in August 2015. In addition to being intentional about finding nuances in the quality ‘s predatory choice, Skarsgård admitted his exhilaration about playing the role “ without justifying or condoning ” his demeanor. [ 29 ] He starred in the 2016 film The Legend of Tarzan, portraying the title character, reverse Margot Robbie as Jane. Skarsgård worked out for 7 months to prepare for the separate. [ 35 ] The film did not generate success at the box agency. [ 36 ] It received mix reviews, [ 37 ] with Skarsgård ‘s operation earn praise. [ 38 ] He future portrayed a pervert policeman in the bootleg drollery film War on Everyone, which was released that same year. [ 36 ] From 2017 to 2019, Skarsgård starred in the play series Big Little Lies as Perry Wright, an abusive husband to Nicole Kidman ‘s character, Celeste. [ 39 ] [ 40 ] He described his character as fierce due to internal conflicts involving his insecurities about needing his wife. [ 38 ] The series earned universal acclaim. [ 41 ] Reviewing the first season stopping point, The Hollywood Reporter ‘s Daniel Fienberg found Skarsgård ‘s operation “ absolutely chilling ”. [ 42 ] Skarsgård won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a limited Series or Movie in 2017 for the character. [ 43 ] He starred in the science fabrication film Mute as a silent bartender in a futuristic society, which was released in February 2018. [ 6 ] Later that year, he starred as a close serviceman in The Little Drummer Girl, a miniseries that chronicles political ferocity in Europe in 1979. [ 44 ] It received positivist reviews. [ 45 ] In 2019, he portrayed a sensitive german architect in The Aftermath, a film set in 1946 post-war Hamburg. [ 46 ] He appeared in the romantic-comedy Long Shot as the prime minister of Canada. Critics were fond of the film, with The Guardian ‘s Kristy Puchko commending Skarsgård in the minor function and how he “ makes a meal out of it ”. [ 47 ] [ 48 ] Released in May 2019, it had an abortive commercial operation. [ 49 ] Skarsgård starred in The Stand, a CBS All Access miniseries based on the 1978 novel of the same mention by Stephen King, portraying Randall Flagg, a charming devil. [ 50 ] It ran from December 2020 to February 2021. [ 51 ] [ 52 ] He following starred in the 2021 monster movie Godzilla vs. Kong, which earned positive reviews and commercial success. [ 53 ] [ 54 ] Skarsgård recurred during the third season of the comedy-drama series Succession. [ 55 ] He portrayed Amleth in the epic poem film The Northman. Released in April 2022, the film garnered favorable reviews, [ 56 ] [ 57 ] with Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair deeming Skarsgård “ a fine vessel for the film ‘s deluxe menace ”. [ 58 ] Skarsgård is set to appear in the thriller Infinity Pool. [ 59 ]

personal life [edit ]

A football winnow, Skarsgård supports Hammarby Fotboll, a club based in Stockholm, his give birth city. [ 60 ] In October 2010, he donated respective autographed items to “ Bajen Aid ”, the club ‘s fund-raise auction. [ 61 ] In July 2011, he received an honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University, which he had attended. [ 62 ] He identifies as a feminist. [ 63 ] Skarsgård was the Ambassador for the American team for a walk With The Wounded fund-raise event for wounded soldiers. [ 64 ] [ 65 ] He trekked to the South Pole against Team UK ( Prince Harry, Ambassador ) and Team Canada/Australia ( actor Dominic West, Ambassador ). A few days into the trek, it was decided that the competition part would be cancelled due to hazardous terrain and weather conditions, so the teams combined forces and continued together, and all three successfully reached the South Pole on 13 December 2013. [ 66 ] [ 67 ]

Filmography [edit ]

film [edit ]

television [edit ]

Music television [edit ]

Year Title Role Artist
2009 “Paparazzi” Boyfriend Lady Gaga
2013 “Free Your Mind” Cult Leader Cut Copy

Awards and nominations [edit ]

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