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Biography #2 (for Birth)

Swedish-born actor/director Peter Stormare has an international flare that sets him apart from other performers. Working non-stop as of late, Stormare will be seen in 2005 opposite Matt Damon in THE BROTHERS GRIMM and in CONSTANTINE with Keanu Reeves. In 2003, he re-teamed with director Michael Bay in BAD BOYS II and was seen in the CBS miniseries, Hitler: The Rise of Evil.

Stormare has consistently worked with exceptional directors throughout his career. He appeared in Penny Marshall's AWAKENINGS, Steven Spielberg's MINORITY REPORT and THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, the Coen brothers' FARGO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI, Joel Schumacher's 8MM and again with Bay for ARMAGEDDON. Other work includes Lars von Trier's DANCER IN THE DARK, Lasse Hallstom's CHOCOLAT, and Wim Wenders' MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL.

Stormare began his acting career in his native land at the Royal National Theater of Sweden under the direction of the legendary Ingmar Bergman where he performed leading roles in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Miss Julie, King Lear and Hamlet. It was while performing Hamlet in New York that Stormare was embraced by American audiences and was sought out for his first American feature role. He sustained his work in theater appearing in productions at the Actors Studio and the Public Theater and he became the associate director of the Globe Theater in Tokyo, all while continuing his film work.

Inspired by his passion for music-specifically The Beatles, The Clash and Nirvana-Stormare formed a band called Blond From Fargo, in homage to his breakout role. The five-member rock and roll band includes the guitarist from Roxette, the drummer from Alanis Morissette and the bass player from Slash's Snakepit. With such a variety of musicians, Blond From Fargo has a wide range and eclectic sound. Stormare writes all of the band's music and plays guitar.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Birth" (21-Nov-2004)


Biography #3

Peter Stormare recently co-starred as Serge Muscat in the highly-acclaimed Chocolat, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, as well as in Windtalkers, Minority Report, and the forthcoming features Spun, The Beatle Fan and 13 Moons.

Stormare achieved widespread recognition - and an MTV Movie Award nomination - portraying the bumbling, mute criminal in Joel and Ethan Coen's acclaimed Fargo, and re-teamed with the filmmakers, starring in The Big Lebowski. He has also appeared in director Joel Schumacher's Eight Millimeter with Nicolas Cage, and in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's Armageddon.

His film credits also include Harold Becker's Mercury Rising, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park: The Lost World, David O. Russell's Flirting With Disaster, Robert Lepage's Le Polygraphe, Spike Lee's Girl 6, Louis Malle's Damage, Penny Marshall's Awakenings, Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark starring Bjork, and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander and Bacchanta.

Along with his success in the United States, Stormare continues to work in his native country of Sweden. He starred in the title role of the Scandinavian thriller Hamilton, also featuring Mark Hamill and Lena Olin, which broke box office records in Sweden and Norway.

Stormare, who began his career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performed under the director of Ingmar Bergman for 11 years and appeared in many world touring productions of King Lear, Hamlet, Miss Julie, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Bacchanta.

In 1990, Stormare became the associate artistic director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions of Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Comedy of Errors and Miss Julie. He also directed Dance of Death in London and Miss Julie in New York. In the summer of 1993, Stormare moved to New York and appeared in English productions of Rasputin at the Actors Studio, and with Frances McDormand in Liz Egloff's The Swan at The Public Theatre.

Other feature film credits include Circus, The Million Dollar Hotel, Love in the Mirror, Purgatory, Playing God, Somewhere in the City, Black Easter, Double Dream, The Frozen Leopard, Seppan, Old Times and Dirty Hands. For television, he has appeared on Seinfeld and most recently on Watching Ellie, and, in Sweden, on Ingmar Bergman's Larmar och gor sig till.

Stormare and his wife currently reside in California.

updated 01-Jan-2000


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