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Biography #2 (for Exorcist: The Beginning)

Stellan Skarsgård became a familiar figure to audiences around the world after playing opposite Emily Watson in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves, although American audiences may know him best for his roles in such films as Good Will Hunting (as Professor Lambeau), Steven Spielberg's Amistad and The Hunt for Red October (as Captain Tupolev).

As a native of Sweden, Skarsgård is considered one of the country's top stage and film actors. He began his career with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm where he spent sixteen years working with such leading directors as Alf Sjoberg and Ingmar Bergman. His breakthrough role came in the 1982 Swedish film The Simpleminded Murderer, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Berlin Film Festival. He later received his second Best Actor award for his role as Swedish super-agent Carl Hamilton in Code Name Coq Rouge.

Since then Skarsgård has starred in such films as My Son the Fanatic, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ronin and Timecode as well as the original Insomnia. Skarsgård was most recently seen in City of Ghosts, starring Matt Dillon, James Caan and Gerard Depardieu; and starring in Dogville, which re-teamed him with director Lars von Trier in a film co-starring Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany with Lauren Becall. He will next star in Jerry Bruckheimer's legendary King Arthur as Cedric for director Antoine Fuqua alongside Clive Owen and Keira Knightley.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Exorcist: The Beginning" (25-Aug-2004)


Biography #3 (for City of Ghosts)

STELLAN SKARSGÅRD recently starred in the thriller The Glass House and Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. He also starred in Mike Figgis' Timecode; Passion of Mind with Demi Moore; Deep Blue Sea for director Renny Harlin; and Aberdeen, directed by Hans Peter Moland.

Skarsgård began acting when he was still an infant in his native Sweden, and became a household name after starring in the popular television series Bombi Bitt. He joined the Royal Dramatic Theater Company in Stockholm in 1972, working with Scandanavia's finest directors - including Ingmar Bergman, Per Verner-Carlsson and Alf Sjoberg - in a variety of classic plays.

In addition to the more than 30 Swedish films in which Skarsgård has starred, his impressive credits include the action-adventure Ronin with Robert DeNiro; Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting; and Steven Spielberg's acclaimed Amistad.

Other credits include The Unbearable Lightness of Being; The Hunt for Red October; The Ox (Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film); Breaking the Waves (which won the Grand Prix at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival); and the Norwegian film Insomnia.

For television, Skarsgård most recently starred opposite Holly Hunter in Harlan County, directed by Tony Bill.

Skarsgård's awards include the Best Actor Berlin Film Festival award for his breakthrough role in The Simpleminded Murderer; the 1998 Best European Achievement in World Cinema award; a silver medal from the Teluride Film Festival in 2000; and awards from the Swedish Motion Picture Industry, the Rouen Film Festival, the Chicago Film Festival, and the St. Sebastian Film Festival.

Bio courtesy United Artists for "City of Ghosts" (01-Jan-2000)