Skarsgård at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
August 25, 1976
|Parents||Stellan Skarsgård, My Skarsgård|
|Relatives||Bill Skarsgård (brother)
Gustaf Skarsgård (brother)
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈskɑːʂɡoːɖ]; born August 25, 1976) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My, a physician. He has five younger siblings: Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn. Gustaf, Bill, and Valter are also actors.
A friend of his father, who was a director gave Skarsgård his first film role when he was seven years old. He played Kalle Nubb in Åke och hans värld (Åke and His World). In 1989, the lead role in the Swedish television production Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled) made him famous in Sweden at the age of thirteen. Uncomfortable with being recognized, he quit acting for the next seven years.
At age 19, he applied to do his national service. He served in the Swedish military for 18 months, in a unit that dealt with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism in the Stockholm archipelago. After completing his service 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" instead.
After seven years away from acting, he started to consider it again. In 1997 he enrolled in a theater course at Marymount Manhattan College and moved to New York City. He returned to Stockholm after six months, but the time he spent studying theater showed him that he wanted to act.
Upon his return to Sweden, Skarsgård began picking up acting jobs, working in film, television and theatrical productions. While on vacation in the United States, he auditioned for and landed the role of Meekus in the 2001 film Zoolander. In 2003 his work in Hundtricket-the Movie (The Dog Trick) earned him a Guldbagge nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was named the Sexiest Man in Sweden five times.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 but continued to work in Sweden. His break came when he was cast as Sergeant Brad "Iceman" Colbert in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Generation Kill. An adaptation of journalist Evan Wright's book of the same name, Generation Kill follows the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the early part of the Iraq War. The part of Brad Colbert was the closest to a "lead" in Generation Kill, and director Susanna White and executive producer David Simon at first disagreed about casting Skarsgård. White wanted to cast him but Simon was not convinced he could pull off the American accent. After four auditions in three cities, Skarsgård learned the part was his just 36 hours before he had to board a plane for Namibia where the project was filming. The cast and crew filmed for seven months in the desert, shooting six days a week. Skarsgård worked with a dialect coach to master the American accent.
Just before leaving to shoot Generation Kill, Skarsgård heard about True Blood, a new series HBO was developing based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. At first he was unsure about playing a vampire, but when he learned that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO series Six Feet Under and Academy Award winning screenwriter of American Beauty, was behind the project, he sent in an audition tape. The audition was for the role of Bill Compton, which eventually went to Stephen Moyer. Skarsgård was later cast as Eric Northman, a 1000-year-old, Viking vampire sheriff, local bar owner and potential love interest of heroine Sookie Stackhouse.True Blood completed its fifth season in August 2012.
In 2009, Skarsgård appeared in the music video for pop singer Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi". He was the voice of Stefan in the 2009 animated film Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh. In 2010, Skarsgård portrayed Terje, a gay Norwegian trekking to the North Pole, in the British mockumentary Beyond the Pole.
Suit maker Hickey Freeman chose Skarsgård to model a new look it debuted in 2010. Annie Leibowitz photographed the ad campaign which appeared in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details. He covered the September 2010 issue of Rolling Stone with his True Blood co-stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
Skarsgård appeared in two 2011 films. Melancholia, an apocalyptic movie directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Skarsgård 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 small town setting from Cornwall to Mississippi, and described Venner as "an ex-football star gone to seed". The film co-starred James Marsden and Kate Bosworth and was released September 16, 2011.
Skarsgård appeared alongside Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna in Peter Berg's Battleship, an adaptation of the Hasbro game. It was released in May 2012. He will appear in Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film, What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name, which will also star Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan.
Skarsgård is a fan of Swedish football and supports Hammarby IF, a club based in Stockholm, his birth city. In October 2010, he participated in "Bajen Aid" by donating several items he had autographed and auctioning them off to raise money for the Hammarby football club.
In July 2011, Skarsgård received an honorary degree from Leeds Metropolitan University where he was formerly a student. Around the same time, he and his girlfriend of two years, actress Kate Bosworth, ended their relationship.
|1984||Åke and His World||Kalle Nubb|
|1989||The Dog That Smiled||Jojjo|
|1999||Happy End||Bamse Viktorsson|
|2000||The Dog Trick||Micke||Remade as Hundtricket: The Movie in 2002|
|2000||White Water Fury||Anders|
|2000||Wings of Glass||Johan|
|2001||Kites Over Helsinki||Robin Åström|
|2005||The Last Drop||Lt. Jergen Voller|
|2005||Om Sara||Kalle Öberg|
|2006||Never Be Mine||Christopher|
|2006||Kill Your Darlings||Geert|
|2006||Exit||Fabian von Klerking|
|2009||Beyond the Pole||Terje|
|2010||Trust Me||Alex||Also known as Puss in Sweden|
|2011||Straw Dogs||Charlie Venner|
|2012||Battleship||Commander Stone Hopper||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Ensemble|
|2013||What Maisie Knew||Lincoln|
|1999||Vita lögner||Marcus Englund||10 episodes|
|2000||D-dag||Lise's stepson||Released as a movie in 2001|
|2007||Golden Brown Eyes||Boogey Knights singer|
|2008||Generation Kill||Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert|
|2008–present||True Blood||Eric Northman|
|2003||To Kill a Child||Co-directing with Björne Larson|
|2009||Boyfriend||Paparazzi by Lady Gaga|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Odense International Film Festival||Att Döda Ett Barn||Grand Prix||Won|
|2003||Odense International Film Festival||Att Döda Ett Barn||Press Award||Won|
|2003||Guldbagge Awards||Hundtricket - The Movie||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2009||Scream Award||True Blood||Best Villain||Won|
|2009||Satellite Awards||True Blood||Best Television Ensemble||Won|
|2010||SAG Awards||True Blood||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Saturn Award||True Blood||Best Supporting Actor in Television||Nominated|
|2010||NewNowNext Awards||True Blood||Brink of Fame: Actor||Nominated|
|2010||Scream Award||True Blood||Best Television Performance||Nominated|
|2010||Scream Award||True Blood||Best Horror Actor||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||True Blood||Choice Vampire||Nominated|
|2011||Scream Award||True Blood||Best Horror Actor||Won|
|2011||Scream Award||True Blood||Best Ensemble||Won|
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