Erik Bergman (Lutheran minister)
Ingmar's father, Erik Bergman pictured at Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm
|Born||Erik Henrik Fredrik Bergman
22 October 1886
Mörbylånga, Kalmar County
|Died||26 April 1970
|Children||Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)|
Erik Bergman was born at Mörbylånga, Kalmar County in 1886. He was ordained to the Swedish State Church in Uppsala in 1912 and served as a priest in Valbo as of 1913. In 1918 he was relocated to Stockholm and served as a minister at Hedvig Eleonora Church where he became the parish vicar in 1934. In that capacity he also served as a royal chaplain to the Swedish royal court.
He was married to nurse Karin Åkerblom. Ingmar Bergman later wrote the semi-biographical script about his parents' complex courtship in The Best Intentions, a story that includes the unhappy early years of their marriage up to the point where the mother is pregnant with her second son, effectively Ingmar himself. Erik Bergman was a rather strict family father and his complex relationship with his son is a somber theme in Ingmar Bergman movies such as Fanny and Alexander.
Erik Bergman died in Stockholm in 1970.