Espen Skjønberg

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Espen Skjønberg
Born Espen Skjønberg
(1924-04-07) 7 April 1924 (age 90)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937–present

Espen Skjønberg (born 7 April 1924) is a Norwegian actor of stage, screen and television.

Skjønberg was born in Oslo. He made his first movie appearance as a child in the 1937 Norwegian classic Fant. His stage debut came reciting poetry at the Norwegian theatre Chat Noir in 1945. He joined the Norwegian National Theatre in 1946 and become one of its most prominent figures, appearing in 64 different roles the next 60 years. As late as 2006 he co-starred with Toralv Maurstad in an adaption of Waiting for Godot.

Skjønberg's first starring role in films was in 1951's Vi vil skilles. Throughout the years he has acted alongside Tom Courtenay, Nigel Hawthorne, Susannah York, Edward Woodward, Gérard Depardieu, and co-starred with Hollywood veterans Cliff Robertson and Robert Mitchum in the 1995 movie Pakten.

He also found popularity with new generations heading the cast of Familiesagaen De Syv Søstre (1996–2000), one of Norway's first major soap operas. In the show Skjønberg co-starred with his real-life wife, actress Mona Hofland. He was also popular as the old mountain gnome Erke in the widely successful children's series Jul i Blåfjell (1999).

Skjønberg has received several awards throughout his career. Most notably the Norwegian Arts Council's Honorary Award in 1989, the Norwegian film award Amanda for best actor in 1994 (for the WW2 drama Secondløitnanten) and its Honorary Award in 2004. In 2008 he also won an Amanda for his supporting role in the movie O' Horten. He has also received the British Theatre Association's Drama Award and was made a Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav by the King of Norway.

He is the son of actress Henny Skjønberg. His older brother, Pål Skjønberg, was also a successful actor and stage instructor.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1937 Fant Fantebarn #2
1939 De vergeløse Schoolboy
1951 Dei svarte hestane Ola Nordbø
The Stranger Bokselgeren
1952 Vi vil skilles Ola Berg
Andrine og Kjell
1953 Ung frue forsvunnet Einar Møller, pharmacist
Skøytekongen Høye, journalist
1954 Kasserer Jensen Svensen
Portrettet Nilsen, pharmacist
1955 Arthurs forbrytelse Arthur Sellman
1956 Roser til Monica Egil Ek, pianist
1957 Stevnemøte med glemte år
1961 Hans Nielsen Hauge Mikkel Nielsen Hauge
1970 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Tiurin
1971 Gråt, elskede mann
1972 Motforestilling
1973 Knut Formos siste jakt Presten
1976 Vårnatt Hjalmar
1979 Blood of the Railroad Workers Spelol
Heritage Jon Skaug
1981 Forfølgelsen Kristoffer Klomber
1982 Krypskyttere Tandberg
1984 On the Threshold Kalle
1989 A Handful of Time Old Martin
1990 Twice Upon a Time Smykkehandleren
Landstrykere Knoff
Svampe Trym
1991 Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon Fortelleren voice
1993 Secondløitnanten Thor Espedal Amanda for Best Actor
1994 Dreamplay Faren
Trollsyn Fortelleren voice
1995 Waiting for Sunset Carl Berner
1996 Syndig sommer
1999 Sofies verden Leonardo da Vinci
Frozen Heart Nansen voice
2001 Guggen: The Big Cheese voice
2002 I Am Dina Merchant 2
2004 My Jealous Barber Bents father
2007 O'Horten Trygve Sissener Amanda for Best Supporting Actor
2008 Fiin aargang
I et speil i en gåte Grandfather

Television[edit]

Year Programme or series Role Notes
1962 Prosessen Josef K
1969 Faderen Captain
Taxi TV mini-series
1970 Vildanden Gregers Werle
1981 Medmenneske Didrik Dale TV mini-series
1985 Kong Lear TV mini-series
1988 Codename: Kyril Michaelov
1994 Vestavind Algot Engan
Seier'n er vå Bestefar
1996 Familiesagaen de syv søstre Haakon (unknown episodes)
1999 Jul i Blåfjell Erke
2000 Sofies verden Leonardi Da Vinci TV mini-series
2004–2005 Seks som oss Prest 3 episodes
2007 Berlinerpoplene Tormod Neshov TV mini-series
2009 Casper och den förbjudna filmen Himself

References[edit]

  • "Skjønberg, Espen". Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store Norske Leksikon (2 ed.). 1988. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Arne Skouen
Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
1989
Succeeded by
Arne Nordheim