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Peter Stormare, 2008
|Born||Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm
27 August 1953
Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm (born 27 August 1953), known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɛr stɔrmˈarɛ] ( )), is a Swedish film, stage, voice and television actor, as well as a theatrical director, playwright and musician. Stormare is probably best known in the United States for playing Gaear Grimsrud in the Academy Award-winning film Fargo (1996). He is also well-known for his role as John Abruzzi in the Fox TV series, Prison Break .
Stormare was born in Kumla, Närke, Sweden, and grew up in Arbrå, Hälsingland. He changed his surname when he discovered he shared it with a senior student at the acting academy. Just like "storm" (a word which has the same meaning in Swedish and English), "stormare" is a Swedish word, meaning "stormer". Before settling on "Stormare" he briefly contemplated changing his name to "Mrots Retep" which is simply "Peter Storm" backwards.
Stormare began his career with the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre, to which he belonged for eleven years. In 1990, he took a leading position (Associate Artistic Director) at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and made a name for himself through various Shakespeare performances including Hamlet. Three years later, he moved to New York City and mainly took part there in English language productions. He played Carl Hamilton, a fictional Swedish secret agent similar to James Bond. He was discovered by international audiences for his critically acclaimed role as one of the kidnappers (with Steve Buscemi) in Fargo (1996). He later played a sleazy, unlicensed "eye-doctor" named Solomon Eddie in Minority Report. He portrayed Dieter Stark in the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
In 1998, he appeared in "The Frogger", a Seinfeld episode where he played a "rogue electrician" known as "Slippery Pete". He portrayed Uli Kunkel in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, as well as playing Lev Andropov, the Russian Cosmonaut in 1998's Armageddon. In 1999 he appeared opposite Nicolas Cage, in the role of a villainous producer & director of deviant hard-core porn named "Dino Velvet" in the film 8mm. He also portrayed Gunny in the movie Windtalkers in 2002 and Alexei in the 2003 film Bad Boys II. In 2003, Stormare played the role of Ernst Röhm in Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In the 2005 film Constantine, Stormare played Lucifer. He played an interrogator in the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm. His first major character in television was on the show Prison Break in 2005, where he played mob boss John Abruzzi. Stormare was originally cast for the role of Fido, but upon being cast in Prison Break, he opted out of the film.
He voiced "Mattias Nilsson" in the video games Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the voice of Isair in the computer game Icewind Dale 2, and the voice of Johann Strauss in Quake 4. In February 2006, he starred as Wolfgang in Volkswagen's VDub series of television commercials.
Stormare played the main character in the movie Svartvattnet, which was filmed in Sweden and Norway during 2007. Stormare was also offered a role in the ABC television series Lost for a period of one year, which he later declined. In the 2007 film Premonition he played the character Dr Roth. In April 2007, he appeared in an episode of crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Ending Happy".
In December 2007, Stormare participated in the Swedish reality show "Stjärnorna på slottet" along with Britt Ekland, Arja Saijonmaa, Jan Malmsjö and Magnus Härenstam. He appears in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Dr. Zelinsky, a Russian scientist who builds a time machine. He runs his own record label, StormVox. He starred as Walter in the Canadian independent crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs (2010). He appeared in the music video of the song "Uprising" by the Swedish power metal band Sabaton. He plays himself in the 2011 Norwegian comedy Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen, and appeared as a psychiatrist in the Swedish horror film Marianne (2011). He appeared in "The Replacer" trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which was made for the "Revolution" DLC pack. He has since reappeared in most recent trailers for the game.
After Bono of U2 heard some of Stormare's music, he encouraged Stormare to make an album. In 2002, Stormare released his first album, Dallerpölsa och småfåglar. Stormare is the godfather of Gustaf Skarsgård, the son of equally acclaimed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, and plays in a band called Blonde from Fargo. While working on a Disney film in Prague, Stormare was introduced to Bob Dylan after the concert by bassist Tony Garnier.
Peter Stormare is a Christian and claims he has had contact with God, ironic as he portrayed Lucifer in Constantine. When he was young, he participated in the Baptist meetings in Arbrå. He has a strong spiritual side, inherited from his mother, who claimed to be a medium, and who in turn supposedly inherited this from her own father.
|1982||Fanny and Alexander||Young man who helps Isak with coffer|
|1986||Seppan||Sara's Father||TV movie|
|Den frusna leoparden||Jerry|
|1987||Pirates of the Lake||Justus|
|1991||Freud flyttar hemifrån...||Berra|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Dieter Stark|
|In the Presence of a Clown||Petrus Landahl||TV movie|
|The Big Lebowski||Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'|
|Commander Hamilton||Carl Hamilton|
|Somewhere in the City||Graham|
|Dancer in the Dark||Jeff|
|The Million Dollar Hotel||Dixie|
|The Beatle Fan||Albert|
|Minority Report||Dr. Solomon Eddie|
|Windtalkers||Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad|
|The Tuxedo||Dr. Simms|
|Bad Company||Adrik Vas|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Ernst Röhm||TV movie|
|Bad Boys II||Alexei|
|The Movie Hero||The Suspicious Character|
|2005||The Batman vs. Dracula||Dracula||Voice|
|The Brothers Grimm||Cavaldi|
|2001 Maniacs||Professor Ackerman|
|Buck Rogers to the Xtreme!|
|Boot Camp||Arthur Hail|
|They Never Found Her||Woods|
|Gone with the Woman||Glenn|
|2008||Witless Protection||Arthur Grimsley|
|2009||The Killing Room||Dr. Phillips|
|The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus||The President|
|Dylan Dog: Dead of Night||Gabriel|
|Small Town Murder Songs||Walter|
|Henry's Crime||Darek Millodragovic|
|Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen||Peter Stormare|
|Get the Gringo||Frank Fowler|
|Small Apartments||Mr. Olivetti|
|Tai Chi Hero||Duke Fleming|
|2013||Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||Sheriff Berringer|
|The Last Stand||Thomas Burrell|
|Autumn Blood||The Mayor|
|Trial of Arms||Karkov|
|Sleight of Hand||Terrible Terry|
|The Zero Theorem||Doctor 2|
|Pain & Gain||Dr. Bjornson|
|2014||22 Jump Street||Ghost|
|Penguins of Madagascar||Corporal||Voice|
|1993||Morsarvet||Kapten Bergkvist||TV mini-series|
|1998||Seinfeld||Slippery Pete||1 episode: "The Frogger"|
|2002||Watching Ellie||Ingvar||11 episodes|
|2004||Joey||Viktor||1 episode "Joey and the Husband"|
|2005||Prison Break||John Abruzzi||20 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||George 'Binky' Babinkian||1 episode "Ending Happy"|
|2008||Transformers: Animated||Meltdown / Prometheus Black (voice)||3 episodes|
|Monk||Petya Lovak||1 episode "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"|
|2009||Entourage||Aaron Cohen||2 episodes|
|Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Gorb||1 episode: "Road Trip"|
|Hawaii Five-0||Drago Zankovic||1 episode: "Ohana"|
|Adventure Time||Sir Slicer||1 episode: "Blood Under the Skin"|
|2011||Covert Affairs||Max Kupala||1 episode: "The Outsiders"|
|Wilfred||Trashface||1 episode: "Isolation"|
|Leverage||Gunter Hanzig||1 episode: "The Office Job"|
|2012||NCIS: Los Angeles||Interpol Agent Martin Källström||1 episode: "Crimeleon"|
|Body of Proof||Wilson Polley||1 episode: "Mind Games"|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Whiplash||1 episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"|
|2014||Psych||Cyrus Polk||1 episode: "Someone's Got a Woody"|
|Rake||Jack Tarrant||1 episode: "Serial Killer"|
|The Blacklist||Figure / Berlin||2 episodes|
|Arrow||Werner Zytle / Count Vertigo|
|Longmire||Chance Gilbert||2 episodes|
|2002||Icewind Dale II||Isair|
|2005||Quake 4||Pvt. Johann Strauss|
|Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction||Mattias Nilsson|
|2008||Mercenaries 2: World in Flames||Mattias Nilsson|
|Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||Dr. Gregor Zelinsky|
|2009||Wanted: Weapons of Fate||The Immortal|
|2010||Prison Break: The Conspiracy||John Abruzzi|
|2012||The Secret World||Dr. Aldini, Huiginn, Muninn|
|2013||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||The Replacer|
|2014||The Elder Scrolls Online||Jorunn the Skald King|
|2014||Destiny (video game)||Dead Orbit Faction Leader|
- "Uprising" (music video) by Sabaton
- Dallerpölsa och småfåglar (2002)
- Swänska hwisor vol 1 (2004)
- Lebowski-Fest 2005 (2005)
- "Seven Seas", track on The Poodles' CD Sweet Trade (2007)
- Peter Stormare Film Reference bio
- Marcus Boldemann. "Peter Stormare vänder hem" (in Swedish). DN.se. Retrieved September 5, 2006.
- Stormare Offered Role in "Lost"
- Stormare says no to offered role in "Lost"
- StormVox Studios homepage
- Metal News SABATON
- Barker, Cory (12 May 2014). "The Blacklist Season Finale Review: The Burning Truth". TV.com.
- "The Man Who Is Berlin: Meet Peter Stormare". NBC.
- Abrams, Natalie (July 3, 2014). "Exclusive: Arrow Taps Peter Stormare as New Count Vertigo". TV Guide. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
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