Peter Stormare

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Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare.jpg
Peter Stormare, 2008
Born Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 61)
Kumla, Sweden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
  • Karen Sillas (m. 1989; div. 2006)
  • Toshimi Stormare (m. 2008)

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 .

Early life[edit]

Stormare was born in Kumla, Närke, Sweden,[1] 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.[2] Stormare was also offered a role in the ABC television series Lost for a period of one year,[3] which he later declined.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Stormare divides his time between the United States and Sweden.[7] He is divorced from his first wife, actress Karen Sillas and is currently married to Toshimi, a native of Japan.[7]

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.

Stormare with the originator of performance poetry Hedwig Gorski in Prague backstage at Bob Dylan's concert in October 2003.

Peter Stormare is a Christian and claims he has had contact with God, ironic as he portrayed Lucifer in Constantine.[7][8] When he was young, he participated in the Baptist meetings in Arbrå.[8][9] 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.[8][9]



Year Film Role Notes
1978 Lyftet Prisoner
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
1990 Awakenings Neurochemist
1991 Freud flyttar hemifrån... Berra
1992 Damage Peter Wetzler
1996 Fargo Gaear Grimsrud
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dieter Stark
In the Presence of a Clown Petrus Landahl TV movie
1998 Armageddon Lev Andropov
Mercury Rising Shayes
The Big Lebowski Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
Commander Hamilton Carl Hamilton
Somewhere in the City Graham
1999 Purgatory Cavin Guthrie
8mm Dino Velvet
2000 Bruiser Milo Styles
Chocolat Serge Muscat
Dancer in the Dark Jeff
The Million Dollar Hotel Dixie
Circus Julius
2001 Happy Campers Oberon
2002 13 Moons Slovo
The Beatle Fan Albert
Spun Mullet Cop
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
2004 Birth Clifford
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Dracula Voice
The Brothers Grimm Cavaldi
2001 Maniacs Professor Ackerman
Buck Rogers to the Xtreme!
Constantine Lucifer
2006 Nacho Libre Emperor
Unknown Snakeskin Boots
2007 Premonition Dr. Roth
Anamorph Blair Collet
Boot Camp Arthur Hail
They Never Found Her Woods
Switch Tommen
Gone with the Woman Glenn
2008 Witless Protection Arthur Grimsley
Insanitarium Dr. Gianetti
Wolf Klemens
2009 The Killing Room Dr. Phillips
Horsemen David Spitz
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The President
2010 Corridor Micke
Undocumented Z
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Gabriel
Small Town Murder Songs Walter
Henry's Crime Darek Millodragovic
2011 Marianne Sven
Inseparable Richard
False Trail Torsten
Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen Peter Stormare
2012 Lockout Scott Langral
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
Siberian Education Ink
Autumn Blood The Mayor
Bad Milo! Highsmith
Trial of Arms Karkov
Sleight of Hand Terrible Terry
The Pendant White
The Zero Theorem Doctor 2
Pain & Gain Dr. Bjornson
2014 22 Jump Street Ghost
Rage O'Connell
Mall Barry
Penguins of Madagascar Corporal Voice


Year Title Role Notes
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"
2010 Weeds Chef 2 episodes
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[10][11] 2 episodes
Arrow Werner Zytle / Count Vertigo[12]
Longmire Chance Gilbert 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Game Character
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

Music video[edit]

  • "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)

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