Thorsten Flinck

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Thorsten Flinck
Peace and Love Thorsten Flinck 2.JPG
Flinck performing at the 2010 Peace & Love festival
Born (1961-04-17) 17 April 1961 (age 53)
Solna, Sweden
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1977–present

Thorsten Flinck (born 17 April 1961 in Solna, Sweden), is a Swedish actor, director, and musician.[1] He is known for mostly playing psychopaths and villains, and also for his outrageous personality both on stage and in real life. Between 1986 and 2002, Flinck was employed by the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Acting / Directing[edit]

Theater

Thorsten Flinck started theater in 1977 and graduated from the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting (Teaterhögskolan) in 1984. In theater, he worked at the Dramaten between 1986 and 2002 both as an actor and as a director where he is best known for Herr Puntila in 1996, Lång dags färd in 1998 and Den goda människan i Sezuan in 1998. He also took part in Misantropen in 1995, Tant Blomma in 1993 and Romeo och Julia in 1991 and at the Uppsala City Theatre he played a lead role in Strindbergs' play Gustav III.

With Charlotta Larsson and Lena Nilsson, Flinck formed "Grupp 98" theater group based at the Plaza Theater with Thorsten Flinck as director, artistic director and actor. There he directed Tre systrar in 1994, En handelsresandes död in 1996, Maskeraden in 1999, Fadren in 1999–2001, Flinck goes Wilde in 2002.

Flinck also played Doktor Flinck, hos won version of adaptation of Hjalmar Söderbergs' novel Doktor Glas where he played all the roles himself and Strindbergs' Paria. In 2009, he directed Natt med gäster.

Television

His first television role was in TV series Peters Baby 1978 and his first directional work was Fordringsägare in 1989. In 1991 he directed the series Goltuppen, written by Leif GW Persson. With Pernilla Wahlgren, he hosted SVT's Christmas special Morgonstjärnan in 1985 with short skits and with Flinck and Peter Dalle in Spökhotellet in 1987 as well as appearing in various TV productions. He had a regular feature on TV4's show Hetluft in 2003-2004 season. He landed lead roles in Strindbergs Den Starkare against Mikael Persbrandt in 2004.

Radio

In 1997, the Swedish Radio P1, featured Flinck in presentation of a novel entitled Mannen i svart (meaning The Man in Black) for which he won an Italian unofficial world title on the radio for his performance.

Flinck also appears frequently on the radio P1 the radio program Dagens Dikt (meaning Today's Poem). He has on occasions read short story and acted in radio theater pieces.

Music[edit]

Thorsten Flinck grew up with his twin brother Richard in Huvudsta, Solna. Their father was a French-Moroccan. The two, together with some friends formed, in 1977, the band Rockvindar (meaning Rock Winds) and their debut album Första gången (meaning The first time) was released in 1980. The band performed in night clubs with heavy rock influences.

In 2002, Flinck put together the music group Flincka Fingrar. The Swedish documentary filmmaker Peter Gaszynski shot a concert film with the band's performances. The film titled Thorsten Flinck: Ett konstnärsporträtt appeared on SVT1 in 2004. Thorsten Flinck released, with Flincka Fingrars hios debut album Vildvuxna rosor (Wild roses in English) in 2005 featuring covers of five songs by Björn Afzelius, a cover of Lena Philipsson's "Dansa i neon", a cover of Nationalteatern's "Rövarkungens ö", and a Swedish version of "Where the Wild Roses Grow", originally by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue. Totta Näslund, Ola Salo, and Monica Törnell provided guest vocals on the album. "Min vackre son" (My handsome son in English) was released as a single. Thorsten also fronted for the blues artist and progressive rock icon Totta Naslund.

In 2008, he formed the band called "Revolutionsorkestern" (meaning Revolutionary Orchestra) made up of Robert Olsson, Magnus Eugenson, Ulf Wahlberg and Mikael Englund and the act became known as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern releasing their self-titled album Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern in 2011. The album contained new interpretations of works by Townes van Zandt and Nick Cave, as well as pieces from the Sweden as rock music and as ballads. "Långt bort högt upp i det blå" (meaning Far away high into the blue) was released as single.

In recent years, Flinck is often been accompanied by guitarist Kenny Hakansson. Songs are varied with ballads, rock and country, in addition to poems and monologues. The music is written by, among others by Bjorn Afzelius, Dan Hylander, Ulf Dageby, Plura Jonsson, Evert Taube, Nick Cave, Townes van Zandt, and poetry by Kent Andersson and Andersson.

The album En dans på knivens egg (meaning dance on the knife's edge) was released in 2012. Text of several of the songs were written by Ted Ström. "Hjärtats slutna rum" (meaning The heart's closed rooms) was released as single.

Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern participated in Melodifestivalen 2012 with "Jag reser mig igen" ("I Will Get Up Again")[2] qualifying for the Final 10 of the show after reaching "second chance" stage and ousting Sean Banan. In the finale, Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern ended up in eighth place overall.

Personal life[edit]

He has the daughters Felice and Happy Jankell with the TV host and reporter Annika Jankell. Thorsten was a youth leader in Solna church 1975–80.

Discography[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

with Rockvindar
  • 1979: På lörda' é re fest hos Catrin (EP)
  • 1980: Första gången
  • 1982: Lys upp mitt mörker (EP)
Solo
Year Album Peak Position Certifications Notes
SWE
[3]
2005 Vildvuxna rosor 21
2012 En dans på knivens egg 3
as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
Year Album Peak Position Certifications Notes
SWE
[3]
2011 Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern 4

Singles[edit]

Solo
Year Single Peak Position Album
SWE
[3]
2005 "Min vackre son"  –
as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
Year Single Peak Position Album
SWE
[3]
2011 "Långt bort högt upp i det blå"  –
2011 "Hjärtats slutna rum"  –
"Jag reser mig igen" 38 Non-album release
(in Melodifestivalen 2012)

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

As director[edit]

References[edit]