|Timo Johannes Koivusalo|
31 October 1963 |
Timo Johannes Koivusalo (born 31 October 1963 in Pori, Finland) is a Finnish actor, director, writer, columnist, composer and musician. His most successful film to date was Rentun Ruusu, which debuted in the movie theaters in 2001.
He has directed, written and acted in a number of films and is also an accomplished composer and musician.
The 6 ft 5 1⁄2 in (196.9 cm) Koivusalo rose to fame with his character Pekko Aikamiespoika, which he had developed while working as a stand-up comedian. As Pekko Aikamiespoika, he has also twice won the Finnish joketelling championships and made two cassettes with Pekko material. In 1992, Koivusalo appeared in the TV series Pekko Aikamiespoika, followed by a full-length movie called Pekko Aikamiespojan poikamiesaika the next year. All in all, five Pekko movies were made and already while making those, Koivusalo showed his desire to master all of the subareas of making movies: he produced, directed and wrote the script for his movies in addition to playing the lead.
After the movie Pekko ja unissakävelijä (1997), Koivusalo hung up Pekko's hat and moved behind the camera full-time. His next films were biographies: Kulkuri ja joutsen (1999), about Tapio Rautavaara and Reino Helismaa, Rentun ruusu (2001) about Irwin Goodman and Sibelius (2003), which was the first full-length biographical movie about Jean Sibelius. Koivusalo's second-to-last movie Kaksipäisen kotkan varjossa (2005), which is an adventure and musical set in Finland during the period of its russification. Koivusalo and his common-law wife, Susanna Palin, composed the soundtrack for the movie.
Finnish movie critics have not appreciated Koivusalo's movies; for example, nearly all of them lambasted Kaksipäisen kotkan varjossa. The Finnish public, however, loves them and they have come in droves to see his movies.
The name of Koivusalo's latest movie is Kalteva Torni (The Leaning Tower), which debuted in Finland on 20 October 2006. Kalteva torni is the story of a benevolent man who does not know he has multiple personalities. His greatest fear is that he will not be able to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before it falls. The leading roles in the movie are played by Martti Suosalo, Seela Sella, Liisa Kuoppamäki, Siiri Suosalo, Esko Nikkari, Mats Långbacka, Laura Jurkka, Jemina Sillanpää and Risto Salmi.
Timo Koivusalo also has considerable experience as a TV host. From 1992 to 2002, he co-hosted the popular couple's show on TV2 called Tuttu Juttu Show with Joel Hallikainen. Hallikainen left the show, however, already in the spring of 2000, after which Koivusalo co-hosted the show with various presenters. The Tuttu Juttu Show originated from a set that was called Elämäntoveri that Hallikainen and Koivusalo used to perform on the ships between Finland and Sweden. The theme song of the Tuttu Juttu Show, Kuurankukka, has become a classic and which made Hallikainen one of Finland's most popular artists at the beginning of the 1990s. From 2002 to 2006, Koivusalo hosted another show on TV2; this game show was called Leikin varjolla.
Koivusalo has also written 2 books: Pekko ja outolintu in 1997 and Rysän päältä – siikahyvä ruokakirja in 2005. The latter he wrote with restaurateur Jani Lehtinen and reporter Mikko Peltola. He has also had a column in the Helsingin Sanomat.
Despite Timo Koivusalo's long career in the arts, he has been educated as a chef and a mental nurse. He owns a restaurant called Trattoria Bucco in Pori together with Jani Lehtinen. They also used to own a restaurant together in Rauma, which open only a short time.
Koivusalo has been married once; this marriage ended in divorce. He has three children from this marriage: Severi (b. 31 October 1990, sharing the same birthday as his father), Merika (b. 24 November 1992) and Samuli (b. 7 August 1997). Koivusalo is currently engaged.
- Pekko aikamiespojan poikamiesaika (1993)
- Pekko ja poika (1994)
- Pekko ja massahurmaaja (1995)
- Pekko ja muukalainen (1996)
- Pekko ja unissakävelijä (1997)
- Kulkuri ja Joutsen (1999)
- Rentun Ruusu (2001)
- Sibelius (2003)
- Kaksipäisen kotkan varjossa (2005)
- Kalteva torni (2006)
- Täällä Pohjantähden alla (scheduled for 2009)