Alf Kjellin

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Alf Kjellin
Barbara Bain Mission Impossible 1969.JPG
Kjellin with Barbara Bain in an episode of Mission: Impossible, 1969
Born(1920-02-28)28 February 1920
Lund, Sweden
Died5 April 1988(1988-04-05) (aged 68)
Other names
  • Christopher Kent
  • Christopher Kelleen
Years active1937–1985
(m. 1941; div. 1953)
Gun Hellberg
(m. 1958; div. 1973)

Alf Kjellin (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈalf ɕɛ̌lˈɪːn]; 28 February 1920 – 5 April 1988) was a Swedish film actor and director, who also appeared on some television shows.[1][2]


Kjellin underwent two changes of names in his early days in Hollywood. The first studio for which he worked billed him as Christopher Kent, and the next studio changed his name to Christopher Kelleen. He made one film using each name. Producer Stanley Kramer wanted him to make another change for another film, but Kjellin insisted on using his real name from that point on.[3]

Kjellin was well established as a film actor when he occasionally took on roles in television shows. For example, in 1965 he prominently guest-starred as Stalag Luft Kommandant Colonel Max Richter in the two-part episode "P.O.W." (Episodes 30 and 31) of Twelve O'Clock High.[4] He directed over 130 TV episodes for such shows as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Waltons, Dynasty as well as the 1974 Columbo episodes Negative Reaction and Mind Over Mayhem and an episode of the 1976 series Sara.[5]

Kjellin was born in Lund, Sweden and died in Los Angeles, California of a heart attack.

Stig Järrel and Alf Kjellin (right) in Torment (1944)

Selected filmography[edit]

Kjellin in Summer Place Wanted (1957)


  1. ^ "Alf Kjellin". Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Alf Kjellin | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ MacPherson, Virginia (12 November 1951). "Kjellin, No, Che-Leeen; His Name's Like Sneeze". Press and Sun-Bulletin. New York, Binghamton. United Press. p. 16. Retrieved 28 April 2022 – via
  4. ^ "12 O'clock High | TV Guide".
  5. ^ "Alf Kjellin". BFI.

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