Jan Malmsjö

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Jan Malmsjö
Jan Malmsjö in 2014
Jan Wilhelm Malmsjö

(1932-05-29) 29 May 1932 (age 91)
Lund, Sweden
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1950–present
Lena Ericson
(m. 1953; div. 1964)
(m. 1966; div. 1968)
(m. 1974)
Children5 (4 alive), including Jonas Malmsjö

Jan Wilhelm Malmsjö (born 29 May 1932) is a Swedish stage and film actor, musical star and singer.[1][2] He is married to Marie Göranzon and father to Jonas Malmsjö.


Malmsjö was born in Lund, Sweden. He trained at the prestigious Royal Dramatic Training Academy from 1950 to 1953 and one of his first parts on the national stage was as Paris in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1953).

He appeared in two episodes of the World War II drama Combat! in 1966, first on the fourth season episode "Sudden Terror" as Bruener and secondly on the fifth season episode "The Chapel at Able Five" as Captain Krauss. In the same year he played Ilya W. Vorchek in the episode "Agent of the East" of the World War II espionage series Blue Light.

Malmsjö has a great range as an actor from the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet (Dramaten, 1974) and Reverent Manders in Ibsen's Ghosts to Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and leading roles in other musicals such as La Cage aux Folles and Victor/Victoria. He has also cut several music records in his native Sweden. In the musical world, his Swedish language recording of "Willkommen"; Välkomna till Cabaret (from Malmö City Theatre's successful production of Cabaret 1970; where Malmsjö played the part of Emcee) is considered a masterpiece and treasure on CD.

He has filmed sporadically: one of his most famous film parts is as the Bishop Edvard Vergérus in Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander (1982). One of his more recent stage parts was as The Captain in Strindberg's The Dance of Death in the 1993 Dramaten-production, directed by Lars Norén (adapted for TV in 1996).

He also voiced Lumiere in the Swedish dub of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

In December 2007, Malmsjö participated in the Swedish reality show Stjärnorna på slottet (Stars at the Castle), at Trolleholm Castle, along with Peter Stormare, Arja Saijonmaa, Britt Ekland and Magnus Härenstam. He participated in Melodifestivalen 2019 with the song "Leva Livet".[3]

Malmsjö was still acting as recently as 2017 at the age of 85, when he was rehearsing the title role of Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre.[4] In early 2019, he was one of the contestants (in a preparatory heat) for Sweden's selection for the Eurovision Song Contest; last time he appeared in the show had been fifty years before.

Personal life[edit]

Malmsjö is married to actress and colleague of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Marie Göranzon. His son, Jonas Malmsjö, is also an actor (and acted opposite his father in Ingmar Bergman's staging of The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg, in 2000).


In 1972, Malmsjö was awarded Svenska Dagbladet's Thalia Prize. He was awarded the Litteris et Artibus and Illis quorum in 1986 and the Eugene O'Neill Award in 1988.[5] He received the Guldmasken in 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2009.

Selected filmography[edit]


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Leva livet" 2019 9 Non-album single



  1. ^ Qvist, P.O.; von Bagh, P. (2000). Guide to the Cinema of Sweden and Finland. Reference guides to the world's cinema. Greenwood Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-313-30377-7. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Jan Malmsjö". Discogs. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  3. ^ Dahlander, Gustav (27 November 2018). "Artisterna i Melodifestivalen 2019: Hela listan – så blir deltävlingarna". Gustavs expertblogg (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 27 November 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ Ångström, Anna (12 September 2017). "Jan Malmsjö lyssnar sig in mot Krapps mörker". Svenska Dagbladet – via www.svd.se.
  5. ^ "Jan Malmsjö - dansk film database". danskefilm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 11, 15 mars 2019". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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