3 October 1916|
|Died||14 June 2006
|Spouse(s)||Sofie Helene Wigert (second wife)|
|Relatives||Sonja Wigert (sister)
Arthur Nordlie (father-in-law)
Knut Hansen was born in Skien as a son of Major Sigvald Hansen (1881–1954) and his wife Carmen Franciska Christina Kirsebom (1887–1951), and a younger brother of Sonja Wigert. He changed his last name to Wigert in 1935.
Wigert was married to Eva Nordlie from 1942 to 1946. In January 1950 he married ship-owner Sofie Helene Huitfeldt, née Olsen. The marriage lasted until her death in September 1989. They resided in Bærum. He was a son-in-law of ship-owner Rudolf Olsen, and the family inherited large properties include the manor Dirhue at Tjøme. Wigert lost this to his step-children in an out-of-court settlement in 1993.
Wigert finished school when graduating Oslo Commerce School in 1936. He made his stage début at Centralteatret in 1937, and started acting for the National Theatre in Oslo from 1938. He played "the pilot" in an adaptation of Karel Čapek's anti-Nazi play Matka (The Mother), which had dress rehearsal on 8 April 1940 and never premièred due to the German invasion of Norway the following day. Among his roles were "Hugo" in a 1950 adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's Dirty Hands, and "Brick" in a 1956 adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He played a long series of Ibsen characters, such as "Hertug Skule" (from The Pretenders), "Peer" (from Peer Gynt), "Rosmer" (from Rosmersholm), "Brack" (from Hedda Gabler), "Helmer" (from A Doll's House), "Rubek" (from When We Dead Awaken), "Solness" (from The Master Builder), "Borkman" (from John Gabriel Borkman) and "Julian" (from Emperor and Galilean). A bust of Wigert, sculptured by Joseph Grimeland, was unveiled at the National Theatre in 1998.
Second World War
During the Second World War, Wigert was a member of the Norwegian Independent Company 1, recruited by former actor and leader of the group Martin Linge. He participated in the Operation Archery raid at Måløy in 'December 1941, and later graduated as a lieutenant from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1943. He published the book Landflyktig in 1945, describing his travel via Stockholm, Moscow, Istanbul, Cairo and South Africa to England, and later service in the army.
He was decorated as a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1988 for his contributions to Norwegian theatre. He received the city of Oslo's cultural prize in 1992 for his initiative and efforts which resulted in the establishment of a Henrik Ibsen museum in Oslo. He received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award in 1996.
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