Michael Nyqvist

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Michael Nyqvist
Michael Nyqvist 2013.jpg
Nyqvist in 2013
Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist
(1960-11-08)8 November 1960
Stockholm, Sweden
Died 27 June 2017(2017-06-27) (aged 56)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–2017
Catharina Ehrnrooth (m. 1990)
Children 2

Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist (Swedish: [²nyːkvɪst]; 8 November 1960 – 27 June 2017), better known as Michael Nyqvist, was a Swedish actor.[1] Educated at the School of Drama in Malmö, he became well known for playing police officer Banck in the first series of Martin Beck films made in 1997, and later for his leading role in the film Grabben i graven bredvid in 2002. He was most recognized internationally for his role in the acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist, as well as the lead villains in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (as Kurt Hendricks) and John Wick (as Viggo Tarasov). In 2004, he played the leading role in the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven.

Early life[edit]

Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist was born on 8 November 1960 in Stockholm, the son of a Swedish mother and an Italian father (from Florence).[2][3] As a young child, he was adopted from an orphanage.[4] At age 17, he spent a year as an exchange student in Omaha, Nebraska.[5] He took his first acting classes there, as a senior in high school; he played, amongst other things, a small part in the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.[4] When he returned to Sweden, he was accepted at ballet school, but gave it up after one year.[6] An ex-girlfriend suggested he try theatre instead, and at 24 he was accepted to the Malmö Theatre Academy.[7]


Nyqvist's first major role was as police officer John Banck in the first set of Beck films in 1997.[8] His first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson.[9] The movie achieved great international success and earned Nyqvist his first Guldbagge Best Actor nomination for his role as a misguided husband with anger issues.[10] He later played the leading man in the Swedish romantic comedy, Grabben i graven bredvid directed by Kjell Sundvall.[10] Nyqvist won a Guldbagge Best Actor award for his role as the farmer, Benny.[10]

"If the measure of an actor is the impression made on the audience, well, then Michael Nyqvist is the greatest of all time."

—American actor Greg Poehler paid his last respect to Nyqvist after the Swedish actor died on 27 June 2017.[11]

In 2004, he played the lead role as Daniel Daréus, a conductor and musician, in the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven, directed by Kay Pollak.[12][13] In 2006, he starred in Suddenly directed by Johan Brisinger.[14] In Suddenly, Nyqvist plays Lasse – a man who must come to terms with the sudden loss of his wife and son.[14] In 2007, Nyqvist portrayed Swedish ambassador to Chile Harald Edelstam, who helped many people flee execution during and after dictator Augusto Pinochet's military coup in September 1973, in The Black Pimpernel.[15]

He has garnered recent international attention starring as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish title: Män som hatar kvinnor), The Girl Who Played with Fire (Swedish title: Flickan som lekte med elden), and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish title: Luftslottet som sprängdes) of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.[16]

He starred in Abduction (2011), directed by John Singleton.[17][18] He was also part of the permanent ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.[19] Nyqvist appeared in the 2011 action thriller Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth film of the series, directed by Brad Bird.[20] In the film, Nyqvist portrays a madman code-named 'Cobalt', who wants to instigate a global war between Russia and the United States that he believes will restore ecological balance to the planet.[21] In 2014, he appeared in John Wick as the antagonist, a New York Russian mob boss who is forced to protect his son from a legendary hit man played by Keanu Reeves.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Nyqvist described his childhood and his quest as an adult to find his biological parents in his autobiographical novel, Just After Dreaming (Swedish title: När barnet lagt sig).[23] In 1990, he married the Finnish scenographer Catharina Ehrnrooth (born 1969).[24] They had two children, Ellen (born 1991) and Arthur (born 1996).[25]


Nyqvist died from lung cancer on 27 June 2017 in Stockholm. He was 56.[1][26]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Kamraterna The model TV movie[27][28]
1987 Jim och piraterna Blom [27][28]
1990 Pass TV movie[27][28]
1996 Sånt är livet Kalle Andersson [27][28]
1997 Tic Tac Vinni [27][28]
1997–98 Beck John Banck TV series (7 episodes)[27][28]
1998 Nightwalk Short film[27][28]
1998 Waiting for the Tenor The Director [27][28]
1998 Personkrets 3:1 Karl-Erik [27][28]
1999 Breaking out Diego [27][28]
1999 En dag i taget Henrik TV series[27][28]
2000 10:10 Magnus Short film[27][28]
2000 Together Rolf Nominated – Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role[27][28]
2001 Home Sweet Home Kent [27][28]
2001 Making Babies [27][28]
2002 Grabben i graven bredvid Benny Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role[27][28]
2003 Smala Sussie Mörka Rösten ("Dark Voice") [27][28]
2003 Detailjer Erik [27][28]
2004 As It Is in Heaven Daniel Daréus Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nominated film
Nominated – Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role[27][28]
2004 Day and night Jacob [27][28]
2004 ABBA: Our Last Video Ever [27][28]
2005 Shadow world Short film[27][28]
2005 Naboer Åke [27][28]
2005 Mother of Mine Hjalmar Jönsson Nominated – Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role[27][28]
2005 Bang Bang Orangutang Sven Blomberg [27][28]
2005 Wallander: Mastermind Lothar Kraftzcyk [27][28]
2006 Search [27][28]
2006 Suddenly Lasse [27][28]
2007 The Black Pimpernel Harald Edelstam [27][28]
2007 Arn: The Knight Templar Magnus Folkesson [27][28]
2008 The Kautokeino Rebellion Lars Levi Laestadius [27][28]
2008 Downloading Nancy Stan [27][28]
2008 Iscariot Masen [27][28]
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist [27][28]
2009 The Girl Who Played with Fire Mikael Blomkvist [27][28]
2009 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Mikael Blomkvist [27][28]
2009 Bröllopsfotografen Stage actor [27][28]
2010 The Woman That Dreamed About a Man Johan [27][28]
2010 Among Us Ernst [27][28]
2010 Kennedys Hirn Lars Hakansson TV movie[27][28]
2010 The Chinese Man Staffan [27][28]
2011 Abduction Nikola Kozlow [27][28]
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Kurt Hendricks [27][28]
2012 Disconnect Stephen Schumacher [27][28]
2013 Zero Hour White Vincent TV series[27][28]
2013 Europa Report Andrei Blok [27][28]
2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Father Lars [27][28]
2013 Days and Nights Johan [27][28]
2014 John Wick Viggo Tarasov [27][28]
2014 The Girl in the Book Milan Daneker [27][28]
2014 100 Code Mikael Eklund TV series[27][28]
2014 Paris Follies Jesper [27][28]
2015 Colonia Paul Schäfer Nominated – German Film Award for Best Supporting Actor[27][28]
2015 The Girl King Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna [27][28]
2016 Frank & Lola Alan [27][28]
2016 I.T. Henrik [27][28]
2017 Du Forsvinder Bernard Berman [27][28]
2017 Madiba Hendrik Verwoerd TV mini-series[27][28]
2018 Hunter Killer Captain Sergi Andropoyov Posthumous release[27][28]
2018 Radegund Bishop Joseph Fliessen Post-production; posthumous release[27][28]
2018 Kursk Filming; posthumous release[27][28]


  • Dansa för oss (2013)[29]
  • När barnet lagt sig (2011)[23]


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