Ole Thestrup

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Ole Thestrup
Min Far; Anette Støvelbæk, Ole Thestrup.jpg
Ole Thestrup and Anette Støvelbæk in the Folketeatret production of Le Père
Born(1948-03-12)12 March 1948
Nibe, Denmark
Died2 February 2018(2018-02-02) (aged 69)
Tuse Næs, Denmark
Years active1978–2017

Ole Svane Thestrup (12 March 1948 – 2 February 2018) was a Danish actor. He appeared in many Danish films, particularly those directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, as well as television and theatre roles. He had a recurring role in the political drama series Borgen.

Early and personal life[edit]

Ole Thestrup was born in Nibe, North Jutland, on 12 March 1948. He initially had ambitions to become a guitarist, before turning to acting. He joined Aarhus Theatre aged 25, completing his acting training in 1976.[1] He later also worked at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.

Thestrup had a history of alcohol abuse, which contributed to his 1988 imprisonment at Headingley Correctional Institution near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada after he caused disruption on board a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles, leading to an emergency landing. He gave up alcohol in 1998, after receiving two citations for drunk driving in October 1997.[2]

He died on 2 February 2018, in his home in Tuse Næs, following a battle with lung cancer which had stalled his acting career in April 2017.[3]


Thestrup's early television roles included the comedy series Een stor familie (1982–1983) and the 1986 Christmas calendar show Jul på Slottet, in which Politiken described him as being "perfectly cast".[4]

In the early 2000s he played the role of the Captain in Robert Wilson's adaptation of the play Woyzeck by Georg Büchner.[5]

Director Anders Thomas Jensen regularly cast Thestrup in his films, beginning with the Academy Award-winning 1998 short Election Night. He also appeared in Jensen's feature films Flickering Lights (2000), The Green Butchers (2003), Adam's Apples (2005) and Men & Chicken (2015).

Thestrup had a recurring role in all three series of the DR political drama Borgen as right-wing politician Svend Åge Saltum.

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ Kirkebæk, Karine (27 January 2012). "Ude af mørket". AOK (in Danish). Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. ^ Bo, Michael (18 October 2009). "'Jumbo-Ole' drak 40 genstande om dagen". Politiken (in Danish). Copenhagen. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ Brandt, Flemming (2 February 2018). "Ole Thestrup er død". DR.dk (in Danish). Copenhagen. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Marie Carsten (15 December 2013). "Bag om 'Jul på slottet': Her er Miamaja, Valentin, Fimpe og Magnum i dag". Politiken (in Danish). Copenhagen. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/31/theater/theater-review-woyzeck-as-a-normal-guy-who-gets-jealous.html?mcubz=1%7C Woyzeck as a Normal Guy Who Gets Jealous

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