Ås was born in Stockholm, and begin his career on the stage. He then began a career in the 1910s as a stage manager. Some of his work as a stage manager includes films such as Victor Sjöström's The Lass from the Stormy Croft (Swedish: Tösen från Stormyrtorpet) (1917) and Mauritz Stiller's Gösta Berlings saga (1922), for which he also worked on special effects.
Ås made his film debut in the 1912 Paul Garbagni-directed I lifvets vår and would appear in nearly 30 films (most of them directed by either Stiller or Sjöström) until his death in Tureberg, Sollentuna Municipality, following a road accident, aged 56.
- The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (1921)
- A Lover in Pawn (Mästerman) (1920)
- Karin Daughter of Ingmar (Karin Ingmarsdotter) (1920)
- His Lordship's Last Will (Hans nåds testamente) (1919)
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