Olof Thunberg

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Olof Thunberg
Olof Thunberg 1952.jpg
Thunberg (right) in 1952 during a radio performance of Bill Bergson.
Born
Olof Fritz Thunberg

(1925-05-21) 21 May 1925 (age 93)
Västerås, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
OccupationActor, director
Spouse(s)Mona Andersson (divorced)
ChildrenSvante Thunberg
RelativesMalena Ernman (daughter-in-law)
Greta Thunberg (granddaugter)

Olof Fritz Thunberg (born 21 May 1925) is a Swedish actor and director.

Life and career[edit]

Thunberg was born Fritz-Olof Thunberg in Västerås, where he formed a theatre club called Scenklubben that also included Lars Ekborg and the poet Bo Setterlind. He studied at Calle Flygare's drama school in Stockholm and then from 1950 to 1952 at Dramatens elevskola; between the two, in the late 1940s, he performed in public parks.[1]

After finishing drama school he joined the Östgötateatern regional theatre, where he directed in addition to acting, then became a free-lance actor. In the 1950s he became known for his work on the radio programme Mannen i svart (The Man in Black), where he presented all kinds of stories of horror and the supernatural in his deep voice, accompanied by a variety of sound effects.[1]

He has appeared in a variety of films, often in a supporting role as a confident charmer, and is the voice of both Bamse and Agaton Sax in children's films and recordings.[1] He also voiced Shere Khan in the Swedish dubbed versions of both the 1967 Disney The Jungle Book and its 2003 sequel, The Jungle Book 2.

In 2006 he was a host of Sommar on Sveriges Radio P1.[2]

He has also directed for television.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Thunberg was previously married to Mona Andersson. He is the father of the actor Svante Thunberg and father-in-law of the opera singer Malena Ernman. His granddaughter is activist Greta Thunberg. He is a distant relative to Nobel Prize winner Svante Arrhenius.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected television appearances[edit]

  • 1963 – Villervalle i Söderhavet (series)
  • 1965 – En historia till fredag (series)
  • 1965 – Niklasons (series)
  • 1966 - Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist på nya äventyr
  • 1968 – Lärda fruntimmer
  • 1968 – Pygmalion
  • 1968 – Markurells i Wadköping (series)
  • 1969 – Biprodukten
  • 1969 – Håll polisen utanför (series)
  • 1970 – Röda rummet (series)
  • 1970 – Regnbågslandet (series)
  • 1970 – Ett dockhem
  • 1972–1974 – Bröderna Malm (series)
  • 1972–1973 – Bamse (series): narrator, voices
  • 1973 – Ett köpmanshus i skärgården (TV-serie)
  • 1981 – Bamse och den lilla åsnan: narrator, voices
  • 1982 – Dubbelsvindlarna (series)
  • 1991 – Bamse i Trollskogen: narrator, voices
  • 1991 – Storstad (series)
  • 1991 – Sunes jul (series)
  • 1993 – Allis med is (series)
  • 1994 – Tre Kronor (series)
  • 1995 – Sjukan (series)
  • 1995 – Jeppe på berget (series)
  • 2001 – Återkomsten (series)
  • 2003 – Solbacken: Avd. E (series)

Selected directions[edit]

  • 1972 – Söndagspromenaden (TV)
  • 1969 – Galgmannen (TV)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Olof Thunberg", Swedish Film Database, 2004, updated 16 December 2013 (in Swedish).
  2. ^ Olof Thunberg, Sommer & Vinter i P1, 6 August 2006 (in Swedish).
  3. ^ https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/11/meet_the_15_year_old_swedish

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