Reino Tolvanen

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Reino Tolvanen
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Reino Tolvanen in 1955.
Born(1920-07-31)31 July 1920
Died21 November 1974(1974-11-21) (aged 54)

Reino Tolvanen (31 July 1920, Viipuri – 21 November 1974, Pretoria, South Africa) was a Finnish actor who played Antti Rokka in Edvin Laine's movie The Unknown Soldier, based on a book by Väinö Linna.[1]

Tolvanen fought in the Finnish army, navy and air force during World War II, including time as a machine gun sergeant, patrol boat commander and bomb aimer in Bristol Blenheim aircraft. Following the war, he worked as an agronomist, before moving to Australia in 1959 with his wife Kaija. The couple had three boys. Tolvanen found that he was unable to find work as an agronomist in Australia, and the family moved to South Africa in 1970.

Tolvanen worked as an agronomist until his death in Pretoria in 1974.


  1. ^ Qvist, Per Olov; von Bagh, Peter (2000). Guide to the cinema of Sweden and Finland. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 283–284. ISBN 978-0-313-30377-7.