Stefán Karl Stefánsson
|Stefán Karl Stefánsson|
10 July 1975 |
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir (m. 2002)|
Stefán Karl Stefánsson (/
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In Stefánsson's early career starting at 1994, at the age of 19, he worked as a puppeteer for television. During his years as a puppeteer, he had also been studying at the Drama Academy of Iceland. However, he wasn't satisfied with the perspectives of Icelandic drama standards. He recalls that his principal at his high school said that "Acting is not about making faces and changing your face", which he disagrees with.
Later, Stefánsson had been invited by Magnus Scheving, an Icelandic gymnast, to act one of the characters in the musical LazyTown, due to Scheving's concerns about Iceland's younger generation lacking sufficient physical exercise. “He wanted the kids to get healthier, so he created this musical called LazyTown. He played Sportacus, the fitness fanatic and I was Robbie Rotten, the guy who liked to stay indoors and sleep.” After initial success with the musical, Nickelodeon eventually made a deal with the creators of LazyTown to air the first 40 episodes of LazyTown along with a special studio built at Iceland. During the first few years of LazyTown in the early 2000s, Stefánsson initially didn't know any English, but soon was fluent in English.
Following Stefán's announcement in October 2016 that he had been diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a GoFundMe campaign was created by LazyTown head writer Mark Valenti to pay his living costs when he fell too ill to work. The campaign was popularized by various YouTube users uploading parodies of Stefán's work, which led to the songs "We Are Number One" and "The Mine Song" from LazyTown becoming an Internet meme. On 11 August 2017, Stefán was announced as cured from cancer in an interview with RÚV. Furthermore, Stefán has clarified on his campaign on GoFundMe that while his metastases have been removed after successful liver surgery in June 2017, he still has the disease and has refused further adjuvant therapy. However, in March 2018, Stefán was diagnosed with inoperable terminal cancer, and that he was on chemotherapy to prolong his life. In April 2018, Stefán announced that he personally chose to come off chemo, and proceeded to shut down all his social media accounts.
|2008–15||Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical||Baltimore and Boston (2008)
Los Angeles (2009)
North American tour (2010–14)
Worcester, Massachusetts and
Appleton, Wisconsin (2015)
|2002–2003||Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza|
|2002–2003||Noises Off by Michael Frayn|
|2001-02||Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand|
|2000-02||The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov|
|2000-01||Singin' in the Rain by Comden, Green, Freed and Brown|
|2000-01||Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones|
|1999–2000||Glanni Glæpur í Latabæ by Magnús Scheving and Sigurdur Sigurjónsson||Glanni Glæpur (Robbie Rotten)||Primary antagonist|
|1999–2000||A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|1999–2000||Little Shop of Horrors|
|1999–2000||1000 Island Dressing by Hallgrímur Helgason|
|1998–99||Ivanov by Anton Chekhov|
|1998–99||Palace of Crows by Einar Örn Gunnarsson|
|1997–99||The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling|
|1994||Áramótaskaup||New Reporter / Many others||Debut film; TV film|
|1995||Privacy||Student||First feature film|
|1999||Skaupið: 1999||Robbie Williams / Many others||TV Film|
|2001||Regina||Manni – Police officer|
|2002||Stella For Office||Ingimundur|
|2002||Litla lirfan ljóta||The Worm|
|2002||Áramótaskaup||Many roles||TV film|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Voiceover|
|2011||Polite People||Lárus Skjaldarson||Lead actor|
|2014||Harry Og Heimir||Símon|
|2015||Titch and Ted Do Maths|
|2004–2007; 2013–2014||LazyTown||Robbie Rotten||Main villain|
|2000||Cars Can Fly||Channel 1 program|
|2000||Car Mechanic Sketches for Eurovision||Channel 1 program|
|2000||Angel No. 5503288||Channel 1 program|
|1999||God Exists... And Love||Channel 1,
Drama Academy of Iceland
|1998||Baking Trouble||Channel 1 program|
- "The Grinch who came from Iceland". 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
- "Stefán Karl alvarlega veikur". Visir.is (in Icelandic). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Stefán Karl lagður inn á sjúkrahús um helgina". DV (in Icelandic). 22 September 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- "Actor de Lazy Town padece de cáncer y pide ayuda". La República (in Spanish). 19 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- Sandwell, Ians (March 16, 2018). "LazyTown actor Stefan Karl Stefansson reveals his cancer is back and it's 'inoperable'". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "'We Are Number One' Meme: Why Do People Keep Remixing A Children's Show Song?". iDigitalTimes.com. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
- ""Lífið er núna"". RÚV (in Icelandic). 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
- ""Stefan Karl Stefansson Is Free of Cancer"". Digital Spy. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
- Kelly, Emma (March 16, 2018). "LazyTown's Stefan Karl Stefansson confirms 'inoperable' cancer has returned". Metro. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
- "I am Stefan Karl (Robbie Rotten from LazyTown) and I am in the fight of my life against cancer! AMA! • /r/IAmA". reddit. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
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