Stellan John Skarsgard is a Swedish actor, best known for his work in English-language films. Skarsgard was born in Gothenburg, Sweden; the son of Gudrun (nee Larsson) and Jan Skarsgard. He moved often in his childhood and lived, amongst other places, in Helsingborg, Totebo, Kalmar, Marielund and Uppsala. Skarsgard started his acting career early. At the age of 21 he already had a great deal of experience in film, TV and stage. Most of his early roles were in Swedish TV (such as Bombi Bitt) and movies. Of Skarsgard_s Swedish film work, he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to save Holocaust victims. The movie was filmed in Budapest, in the only Jewish ghetto to survive World War II. Skarsgard is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier. He appeared in four of the Danish auteur's features _ The Kingdom, Breaking the Waves, Dogville and Melancholia.
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