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->''Believing in nothing, severing pinkie toes, and just generally giving off the impression that he's committed a couple of sex crimes lately.''
-->-- '''Cracked Article'''

Born '''Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm''' in UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, Peter Stormare began his acting career with the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre, before his apparent discovery by Creator/IngmarBergman. His first major American film role was as one of the kidnappers in ''{{Fargo}}''. A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv157ZIInUk recent]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCIF6JF1O5U automotive]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I0WfnhVs2s ad]] campaign featured him as a German pseudo-hip hop artist/"engineer" answering to V-Dub, whose shtick was violently ''un''-[[PimpMyRide pimping ze autos]] by smashing them to scrap and giving their owners Volkswagens.

Allegedly, the reason for his name change was that he shared it with an older student. He wasn't even out of school and he made sure that people wouldn't go around and mistake them for him.
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!! Tropes associated with Peter Stormare:
* AwesomeMcCoolname: He was born with one of these, and his current one, although a slight variation, is no less awesome.
* BilingualBonus: Sometimes speaks and/or swears in Swedish in some of his movies, most prominent in the ''Film/MinorityReport''.
* ChronicallyKilledActor
* FakeNationality
** He played an [[TheMafia Italian Mafia boss]] in ''Series/PrisonBreak''. [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Not that his accent was much of a clue]].
** He un-pimped many autos portraying a German engineer with a fake German accent butchering rapper lingo in a Volkswagen ad campaign for the Golf GTI.
** The German nihilist in ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
* HuskyRusskie: Seems to end up playing one of these fairly often. Still FakeNationality.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Yep; he's a devout Christian. Presumably this gave him insight into how to play Satan.
* LargeHam: He acts in a very over the top fashion, and it usually makes the characters he plays much creepier for it, as they seem like they're genuinely insane.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: During the filming of ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', he would take anyone else who had a day off to different parts of Minnesota to experience the overly Swedish-saturated culture with him firsthand, a culture he described as being "[[TheThemeParkVersion More Sweden than Sweden]]". He said that many of these experiences caused him to become overwhelmed and cry. One experience he related in the documentary ''Minnesota Nice'' was of an old man he met who spoke in a very particular dialect that helped him correctly determine where his ancestors had come from.
* PlaysGreatEthnics: The TropeCodifier.
* StarMakingRole: [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsrud.]]
* TheStoic: Many of his roles.
!Film Roles
* 1990 Film/{{Awakenings}} as Neurochemist
* 1996 Film/{{Fargo}} as Gaer Grimsrud
* 1997 Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark as Dieter Stark
* 1998 Film/{{Armageddon}} as Lev Andropov
* 1998 Film/TheBigLebowski as Uli Kunkel / Karl Hungus
* 1999 Film/{{Purgatory}} as Cavin Guthrie
* 1999 Film/EightMM as Dino Velvet
* 2000 Film/{{Bruiser}} as Milo Styles
* 2000 Film/{{Chocolat}} as Serge Muscat
* 2000 Film/DancerInTheDark as Jeff
* 2002 Film/MinorityReport as Dr. Solomon Eddie
* 2002 Film/{{Windtalkers}} as Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad
* 2002 Film/TheTuxedo as Dr. Simms
* 2002 Film/BadCompany as Adrik Vas
* 2003 Film/{{Bad Boys II}} as Alexei
* 2005 WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula as Dracula
* 2005 Film/TheBrothersGrimm as Cavaldi
* 2005 Film/{{Constantine}} as Lucifer
* 2006 Film/NachoLibre as Emperor
* 2006 Film/{{Unknown}} as Snakeskin Boots
* 2007 Film/{{Premonition}} as Dr. Roth
* 2007 Film/{{Switch}} as Tommen
* 2009 Film/{{Horsemen}} as David Spitz
* 2009 Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus as The President
* 2011 Film/{{Marianne}} as Sven
* 2012 Film/{{Lockout}} as Scott Langral
* 2012 Film/GetTheGringo as Frank Fowler
* 2012 Film/TaiChiHero as Duke Fleming
* 2013 Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters as Sheriff Berringer
* 2013 Film/TheLastStand as Thomas Burrell
* 2013 Film/TheZeroTheorem as Doctor
* 2013 Film/PainAndGain as Dr. Bjornson
* 2014 Film/TwentyTwoJumpStreet as Ghost
* 2014 Film/{{Rage}} as O'Connell
* 2014 WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar as Corporal
!Television Roles
* 1998 Series/{{Seinfeld}} as Slippery Pete
* 2005 Series/PrisonBreak as John Abruzzi
* 2008 WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated as Meltdown
* 2009 Series/{{Entourage}} as Aaron Cohen
* 2010 Series/{{Weeds}} as Chef
* 2010 WesternAnimation/AdventureTime as Sir Slicer
* 2014 Series/TheBlacklist as Berlin
* 2014 Series/{{Arrow}} as Werner Zytle / Count Vertigo
* 2014 Series/{{Longmire}} as Chance Gilbert
!Videogame Roles
* 2005 Videogame/{{Quake IV}} as Pvt. Johann Strauss
* 2005 Videogame/{{Mercenaries}} as Mattias Nilsson
* 2008 Videogame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 as Dr. Gregor Zelinsky
* 2012 Videogame/TheSecretWorld as Dr. Aldini, Huiginn, Muninn
* 2013 [[Videogame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Call of Duty Black Ops II]] as The Replacer
* 2014 Videogame/TheElderScrollsOnline as Jorunn the Skald King
* 2014 Videogame/{{Destiny}} as Dead Orbit Faction Leader