Born August 25, 1976, Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor who is living and working in Hollywood. He is best known for his roles as viking vampire Eric Northman in HBO show True Blood and Brad Colbert in Generation Kill. He also starred in The East.
- The Big Guy: He's 6'4''
- Family Business, His father, Stellan Skarsgård, three of his four grown brothers and his sister all have more-or-less successful careers in acting or modelling. The last grown brother is a doctor (like their mother).
- Former Child Star: Subverted. He was a famous child actor in Sweden, but found life as a public figure increasingly awful as he entered his teens. He then took a break from movies and completed high school, went through a stint in the Swedish army and did a semester of college before rediscovering his passion for acting and going to acting school, and eventually began to pick up work again.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's very sweet-natured and friendly despite being best known for playing a deeply reprehensible character.
- Surprisingly Good English: Born and raised in Sweden. Moved to the U.S. in his mid-twenties. Speaks American English well enough to portray All-Americans like Brad Colbert without anyone raising an eyebrow.note