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Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård (born August 25, 1976 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actor.

Skarsgård is best known for portraying Nordic vampire Eric Northman on HBO's True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries book series by Charlaine Harris, for the entirety of its run.

He's also notable for his work in other HBO dramas based on novels: war drama Generation Kill, and domestic dramedy Big Little Lies, for which he received an Emmy award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category.

An actor in his native Sweden for many years, he's since crossed over into mainstream American films like Zoolander, the 2011 remake of Straw Dogs, Battleship, and The Legend of Tarzan as the title character.

He is the first son of Stellan Skarsgård and the brother of actors Gustaf, Bill and Valter Skarsgård.

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