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Creator / Gunnar Björnstrand

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Gunnar Björnstrand (13 November 1909-26 May 1986) was a Swedish actor best known for his frequent collaborations with Ingmar Bergman.


Tropes associated with him:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Generally played these characters in Ingmar Bergman's films, most famously as Jöns the cynical squire in The Seventh Seal.
  • Stage Name: He was born Knut Gunnar Johanson. He chose the more colorful Björnstrand ("bear beach") as a surname at the start of his career, partly to differentiate himself from his father Oscar Johanson, who was a well-known actor as well.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: First gained fame doing comedy, but eventually made a name as a dramatic actor.