Stellan John Skarsgård (born June 13, 1951 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish actor and the patriarch of a whole clan of actors.
He has a distinguished career in European films, being a frequent collaborator with Lars von Trier among others. In Hollywood, he's known for playing small character parts and often being the best thing in otherwise crappy movies.
Films and series he has appeared in include:
- Insomnianote as Jonas Engström
- The Ox as Helge Roos
- The Hunt for Red October as Captain Viktor Tupolev
- Amistad as Tappan
- Good Will Hunting as Prof. Gerald Lambeau
- The Glass House as Terrence "Terry" Glass
- Mamma Mia! as Bill Anderson
- Pirates of the Caribbean as William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner
- Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Erik Selvig
- Dogville as Chuck
- Melancholia as Jack
- Rōnin as Gregor
- King Arthur as Cerdic
- King of Devil's Island as Bestyreren
- In Order of Disappearance as Nils
- Cinderella as the Grand Duke
- River as John River
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) as Martin Vanger
- The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as the Boss
- Chernobyl as Boris Shcherbina
- Dune as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Tropes applying to Skarsgård:
- The Big Guy: He's 6'4 and often towers over co-stars.
- Fake Nationality: He's played a Norwegian (Marvel Cinematic Universe), a Scottish pirate (Pirates of the Caribbean), 18th century romantic painter Francisco de Goya, German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and several Russians (The Hunt for Red October, Rōnin , Chernobyl).
- Family Business: Four of his adult sons (Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter) are also actors and the other, Sam, became a doctor like their mother.