Stellan John Skarsgård (born June 13, 1951 in Göteborg, Sweden) is a Swedish actor and the patriarch of a whole clan of actors.
He's had a distinguished career in European films, being a frequent collaborator of Lars von Trier among others. In Hollywood, he's known for playing supporting character parts and often being the best thing in some otherwise crappy or underwhelming movies.
Skarsgård is a father of eight, including Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter, who all became actors. Despite the similar name and common misconception, however, there is no relation to the actor Peter Sarsgaard.
Films and series he has appeared in include:
- Riget as Dr. Helmer's lawyer
- 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
- Helen of Troy (2003) as Theseus
- Mamma Mia! as Bill Anderson
- Peter No-Tail in America(t) as Pelle Swanson
- Pirates of the Caribbean as William "Bootstrap Bill" Turner
- Marvel Cinematic Universe as Dr. Erik Selvig
- Dogville as Chuck
- Melancholia as Jack
- Ronin (1998) as Gregor
- King Arthur (2004) as Cerdic
- King of Devil's Island as Bestyreren
- In Order of Disappearance as Nils
- Cinderella (2015) 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 (2021) as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
- Andor as Luthen Rael
Tropes applying to Skarsgård:
- 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, Ronin (1998), Chernobyl).