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Swedish Actor Michael Nyqvist Dies Age 56

June 28, 2017

Michael Nyqvist

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has died at the age of 56, following a battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife and two children.

His family said the following in a statement:

“Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Born in Stockholm, Nyqvist made a name of himself after starring on the 1997 Swedish cop series Beck. In 2000, he found critical acclaimed for his supporting role in Lukas Moodysson’s comedy drama Together, which was nominated for Sweden’s prestigious Guldbagge Award. However, it was in 2009, that Nyqvist got famous for playing the part of Mikael Blomkvist in the film trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest).

However, Hollywood in 2011 decided to make an English remake that was directed by David Fincher and starred Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist. That same year, Nyqvist was already a popular Hollywood star, playing Serbian terrorist mastermind Nikola Kozlow in John Singleton’s Abduction, Russian nuclear strategist Kurt Hendrick’s in Brad Bird’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. In 2014, Nyqvist starred opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick as crimelord Viggo Tarasov.

Nyqvist most recent roles included Matthew Ross’ noir romance Frank and Lola, John Moore’s contemporary thriller I.T., and Florian Gallenberger’s historical drama Colonia.

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