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A major star in his native Sweden since the 1970s, STELLAN SKARSGÅRD (Commander Richter) has become an international star of considerable reputation. He became a teen star in 1968 after playing the title role in the TV miniseries "Bambi Bitt ach jag” and has been working ever since. He recently played Bill in the hit romantic comedy Mamma Mia! and guest-starred on the HBO series "Entourage.”

From 1972 to 1988, he was employed at the Royal Drmatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he starred in such productions as "Vita rum,” "Ett drmspel” and "Master Olof,” working with directors such as Alf Sjberg, Per Verner-Carlsson and Ingmar Bergman.

Skarsgård has appeared in more than 50 films since 1982. His performance in Hans Alfredson's The Simple-Minded urder garnered him both a Guldbagge (Swedish Oscar) and a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival. He also played the lead in the Oscar®-nominated Oxen, directed by world-renowned cinematographer Sven Nykvist.

His first English-language role was in Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness of Being in 1988. He followed that with his role as Russian submarine captain Tupalev in John McTiernan's The Hunt for Red October. His breakthrough came with his riveting performance as the paraplegic in Lars von Trier's much-lauded Breaking the Waves, opposite Emily Watson. He made two more films with von Trier, Dancer in the Dark and Dogville.

Following Breaking the Waves, Skarsgård appeared in several American films in supporting roles. These films include Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting and Steven Spielberg's Amistad, both for which he won the Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema at the European Film Awards in 1998. He also appeared in John Frankenheimer's Ronin. Other leading role credits in American and international cinema include Erik Skjoldbjaerg's Insomnia, Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea, Hans Petter Moland's Aberden, for which he received a Best Actor nomination at the European Film Awards in 2000; Mike Figgis' Timecode, Stewart Sugg's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Daniel Sackheim's The Glass House and Istvn Szab's Taking Sides, for which he received another Best Actor nomination at the European Film Awards in 2001 and won Best Actor at the Mar del Plata Film Festival.

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