PAL HAGEN (Thor Heyerdahl) (born 1980) is one of Norway's most promising actors. He graduated from the
National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2003 and made his debut at the Norwegian Theatre
right out of school, becoming a permanent cast member in 2006. The following year he was
renowned with a Hedda Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in
'No One Writes To The Colonel'. Through the years, his stage work has included plays by
Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, O'Neill and Shakespeare.
He debuted on the big screen in the movie 'Cry in the Woods' from 2004, but his big
breakthrough came with 'Troubled Water' in 2008. His strong performance as convicted young
man amazed audiences, critics and the movie industry (both national and internationally) ,
winning him The Kanon Award for Best Male Actor in a Lead Role. In 2008 Hagen also appeared
in the critically acclaimed 'Cold Lunch' and in 'House of Fools'. For his performance in Pal
Jackman's 'The Storm in My Heart' (2009), Hagen won The Kanon Award for Best Male Actor in
a Supporting Role.
He played the lead role as Mattias in the critically acclaimed TV series based on Johan Harstad's
novel 'Buzz Aldrin -- What happened to you in all the confusion?'. In the acclaimed KON-TIKI
(2013), which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Hagen stars
in the lead role as adventurer and scientist Thor Heyerdahl alongside his Norwegian colleagues
Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santlemann, Jakob Ofteboro and
Agnes Kittlesen, and Swedish actor Gustav Skarsgard. KON-TIKI was also nominated for Best
Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards.
In 2013, moviegoers can next look forward to seeing Hagen star in 'Gaten Ragnarok', as the
archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen.
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