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Whether you realize it or not, you've definitely seen prolific actor PETER STORMARE (Ghost) before. Not surprising, since the Swedish-born character actor/director has starred in over 100 different films and television series in the last 30 years, from big budget to indie, network to cable, American to Swedish and dozens of countries in between. And, of course, that memorable 2011 Super Bowl commercial for Budweiser..."Tiny Dancer" in a wild-west saloon, anyone?

Last year, Stormare starred in The Last Stand, the Lionsgate action-comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, and Forest Whitaker, and marked the American film debut of Korean director Jee-woon Kim. He also starred in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, opposite Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton for director Tommy Wirkola.

Stormare's many other recent credits include the features Deadly Code, opposite John Malkovich, the indie comedy Bad Milo with Patrick Warburton, Luc Besson's futuristic action-comedy Lockout, and the indies Jewtopia, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Small Apartments, a comedy with Billy Crystal and Juno Temple. He also appeared in Mel Gibson's Get the Gringo and two Chinese films: the blockbuster Tai Chi Hero and Inseparable, with Kevin Spacey. On the small screen, Stormare shot guest spots on the hit CBS drama "NCIS: Los Angeles" and ABC's "Body of Proof." He will soon appear in the Eli Roth-produced horror movie Clown.

Stormare began his acting career in the theatre in his early 20s, working with the legendary director Ingmar Bergman in their native Sweden at the Royal National Theater. After earning much praise for his starring turns in "Miss Julie," "King Lear," and "Hamlet" among others, Stormare toured with Bergman in the US, doing the aforementioned productions in both New York and Los Angeles in the late 80s. Strong performances lead to an opportunity to star in "Rasputin" off-Broadway with the renowned Actor's Studio, and Stormare soon caught the eye legendary ICM talent agent Sam Cohen, getting him one step closer to realizing his dream of becoming a film actor in America.

After getting his first taste of the film world in several indies, Stormare was then cast in Awakenings, directed by Penny Marshall. While working off-Broadway again, this time at the Public Theater doing "The Swan," Stormare struck up a friendship with Frances McDormand. The friendship eventually led to four career-changing days of work on the Coen Brothers cult classic Fargo, where he played the hulking, blonde-haired half of a kidnapping duo alongside Steve Buscemi.

He'd work with the Coen Brothers again in The Big Lebowski, and in between he'd star in Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Roles in Armageddon (Michael Bay), 8MM (Joel Schumacher), Minority Report (Spielberg again), Bad Boys II (Bay again), Constantine, and The Brothers Grimm (Terry Gilliam) followed and all the while Stormare continued to do several Swedish and international films as well as television, starring in as a rogue electrician named Slippery Pete in "Seinfeld" as well as in the Emmy-nominated television miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." He also served as the associate director of the Globe Theater in Tokyo for eight years during his early film career.

Stormare starred in season one of FOX's hit show "Prison Break" as mob boss 'John Abruzzi in his most visible television role at the time. His other television credits include a series regular role in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom "Watching Ellie," a recurring role in HBO's "Entourage," and recent guest spots in FX's "Wilfred," USA's "Covert Affairs," "Leverage" for TNT," ABC's "Body of Proof." His other film credits include The Tuxedo, Nacho Libre, and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, among others.

In addition to his impressive body of work theatrically, Stormare is passionate about his music and formed a band called Blonde From Fargo, in homage to his breakout role in the Coen Bros film. The five-member rock and roll band includes the guitarist from Roxette, the drummer from Alanis Morrisette, and the bass player from Slash's Snakepit, with Stormare writing all of the music and playing guitar. The band has performed at Lebowski-Fest, as well as toured North America and Europe.

Stormare currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


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