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Michael Nyqvist Biography


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Birth Name: Michael Nyqvist
Born: 11/08/1960
Birth Place: Stockholm, , SE


Born in Stockholm in 1960, Michael Nyqvist spent the early days of his youth living a relatively normal life. When he was still a toddler, however, the people he assumed to be his parents informed Nyqvist that he was adopted. His birth parents gave him up shortly after his birth, and for a brief period Nyqvist resided in an orphanage. The thought of knowing he was given up at birth haunted Nyqvist for most of his adult life, yet not enough to deter him from pursuing his love of acting. Nyqvist took his very first acting classes while living in Omaha, NE as a foreign exchange student. It was there that the young actor learned to harness the emotional trauma from his past and use it in his performances. Upon returning to Sweden, however, Nyqvist briefly took up ballet before quitting to pursue acting full time. He began landing small roles in Swedish television shows and made-for-TV movies throughout the early '90s, before landing his first big break in 1997 after being cast as the lead on the television series "Beck." Nyqvist played detective John Banck on seven episodes of the popular Swedish cop show, all the while becoming a household name in his native country.



Although he had appeared in features before, it was Nyqvist's performance as an emotionally troubled husband in the 2000 drama "Together" that made him a bona fide film star in Sweden. The film was an international hit, and earned Nyqvist a Best Actor nomination at the 2001 Guldbagge Awards, Sweden's version of the Oscars. Nyqvist earned another Guldbagge Award nomination for his performance in 2004's "As It Is In Heaven." That film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards, thus further establishing Nyqvist's already growing status as one of the most important film actors to come out of Sweden in generations. Upon appearing as the cunning magazine journalist Mikael Blomkvist in 2009's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Nyqvist skillfully brought to life one of the most revered characters in modern crime fiction. Nyqvist reprised his role as Blomkvist in the final two film adaptations of the "Millennium Trilogy," before appearing as the villain in two Hollywood action thrillers in 2011: "Abduction" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." In 2013 Nyqvist appeared as a series regular on the mystery series, "Zero Hour" (ABC, 2013). The show, however, was cancelled after three episodes due to low ratings.