Biography










Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born August 25, 1976 in Götgatsbacken of South Stockholm Sweden.

The son of well-known actor Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander began acting at the early age of 8 when he starred in Ake och hans värld” (“Ake and His World”) where he played Kalle Nubb.  In 1989, he decided the public life was not for him, did not care for the media attention and people looking at him on the street.  He wished to be an architect. At that point, he put his acting career on pause.

Years later he attended college for political science then joined the Swedish military service as a marine at the age of 20.  Fifteen months in the service left a lot of time to reflect on his life and he decided then that he would go back to acting.  For this he moved to Leeds, England, then on to New York where he attended Marymount theatrical school.  After six months in New York,  love lured him back to Sweden but it didn’t work out.

He decided to stay in Sweden and  began taking film and television roles.  He landed the role of Johan in the award-winning Vingar av glas “(“Wings of Glass”) in 2000. It wasn’t long after that Alex was a Swedish star!

In 2001 he starred in the very popular American movie Zoolander”, in the role of Meekus, the tall Swedish super model roommate of Ben Stiller.

Alex also has well-honed live theater chops, and has appeared in theatrical productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bloody Wedding .”

In 2008, he starred in HBO’s miniseries “Generation Kill”, based on the book of the same name, in which he portrays an American Marine, Sgt. Brad “Iceman” Colbert.  It was with this role that his American audience began to notice the actor.

Afterward he was able to (thanks to the writer’s strike) take on the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire from Sweden, on HBO’s “True Blood”.  The character and series are based on the “Sookie Stackhouse” novels by Charlaine Harris.

Upcoming releases in 2009 and beyond include Straw Dogs, 13, Metropia and “Beyond the Pole”.

Alexander and his good friend, Bjorne Larson, have directed the prize-winning shortAtt döda ett barn” (“To Kill A Child”), a film in which his father, actor Stellan Skarsgård narrates and his little brother Valter Skarsgård acts.


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° He has been voted “Sexiest Man Alive” in Sweden five times.

° He is 6 foot four inches tall (194 cm).

° His mother My Skarsgård is a doctor and his father Stellan Skarsgård is an actor.

° He has five brothers and one sister (Gustaf (1980), Sam (1982), Bill (1990), Eija (1992), Valter (1995) and Ossian (2009).

° Resides in Los Angeles (although Sweden will always be his home).

° Alex thinks he’s “not very good looking in real life”

° He is tone deaf which dashed his dreams of becoming a rock star!

° Alex spent 7 months in Maputo-Mazambique Africa while shooting “Generation Kill”.

° Favorite colors are blue and pink.

° He does not like sweets other than vanilla ice cream.

° His favorite things to do are “going to boat, fish and lie in front of the fireplace & drink red wine.”

° Speaks Swedish, English and bits of French and German.

° Has one tattoo on his left leg…..

“My youngest brother Valter drew a green bird on my leg when he was seven years old. I took a picture of it and got it tattooed. Then when I wanted to show it, it was maybe two years later, I had worked up such… I mean it’s a big thing, to tattoo a beautiful picture that your brother drew as a child, so I thought he’d be delighted as hell. But he was like: ‘What’s that? Why did you do it? What, did I draw that? Wanna eat pancakes now?’ Haha! Then again he was only nine.”

° He wears a necklace with two anchors.  Anchors are a sign of hope!

° Has worked in a coffee shop and as a model.

° Favorite football team is Hammarby IF (Bajen)

° The new season ofTrue Bloodbegins June  2012, on HBO.












QUESTIONAIRE FILLED OUT AT 23 YEARS OLD (1999)

(Tack K… for proper translations)

  1. Alexander Skarsgård
  2. age:  23
  3. weight: 85 kg
  4. height: 194 cm
  5. hair color: blonde
  6. family: really big
  7. favorite color: pink
  8. favorite book: Angelas Ashes
  9. favorite movie: Duck Soup (Marx brothers)
  10. favorite band/artist: Thåström
  11. idol: Eddie Izzard
  12. I’m in love with: Spiderman
  13. my friends: those who catch me when I fall
  14. pet:  Leonberger male Nelson (dog)
  15. hobbies: kicking ball and eating ice cream
  16. sport: football (soccer) and bowling
  17. best subject: sodium (like a chemical substance…he’s joking)
  18. favorite clothing: pink and blue overalls
  19. favorite food: King Bengts Moose Stew
  20. favorite destination: Mauritsius (and Öland of course!)
  21. I want to be: better













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Stellan

John Stellan Skarsgård

Alexander’s father

Nick Name is Skarzie

Born June 13th, 1951

in Gothenberg, Sweden

He is 6’4″ tall

Teen star in 1968 when he started his acting career on Swedish TV show

“Bombi Bitt och jag”

(AKA “Bombi Bitt and me”)

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MommaMY

My

My Sonja Marie Agnes Guenther

Alexander’s Mother

Born July 3rd, 1956

in Kalmar, Sweden

Actress in Swedish film

“Jim och piraterna Blom” (1987)

(AKA “Jim and the Pirates”)

My is a physician

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Gustaf

Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård

Born November 12, 1980

in Stockholm, Sweden

(South Stockholm often referred to as Södermalm)

Alexander’s Brother

He’s 6’4” tall.

Like his father and older brother, Gustaf is a very popular actor in Sweden on both stage and films

Loves nature and being outdoors. He says it inspires him.

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SAM

Sam

Samuel Kristoffer Ymer Skarsgård

Born June 5th, 1982

in Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander’s Brother

He’s 6’7″ tall (2.00m)

Actor in Swedish film

“Jim och piraterna Blom” (1987)

(AKA “Jim and the Pirates”)

Body double for brother Gustaf in his movie

“Den osynlige” (2002)

(AKA “The Invisible”)

Sam is a physician)

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Bill

Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård

Born August 9th, 1990

in Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander’s Brother

He’s 6’3″ tall (1.90m)

Bill is an actor like his father and older brothers, Alexander and Gustaf.

More Info on Bill

Eija3

Eija

Born February 27th, 1992

in Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander’s Sister

She’s 5’10” tall (1.79m)

Eija is a model

Valter3

Valter

Born 1995

in Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander’s Brother

He is an actor like his father and older brothers, Alexander, Gustaf and Bill

He was the star of the short “Att döda ett barn” (2003) (AKA “To Kill A Child“)

which older brother Alexander co-wrote/co-directed with Bjorne Larson

More Info on Valter

Ossian

Ossian

Born April 26th, 2009

Alexander’s Brother

Born to father Stellan and his wife Megan Everett