Playing for Bergman

by levomepromazine | created - 08 Mar 2013 | updated - 16 Aug 2014 | Public

1. Maj-Britt Nilsson

Actress | Sommarlek

Rare indeed to spot a dark-haired Swede on film but the delicately beautiful Maj-Britt Nilsson was certainly one of them, along with Harriet Andersson, who went on to captivate film audiences in the bleak films of Ingmar Bergman.

Born in Stockholm on December 11, 1924, the lovely Nilsson was ...

2. Bibi Andersson

Actress | Persona

Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom (1953), playing ...

3. Harriet Andersson

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Discovered at age 20 by celebrated director Ingmar Bergman, she became part of Bergman's regular stable of performers; in fact, he wrote Summer with Monika (1953) especially for her breakthrough. Extraordinary and versatile as an actress, her roles have ranged from the naive young wife in Sawdust ...

1- Sommaren med Monika (1953), Monica

4. Gunnel Lindblom

Actress | Det sjunde inseglet

After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theater from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek (1952). When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theater he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's...

5. Ingrid Thulin

Actress | Smultronstället

Ingrid trained as a ballet dancer and attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre. She came to fame thanks to Bergman's "Wild Strawberries". She acted in 9 Ingmar Bergman's films. Her fame allowed her to act in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" in 1969. Ingrid Thulin lived in Rome since the 1960's. ...

6. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...

7. Eva Dahlbeck

Actress | Sommarnattens leende

Eva Dahlbeck was born on March 8, 1920 in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Stockholms län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), A Lesson in Love (1954) and The Cats (1965). She was married to Sven Lampell. She died on February 8, 2008 in Hässelby, Stockholm, Stockholms län.

8. Margit Carlqvist

Actress | Sommarnattens leende

Margit Carlqvist was born on February 11, 1932 in Stockholm, Sweden. She is an actress, known for Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Script in Snow (1966) and Het är min längtan (1956).

9. Anita Björk

Actress | Fröken Julie

Anita Björk is able to use simple means to give depth and character to a role. She has a way of expressing any emotion just by raising an eyebrow or twitching her lips. This was something she used to a large extent in her best movie, Alf Sjöberg's Miss Julie (1951) where she played the young lady ...

10. Ulla Jacobsson

Actress | Zulu

Ulla Jacobsson was an International Swedish Actress and became world-famous with the film One Summer of Happiness (1951) (English title: "One Summer of Happiness", German title: "Sie tanzte nur einen Sommer") and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) ("Smiles of a Summer Night"), which Zarah Leander made...

11. Birgitta Pettersson

Actress | Jungfrukällan

Birgitta Pettersson was born on January 7, 1939 in Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden. She is an actress, known for The Virgin Spring (1960), The Magician (1958) and När mörkret faller (1960).

12. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

13. Nine-Christine Jönsson

Actress | Hamnstad

Nine-Christine Jönsson was born on June 8, 1926 in Stockholm, Sweden. She was an actress and writer, known for Port of Call (1948), Life in the Finn Woods (1947) and Kvinnor i väntrum (1946). She died on January 3, 2011.

14. Birgitta Valberg

Actress | Jungfrukällan

Birgitta Valberg was born on December 16, 1916 in Stockholm, Sweden. She was an actress and assistant director, known for The Virgin Spring (1960), Paradistorg (1977) and Sunday's Children (1992). She died on March 29, 2014 in Sweden.

15. Mai Zetterling

Actress | The Witches

Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja (1941), she made quite an ...

16. Ewa Fröling

Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor

Ewa Fröling was born on August 9, 1952 in Sweden. She is an actress, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Fanny and Alexander (1982) and Sally and Freedom (1981).

17. Barbro Kollberg

Actress | Det regnar på vår kärlek

Barbro Anna Elisabeth Kollberg was a Swedish actress, theatre leader and acting teacher born on December 27, 1917 in Eskilstuna. She studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School 1937-40. She was engaged at the Blache Theatre, Stockholm. In 1943 she was approached by director Gösta Cederlund to play...

1- Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946), Maggi

18. Doris Svedlund

Actress | Den långa julmiddagen

Doris Svedlund was born on December 11, 1926 in Stockholm, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Den långa julmiddagen (1956), Diana går på jakt (1960) and Prison (1949). She died on September 7, 1985.

19. Eva Henning

Actress | Elvira Madigan

Eva was born in New York, USA, with a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother, Ragni. They divorced when Eva was 6 years old and Ragni remarried the actor Uno Henning.

Eva was accepted to the Royal Dramatic Theater's acting school in 1938. She had some minor roles both on the stage and in a few movies...

20. Gertrud Fridh

Actress | Smultronstället

Gertrud Fridh was born on November 26, 1921 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), The Devil's Eye (1960) and All These Women (1964). She died on October 11, 1984 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

1- Skepp till India land (1947), Sally

21. Gudrun Brost

Actress | Vargtimmen

Gudrun Brost was born on April 6, 1910 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden as Gudrun Lisa Johanna. She was an actress, known for Hour of the Wolf (1968), The Virgin Spring (1960) and Here Is Your Life (1966). She was married to Sven Forssell. She died on June 28, 1993 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

22. Gunnel Broström

Actress | Smultronstället

Gunnel Broström was born on October 25, 1922 in Östermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Gunnel Ester M. Broström. She was an actress and director, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), Charlotte Löwensköld (1979) and Slå nollan till polisen (1960). She was married to Gustaf ...

23. Lena Olin

Actress | Alias

Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. She was born in Stockholm, to actors Britta Holmberg and Stig Olin, who appeared in six of Bergman's films. Lena also ...

24. Pernilla August

Actress | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Pernilla August started acting as a child, performing in plays at Vår teater and at school. In 1979 she was accepted at the Statens scenskola to study acting professionally. Director Ingmar Bergman took note of her early and cast her as a nanny in his Fanny and Alexander (1982).

In 1982 she got ...

25. Lena Nyman

Actress | Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult

Lena Nyman was born on May 23, 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden as Anna Lena Elisabet Nyman. She was an actress, known for I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), I Am Curious (Blue) (1968) and Ronja Robbersdaughter (1984). She was married to Jan Lundström. She died on February 4, 2011 in Stockholm.

26. Marianne Löfgren

Actress | En enda natt

Marianne Löfgren was born on February 24, 1910 in Stockholm, Sweden as Jeannette Wedday Marianne Ida Carolina Löfgren. She was an actress, known for Only One Night (1939), Puck - heter jag (1951) and Den farliga leken (1933). She was married to Bergvall, Tycho. She died on September 4, 1957 in ...

1- Kris (1946)- Nelly 2- Fängelse (1949)- Mrs. Bohlin

27. Naima Wifstrand

Actress | Smultronstället

Raised by a single mother, she grew up in a poor home at Fleminggatan in Stockholm. She was working extra in a small shop for sewing materials and the owner encouraged her acting dreams. In 1905 she was accepted to accompany the Anna Lundberg travelling theatre company around Sweden. This led to ...

28. Naemi Briese

Actress | Sommaren med Monika

Naemi Briese was born on March 4, 1908 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Naemi Viktoria Louise Söderström. She was an actress, known for Summer with Monika (1953), Vi går landsvägen (1937) and Hon eller ingen (1934). She was married to Elof Ahrle. She died on August 20, 1980 in ...

1- Skepp till India land (1947), Selma 2- Sommaren med Monika (1953), Monika's mother

29. Pernilla Allwin

Actress | Fanny och Alexander

Pernilla Allwin was born on September 4, 1970 in Vällingby, Sweden. She is an actress, known for Fanny and Alexander (1982), Fanny and Alexander (1983) and Ett hjärta av guld (1982).

30. Alf Kjellin

Actor | Ice Station Zebra

Although trained for the stage in his native Sweden, Alf Kjellin appeared in only a few stage productions before entering films. His work in Torment (1944) resulted in his being noticed by Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1949 under the name Christopher Kent. He soon went back to ...

31. Åke Grönberg

Actor | Gycklarnas afton

Åke Grönberg was born on March 26, 1914 in Stockholm, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), I Roslagens famn (1945) and Summer with Monika (1953). He was married to Sonja Margareta Lund and Rut Holm. He died on September 15, 1969.

32. Allan Edwall

Actor | Emil och griseknoen

Allan Edwall was born in a working class home in Jämtland, Sweden in 1924. His father was a trade-union man and a communist. 1949-52 he attended Stockholm's Royal Daramatic Theatre School. Through the years he made more than 400 parts in theater, film, television and radio. He was also a director, ...

33. Åke Fridell

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

Åke Fridell was born on June 23, 1919 in Gävle, Gävleborgs län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957) and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). He died on August 26, 1985 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

1- Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946), reverend 2- Skepp till India land (1947), variety hall owner 3- Sommaren med Monika (1953), Monika's father

34. Björn Bjelfvenstam

Actor | Smultronstället

Björn Bjelfvenstam was born on February 19, 1929 in Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden as Björn Erik Bjelfvenstam. He is an actor, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), Tre kronor (1994) and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955).

35. Birger Malmsten

Actor | Eva

Birger Malmsten was born on December 23, 1920 in Gräsö, Uppsala län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Eva (1948), It Rains on Our Love (1946) and Goda grannar (1987). He was married to Haide Göransson. He died on February 15, 1991 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

1- Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946), David 2- Skepp till India land (1947), Johannes Blom 2- Musik i mörker (1948), Bengt Vyldeke 3- Fängelse (1949), Thomas 4- Törst (1949), Bertil 5- Till Glädje (1950),Marcel 6- Sommarlek (1951), Henrik 7- Kvinnors väntan (1952), Martin Lobelius

36. Erik Hell

Actor | Den osynliga muren

Erik Hell was born on August 11, 1911 in Kalliokoski, Finland. He was an actor, known for Den osynliga muren (1944), Alla mina söner (1965) and Mördaren - en helt vanlig person (1967). He was married to Öllegård Wellton. He died on March 11, 1973 in Solna, Stockholms län, Sweden.

1- Skepp till India land (1947), Pekka 2- Hamnstad (1948), Berit 's Father

37. Erland Josephson

Actor | Offret

Erland Josephson, the distinguished Swedish actor best known for his appearance in Ingmar Bergman's films, was born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 15, 1923. Josephson's relationship with Bergman, a long-time friend, began in the late 1930s when they first worked together in the theater.

Although he ...

38. Elliott Gould

Actor | MASH

Elliott Gould is an American actor known for his roles in MASH (1970), his Oscar-nominated performance in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), and more recently, his portrayal of old-time con artist Reuben Tishkoff in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)...

39. Erik Strandmark

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

Erik Strandmark was born on September 14, 1919 in Torsaker, Sweden. He was an actor and director, known for The Seventh Seal (1957), Barabbas (1953) and Sköna Susanna och gubbarna (1959). He died on January 5, 1963 in Trinidad, West Indies.

40. Folke Sundquist

Actor | Smultronstället

Folke Sundquist was born on November 4, 1925 in Falun, Dalarnas län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), Förtrollad vandring (1954) and Because of My Hot Youth (1952). He died on January 13, 2009 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden.

41. Gunnar Björnstrand

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in ...

1- Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946), mr.Purman 2- 3- 4-

42. Georg Rydeberg

Actor | Harald Handfaste

His father was a sea captain, but he refused to allow his son to became a sailor like him. But that could not scare the 14-year old Rydeberg, and at the age of 14, he was steward on a boat to Hull, UK, and the next year he was a sailor on a ship to Lagos, Africa. He got a job as an office clerk, ...

43. Hasse Ekman

Writer | Fram för lilla Märta eller På livets ödesvägar

Being the son of actor / theatre director Gösta Ekman, it was natural for him to start a career in the movie business. He was first noticed for playing against his father in Intermezzo (1936). He also showed a talent for writing, and his first script was filmed as Blixt och dunder (1938). Producer ...

44. Holger Löwenadler

Actor | Lacombe Lucien

Holger Löwenadler was born on April 1, 1904 in Jönköping, Jönköpings län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Lacombe, Lucien (1974), A Ship to India (1947) and On These Shoulders (1948). He died on June 18, 1977 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

45. Jullan Kindahl

Actress | Smultronstället

Jullan Kindahl was born on April 12, 1885 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Julia Carolina Kindahl. She was an actress, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) and Arvtagerskan (1962). She died on April 18, 1979 in Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden.

46. Jarl Kulle

Actor | Fanny och Alexander

Hadn't it been for his school teacher, who managed to get him money for a theater education, he would probably never had become an actor. After two failed attempts at becoming a student at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school he succeeded at the age of 19. During these years in the beginning ...

47. Lars Ekborg

Actor | Sommaren med Monika

Lars Ekborg was born on June 6, 1926 in Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Summer with Monika (1953), The Magician (1958) and Lille Fridolf och jag (1956). He was married to Lola Ekborg. He died on October 7, 1969 in Sweden.

1- Sommaren med Monika (1953), Harry

48. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

49. Nils Poppe

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

While studying he became interested in acting and was discovered when performing in a school play.

His talent for comedic acting made him known for the public when he debuted with Pengar - en tragikomisk saga (1947), which he directed himself. He is today best remembered for his character Fabian Bom,...

50. Stig Järrel

Actor | Djävulens öga

Once one of Sweden's hardest working actors, he has descibed himself as a workaholic during the 1940s. He has played all kinds of roles, both comedy as in Fram för lilla Märta eller På livets ödesvägar (1945) as well as the psychotic teacher Caligula in Alf Sjöberg's ...

51. Sture Lagerwall

Actor | Bombi Bitt och jag

After a few years as an intern and actor at the Oscarsteatern in Stockholm 1931-1934 he was engaged by Gösta Ekman at Vasateatern and then, 1934-1936, at The Royal Dramatic Theatre. After 1936 he became a freelancer and worked on all the theatres in Stockholm, particularly so for Per-Axel Branner ...

52. Stig Olin

Director | Resan till dej

A distinguished actor, director and composer in Sweden; Stig Olin made his success in many areas of the Swedish entertainment business in the 1940s and 50s. As an actor, he claimed success when he played boyish characters and naive students on film. He was the actor who eventually took the claim of...

1- Kris (1946)- Jack 2- Fängelse (1949)- Peter 3- Till glädje (1950)- Stig Eriksson 4- Sommarlek (1951)- ballet master

53. Ulf Johansson

Actor | Femte generationen

Ulf Johansson was born on February 3, 1922 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Ulf Olav Johansson. He was an actor, known for Femte generationen (1986), Hour of the Wolf (1968) and Shame (1968). He was married to Ingrid Borthen. He died on February 15, 1990 in Stockholm.

1- Det regnar på vår kärlek (1946), Stalvispen

54. Ulf Palme

Actor | Barabbas

Ulf Palme was born on October 18, 1920 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was an actor and writer, known for Barabbas (1953), Miss Julie (1951) and On These Shoulders (1948). He died on May 12, 1993 in Ingarö, Stockholms län.

55. Victor Sjöström

Actor | Smultronstället

Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...

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