Gösta Ekman

Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman[2] (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjœ̂sːta ˈěːkman] (listen); 28 July 1939 1 April 2017)[3] was a Swedish actor, comedian, and director.

Gösta Ekman
Gösta Ekman in August 2014.
Born
Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman

(1939-07-28)28 July 1939
Stockholm, Sweden
Died1 April 2017(2017-04-01) (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
OccupationActor, comedian, director, writer[1]
Spouse(s)
Fatima Svendsen
(m. 1963; div. 1971)

Pia Harahap
(m. 1979; div. 1986)

(m. 1989)
Children3
RelativesHasse Ekman (father)
Gösta Ekman (grandfather)

Career

Ekman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and was the son of the director Hasse Ekman and Agneta (née Wrangel).[4] Ekman represented the third generation in a family of prominent Swedish actors. First in the line was his paternal grandfather, also named Gösta Ekman, followed by his father Hasse Ekman, a successful film director and actor. Ekman's theatrical family also included his brothers Stefan Ekman and Mikael Ekman, a stage director, and his niece, Sanna Ekman, an actress. He was married from 1989 to artist and film director Marie-Louise Ekman, previously Marie-Louise De Geer Bergenstråhle, née Fuchs. Ekman sometimes appeared in credits as Gösta Ekman Jr. to avoid being confused with his famous grandfather.

He was an assistant director to Per-Axel Branner, Hasse Ekman, Stig Olin, Bengt Ekerot and Ingmar Bergman from 1956 to 1961. Ekman started his acting career in the theaters, such as the Alléteatern from 1956 to 1957, Munkbroteatern in 1959 and the Stockholm City Theatre in 1960.[4] He also appeared in several Swedish films, including the Jönssonligan series. He was most famous for his comedic works, especially his collaboration with the comic duo Hasse & Tage on stage and in films—where he often played the leading parts. His body of work, though, included a number of genres, including a series of dramatic police films, in which he played the famous fictional Swedish policeman Martin Beck.

While Ekman officially retired from stage and film work in 2003, he returned in 2005 to play leading parts in his wife's two films, Asta Nilssons sällskap and Pingvinresan. In 2007, he directed the play Gäckanden for the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

Personal life

He was married from 1963 to 1974 to Karl Gerhard's adopted daughter Fatima Svendsen (born 1944), with whom he had a son, Måns Ekman (born 1964).[5] Subsequently, he was married from 1979 to 1987 to Pia Harahap (born 1955), with whom he had two adopted children. In 1989 he married Marie-Louise Ekman (born 1944).[6][4] They were married until Gösta Ekman's death.

He died on 1 April 2017, at the age of 77.[3]

Awards and nominations

Ekman won the Swedish film award Guldbagge Award in 1993 for his role as policeman Martin Beck in the Guldbagge-winning film The Man on the Balcony, based on the 1967 novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Ekman also won the special Hedersguldbaggen (Honorable Guldbagge) award in 2008 for his service to the Swedish film and theater industry.

L–R: Gösta Ekman, Ingmar Bergman, Victor Sjöström, and Lena Bergman during the filming of Smultronstället (1957).

Selected filmography

  • 1956: Swing it, fröken - Erik
  • 1962: Chans - Stefan
  • 1962: Nils Holgerssons underbara resa - Student
  • 1964: Svenska bilder (Hasse & Tage film) - Bengtsson
  • 1964: Äktenskapsbrottaren - Herr Sixten
  • 1965: Nattcafé (TV Movie) - Peter
  • 1965: Festivitetssalongen - Blom - Journalist
  • 1965: Att angöra en brygga (Hasse & Tagefilm) - Lennart
  • 1965: Niklasons (TV series) - Martin (1965)
  • 1966: Yngsjömordet - Per / Son-Hanna's husband
  • 1968: Lådan
  • 1968: Jag älskar, du älskar - Stan
  • 1968: I huvet på en gammal gubbe (Out of an Old Man's Head) (Hasse & Tage film) - Student
  • 1969: Som natt och dag - Rikard
  • 1969: Duett för kannibaler - Tomas
  • 1969: Spader, Madame! (TV Movie) - Johan Isak
  • 1971: Niklas och figuren - Micke's Father
  • 1971: Äppelkriget (Hasse & Tage film) - Sten Wall, PR-man
  • 1972: Mannen som slutade röka (Hasse & Tage film) - Dante Alighieri
  • 1972: Experimentlek
  • 1973: Kvartetten som sprängdes (The Quartet That Broke Up) (TV Mini-Series) - Petrus Anker
  • 1974: Dunderklumpen! - Dummy (voice)
  • 1975: Ägget är löst! (Hasse & Tage film) - The Son
  • 1975: Släpp fångarne loss, det är vår! (Release the Prisoners to Spring) (Hasse & Tage film) - Fängelsedirektören
  • 1976: Face to Face - Mikael Strömberg
  • 1976: En dåres försvarstal (TV Mini-Series) - Axel
  • 1978: Picassos äventyr (The Adventures of Picasso) (Hasse & Tage film) - Picasso
  • 1978: En vandring i solen - Tore
  • 1979: En kärleks sommar - David Jernberg
  • 1979: Lucie - Gerner
  • 1979: Farbrorn som inte ville va' stor (TV Series short) - Ragnar / Narrator (voice)
  • 1980: Mannen som blev miljonär - Stickan
  • 1980: Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten - Hotel Cleaner (uncredited)
  • 1981: Från och med herr Gunnar Papphammar - Herr Gunnar Papphammar
  • 1981: SOPOR (Hasse & Tage film) - John Smith (Pseudonym)
  • 1981: Varning för Jönssonligan - Charel-Ingvar 'Sickan' Jönsson
  • 1982: Den enfaldige mördaren (The Simple-Minded Murder) (Hasse & Tage film) - The New Driver
  • 1982: En flicka på halsen - Kurt
  • 1982: Jönssonligan och Dynamit-Harry - Charles-Ingvar 'Sickan' Jönsson
  • 1982: Gräsänklingar (One Week Bachelors) - Gary
  • 1983: Kalabaliken i Bender - Karl XII
  • 1983: P&B - Guest at Restaurant
  • 1984: Slagskämpen - Stig Larsson
  • 1984: Jönssonligan får guldfeber - Charles-Ingvar 'Sickan' Jönsson
  • 1984: Magister Flykt (TV Series short) - Narrator (voice)
  • 1985: Dödspolare - Torbjörn 'Tobbe' Skytt
  • 1986: Morrhår och ärtor (also director) - Håna
  • 1986: Jönssonligan dyker upp igen - Charles-Ingvar 'Sickan' Jönsson
  • 1988: Vargens tid - Bjelke
  • 1989: Kronvittnet - Lambert
  • 1989: Jönssonligan på Mallorca - Charles-Ingvar 'Sickan' Jönsson
  • 1990: Den hemliga vännen - The friend
  • 1991: Underjordens hemlighet - Carson
  • 1991: Duo Jag (TV Movie) - The thin man
  • 1992: Vennerman och Winge (TV Series)
  • 1993: Brandbilen som försvann - Martin Beck
  • 1993: Roseanna - Martin Beck
  • 1993: Polis polis potatismos! - Martin Beck
  • 1993: Mannen på balkongen - Martin Beck
  • 1994: Polismördaren - Martin Beck
  • 1994: Stockholm Marathon - Martin Beck
  • 1995: En på miljonen - Direktör Callert
  • 1996: Nu är pappa trött igen - Fadern
  • 1997: Adam & Eva (1997) - Gösta Ekman (uncredited)
  • 1997: Ogifta par ...en film som skiljer sig - Gösta Ekman
  • 2000: Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sig - Tage Olsson
  • 2000: Soldater i månsken (TV Mini-Series) - Gunnar
  • 2001: Puder - Vippan
  • 2001: En fot i graven (TV Series) - Viktor Melldrov
  • 2003: Skenbart - en film om tåg - Pompe
  • 2005: Asta Nilssons sällskap - Den välklädde mannen
  • 2005: Loranga, Masarin & Dartanjang - Dartanjang (voice)

References

  1. Svensk Filmindustri – Filmnyheterna
  2. Dramaten – press release Archived 18 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Carp, Ossi; Lagerwall, Katarina; Fahl, Hanna (1 April 2017). "Gösta Ekman är död". Dagens Nyheter.
  4. Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 276. ISBN 91-1-914072-X.
  5. Nantell, Anette; Mälarstedt, Kurt (26 May 2007). "Spelrum för Gösta". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. Melin, Annika (29 December 2010). "En av giganterna inom svensk underhållning" (in Swedish). Helagotland.se. Retrieved 6 May 2013.

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