Joel Kinnaman

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Joel Kinnaman
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Kinnaman in Comic-Con 2013
BornCharles Joel Nordström
(1979-11-25) 25 November 1979 (age 34)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
 
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Joel Kinnaman
Joel Kinnaman by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kinnaman in Comic-Con 2013
BornCharles Joel Nordström
(1979-11-25) 25 November 1979 (age 34)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present

Charles Joel Nordström (born 25 November 1979), professionally known as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish-American actor.[1] He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money[2][3] – a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category – and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. From 2011 to 2013, he starred in AMC's The Killing.

Personal life[edit]

Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. His mother, Bitte, is Swedish, and his father, Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman), is American, and had left the United States at the time of the Vietnam War.[4][5][6] He has both Swedish and American citizenship due to his father's United States birth.[3][7] Kinnaman is Jewish on his mother's side.[8][9] He has five sisters, one of whom is actress Melinda Kinnaman (his half-sister).[10] Kinnaman spent a year in Texas as a high school exchange student.[11]

He is in a relationship with American actress Olivia Munn.[12]

Career[edit]

Kinnaman started his acting career in 2002.[1] He made his breakthrough in the 2009 film I skuggan av värmen and his success continued with a role in six films of the Johan Falk film series.[10][13] He was then cast in the film Easy Money (released January 2010), which brought him attention in Sweden and the rest of the world.[2][13][14] Looking to expand his acting career, Kinnaman hired an agent in the United States, the same agent that represents Johnny Depp.[13] It was announced in the spring of 2010 that he would be making his international film debut in the thriller The Darkest Hour, which began filming in Moscow in June 2010 and was released in December 2011.[2] Beginning in April 2011, Kinnaman had a starring role as Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC television series The Killing.[15][15][16]

Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor (2011)[10][13][17] and Mad Max 4 (2013).[13] He told the newspaper Östran that "it was really close that I got the lead role in Mad Max 4. It stood between me and two others, and the one who got the role was Tom Hardy who plays the lead role in the film Bronson. [...] [The director] was very pleased [with my performance] – but they needed someone who gave an older impression."[13] Regarding Thor, he has stated that "they wanted someone with a Scandinavian touch. At last we were only five candidates left. Unfortunately I could not fly over [to the United States] and do test shoots with Natalie Portman; it interfered with the filming of Snabba Cash".[10] Although Kinnaman admits that he is eager to work and become recognized in America, he says that "I absolutely don't feel that I have to take any role that I can get just because it is the United States. I'm looking for something interesting, I'm still young in my artistry, and I must dare to do things even when there's a risk for failure".[13]

On 3 March 2012, it was confirmed that Kinnaman will be playing the lead role of Alex James Murphy/Robocop in the upcoming 2014 remake of 1987's RoboCop.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Den osynligeKalle
2003Hannah med HAndreas
2005StormThe Bartender
Tjenare kungenDickan
2006VinnarskallarGurra
2007Arn – The Knight TemplarSverker Karlsson
2008Arn – The Kingdom at Road's EndSverker Karlsson
2009In Your VeinsErik
183 dagarByron
Johan Falk - Gruppen för särskilda insatserFrank WagnerNominated – Guldbagge Award for the Best Supporting Actor[18]
Johan Falk - VapenbröderFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - National TargetFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - Leo GautFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - Operation NäktergalFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - De fredlösaFrank Wagner
Simon & MalouStefan
2010Easy MoneyJohan "JW" WestlundGuldbagge Award for the Best Actor
2011The Darkest HourSkyler
The Girl with the Dragon TattooChrister Malm
2012Safe HouseKeller
Lola VersusLuke
Easy Money IIJohan "JW" Westlund
Johan Falk - Spelets reglerFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - De 107 patrioternaFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - Alla råns moderFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - Organizatsija KarayanFrank Wagner
Johan Falk - BarninfiltratörenFrank Wagner
2013Johan Falk - Kodnamn LisaFrank Wagner
Easy Money IIIJohan "JW" Westlund
2014RoboCopAlex Murphy / RoboCop
2014Child 44Wasilij NikitinFilming
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Andra AvenynGustavSwedish TV series
2011–2013The KillingStephen HolderU.S. TV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Joel Kinnaman". Svensk Filmdatabas. Swedish Film Institute. 
  2. ^ a b c Rehlin, Gunnar (7 April 2010). "Joel Kinnaman klar för Hollywoodfilm". Helsingborgs Dagblad. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Hägred, Per (19 January 2010). "Joel Kinnaman: 'Min revisor är i chocktillstånd'". Expressen. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Yglesias, Matthew. "Joel Kinnaman from The Killing: An Interview - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  5. ^ Tweet Lina Wennersten 08-13 59 36 lina.wennersten@svd.se. "Kroppslig kamp | Kultur | SvD" (in (Swedish)). Svd.se. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  6. ^ Eichel, Larry (9 December 1990). "Home Swede Home: Why Some Vietnam Dodgers Haven't Returned". The Seattle Times. 
  7. ^ Ventre, Michael (16 June 2011). "'Killing' actors all hiding secrets". Variety. 
  8. ^ Barker, Emma (2012-04-02). "Making a ‘Killing’". The Daily. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Joel Kinnaman regerar i "Arn" - Film" (in (Swedish)). www.arbetarbladet.se. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  10. ^ a b c d Andersson, Jan-Olov (22 August 2009). "– Jag fick sparka ihjäl Skarsgård". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Cantor, Paul (July 31, 2012). "Olivia Munn Spotted With 'Robocop' Boyfriend Joel Kinnaman". Complex.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Helmerson, Erik (11 January 2010). "Joel Kinnaman nära roll i 'Mad Max 4'". Östran. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Zac Efron to play drug smuggler in thriller". Reuters. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Holmqvist, Emilia (22 March 2010). "Kinnaman ska få oss att springa". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Hibberd, James (14 April 2010). "AMC adds four actors to 'Killing' pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 July 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (16 March 2009). "Natalie Portman Joining Thor?". IGN. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "De kan vinna en Guldbagge". Dagens Nyheter. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 

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