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
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
Years active2002–present

Charles Joel Nordström (born 25 November 1979),[1] known professionally 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. He starred on AMC's The Killing as detective Stephen Holder, and played Alex Murphy in the 2014 reboot, RoboCop.

Personal life[edit]

Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden.[4] His mother, a therapist, is Swedish.[5] His father, Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman), is an American who was drafted during the Vietnam War and deserted the military from his stationing in Bangkok.[6][7][8] He has both Swedish and American citizenship due to his father's United States birth.[3][9] Joel's father, whose family was from the American Midwest, is of English, Irish, Scottish, and German descent, while Joel's mother is Jewish (she is descended from Ukrainian Jewish immigrants to Sweden).[10][11][12] He has five sisters, one of whom is actress Melinda Kinnaman (his half-sister).[13] Through his childhood, Kinnaman learned two languages as he "[spoke] English with my dad and Swedish with my mom".[14] Kinnaman spent a year in Texas as a high school exchange student.[15]


Kinnaman started his acting career in 2002.[1] taking part in a thriller called The Invisible and enrolling in the Swedish Academic School of Drama in Malmö, where actors such as Michael Nyqvist have studied. He graduated in 2007, and afterwards attracted the attention of Swedish media in a stage adaptation of Crime and Punishment.[14] Kinnaman then went on to star in nine Swedish movies in 14 months.[15] 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.[13][16] 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][16][17] Looking to expand his acting career, Kinnaman hired an agent in the United States, the same agent that represents Johnny Depp.[16] 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.[18][19]

Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor (2011)[13][16][20] and the upcoming Mad Max 4 (2015).[16] 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."[16] 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".[13] 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".[16]

Kinnaman reunited with Easy Money director Daniel Espinosa in his Hollywood debut, 2012's Safe House.[21] On 3 March 2012, it was confirmed that Kinnaman would play the lead role of Alex James Murphy/Robocop in the 2014 remake of 1987's RoboCop. The film was released in February 2014.


2002Den osynligeKalle
2003Hannah med HAndreas
2005StormThe Bartender
Tjenare kungenDickan
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[22]
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
Child 44Wasilij NikitinPost-production
Run All NightMike ConlonPost-production
2014Knight of CupsPost-production
1990StorstadFelix LundströmSwedish TV series; credited as Joel Nordström
2008Andra AvenynGustavSwedish TV series
2011–2014The KillingStephen HolderU.S. TV series
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television[23]


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  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. ^ Rochlinfer, Margy (7 February 2014). "Emotions Churning Under Armor: Joel Kinnaman Jumps From 'The Killing' to 'RoboCop'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Helen (6 February 2014). "‘Robocop’ Joel Kinnaman’s Mom Tried to Send Him to Therapy for Walking Like a Robot". Variety. 
  6. ^ Yglesias, Matthew. "Joel Kinnaman from The Killing: An Interview - Slate Magazine". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  7. ^ Tweet Lina Wennersten 08-13 59 36 "Kroppslig kamp | Kultur | SvD" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  8. ^ Eichel, Larry (9 December 1990). "Home Swede Home: Why Some Vietnam Dodgers Haven't Returned". The Seattle Times. "David Kinnaman, as Steve was known for the first half of his life...." 
  9. ^ Ventre, Michael (16 June 2011). "'Killing' actors all hiding secrets". Variety. 
  10. ^ Barker, Emma (2012-04-02). "Making a ‘Killing’". The Daily. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  11. ^ "Joel Kinnaman regerar i "Arn" - Film" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
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  13. ^ a b c d Andersson, Jan-Olov (22 August 2009). "– Jag fick sparka ihjäl Skarsgård". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Emotions Churning Under Armor, The New York Times
  15. ^ a b Albiniak, Paige. New York Post |url= missing title (help). 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "Zac Efron to play drug smuggler in thriller". Reuters. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Holmqvist, Emilia (22 March 2010). "Kinnaman ska få oss att springa". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Hibberd, James (14 April 2010). "AMC adds four actors to 'Killing' pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  20. ^ Vejvoda, Jim (16 March 2009). "Natalie Portman Joining Thor?". IGN. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
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  22. ^ "De kan vinna en Guldbagge". Dagens Nyheter. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  23. ^ Goldberg, Matt (29 February 2012). "Saturn Award Nominations Announced; HUGO and HARRY POTTER Lead with 10 Nominations Each". Collider. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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