Peter Stormare

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Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare.jpg
Stormare in 2008
BornRolf Peter Ingvar Storm
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 61)
Kumla, Närke, Sweden
OccupationActor, theatre director, playwright, musician
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Karen Sillas
(1989–2006; divorced)
Toshimi Stormare
(2008–present)
 
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Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare.jpg
Stormare in 2008
BornRolf Peter Ingvar Storm
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 61)
Kumla, Närke, Sweden
OccupationActor, theatre director, playwright, musician
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Karen Sillas
(1989–2006; divorced)
Toshimi Stormare
(2008–present)

Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm (born 27 August 1953), known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɛr stɔrmˈarɛ] ( )), is a Swedish actor, theatre director, playwright, and musician. He is probably best known in the United States for playing Gaear Grimsrud in the 1996 film Fargo. He is also well known for his role as John Abruzzi in the Fox series Prison Break.

Early life[edit]

Stormare was born in Kumla, Närke,[1] and grew up in Arbrå, Hälsingland. He changed his surname when he discovered that he shared it with a senior student at an acting academy. Like "storm" (a word which has the same meaning in Swedish and English), "stormare" is a Swedish word, meaning "stormer". Before settling on "Stormare", he briefly contemplated changing his name to "Mrots Retep", which is simply "Peter Storm" backwards.

Acting career[edit]

Stormare began his career with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, to which he belonged for 11 years. In 1990, he took a leading position as Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and made a name for himself through various Shakespeare performances, including Hamlet. Three years later, he moved to New York City and mainly took part there in English language productions. He played Carl Hamilton, a fictional Swedish secret agent. He was discovered by international audiences for his critically acclaimed role as one of the kidnappers in Fargo (1996). He portrayed Dieter Stark in the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park and later played sleazy, unlicensed "eye-doctor" Solomon Eddie in Minority Report.

In 1998, he appeared in "The Frogger", a Seinfeld episode where he played a rogue electrician known as Slippery Pete. He portrayed Uli Kunkel in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, as well as playing Lev Andropov, a Russian cosmonaut in the 1998 film Armageddon. In 1999, he appeared as a villainous producer and director of hardcore porn in the film 8mm. He also portrayed Gunny in the 2002 film Windtalkers and Alexei in the 2003 film Bad Boys II. In 2003, he played Ernst Röhm in Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In the 2005 film Constantine, he played Lucifer. He played an interrogator in the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm. His first major character in television was on the show Prison Break in 2005, where he played mob boss John Abruzzi. He was originally cast in Fido, but opted out of the film upon being cast in 'Prison Break.

Stormare voiced Mattias Nilsson in the video games Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Isair in the computer game Icewind Dale 2, and Johann Strauss in Quake 4. In February 2006, he starred as Wolfgang in Volkswagen's VDub series of television commercials. He played the main character in the film Svartvattnet, which was filmed in Sweden and Norway in 2007.[2] He was offered a role in the ABC television series Lost for a period of one year,[3] which he declined.[4] In the 2007 film Premonition, he played Dr. Roth. In April 2007, he appeared in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Ending Happy".

In December 2007, Stormare participated in the Swedish reality show Stjärnorna på slottet. He appears in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Dr. Zelinsky, a Russian scientist who builds a time machine. He starred as Walter in the Canadian independent crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs (2010). He appeared in the music video of the song "Uprising" by the Swedish power metal band Sabaton.[5] He plays himself in the 2011 Norwegian comedy Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen and appeared as a psychiatrist in the Swedish horror film Marianne (2011). He appeared in a trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, made for the "Revolution" DLC pack. He has since reappeared in most trailers for the game.

Music career[edit]

Stormare with Hedwig Gorski backstage at a Bob Dylan concert in Prague, October 2003

After Bono of U2 heard some of Stormare's music, he encouraged Stormare to make an album. In 2002, Stormare released his first album, Dallerpölsa och småfåglar. He plays in a band called Blonde from Fargo and runs a record label called StormVox.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Stormare divides his time between the United States and Sweden.[7] He married actress Karen Sillas in 1989; they divorced in 2006. He married Toshimi, a native of Japan, in 2008.[7]

Stormare is the godfather of Gustaf Skarsgård, the son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. While working on a Disney film in Prague, he was introduced to Bob Dylan after Dylan's concert by bassist Tony Garnier.

Stormare is a Christian and claims that he has had contact with God.[7][8] When he was young, he participated in Baptist meetings in Arbrå.[8][9] He has a strong spiritual side, inherited from his mother, who claimed to be a medium, and who inherited this from her own father.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978LyftetPrisoner
1982Fanny and AlexanderYoung Man
1986SeppanSara's FatherTelevision film
1986Den frusna leopardenJerry
1987Pirates of the LakeJustus
1990AwakeningsNeurochemist
1991Freud flyttar hemifrån...Berra
1992DamagePeter Wetzler
1996FargoGaear Grimsrud
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkDieter Stark
1997In the Presence of a ClownPetrus LandahlTelevision film
1998ArmageddonLev Andropov
1998Mercury RisingShayes
1998The Big LebowskiUli Kunkel / Karl Hungus
1998Commander HamiltonCarl Hamilton
1998Somewhere in the CityGraham
1999PurgatoryCavin Guthrie
19998mmDino Velvet
2000BruiserMilo Styles
2000ChocolatSerge Muscat
2000Dancer in the DarkJeff
2000The Million Dollar HotelDixie
2000CircusJulius
2001Happy CampersOberon
200213 MoonsSlovo
2002The Beatle FanAlbert
2002SpunMullet Cop
2002Minority ReportDr. Solomon Eddie
2002WindtalkersGunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad
2002The TuxedoDr. Simms
2002Bad CompanyAdrik Vas
2003Hitler: The Rise of EvilErnst RöhmTelevision film
2003Bad Boys IIAlexei
2003The Movie HeroThe Suspicious Character
2004BirthClifford
2005The Batman vs. DraculaDraculaVoice
2005The Brothers GrimmCavaldi
20052001 ManiacsProfessor Ackerman
2005Buck Rogers to the Xtreme!
2005ConstantineLucifer
2006Nacho LibreEmperor
2006UnknownSnakeskin Boots
2007PremonitionDr. Roth
2007AnamorphBlair Collet
2007Boot CampArthur Hail
2007They Never Found HerWoods
2007SwitchTommen
2007Gone with the WomanGlenn
2008Witless ProtectionArthur Grimsley
2008InsanitariumDr. Gianetti
2008VargKlemens
2009The Killing RoomDr. Phillips
2009HorsemenDavid Spitz
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusThe President
2010CorridorMicke
2010UndocumentedZ
2010Dylan Dog: Dead of NightGabriel
2010Small Town Murder SongsWalter
2010Henry's CrimeDarek Millodragovic
2011MarianneSven
2011InseparableRichard
2011The Hunters 2Torsten
2011Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjenPeter Stormare
2012LockoutScott Langral
2012Get the GringoFrank Fowler
2012Small ApartmentsMr. Olivetti
2012Tai Chi HeroDuke Fleming
2013Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersSheriff Berringer
2013The Last StandThomas Burrell
2013Siberian EducationInk
2013Autumn BloodThe Mayor
2013Bad Milo!Highsmith
2013Trial of ArmsKarkov
2013Sleight of HandTerrible Terry
2013The PendantWhite
2013The Zero TheoremDoctor
2013Pain & GainDr. Bjornson
201422 Jump StreetGhost
2014RageO'Connell
2014MallBarry
2014Penguins of MadagascarCorporalVoice
2014Bang Bang BabyGeorge

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993MorsarvetKapten BergkvistMiniseries
1998SeinfeldSlippery PeteEpisode: "The Frogger"
2002Watching EllieIngvar11 episodes
2004JoeyViktorEpisode: "Joey and the Husband"
2005Prison BreakJohn Abruzzi20 episodes
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGeorge "Binky" BabinkianEpisode: "Ending Happy"
2008Transformers: AnimatedMeltdown
Prometheus Black
Voice
3 episodes
2008MonkPetya LovakEpisode: "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"
2009EntourageAaron Cohen2 episodes
2009Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!GorbEpisode: "Road Trip"
2010WeedsChef2 episodes
2010Hawaii Five-0Drago ZankovicEpisode: "Ohana"
2010Adventure TimeSir SlicerVoice
Episode: "Blood Under the Skin"
2011Covert AffairsMax KupalaEpisode: "The Outsiders"
2011WilfredTrashfaceEpisode: "Isolation"
2011LeverageGunter HanzigEpisode: "The Office Job"
2012NCIS: Los AngelesInterpol Agent Martin KällströmEpisode: "Crimeleon"
2012Body of ProofWilson PolleyEpisode: "Mind Games"
2013Phineas and FerbWhiplashVoice
Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"
2014PsychCyrus PolkEpisode: "Someone's Got a Woody"
2014RakeJack TarrantEpisode: "Serial Killer"
2014The BlacklistFigure / Berlin[10][11]2 episodes
2014ArrowWerner Zytle / Count Vertigo[12]
2014LongmireChance Gilbert2 episodes

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRole
2002Icewind Dale IIIsair
2005Quake 4Pvt. Johann Strauss
2005Mercenaries: Playground of DestructionMattias Nilsson
2008Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesMattias Nilsson
2008Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3Dr. Gregor Zelinsky
2009Wanted: Weapons of FateThe Immortal
2010Prison Break: The ConspiracyJohn Abruzzi
2012The Secret WorldDr. Aldini
Huiginn
Muninn
2013Call of Duty: Black Ops IIThe Replacer
2014The Elder Scrolls OnlineJorunn the Skald King
2014DestinyArach Jalaal

Music videos[edit]

YearArtistTitle
Sabaton"Uprising"

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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