Peter Stormare

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Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare.jpg
Peter Stormare, 2008
BornRolf Peter Ingvar Storm
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 60)
Kumla, Sweden
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
  • Karen Sillas (m. 1989; div. 2006)
  • Toshimi Stormare (m. 2008)
 
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Peter Stormare
Peter Stormare.jpg
Peter Stormare, 2008
BornRolf Peter Ingvar Storm
(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 60)
Kumla, Sweden
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)
  • Karen Sillas (m. 1989; div. 2006)
  • Toshimi Stormare (m. 2008)

Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm (born 27 August 1953), known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɛr stɔrmˈarɛ] ( )), is a Swedish film, stage, voice and television actor, as well as a theatrical director, playwright and musician. Stormare is probably best known in the United States for playing Gaear Grimsrud in the Academy Award-winning film Fargo (1996).

Early life[edit]

Stormare was born in Kumla, Närke, Sweden,[1] and grew up in Arbrå, Hälsingland. He changed his surname when he discovered he shared it with a senior student at the acting academy. Just 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.

Career[edit]

Stormare began his career with the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre, to which he belonged for eleven years. In 1990, he took a leading position (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 similar to James Bond. He was discovered by international audiences for his critically acclaimed role as one of the kidnappers (with Steve Buscemi) in Fargo (1996). He later played a sleazy, unlicensed "eye-doctor" named Solomon Eddie in Minority Report. He portrayed Dieter Stark in the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

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, the Russian Cosmonaut in 1998's Armageddon. In 1999 he appeared opposite Nicolas Cage, in the role of a villainous producer & director of deviant hard-core porn named "Dino Velvet" in the film 8mm. He also portrayed Gunny in the movie Windtalkers in 2002 and Alexei in the 2003 film Bad Boys II. In 2003, Stormare played the role of Ernst Rohm in Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In the 2005 film Constantine, Stormare played Lucifer. He played an interrogator in the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm. His first major character in television was on the show Prison Break in 2005, where he played mob boss John Abruzzi. Stormare was originally cast for the role of Fido, but upon being cast in Prison Break, he opted out of the film.

He voiced "Mattias Nilsson" in the video games Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, the voice of Isair in the computer game Icewind Dale 2, and the voice of Johann Strauss in Quake 4. In February 2006, he starred as Wolfgang in Volkswagen's VDub series of television commercials.

Stormare played the main character in the movie Svartvattnet, which was filmed in Sweden and Norway during 2007.[2] Stormare was also offered a role in the ABC television series Lost for a period of one year,[3] which he later declined.[4] In the 2007 film Premonition he played the character Dr Roth. In April 2007, he appeared in an episode of crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, "Ending Happy".

In December 2007, Stormare participated in the Swedish reality show "Stjärnorna på slottet" along with Britt Ekland, Arja Saijonmaa, Jan Malmsjö and Magnus Härenstam. He appears in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Dr. Zelinsky, a Russian scientist who builds a time machine. He runs his own record label, StormVox.[5] 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.[6] 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 "The Replacer" trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which was made for the "Revolution" DLC pack. He has since reappeared in most recent trailers for the game.

Personal life[edit]

Stormare divides his time between the United States and Sweden.[7] He is divorced from his first wife, actress Karen Sillas and is currently married to Toshimi, a native of Japan.[7]

After Bono of U2 heard some of Stormare's music, he encouraged him to make an album. In 2002, Stormare released his first album, Dallerpölsa och småfåglar. Stormare is the godfather of Gustaf Skarsgård, the son of equally-acclaimed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, and plays in a band called Blonde From Fargo. While working on a Disney film in Prague, Stormare was introduced to Bob Dylan after the concert by bassist Tony Garnier.

Stormare with the originator of performance poetry Hedwig Gorski in Prague backstage at Bob Dylan's concert in October 2003.

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1978LyftetPrisoner
1982Fanny and AlexanderYoung man who helps Isak with coffer
1986SeppanSara's FatherTV movie
Den frusna leopardenJerry
1987Pirates of the LakeJustus
1990AwakeningsNeurochemist
1991Freud flyttar hemifrån...Berra
1992DamagePeter Wetzler
1996FargoGaear Grimsrud
1997The Lost World: Jurassic ParkDieter Stark
In the Presence of a ClownPetrus LandahlTV movie
1998ArmageddonLev Andropov
Mercury RisingShayes
The Big LebowskiNihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
Commander HamiltonCarl Hamilton
Somewhere in the CityGraham
19998mmDino Velvet
2000BruiserMilo Styles
ChocolatSerge Muscat
Dancer in the DarkJeff
The Million Dollar HotelDixie
CircusJulius
2001Happy CampersOberon
200213 MoonsSlovo
The Beatle FanAlbert
SpunMullet Cop
Minority ReportDr. Solomon Eddie
WindtalkersGunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad
The TuxedoDr. Simms
Bad CompanyAdrik Vas
2003Hitler: The Rise of EvilErnst RöhmTV movie
Bad Boys IIAlexei
The Movie HeroThe Suspicious Character
2004BirthClifford
2005The Batman vs. DraculaDraculaVoice
The Brothers GrimmCavaldi
2001 ManiacsProfessor Ackerman
Buck Rogers to the Xtreme!
ConstantineLucifer
2006Nacho LibreEmperor
UnknownSnakeskin Boots
2007PremonitionDr. Roth
AnamorphBlair Collet
Boot CampArthur Hail
They Never Found HerWoods
SwitchTommen
Gone with the WomanGlenn
2008Witless ProtectionArthur Grimsley
InsanitariumDr. Gianetti
WolfKlemens
2009The Killing RoomDr. Phillips
HorsemenDavid Spitz
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusThe President
2010CorridorMicke
UndocumentedZ
Dylan Dog: Dead of NightGabriel
Small Town Murder SongsWalter
Henry's CrimeDarek Millodragovic
2011MarianneSven
InseparableRichard
False TrailTorsten
Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjenPeter Stormare
2012LockoutScott Langral
Get the GringoFrank Fowler
Small ApartmentsMr. Olivetti
Tai Chi HeroDuke Fleming
2013Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersBerringer
The Last StandBurrell
Siberian EducationInk
Mall
Autumn BloodThe Mayor
Bad Milo!Highsmith
Trial of ArmsKarkov
Sleight of HandTerrible Terry
The PendantWhite
The Zero TheoremDoctor 2
2014TokarevFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993MorsarvetKapten BergkvistTV mini-series
1998SeinfeldSlippery Pete1 episode: "The Frogger"
2002Watching EllieIngvar11 episodes
2004JoeyViktor1 episode "Joey and the Husband"
2005Prison BreakJohn Abruzzi20 episodes
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationGeorge 'Binky' Babinkian1 episode "Ending Happy"
2008Transformers: AnimatedMeltdown / Prometheus Black (voice)3 episodes
MonkPetya Lovak1 episode "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"
2009EntourageAaron Cohen2 episodes
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Gorb1 episode: "Road Trip"
2010WeedsChef2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0Drago Zankovic1 episode: "Ohana"
Adventure TimeSir Slicer1 episode: "Blood Under the Skin"
2011Covert AffairsMax Kupala1 episode: "The Outsiders"
WilfredTrashface1 episode: "Isolation"
LeverageGunter Hanzig1 episode: "The Office Job"
2012NCIS: Los AngelesInterpol Agent Martin Källström1 episode: "Crimeleon"
Body of ProofWilson Polley1 episode: "Mind Games"
2013Phineas and FerbWhiplash1 episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"
2014PsychCyrus Polk1 episode: "Someone's Got a Woody"
RakeJack Tarrant1 episode: "Serial Killer"

Video games[edit]

YearGameCharacter
2002Icewind Dale IIIsair
2005Quake 4Pvt. Johann Strauss
Mercenaries: Playground of DestructionMattias Nilsson
2008Mercenaries 2: World in FlamesMattias Nilsson
Command & 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

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