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Michael Nyqvist (1960 - 2017)

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Michael Nyqvist (1960 - 2017)

Michael Nyqvist, an actor who starred in the Swedish film version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” died Tuesday, June 27, 2017, of cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 56.

The actor’s death was announced in a family statement:

“Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Nyqvist was born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist Nov. 8, 1960, in Stockholm. He attended high school for one year in Omaha, Nebraska, as an exchange student. While in Omaha, he took his first acting classes. He later studied at the Malmo Theater Academy in Sweden.


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Nyqvist became known for his role as the police officer Banck in the first series of “Beck” films that were made in 1997. His fame in Sweden grew when he starred in the movie “Together” in 2000. In 2003, he starred in “As It Is in Heaven,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film.

He gained international attention in 2009 for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish movie adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” He played Blomkvist in two other Swedish films based on author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series.

Daniel Craig played Blomkvist in the American movie version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

American audiences may know Nyqvist best from co-starring with Keanu Reeves in “John Wick” and playing the evil nuclear scientist opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”

He is survived by his wife, Catharina, and their two children, Ellen and Arthur.

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