Actor Michael Nyqvist, best known for his role in the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie, has passed away at the age of 56 after battling lung cancer on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
Born as Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist on November 8, 1960 in Stockholm, Sweden, Nyqvist was educated at the School of Drama in Malmö. His first major breakthrough was in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson. He then starred in the Swedish romantic comedy, The Guy in the Grave Next Door, and in 2004 starred as Daniel Daréus, a conductor and musician, in one of the most watched Swedish films and the Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Film, As It Is in Heaven.
He was best known, and internationally recognized, for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish versions of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2009), based on author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium series alongside actress Noomi Rapace. The American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out in 2011 directed by David Fincher and stared Daniel Craig as Nyqvist's Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander.
Nyqvist also starred in many other American films like Abduction (2011) where he played the Serbian terrorist Nikola Kozlow, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) where he played a madman code-named 'Cobalt', who wanted to instigate a global war between Russia and the United States that he believes will restore ecological balance to the planet, and John Wick (2014) where he portrayed a New York Russian mob boss who is forced to protect his son from a legendary hit man played by Keanu Reeves.
According to THR, Nyqvist passed away today at the age of 56 from lung cancer he had been battling. Here is the statement his family made regarding the actors passing:
"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."
Aside from being an accomplished actor, Nyqvist was also an author who published his autobiographical memoir “Just After Dreaming” in 2011, which is a compilation of his childhood memories, his adoption as a baby and his quest to track down his biological parents at the age of 30.
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R.I.P. Michael Nyqvist - November 8, 1960 - June 27, 2017