Per Oscarsson

Per Oscar Heinrich Oscarsson (28 January 1927 – 31 December 2010) was a Swedish actor. Oscarsson was born, along with his twin brother Björn, on 28 January 1927 on Kungsholmen, Stockholm. The twins had two elder siblings. Their mother, who was German, died in 1933. Oscarsson was best known for his role as Pontus, a starving writer, in the social realism drama Hunger (Sult), based on the Knut Hamsun novel by the same name, a role for which he won both the 1966 Bodil and Cannes Film Festival best actor awards. His most recent movie role was as Holger Palmgren, the character Lisbeth Salander's publicly-appointed guardian, in the 2009 movies The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, based on Stieg Larsson's famous novels. A fire started in the house of Oscarsson and his wife Kia Östling at the night between 30 and 31 December. On 31 December, a relative found the house burned to the ground with only the foundation and chimney remaining. Oscarsson had not been heard from since the fire. A body was discovered in the ruins of the house on 2 January 2011, and was presumed by police to be either the body of Oscarsson or that of his wife.


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