Stellan Skarsgård, born 13 June 1951, is a Swedish actor. He is known for his roles as Captain Viktor Tupolev in spy film The Hunt for Red October (1990), Jan Nyman in drama film Breaking the Waves (1996), Professor Gerald Lambeau in drama film Good Will Hunting (1997), Gregor in action film Ronin (1998), Cerdic in historical film King Arthur (2004), Father Lankester Merrin in horror film Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005), Bootstrap Bill Turner in fantasy film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Bill Anderson in musical film Mamma Mia! (2008) and the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Commander Maximilian Richter in mystery film Angels and Demons (2009), Martin Vanger in thriller film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Dr. Erik Selvig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), The Grand Duke in fantasy film Cinderella (2015), Boris Shcherbina in the HBO/Sky UK television miniseries Chernobyl (2019) and Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune (2021). He will star in Andor (2022).
Stellan is the father of actor Alexander Skarsgård.