The Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård is no stranger to movie goers, no matter what genre you're into the most. He's covered pretty much every single one of them, from an independent Oscar-winning film to huge superhero franchises. It is possible though, that the name Skarsgård may bring another - or other - faces to your mind, and that's simply because some of Stellan's sons have taken up acting as well.
So, today, on Stellan's 65th birthday, let's take a moment to celebrate not only his most memorable roles, but also to acknowledge his progeny - and those wonderful genes they've inherited!
Mr. Stellan Skarsgård
One of his most recognizable roles is, without a doubt, Dr. Erik Selvig in the MCU's Thor. Being Jane Forster's friend and mentor, Dr. Erik is with her in New Mexico, where Thor lands after being exiled. Stellan reprised his role in Thor: The Dark World, as well as in The Avengers franchise.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Stellan plays Bootstrap Bill, a cursed seaman who refused to mutiny against Jack Sparrow, ending up strapped to a canon underneath the sea. Later saved by the Flying Dutchman, he escaped death and even got to meet his son, Will Turner. Midway through At World's End though, he barely remembers Will anymore, after he loses his humanity and goes a bit crazy.
Stellan was part of the star-ensemble cast of Mamma Mia, as Bill Anderson. Stellan was, alongside Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, a former love interest of Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) and one of her daughter's possible fathers. As it turned out, Bill wasn't Sophie's father after all, so he ends up 'taking a chance on' Rosie, Donna's friend, singing the famous Abba tune.
Many of us remember Robin Williams as the man who finally broke through Will in Good Will Hunting, getting him to reach his full potential and embrace life. But it was Stellan's character, Professor Lambeau, who actually discovered Will's mathematical abilities and sought to help him through getting him a therapist, enter Sean (Robin Williams). Williams got an Oscar for his role, and Stellan got an European Film Academy award for his.
In 2013, Stellan starred in Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac. Following his long-lasting friendship with Lars, Stellan took the role of Seligman, a middle-aged man who listens and analyses the life of Joe, who claims to be a nymphomaniac. This is the last installment in Von Trier's unofficial Depression Trilogy, preceded by Antichrist and Melancholia - which credits two Skarsgårds, Stellan and his son Alexander.
The oldest of the Skarsgård offspring, Alexander became known for his role in the hit HBO series True Blood. Alexander played the Viking vampire Eric Northman, who vied for Sookie's love with vampire Bill. His filming credits also include 13, with Jason Statham and the psychological thriller Straw Dogs, in which he plays the villain for Kate Bosworth (who was his girlfriend at the time).
Alexander Skarsgård will be Tarzan in the upcoming The Legend of Tarzan, set to hit the theaters next July 1st.
In the footsteps of his father Stellan, who shared the screen with Alexander in Melancholia, Gustav has also starred opposite his older brother in the Swedish comedy Trust Me. Gustav is more easily related to his role as Floki, in the History Channel series Vikings. The series centers in Ragnar Lothbrok and his journeys to conquer England and France, all with the help of his friend Floki, who is Kattegat's ship builder.
As of March, Vikings was renewed for its fifth season - which will be extended from the usual ten to twenty episodes - set to premiere in 2017.
Bill Skarsgård was Roman Godfrey, Famke Janssen's son in Neflix's Hemlock Groove for its three seasons. But, since the Divergent series are such a hit, you may recognize the young Skarsgård as Matthew, from the latest Allegiant. Matthew is the one who turns coat on David, helping Four escape and get back to Chicago. The final chapter of the series will be Ascendant, set to be released on June, 2017.
This Skarsgård has also just been cast as the clown Pennywise, the lead role in the newest adaptation of Stephen King's It.
Mind you that Stellan is a father of 8, so we might see a couple more of Stellan's flock around!