Allan Edwall

Johan Allan Edwall (25 August 1924 – 7 February 1997) was a Swedish actor, director, author, composer and singer, best-known outside Sweden for the small roles he played in some of Ingmar Bergman's films, such as Fanny and Alexander (1982). He found his largest audience in the Scandinavian countries for playing lovable characters in several of the film and TV adaptations of the children's stories by Astrid Lindgren. He attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre School (Dramatens elevskola) from 1949–1952. During his long career he appeared in over 400 works. At the 10th Guldbagge Awards in 1974, he won the award for Best Actor for his role in Emil and the Piglet.[1]

Allan Edwall
Allan Edwall 1965.jpg
Edwall in 1965
Johan Allan Edwall

(1924-08-25)25 August 1924
Rödön, Sweden
Died7 February 1997(1997-02-07) (aged 72)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film director, singer
Years active1953–1997
Spouse(s)Britt Edwall
(m. 1957⁠–⁠1965)

His 1984 film Åke and His World was entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

In his self-written songs, he frequently attacked the injustices of society. The music is similar to folk music often using violin and accordion. He won a Swedish Grammy posthumously in 2006.

Edwall also owned a theatre, Teater Brunnsgatan Fyra in Stockholm, which he bought in 1986 and operated until his death in 1997 of prostate cancer (it is now managed by Kristina Lugn). He was the father of photographer Mattias Edwall and stage director, actor and musician Måns Edwall (1960–2016).[3] Acting colleague Erland Josephson wrote about him in Expressen after his death: "He was odd. But, damn it, he managed to be odd in a universal way!"

Partial filmographyEdit



  • Protokoll (1954, novel)
  • Ljuva läge (1967, novel)
  • Engeln (1974, novel)
  • Limpan (1977, novel)
  • Mellan liv och död (1993, plays)


  1. ^ "Emil och griseknoen (1973)". Swedish Film Institute. 4 March 2014.
  2. ^ "14th Moscow International Film Festival (1985)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  3. ^ Måns Edwall är död – blev 56 år gammal


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