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Nils Bengt Folke Ekerot (8 February 1920 – 26 November 1971) was a Swedish actor and director.

Bengt Ekerot
As Death in The Seventh Seal (1957).
Nils Bengt Folke Ekerot

(1920-02-08)8 February 1920
Stockholm, Sweden
Died26 November 1971(1971-11-26) (aged 51)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationActor, director
Years active1940, 1968
Known forColaborations with Ingmar Bergman
Notable work
The Seventh Seal, The Magician
Antoinette Gram (m. 1946)

Margareta Hallin (m. 1959–1968)



Ekerot was born in Stockholm. He had several roles in Swedish films, but he became immortalized in 1957 when he starred in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, portraying Death as a white-faced man in a black cloak, an archetype that has influenced the representation of Death in countless instances in film and other media since then.

A life of indulgence, smoking and drinking affected his later career, he would lose out on parts as Producers and Directors, of screen and stage, lost faith in him. Chasing his demons eventually lead to his early death from lung cancer in 1971.[1]

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  1. ^ Ekerot, Bengt. Ingmar Bergman Missing or empty |title= (help)

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