Gösta Ekman

Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman[2] (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjœ̂sːta ˈěːkman] (listen); 28 July 1939 – 1 April 2017)[3] was a Swedish actor, comedian, and director.

Gösta Ekman
Gösta Ekman in August 2014.jpg
Gösta Ekman in August 2014.
Hans Gösta Gustaf Ekman

(1939-07-28)28 July 1939
Stockholm, Sweden
Died1 April 2017(2017-04-01) (aged 77)
Stockholm, Sweden
OccupationActor, comedian, director, writer[1]
Fatima Svendsen
(m. 1963; div. 1974)

Pia Harahap
(m. 1979; div. 1986)

(m. 1989)
RelativesHasse Ekman (father)
Gösta Ekman (grandfather)


Ekman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and was the son of the director Hasse Ekman and Agneta (née Wrangel).[4] Ekman represented the third generation in a family of prominent Swedish actors. First in the line was his paternal grandfather, also named Gösta Ekman, followed by his father Hasse Ekman, a successful film director and actor. Ekman's theatrical family also included his brothers Stefan Ekman and Mikael Ekman, a stage director, and his niece, Sanna Ekman, an actress. He was married from 1989 to artist and film director Marie-Louise Ekman, previously Marie-Louise De Geer Bergenstråhle, née Fuchs. Ekman sometimes appeared in credits as Gösta Ekman Jr. to avoid being confused with his famous grandfather.

He was an assistant director to Per-Axel Branner, Hasse Ekman, Stig Olin, Bengt Ekerot and Ingmar Bergman from 1956 to 1961. Ekman started his acting career in the theaters, such as the Alléteatern from 1956 to 1957, Munkbroteatern in 1959 and the Stockholm City Theatre in 1960.[4] He also appeared in several Swedish films, including the Jönssonligan series. He was most famous for his comedic works, especially his collaboration with the comic duo Hasse & Tage on stage and in films—where he often played the leading parts. His body of work, though, included a number of genres, including a series of dramatic police films, in which he played the famous fictional Swedish policeman Martin Beck.

While Ekman officially retired from stage and film work in 2003, he returned in 2005 to play leading parts in his wife's two films, Asta Nilssons sällskap and Pingvinresan. In 2007, he directed the play Gäckanden for the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married from 1963 to 1974 to Karl Gerhard's adopted daughter Fatima Svendsen (born 1944), with whom he had a son, Måns Ekman (born 1964).[5] Subsequently, he was married from 1979 to 1987 to Pia Harahap (born 1955), with whom he had two adopted children. In 1989 he married Marie-Louise Ekman (born 1944).[6][4] They were married until Gösta Ekman's death.

He died on 1 April 2017, at the age of 77.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Ekman won the Swedish film award Guldbagge Award in 1993 for his role as policeman Martin Beck in the Guldbagge-winning film The Man on the Balcony, based on the 1967 novel by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Ekman also won the special Hedersguldbaggen (Honorable Guldbagge) award in 2008 for his service to the Swedish film and theater industry.

L–R: Gösta Ekman, Ingmar Bergman, Victor Sjöström, and Lena Bergman during the filming of Wild Strawberries (1957).

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Svensk Filmindustri – Filmnyheterna[dead link]
  2. ^ Dramaten – press release Archived 18 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Carp, Ossi; Lagerwall, Katarina; Fahl, Hanna (1 April 2017). "Gösta Ekman är död". Dagens Nyheter.
  4. ^ a b c Uddling, Hans; Paabo, Katrin, eds. (1992). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1993 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1993] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 276. ISBN 91-1-914072-X.
  5. ^ Nantell, Anette; Mälarstedt, Kurt (26 May 2007). "Spelrum för Gösta". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  6. ^ Melin, Annika (29 December 2010). "En av giganterna inom svensk underhållning" (in Swedish). Helagotland.se. Retrieved 6 May 2013.


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