|Born||7 December 1879|
|Died||9 November 1940 (aged 60)|
He started his career with the theatre in 1906, with a long theater career in various Norwegian theaters, along with guest appearances in Copenhagen.
He debuted in film in 1914 in a Swedish-made silent film. The following year he came to Nordisk Film in Denmark, replacing Valdemar Psilander as the company's main star. He had led or co-starred in a total of 27 Danish silent films.
Tolnæs's film credits, all silent films, include:
He died in Oslo at age sixty and is buried with his family at Vestre gravlund.