Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman (born 25 November 1979) is a Swedish American actor, best known in Sweden for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money, a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category, and also for his roles as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series and Governor Will Conway in the U.S. version of House of Cards. He starred as detective Stephen Holder on AMC's The Killing, and played Alex Murphy in the 2014 RoboCop remake, and Rick Flag in the film adaptation of Suicide Squad (2016), based on the DC Comics anti-hero team of the same name. He stars in the lead role of Takeshi Kovacs and Elias Ryker in the Netflix science fiction series Altered Carbon.
Kinnaman at the San Diego Comic Con, 2016
|Born||Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman
25 November 1979
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Relatives||Melinda Kinnaman (half-sister)|
Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm. His mother, Bitte, a therapist, is a Swedish citizen. His father, Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman), is an American who was drafted during the Vietnam War and deserted the military from his base in Bangkok. Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship. Kinnaman's father, whose family was from the American Midwest, is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent, while Kinnaman's mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish descent). He has five sisters, one of whom is actress Melinda Kinnaman (his half-sister). During his childhood, Kinnaman learned two languages as he "spoke English with my dad and Swedish with my mom." Kinnaman spent a year in Del Valle, Texas as a high school exchange student. After high school, he decided to travel around the world. To finance the trip, he worked in various jobs—as a beer factory line worker and roof-sweeper in Norway, and as a bar manager in the French Alps. Kinnaman then travelled for two years in Southeast Asia and South America.
Kinnaman began his acting career as a child actor in 1990, with a role in the soap opera Storstad. His older sister was dating one of the show's directors, and he asked Kinnaman to audition for a part on the show. After portraying Felix Lundström in 22 episodes, he stepped away from acting.
Kinnaman restarted his acting career in 2002, enrolling in the Malmö Theatre Academy. While studying at the drama school, Kinnaman featured in several films such as Hannah med H and God Save the King (Swedish: Tjenare kungen). He graduated in 2007, and attracted the attention of Swedish media with the role of Raskolnikov in a stage adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Kinnaman went on to star in nine Swedish films in 14 months. In 2009, he starred in the film In Your Veins (Swedish: I skuggan av värmen) and played the role of a police informant in six films of the Johan Falk film series. He was cast in the film Easy Money (released January 2010), which brought him mainstream attention in Sweden and at the international film market, and also earned him a Guldbagge Award in the Best Actor category.
Looking to expand his acting career, Kinnaman hired an agent in the United States. It was announced in the spring of 2010 that he would be making his international film debut in the thriller The Darkest Hour, which began filming in Moscow in June 2010 and was released in December 2011. Beginning in April 2011, Kinnaman had a starring role as Detective Stephen Holder in the AMC television series The Killing. Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in Thor (2011) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Although Kinnaman said that he is eager to work and become recognized in the U.S., he added that "I absolutely don't feel that I have to take any role that I can get just because it is the United States. I'm looking for something interesting, I'm still young in my artistry, and I must dare to do things even when there's a risk for failure".
In 2012, Kinnaman reunited with Easy Money director Daniel Espinosa in the latter's Hollywood debut, Safe House, and also starred in the indie film Lola Versus. On 3 March 2012, it was confirmed that Kinnaman would play the lead role of Alex James Murphy/RoboCop in the 2014 remake of 1987's RoboCop. The film was released in February 2014. In 2015, he appeared in the drama Knight of Cups and starred in the thrillers Run All Night and Child 44. Kinnaman played Rick Flag Jr. in the Warner Bros. and DC Comics adaptation of Suicide Squad (2016), directed by David Ayer.
In 2016, Kinnaman starred in the independent drama-thriller film Edge of Winter. He plays Elliot Baker, a father of two who takes his children on a shooting trip that goes wrong. The film was released on demand on 27 July, and in select theatres on 12 August. Kinnaman was cast as the protagonist Takeshi Kovacs in Netflix's Altered Carbon, an adaption to Richard K. Morgan's hardboiled cyberpunk science fiction novel of the same name; the show debuted on 2 February 2018. On 8 February 2018, it was announced that the actor was cast as Erik in the Amazon series Hanna, an adaptation of the 2011 action film of the same name.
|2003||Hannah med H||Andreas|
|2007||Arn – The Knight Templar||Sverker Karlsson|
|2008||Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End||Sverker Karlsson|
|2009||In Your Veins||Erik|
|2009||Johan Falk – Gruppen för särskilda insatser||Frank Wagner||Nominated – Guldbagge Award for the Best Supporting Actor|
|2009||Johan Falk – Vapenbröder||Frank Wagner|
|2009||Johan Falk – National Target||Frank Wagner|
|2009||Johan Falk – Leo Gaut||Frank Wagner|
|2009||Johan Falk – Operation Näktergal||Frank Wagner|
|2009||Johan Falk – De fredlösa||Frank Wagner|
|2009||Simon & Malou||Stefan|
|2010||Easy Money||Johan "JW" Westlund||Guldbagge Award for the Best Actor|
|2011||The Darkest Hour||Skyler|
|2011||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Christer Malm|
|2012||Easy Money II: Hard to Kill||Johan "JW" Westlund|
|2012||Johan Falk – Spelets regler||Frank Wagner|
|2012||Johan Falk – De 107 patrioterna||Frank Wagner|
|2012||Johan Falk – Alla råns moder||Frank Wagner|
|2012||Johan Falk – Organizatsija Karayan||Frank Wagner|
|2012||Johan Falk – Barninfiltratören||Frank Wagner|
|2013||Johan Falk – Kodnamn Lisa||Frank Wagner|
|2013||Easy Money III: Life Deluxe||Johan "JW" Westlund|
|2014||RoboCop||Alex Murphy / RoboCop|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Errol|
|2015||Run All Night||Mike Conlon|
|2015||Child 44||Wasilij Nikitin|
|2016||Suicide Squad||Rick Flag|
|2016||Edge of Winter||Elliot Baker|
|2018||Three Seconds||Pete Koslow||Post-production|
|2019||The Horse Boy||Announced|
|1990||Storstad||Felix Lundström||Swedish TV series; credited as Joel Nordström|
|2008||Andra Avenyn||Gustav||Swedish TV series|
|2011–2014||The Killing||Stephen Holder||U.S. TV series; 44 episodes
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
|2016–2017||House of Cards||Governor Will Conway||Main role; 15 episodes|
|2018||Altered Carbon||Takeshi Kovacs||Lead role; 10 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2011||Guldbagge Awards||Best Actor – Easy Money|
|2012||Saturn Award||Nominated – Best Supporting Actor on Television – The Killing|
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