Fritz-Olof Thunberg (born 21 May 1925) is a Swedish actor, voice actor and director.

Olof Thunberg
Olof Thunberg 1959.jpg
Thunberg in 1959
Born
Fritz-Olof Thunberg

(1925-05-21) 21 May 1925 (age 94)
Västerås, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
Spouse(s)
Ingrid Johansson
(m. 1950; div. 1954)
[1]
Mona Andersson
(m. 1978; div. 1990)
[2]
Children2, including Svante Thunberg
RelativesGreta Thunberg (granddaughter)
Malena Ernman (daughter-in-law)

Life and careerEdit

Thunberg was born Fritz-Olof Thunberg in Västerås, where he formed a theatre club called Scenklubben that also included Lars Ekborg and the poet Bo Setterlind. He studied at Calle Flygare's drama school in Stockholm and then from 1950 to 1952 at Dramatens elevskola; between the two, in the late 1940s, he performed in public parks.[3]

After finishing drama school, Thunberg joined the Östgötateatern regional theatre, where he directed in addition to acting, then became a free-lance actor. In the 1950s he became known for his work on the radio programme Mannen i svart ("The Man in Black"), where he presented all kinds of stories of horror and the supernatural in his deep voice, accompanied by a variety of sound effects.[3] In 1963, he had a supporting role in Ingmar Bergman's drama Winter Light as the church organist Fredrik.

Thunberg has appeared in a variety of films, often in a supporting role as a confident charmer, and is the voice of both Bamse and Agaton Sax in children's films and recordings.[3] He also voiced Shere Khan in the Swedish dubbed versions of both the 1967 Disney The Jungle Book and its 2003 sequel, The Jungle Book 2.

In 2006, Thunberg was a host of Sommar on Sveriges Radio P1.[4]

Thunberg has also directed for television.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Olof Thunberg with Mona Andersson and their first-born daughter Amanda at their home in Värmdö, 1967.

Thunberg was previously married to Ingrid Johansson[1]. From his later cohabitation with actress Mona Andersson [sv] (whom he got to know in connection with a radio theater play.[5]), he is the father of actor Svante Thunberg[6][7] and father-in-law of opera singer Malena Ernman from whom his granddaughter is the climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Selected filmographyEdit

Selected television appearancesEdit

  • 1963 – Villervalle i Söderhavet (series)
  • 1965 – En historia till fredag (series)
  • 1965 – Niklasons (series)
  • 1966 - Mästerdetektiven Blomkvist på nya äventyr
  • 1968 – Lärda fruntimmer
  • 1968 – Pygmalion
  • 1968 – Markurells i Wadköping (series)
  • 1969 – Biprodukten
  • 1969 – Håll polisen utanför (series)
  • 1970 – Röda rummet (series)
  • 1970 – Regnbågslandet (series)
  • 1970 – Ett dockhem
  • 1972–1974 – Bröderna Malm (series)
  • 1972–1973 – Bamse (series): narrator, voices
  • 1973 – Ett köpmanshus i skärgården (TV-serie)
  • 1981 – Bamse och den lilla åsnan: narrator, voices
  • 1982 – Dubbelsvindlarna (series)
  • 1991 – Bamse i Trollskogen: narrator, voices
  • 1991 – Storstad (series)
  • 1991 – Sunes jul (series)
  • 1993 – Allis med is (series)
  • 1994 – Tre Kronor (series)
  • 1995 – Sjukan (series)
  • 1995 – Jeppe på berget (series)
  • 2001 – Återkomsten (series)
  • 2003 – Solbacken: Avd. E (series)

Selected directionsEdit

  • 1972 – Söndagspromenaden (TV)
  • 1969 – Galgmannen (TV)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Svenska Dagbladet: Bröllop" [Swedish Daily News: Wedding] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Svenska Dagbladet. October 24, 1950. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Expressen" [The Express] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Expressen. October 23, 1978. p. 32.
  3. ^ a b c d "Olof Thunberg", Swedish Film Database, 2004, updated 16 December 2013 (in Swedish).
  4. ^ Olof Thunberg, Sommer & Vinter i P1, 6 August 2006 (in Swedish).
  5. ^ "Allas Veckotidning" [All Weekly] (in Swedish). No. 46. Stockholm: Allers förlag. 1967. p. 11. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  6. ^ Wigardt, Gaby (June 8, 1983). "Svenska Dagbladet: "Svensk" Shakespeare i parkerna" [Swedish Daily News: "Swedish" Shakespeare in the parks] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Svenska Dagbladet. p. 11.
  7. ^ Sjöström, Stefan (July 11, 1983). "Expressen: 4 × Thunberg = Shakespeare" [The Express: 4 × Thunberg = Shakespeare] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Expressen. p. 24.

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