Peter Stormare

Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm[1] (born 27 August 1953),[2] known professionally as Peter Stormare (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpěːtɛr ˈstɔ̂rːmarɛ] (About this soundlisten)), is a Swedish actor, voice actor, musician, playwright, and theatre director. He is known for his work as Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo (1996) and John Abruzzi on Prison Break (2005–2007). He also appeared in the films The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Playing God (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), Armageddon (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Windtalkers (2002), Minority Report (2002), Bad Boys II (2003), Constantine (2005), and 22 Jump Street (2014), and the video games Destiny (2014), Until Dawn (2015), and Destiny 2 (2017).

Peter Stormare
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Peter Stormare in September 2015
Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm

(1953-08-27) 27 August 1953 (age 66)
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • musician
  • playwright
  • theatre director
Years active1978–present
Home townLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Karen Sillas
(m. 1989; div. 2006)

Toshimi Stormare (m. 2008)

Early lifeEdit

Stormare was born in Kumla in Örebro County, Sweden, but soon after, his family moved to Arbrå, Gävleborg County. He changed his surname when he discovered that he shared it with a senior student at an acting academy. Like "storm" (a word which has the same meaning in Swedish and English), "stormare" is a Swedish word, meaning "stormer". Before settling on "Stormare", he briefly contemplated changing his name to "Retep Mrots", which is simply "Peter Storm" backwards.[3]

Acting careerEdit

Stormare began his career with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, to which he belonged for 11 years. During this period, he was a favorite of famous Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who had stopped making movies, but still directed plays for the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Stormare played, for example, the title role in Hamlet and Jean in Miss Julie, both directed by Bergman.

In 1992, he took a leading position as associate artistic director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre, and made a name for himself through various Shakespeare performances, including Hamlet. Four years later, he moved to New York City and mainly took part in English-language productions there. He played Carl Hamilton, a fictional Swedish secret agent. He was discovered by international audiences for his critically acclaimed role as one of the kidnappers in Fargo (1996). He portrayed Dieter Stark in the 1997 film The Lost World: Jurassic Park and later played sleazy, unlicensed "eye-doctor" Solomon Eddie in Minority Report.

In 1998, he appeared in "The Frogger", a Seinfeld episode, where he played a rogue electrician known as Slippery Pete. He portrayed Uli Kunkel in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, as well as playing Lev Andropov, a Russian cosmonaut in 1998 epic Armageddon. In 1999, he appeared as a villainous producer and director of hardcore porn in the film 8mm. He also portrayed Platoon Sergeant Richard Hjelmsted in the 2002 film Windtalkers and Alexei in the 2003 film Bad Boys II. In 2003, he played Ernst Röhm in Hitler: The Rise of Evil. In the 2005 film Constantine, he played Lucifer. He played the torturer Cavaldi in the 2005 film The Brothers Grimm. His first major character in television was on the Fox series Prison Break in 2005 for the first two seasons, where he played the inmate mob boss John Abruzzi. He was originally cast in Fido, but opted out of the film upon being cast in Prison Break.

Stormare voiced Mattias Nilsson in the video games Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, Isair in the computer game Icewind Dale 2, and Johann Strauss in Quake 4. In February 2006, he starred as Wolfgang in Volkswagen's VDub series of television commercials. He played the main character in the film Svartvattnet, which was filmed in Sweden and Norway in 2007.[4] He was offered a role in the ABC television series Lost for a period of one year,[5] which he declined.[6] In the 2007 film Premonition, he played Dr. Roth. In April 2007, he appeared in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Ending Happy".

In December 2007, Stormare participated in the Swedish reality show Stjärnorna på slottet. He appears in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 as Dr. Zelinsky, a Russian scientist who builds a time machine. He starred as Walter in the Canadian independent crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs (2010). He appeared in the music video of the song "Uprising" by the Swedish power metal band Sabaton.[7] He plays himself in the 2011 Norwegian comedy Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen and appeared as a psychiatrist in the Swedish horror film Marianne (2011). He appeared in a trailer for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, made for the "Revolution" DLC pack. He has since reappeared in most trailers for the game and recent Call of Duty: Black Ops games as "the Replacer".

In 2014, Stormare appeared in episodes of Longmire, Arrow, and The Blacklist. In the same year, he also starred in the Eli Roth-produced film Clown,[8] in which he portrayed Karlsson. He played mob boss Frank O'Connell in Rage directed by Paco Cabezas. He also voices Arach Jalal in the Destiny video game franchise.

In 2015, Stormare voiced and motion captured the character Dr. Alan Hill, in the video game Until Dawn. In 2016, he played Rutger Burlin in the Swedish television series Midnattssol; he also co-created, and starred as Ingmar in, the web television series Swedish Dicks, which was renewed for a second season in October 2016. In 2017, he played a minor role in John Wick: Chapter 2 and the part of Czernobog on the Starz series American Gods. He played the vampire Godbrand in the Netflix animated series Castlevania.

Music careerEdit

Stormare with Hedwig Gorski backstage at a Bob Dylan concert in Prague, October 2003

After Bono of U2 heard some of Stormare's music, he encouraged Stormare to make an album. In 2002, Stormare released his first album, Dallerpölsa och småfåglar. He plays in a band called Blonde from Fargo and runs a record label called StormVox.[9] Stormare has recently joined long standing friend and Rammstein front man, Till Lindemann in his side project band Lindemann (band) as a guitarist.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Stormare divides his time between the United States and Sweden.[11] He married actress Karen Sillas in 1989; they divorced in 2006. He married Toshimi, a native of Japan, in 2008.[11] Their daughter Kaiya Bella Luna Stormare was born on May 9, 2009. Stormare currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.[12]

Stormare is the godfather of Gustaf Skarsgård, the son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. While working on a Disney film in Prague, he was introduced to Bob Dylan after Dylan's concert, by bassist Tony Garnier. His nephew is The Sound of Arrows singer-songwriter Stefan Storm.

Stormare is a Christian and has said that he has had contact with God.[11][13] When he was young, he participated in Baptist meetings in Arbrå.[13][14] He has a strong spiritual side, inherited from his mother, whom he has said was a medium, and who supposedly inherited that ability from her own father.[13][14]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Lyftet Prisoner
1982 Fanny and Alexander Young Man
1986 Den frusna leoparden Jerry
1987 Pirates of the Lake Justus
1990 Awakenings Neurochemist
1991 Freud flyttar hemifrån... Berra
Reflections in a Dark Sky Carlo
1992 Damage Peter Wetzler
1996 Fargo Gaear Grimsrud
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Dieter Stark
1998 Armageddon Lev Andropov
Mercury Rising Shayes
The Big Lebowski Uli Kunkel / Karl Hungus
Commander Hamilton Carl Hamilton
Somewhere in the City Graham
1999 Purgatory Cavin Guthrie
8mm Dino Velvet
2000 Bruiser Milo Styles
Chocolat Serge Muscat
Dancer in the Dark Jeff
The Million Dollar Hotel Dixie
Circus Julius
2001 Happy Campers Oberon
2002 13 Moons Slovo
The Beatle Fan Albert
Spun Mullet Cop
Minority Report Dr. Solomon P. Eddie
Windtalkers Gunnery Sergeant Hjelmstad
The Tuxedo Dr. Simms
Bad Company Adrik Vas
2003 Bad Boys II Alexei
The Movie Hero The Suspicious Character
2004 Birth Clifford
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Count Dracula Voice
The Brothers Grimm Cavaldi
2001 Maniacs Professor Ackerman
Buck Rogers to the Xtreme!
Constantine Satan
2006 Nacho Libre Water Gypsy
Unknown Snakeskin Boots
2007 Premonition Dr. Roth
Anamorph Blair Collet
Boot Camp Arthur Hail
They Never Found Her Woods
Switch Tommen
Gone with the Woman Glenn
2008 Witless Protection Arthur Grimsley
Insanitarium Dr. Gianetti
Varg Klemens
2009 The Killing Room Dr. Phillips
Horsemen David Spitz
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The President
2010 Corridor Micke
Moomins and the Comet Chase Snufkin Voice
Undocumented Z
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Gabriel
Small Town Murder Songs Walter
Henry's Crime Darek Millodragovic
2011 Marianne Sven
Inseparable Richard
The Hunters 2 Torsten
Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen Peter Stormare
2012 Lockout Scott Langral
Get the Gringo Frank Fowler
Small Apartments Mr. Olivetti
Tai Chi Hero Duke Fleming
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Sheriff Berringer
The Last Stand Thomas Burrell
Siberian Education Ink
Autumn Blood The Mayor
Bad Milo! Highsmith
Trial of Arms Karkov
Sleight of Hand Terrible Terry
The Pendant White
The Zero Theorem Doctor
Pain & Gain Dr. Bjornson
2014 22 Jump Street Ghost
Rage O'Connell
Mall Barry
Penguins of Madagascar Corporal Voice
Bang Bang Baby George
The 11th Hour The Russian
Clown Herbert Karlsson
2015 Dark Summer Stokes
Strange Magic Thang Voice
Every Thing Will Be Fine Editor
2016 Rupture Terrance
King of the Dancehall Pierce Davidson
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Abram Tarasov
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Gunther Voice
VIP Paul Gray
Kill 'Em All Holman
2018 Beyond the Sky Peter Norton
Age of Summer The Rock God
The Assassin's Code Kurt Schlychter
2019 The Poison Rose Slide Olsen
TBA Songbird Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1984–88 Träpatronerna Bokhållaren 5 episodes
1986 Seppan Sara's Father Television film
1993 Morsarvet Kapten Bergkvist Miniseries
The Bacchae The Messenger Television film
1995 Screen Two Byrd Episode: "Black Easter"
1996 Swift Justice Johnny D. Episode: "Stones"
1997 In the Presence of a Clown Petrus Landahl Television film
1998 Seinfeld Slippery Pete Episode: "The Frogger"
2002 Watching Ellie Ingvar 11 episodes
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Ernst Röhm Television film
2004 Joey Viktor Episode: "Joey and the Husband"
2005–2007 Prison Break John Abruzzi 20 episodes
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation George "Binky" Babinkian Episode: "Ending Happy"
2008 Transformers: Animated Prometheus Black, Meltdown Voices
3 episodes
Monk Petya Lovak Episode: "Mr. Monk Paints His Masterpiece"
2009 Entourage Aaron Cohen 2 episodes
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Gorb Episode: "Road Trip"
2010 Weeds Chef 2 episodes
Hawaii Five-0 Drago Zankovic Episode: "Ohana"
Adventure Time Sir Slicer Voice
Episode: "Blood Under the Skin"
2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien King Xarion, King Viktor Voices
Episode: "Viktor: The Spoils"
Covert Affairs Max Kupala Episode: "The Outsiders"
Wilfred Trashface Episode: "Isolation"
Leverage Gunter Hanzig Episode: "The Office Job"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Interpol Agent Martin Källström Episode: "Crimeleon"
Body of Proof Wilson Polley Episode: "Mind Games"
2013 Phineas and Ferb Whiplash Voice
Episode: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"
2014 Psych Cyrus Polk Episode: "Someone's Got a Woody"
Rake Jack Tarrant Episode: "Serial Killer"
The Blacklist Milos Kirchoff / Berlin[15][16] 6 episodes
2014–2015 Arrow Werner Zytle / Vertigo[17] 2 episodes
Manhattan Lazar[18][19] 5 episodes
2014–2017 Longmire Chance Gilbert 6 episodes
2015, 2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Rufus[20] Voice
2 episodes
2015 Graceland Martun Sarkissian[21] 3 episodes
2015–2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lord Dregg[22] Voice
7 episodes
2016–present Swedish Dicks Ingmar Andersson[23] Also co-creator
20 episodes
2016 Those Who Can't Conrad Carson 2 episodes
Midnattssol Rutger Burlin 2 episodes
2017 Justice League Action Mr. Freeze Voice
Episode: "Freezer Burn"
2017–2019 American Gods Czernobog 4 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Retirement Specialist, Cabbie Voices
Episode: "Jeff & Some Childlike Joy & Whimsy"
Get Shorty Hafdis Snaejornsson 6 episodes
2017–2018 Milo Murphy's Law Tobias Trollhammer, Additional voices Voices
3 episodes
2018 LA to Vegas Artem 15 episodes
Castlevania Godbrand Voice
8 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2002 Icewind Dale II Isair
2004 The Bard's Tale Crazy Thorvald
2005 Quake 4 Johann Strauss
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction Mattias Nilsson
2008 Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Dr. Gregor Zelinsky
2009 Wanted: Weapons of Fate The Immortal
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy John Abruzzi
2012 The Secret World Doctor Aldini, Huiginn, Muninn
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Jorunn the Skald King
Destiny Arach Jalaal[24]
2015 Lego Jurassic World Dieter Stark
Until Dawn Dr. Hill
2017 King of the Dancehall Pierce Davidson
Destiny 2 Arach Jalaal
2019 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The Replacer

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Title
2007 The Poodles "Seven Seas"
2010 Sabaton "Uprising"
2019 Possessed "Graven"
2019 Lindemann "Steh Auf"
2019 Lindemann “Frau & Mann”


Year Title
2002 Dallerpölsa och småfåglar
2004 Swänska hwisor vol 1
2005 Lebowski-Fest 2005


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