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Michael Nyquist, of 'John Wick' and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' Dead At 56

By Jodi Smith | Obituaries | June 27, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Obituaries | June 27, 2017 |

After a year-long battle with cancer, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has passed away.

Nyqvist began his acting career during the 1980s. He appeared in theater shows and movies in Sweden before getting his first big break there in 2000 when he appeared in the film Together. His career spanned 35 years, but it wasn’t until his starring role as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Millennium Trilogy films that he found fame in America.

Nyqvist may be best known to movie audiences as Viggo Tarasov in John Wick or as the villain nuclear scientist Hendricks in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. He also appeared in Europa Report with Sharlto Copley, The Colony with Emma Watson, Frank and Lola with Imogen Poots, Michael Shannon, and Justin Long, and was in post-production on Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler.

He is survived by his wife, Catharina, and their children, Ellen and Arthur and the many actors that shared the screen with him, as well as the people he entertained with his memorable roles. Nyqvist’s representative, Jenny Tversky released this statement about the actor’s passing:

“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family. Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”

Source: USA Today

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