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Nils Asther

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Nils Asther

Source: nndb.com

Nils Asther was a Danish-born Swedish stage and film actor who grew up in Sweden and attended the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm. After returning to Copenhagen to act on stage, he soon began appearing in European films, working with acclaimed directors such as Victor Sjöström. Not long after, he moved to Hollywood and in 1927, his first film Sorrell and Son was released. By 1928 his intense and foreign looks had propelled him into a popular leading man, playing opposite such stars as Pola Negri, Marion Davies, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo.

With the rise of talkies, Asther took voice lessons aimed at minimizing the presence of his Swedish accent. In 1935 he was forced to seek work in England after breach of contract lead to him to being blacklisted. In 1941, Asther returned to America and starred in a couple more movies, including The Man on Half Moon Street (1944). It was not before long however that he returned to Sweden, where he remained an active actor on stage and television for the rest of his life.

Fact file

  • Born: 17 January 1897 Hellerup, Denmark
  • Died: 19 October 1981 (aged 84) Farsta, Sweden
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1916–1963
  • Spouse(s): Vivian Duncan (1930-1932) (divorced) 1 child

Read more about Nils Asther at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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