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Erland Josephson


Born - 15 June 1923, Stockholm, Sweden
Died - 25 February 2012

Dark, lugubrious, often bearded Swedish actor with large head and piercing dark eyes. Associated with Ingmar Bergman on many of the director's best pictures, Josephson subsequently turned down the chance of a career as an international character actor when refusing the role played by Robert Shaw in Steven Spielberg's Jaws in 1975. Following a debut in Bergman's second film, It Rains on Our Love (1946), he also made Eva (1948), To Joy (1950), Sceningang (1956), So Close to Life (1958), Hour of the Wolf (1968), A Passion (1969), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Face to Face (1975), Autumn Sonata (1978), Montenegro (1981), Fanny and Alexander (1982), Behind the Shutters (1984), Saving Grace (1986), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Prospero's Books (1991), Meeting Venus (1991), Vendetta (1995), Faithless (2000) and Welcome to Verona (2006), his last. He died following complications from Parkinson's Disease.