‘John Wick’ Star Michael Nyqvist Dies at 56

The Swedish actor also starred in ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.’

Michael Nyqvist, who starred as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movie thrillers with Noomi Rapace, died Tuesday after battling lung cancer, his family said. He was 56.

“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,” a family statement read.

Nyqvist also appeared in John Wick, toplined by Keanu Reeves, and as the villain nuclear scientist in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol opposite Tom Cruise.

The role of Mikael Blomqvist in the American big-screen adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, was played by Daniel Craig.

Nyqvist also starred in Colonia, opposite Michael Bruhl and Emma Watson, and played Captain Sergi Andropoyov in the Donovan March-directed submarine-set action-thriller Hunter Killer.

He also appeared in the 2016 Sundance selection Frank and Lola, which starred Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. On the TV front, Nyqvist starred opposite Dominic Monaghan in 100 Code, the Sweden-U.S. series created by Bobby Moresco.

Nyqvist won the best male actor award at the Guldbagge, Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars, in 2002 for his performance in The Guy in the Grave Next Door. He also starred in As It Is in Heaven, which was nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards in 2004.
Nyqvist won the best male actor award at the Guldbagge, Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars, in 2002 for his performance in The Guy in the Grave Next Door. He also starred in As It Is in Heaven, which was nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards in 2004.
Nyqvist won the best male actor award at the Guldbagge, Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars, in 2002 for his performance in The Guy in the Grave Next Door. He also starred in As It Is in Heaven, which was nominated for best foreign film at the Academy Awards in 2004.

Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist on Nov. 8, 1960 in Stockholm, he was educated at the School of Drama in Malmö. He apparently caught the acting bug when, at age 17, he traveled to Omaha, Neb., for one year as an exchange student.

After starring in mostly Swedish theater and movie productions during the 1980s and early 1990s, including in the role of police officer Banck in the first series of Beck films made in 1997, Nyqvist’s career breakthrough came with the 2000 Swedish dramedy Together, directed by Lukas Moodysson.

He then played the lead role in the 2002 Swedish romantic comedy-drama The Guy in the Grave Next Door, directed by Kjell Sundval. A year later, Nyqvist starred in the Swedish film As It Is in Heaven, which was nominated for an Academy Award in the best foreign-film competition.

He is survived by his wife, Catharina, and their children, Ellen and Arthur.

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