Peter Stormare

Trained in theater, Peter Stormare spent fifteen years at the Swedish National Theatre and participated in five major international tours directed by Ingmar Bergman: Hamlet, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Miss Julie, King Lear, and The Bacchae. His film debut came in 1986 in Lárus Ýmir Óskarsson’s The Frozen Leopard. After appearing in Swedish films like Susanne Bier's Freud Leaves the House (1991), he moved to the United States in 1992.
Stormare had previously portrayed a neurology specialist in Penny Marshall’s Awakenings (1990) and starred alongside Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche in Louis Malle’s Damage (1992). However, his breakthrough role came in 1996 as Gaear Grimsrud, the psychopathic accomplice in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo. He reunited with the Coen brothers in 1997 for The Big Lebowski.
His imposing presence and menacing demeanor enabled him to portray eerie characters such as a mysterious henchman in Harold Becker’s Mercury Rising (1998), a snuff film dealer in Joel Schumacher’s 8mm (1999), and an unsavory acquaintance in George A. Romero’s Bruiser (2000).
Stormare continued to work with top Hollywood directors like Steven Spielberg (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997; Minority Report, 2002), Michael Bay (Armageddon, 1998; Bad Boys II, 2003), and John Woo (Windtalkers, 2002). He also collaborated with European filmmakers including Wim Wenders (The Million Dollar Hotel, 2000), Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, 2000), and Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, 2001). In 2005, he appeared in Constantine, 2001 Maniacs, and The Brothers Grimm.
While less frequent on television, Stormare made notable guest appearances on Joey (2004) and gained acclaim as John Abruzzi, a mafia leader in Prison Break (2005), plotting an escape with Wentworth Miller's character.
Versatile across genres, Stormare has appeared in drama (Premonition, 2007), thriller (Horsemen, 2008), and fantasy (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 2009). He continued his television work with roles in successful series like Entourage, Hawaii Five-0, Weeds, and NCIS: Los Angeles. In 2012, he starred opposite Guy Pearce in the thriller Lockout and acted alongside Mel Gibson in Get the Gringo.
In 2013, Stormare starred with Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand directed by Kim Jee-woon, and played Berringer in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters alongside Jeremy Renner.



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