Gösta Ekman, Sr. est un Acteur, Réalisateur et Scénariste Suédois né le 28 décembre 1890 à Stockholm (Suede)
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Nom de naissance Frans Gösta Viktor EkmanNationalité SuedeNaissance 28 décembre 1890
à Stockholm (Suede
)Mort 12 janvier 1938
(à 47 ans) à Stockholm (Suede
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Gösta Ekman, né à Stockholm (Suède) le 28 décembre 1890, décédé à Stockholm (Suède) le 12 janvier 1938, est un acteur suédois.
Le père de l'acteur Hasse Ekman est également le grand-père de l'acteur Gösta Ekman Jr. (1939-), de l'acteur Stefan Ekman (1944-), et du réalisateur Mikael Ekman (1943-) — ce dernier, lui-même père de l'actrice, productrice et danseuse Sanna Ekman (1965-).
Known as a self-taught master of disguise with theatre make-up and costumes, Gösta Ekman was equally convincing as a farmer's son, an 18th-century middle-aged aristocrat, or an 80-year-old lunatic. Furthermore, he played in comedies, tragedies, dramas, and operettas. As a result, it was believed that he was capable of being convincing in all genres and as all types of characters. At different times, he also ran and supervised several private theatres in Stockholm, including the Oscarsteatern, the Vasateatern, and the Konserthusteatern. He was also head of the Gothenburg City Theatre in the 1930s. At the Vasateatern, which he ran from 1931 to 1935, he both directed and played the lead in several plays, while also producing a large number of productions. As a result, his time at the Vasateatern is considered to be the peak of his stage career. He first entered the stage as an extra in an operetta in 1907, but made his professional stage debut in the renowned Selander Company in 1911. The ghost of Gösta Ekman is still said to haunt his former dressing room at the theatre.
Ekman started in films at the dawn of the Swedish film industry and played an important role in its development. One of his first film roles was in Victor Sjöström's experimental film Trädgårdsmästaren (1912). Later, he played the lead in the first Swedish talkie, För hennes skull (1930). Ekman also acted in two films that would gain international recognition: F. W. Murnau's silent film classic Faust, where he played the title character, and in the original 1936 version of Intermezzo, where he played a world famous violinist opposite Ingrid Bergman in her breakout role. But they had in fact already acted opposite each other in the Swedish 1935 movie Swedenhielms Family where they share a couple of wonderful scenes alone together as their characters have a heart-to-heart conversation on life and love; among the most memorable moments in the film.
His best on-screen credit is often said to be his King Charles XV/Leonard Pettersson in film comedy Kungen kommer (1936), where Ekman masterfully plays a double-role in the film; first the king and then also the king's lookalike; an actor who is hired by members of the Royal Court to impersonate His Majesty at a private party. Naturally the real king later arrives at the party causing a number of confusions and comic mix-ups.
Ekman also made a number of successful song recordings from his revue numbers, including songs "En herre i frack" (1935) - perhaps his most popular recording - and "Kvinnor och champagne" (Women and Champagne) in 1929.
Early on, Gösta Ekman was labeled as a workaholic, sacrificing himself for his art and for his love of the theatre. Later, as his fame increased, his workload also increased. During the day, he would rehearse and direct plays. In the evening, he played leading roles in stage plays. Later at night, he would film. This busy schedule left him with relatively little free time. Furthermore, the free time he did have was spent carrying out his duties as the administrative director of the theatres he ran.
In 1926, while filming Faust in Berlin, he was introduced to cocaine by two Scandinavians, who told him that cocaine would help him cope with his work schedule better. Sadly, this began a long-term drug addiction for the actor that slowly deteriorated his health and eventually caused his death 12 years later at the age of 47.
In 1914, Gösta Ekman married Greta Sundström. Later, Greta gave birth to Hasse Ekman, who came to be one of Sweden's most successful film directors in the 1940s and 1950s. Gösta Ekman's grandson, Gösta Ekman, Jr., has also become well-known through his career as an actor and is considered to be one of Sweden's very finest actors. One of Hasse Ekman's movies, The Royal Rabble from 1945 about a famous acting family, was partly based on his own upbringing in an acting family.
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