Nils Asther est un Acteur Danois né le 17 janvier 1897 à Copenhague (Danemark)
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Nationalité DanemarkNaissance 17 janvier 1897
à Copenhague (Danemark
)Mort 13 octobre 1981
(à 84 ans) à Stockholm (Suede
Nils Asther, est un acteur suédois d'origine danoise, né à Hellerup au Danemark, le 17 janvier 1897 et décédé le 13 octobre 1981 à Stockholm en Suède. Une partie de sa carrière d'acteur se déroula à Hollywood, aux États-Unis.
Born in Denmark in Sankt Matteus parish, Copenhagen, son of Anton Asther and Swedish Hilda Åkerlund (Married in 1898).
Nils Asther was adopted shortly after birth by a wealthy couple in Malmö, Sweden, where he grew up. As a young man he moved to Stockholm, where he received acting lessons from local star Augusta Lindberg, who also became his mistress even though she was almost 30 years older than he was. Through her he received his first theatrical engagement at Lorensbergsteatern in Gothenburg, and in 1916 Mauritz Stiller cast him in The Wings. This soon lead to a number of film roles in Sweden, Denmark and Germany between 1918 and 1926.
In 1927 he left for Hollywood, where his first film was Topsy and Eva. The film also featured the Duncan Sisters, and in 1930 he married one of them, Vivian Duncan, with whom he had a daughter, Evelyn.
By 1928 his good looks had made him into a leading man, playing opposite such stars as Pola Negri, Marion Davies, Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo, with whom he made two films. He grew a thin mustache which amplified his suave appearance.
With the arrival of sound in movies, Asther took diction and voice lessons to minimize his accent, and was generally cast in roles where an accent wasn't a problem, such as the Chinese General Yen in The Bitter Tea of General Yen.
Between 1935 and 1940 he was forced to work in England after an alleged breach of contract led to a studio-based blacklist. He made six films there. He returned to Hollywood in 1940, and although he made another 19 films up until 1949, his career wasn't the same. In the early 1950s he tried to restart his career in TV, but managed only to secure roles in a few episodes of minor TV series.
In 1958 he returned to Sweden, almost destitute. He managed to get an engagement with a local theatre and had four film roles in Sweden and Denmark before finally giving up on acting in 1963 and devoting his time to painting.
In 1988 his autobiography, Narrens väg (The Road of the Jester) was posthumously published in Swedish.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Nils Asther has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6705 Hollywood Blvd.
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