2017-09-10

Hans Alfredson, 1931 - 2017

Hans Alfredsson by Per Åhlin

Today Hans Alfredsson passed away at 86 years of age. If you ain't a Swede or at least Scandinavian you would rightfully ask: Who?

Well, the importance of Hans Alfredson in Swedish culture and entertainment can hardly be overstated. It is however impossible to fully convey his importance to youngsters and non-Swedes who did not experience Sweden in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. Those were probably his most productive and successful years. He was, among many other things, a comedian, a showman, an actor, a writer, a director of movies, TV, theater and shows. Internationally he would have been most noted for his brilliant film The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982) in which Stellan Skarsgard had his break-through role outside Sweden.

Hans Alfredsson was also the father of directors Thomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest )

Vila i frid Herr Lindeman, Herr Garbo, Don José m fl.

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