Dragon Tattoo actor Michael Nyqvist dies aged 56

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    Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist at an film screening in Munich, Germany, 15 March 2015Image copyright EPA
    Image caption Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist will “leave a huge void behind him”

    Actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has died aged 56, his family has announced.

    Nyqvist played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in that film and its sequels, which formed the Millennium trilogy.

    The Swedish actor died on Tuesday after a year-long battle with lung cancer, according to a family statement.

    Nyqvist’s love of the arts was “felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him”, the family added.

    “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him,” his family said. “His charm and charisma were undeniable.”

    They said Nyqvist had left a “huge void behind him”, local media report.

    His death was announced “with deep sadness” by a family representative who said that “one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors” had “passed away quietly surrounded by family”.

    The popular Swedish actor and writer began his training at the Malmö Theatre Academy in Sweden.

    He was best known for his role in Dragon Tattoo (2009), starring alongside Noomi Rapace.

    In a subsequent US version of the film, his role was performed by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

    Nyqvist later appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and starred as Viggo Tarasov in John Wick with Keanu Reeves.

    He also starred in the 2015 film Colonia, opposite Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson.

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

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40426177

    Larsson himself died in 2004, a year before the first of his Millennium trilogy crime novels was published.

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