Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist known as the villian from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has sadly passed away at the age of 56 of lung cancer.
Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist on Nov. 8, 1960 in Stockholm, he was educated at the School of Drama in Malmö. He apparently caught the acting bug when, at age 17, he traveled to Omaha, Neb., for one year as an exchange student.
Nyqvist had been an actor for over three decades, with his first credited role in the 1982 Swedish television movie “Kamraterna.” He won Sweden’s Guldbagge for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the 2002 drama “Grabben i graven brevid,””
But it's the role of Mikael Blomqvist in the Swedish blockbuster adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy that makes him an international star.
He also appeared in the 2016 Sundance selection Frank and Lola, which starred Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. On the TV front, Nyqvist starred opposite Dominic Monaghan in 100 Code, the Sweden-U.S. series created by Bobby Moresco.
Nyqvist is survived by his wife Catharina and their children Ellen and Arthur.
(Excerpts from Hollywood Reporter and indiewire)