Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist tragically passed away yesterday at the age of 56. He was most well-known among audiences for his portrayal of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Stieg Larsson’s original Swedish Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which included The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Nyqvist also recently became known for playing the villain in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick. He was a fantastic character actor who in recent years was featuring more prominently in Hollywood films. Whether he was solving a decades-old crime, having a knockout fight with John Wick, stealing Russian nuclear launch codes or was simply one of the standouts in an ensemble cast, Nyqvist was always a reliable choice no matter the genre.
“I once saw him kill three men in a bar… with a pencil, with a fucking pencil.”
1960 – 2017