Gösta Ekman is dead

By on April 1, 2017

The director and actor Gösta Ekman, born in 1939, has during the night until today passed away at the age of 78 years.

– Gösta Ekman has played a vital role in the Swedish theater, film and culture, and news of his death is hard to accept. Now we mourn him, while feeling joy that he was for a number of years, came to stand Royal Dramatic close – both as director and as a friend, with curiosity and an open mind for the theater craft and stage and theater gambling innermost secret lives, says theater manager Eirik Stubø.

The family asks for your understanding.

Gösta Ekman began his career as an assistant director for Hasse Ekman in the mid-1950s. He was also assistant to Ingmar Bergman a period before he began to stand in front of the camera. 1963 began his long collaboration with Hans Alfredson and Tage Danielsson in the revue Konstgjorda Pompe at Gröna Lund.

It was through Hasse & Tage’s revues that Gösta became known to the general public, for example through Gula Hund 1964 as well as Herr Gunnar Papphammar in the early 1980s. Gösta Ekman was also in the 60s and 70s employed by the Stockholm City Theater.

Gösta Ekman has appeared in numerous television productions and movies over the years, including Charles-Ingvar “Sickan” Jönsson in the first five films about Jönssonligan.

He debuted himself as a film director with Morrhår och ärtor in 1985. In the 1990s, he starred in many of Marie-Louise Ekmans productions, and made the role of chief inspector Martin Beck in a series of Swedish-German film productions.

In recent years, Gösta Ekman worked as a director at the Royal Dramatic Theater, actor and professor at Theater Academy (StDH).

In 2013, he was up to date at the Royal Dramatic Theater as a director of Främmande språk. He has previously among other things directed Gäckanden, Den girige and Hantverkarna at the Royal Dramatic Theater. He was also a “Friend in the salon” when Andreas T Olsson put up his monologue the Prompter, a play that still exists at the Royal Dramatic repertoire.

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