actor. During his early career most of his work was confined to his native Sweden. He is particularly associated with director Lars von Trier, having starred in three of the Danish auteur’s features, including The Kingdom, Breaking the Waves, and Dogville. Aside from these, his best-known Scandinavian work is probably his leading role as the guilt-ridden policeman Jonas Engström in the original Insomnia.is a Swedish
His best-known English language film roles include Russian submarine captain Tupolov in The Hunt for Red October, an engineer in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, an MIT professor of mathematics in Good Will Hunting, a young Lankester Merrin in Exorcist: The Beginning (and in Paul Schrader‘s version, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist), Gregor in Ronin, the Saxon warlord Cerdic in King Arthur, “Bootstrap Bill” Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Joe Heiser in Wind. He is set to appear in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. He is the father of Alexander Skarsgård and Gustaf Skarsgård.