Fast Facts

  • Father was a car dealer; mother worked at the local town hall in Denmark.
  • Planned on studying law after high school, but decided acting was his passion after landing a role in a summer theater production of West Side Story.
  • Worked as a pizza delivery man in Beverly Hills after he moved to the U.S.
  • In 1994, made his film debut in Nightwatch, a psychological thriller about a college-student who takes a job as a night watchman at a local mortuary.
  • Won a Bodil Award (the Danish equivalent to an Academy Award) for Best Actor in 1999 for The Celebration.
  • Fluent in Danish, German and English.


  • 2005, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee


  • Cathrine Ekehed — Wife


  • Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance, Copenhagen, Denmark (1993)