‘Girl Who Played With Fire’ actor dies

Police confirm Per Oscarsson's death in Sweden

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson, who played Lisbeth Salander’s legal guardian in the hit film trilogy based on Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, was found dead after fire swept through the farmhouse near Stockholm he shared with his wife on Dec. 31. He was 83.

Swedish police said he died along with his 67-year-old wife, Kia Ostling, in a blaze so fierce on Dec. 30 that only a chimney was left standing. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Oscarsson’s career spanned seven decades. His first, uncredited role was in a feature film in 1944. He won the actor prize at Cannes in 1966 for his role as starving writer Pontus in “Hunger.” He starred in more than 100 Swedish films and TV series.

More recently he was back in the spotlight as Holmer Palmgren in “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” and the “Millennium” TV series.

Survivors include a twin brother.

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