Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Actor Michael Nyqvist Dead at 56

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Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor perhaps most recognizable to American audiences for his starring role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, died today at the age of 56. Nyqvist had been battling lung cancer. His rep confirmed his death in a statement: “On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” read the statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.” The actor co-starred, alongside Noomi Rapace, as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the other two films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, after which Nyqvist appeared in American films such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, John Wick, and Europa Report.

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Actor Michael Nyqvist Dead at 56