Stellan Skarsgard
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  • Faith: Atheist
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  June 13, 1951

Stellan Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He was born on June 13, 1951, in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 70-year-old actor is best known for Captain Viktor Tupolev's movie roles in the successful film "The Hunt for Red October" and Jan Nyman in the motion picture drama "Breaking the Waves." His most recent project was the 2021 box office hit movie "Dune."

His humanist, atheist parents raised Skarsgård. By contrast, he also had an atheist grandfather and a "deeply religious" grandmother. After 9/11, the atheist shared that he started to read both the Bible and the Qur'an. In an interview with "The Guardian," the actor was asked what he learned from the experience. "The Sermon on the Mount is a very nice piece about being good, but most of the Bible is a very revengeful, childish, brutal God. It's fantastic stories, but there's no rational reason to believe anything in it. I didn't care about religion before 9/11, but I thought I should take a little look at it, because not only did the people who flew into the World Trade Centre claim they had God on their side, but then George W Bush stood up and said he had God on his side as well. So everybody who is religious has God on his side, which is terribly dangerous. And nobody should be sure they have God on their side." he answered. He has since made many anti-religion comments, expressing his distaste for worshiping God.

The Swedish actor started acting at age 21 and has since won many awards. Some of which include a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award, Silver Bear for Best Actor, and Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie.

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