Michael Nyqvist, ‘The Girl With the Dragon’ Tattoo Star, Dead at 56
Michael Nyqvist, best known for originating the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist alongside Noomi Rapace in the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo franchise in 2009, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.
“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,” a family statement sent to ET read. “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 statement continued.
In addition to Nyqvist’s role in the drama trilogy, which was based on the “Millennium” book series by Stieg Larsson, Nyqvist also starred in John Wick with Keanu Reeves (2014) and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011) with Tom Cruise. The role of Mikael Blomqvist in the American big screen adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was played by Daniel Craig. Other credits include Frank & Lola (2016), Disconnect (2012) and Europa Report (2013).
Nyqvist is survived by his wife, Catharina, and their children, Ellen and Arthur.