Joel Kinnaman BiographyJoel Kinnaman is a Swedish actor who is popular in Hollywood thanks to his roles in the well-liked television series House of Cards and Altered Carbon; he’s also known for starring in the movies RoboCop (2014) and Suicide Squad (2016).
Childhood and FamilyCharles Joel Nordström Kinnaman was born on November 25, 1979, in Stockholm. His mother Bitte is Swedish and works as a therapist. His father Steve (originally David) is an American; in the 1960s, he was drafted into the war in Vietnam but deserted from a military base in Bangkok.
As a child, Kinnaman learned two languages as he had to speak English with his dad and Swedish with his mom. The future actor studied with Alexander Skarsgård and Noomi Rapace, now world-famous stars, at the same school.
Acting CareerIn 2002, after returning home from his long-term vacation, Kinnaman played in the Swedish thriller Den osynlige (The Invisible) alongside his soon-to-be best friend Gustaf Skarsgård, the son of the popular Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, and the brother of Alexander and Bill Skarsgård). Inspired with his success, Kinnaman enrolled in the Malmö Theatre Academy.
Kinnaman was one of the contenders for the lead roles in the superhero blockbuster Thor (2011) but it wasn’t meant to happen because of Kinnaman’s busy schedule; so the handsome Scandinavian god was embodied by Chris Hemsworth.