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). Net worth: $14 million.
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.
And in my teenage years, I was definitely testing the boundaries. You know, hanging out and smoking weed. I had a lot of anger in me, and I was insecure. I was really skinny and I used to get bullied, so it felt good to bully other people. That made me feel stronger.At the age of 16, Kinnaman dropped out of school and got a job at a factory in Norway. He wanted to make some money so that he could travel for 7 years to make up his mind about life. He followed his plan for about 2.5 years and was having a great time at the beaches of Southeast Asia while indulging in soft drugs. However, when he ran out of money, Kinnaman returned home, and by that time he already knew that he wanted to become an actor.
Acting CareerAccording to Zoomboola.com, in 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.
They wanted someone with a Scandinavian touch. There were only five candidates left in the end, but unfortunately, I couldn`t fly over to the USA and do test shoots with Natalie Portman, because it would interfere with the filming of Easy Money.In 2012, Joel Kinnaman had another opportunity to work with Daniel Espinosa in his Hollywood debut, action thriller film Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.