Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist has died at age 56.
On Tuesday, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” series actor’s family released a statement in Swedish announcing Nyqvist’s death.
“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 reads.
Sadly, the family confirms the actor passed away on June 27 as a result of lung cancer.
Nyqvist is best known for his role as investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish-language “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” Millennium series and as most recently as mob boss Viggo Tarasov in 2014’s “John Wick” starring Keanu Reeves.
Nyqvist spent much of the 1980s and 1990s on the Swedish stage before making the move to Hollywood, often landing the role of the villain. With over 90 acting credits to his name in Hollywood and his native Sweden, Nyqvist appeared in notable roles such as the villainous nuclear scientist opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, “Abduction” with Taylor Lautner and alongside Emma Watson in the drama “Colonia”.
In 2004, he appeared in the Swedish dramedy “As It Is In Heaven”, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film.
The actor most recently completed production on the Terrence Malick film “Radegund” about an Austrian war objector and a role in “Hunter Killer”, a movie about an American submarine captain that rescues the Russian President who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
According to IMDB, Nyqvist was filming a role in the movie “Kursk” at the time of his death. The film is about the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, directed by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg and co-starring Colin Firth. No word yet on whether the late actor was finished shooting his part in the movie before he passed away.