Swedish Actor Per Oscarsson and Wife Feared Dead in House Fire
By The Editors at AOL News Posted Jan 3rd 2011 02:10AM
Firefighters in Skara in Vastergotland, in southwestern Sweden, were called Friday to the home of Oscarsson and wife Kia Ostling. By the time they arrived at the home, located outside of town, only the chimney was left standing, Sveriges Radio reported.
Oscarsson is believed to have died along with his wife in a fire.The remains of one person were pulled from the debris today, the radio network said, citing Swedish news agency TT. The victim had not been identified. Authorities were looking for a second body.
Oscarsson, 83, and Ostling, 67, had lived in the home for around 10 years, TheLocal.se said. They had told relatives they planned to remain at home over New Year's and their car was parked outside.
Firefighter believe the blaze started late Thursday or early Friday. A relative noticed the flames around mid-morning Friday and called for help, but by then it was too late, TheLocal.se said.
Oscarsson, one of Sweden's most respected actors, appeared in the Swedish-language movies 'The Girl Who Played With Fire' and 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest,' based on Stieg Larsson's immensely popular "Millennium" novels. He played ailing lawyer Holger Palmgren, the former legal guardian of heroine Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace).
Although he appeared in movies, on TV and on the stage, Oscarsson's most famous role was as starving writer Pontus in the 1966 film 'Hunger,' for which he received the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the National Society of Film Critics' award.
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