London [U.K.] : Michael Nyqvist, known for his roles in movies like ‘John Wick’ and original Swedish ‘ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ died on Tuesday after battling lung cancer. He was 56.
According to The Guardian, Nyqvist’s representative released a statement, which read, “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.”
Adding, “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 Stockholm-born actor was best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish Dragon Tattoo trilogy, which included ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘ The Girl Who Played with Fire,’ and ‘ The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’.
Nyqvist also appeared in Lionsgate’s ‘ John Wick,’ co-starring with Keanu Reeves, and as the villain nuclear scientist in Paramount’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ opposite Tom Cruise.
Nyqvist was born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Nov. 1960, and was educated at the School of Drama in Malmo.
Before his death, the actor also completed roles in thriller ‘ Hunter Killer’ with Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman and submarine disaster ‘Kursk’ with Colin Firth and Matthias Schoenaerts.
Nyqvist is survived by his wife Catharina Ehrnrooth, a production designer, and his two children, Ellen and Arthur.