Stig Olin

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Stig Olin (September 11, 1920, Stockholm – June 28, 2008) was a Swedish actor, theatre director, songwriter and singer. Father of actress Lena Olin and Swedish singer Mats Olin. He was married to actress Britta Holmberg.



Olin had a successful acting career when he acted in leading parts in a number of early Ingmar Bergman films, including Torment/Frenzy () (1944; Bergman's script debut), Crisis (1946), Kvinna utan ansikte (1947; script by Bergman), Port of Call (1948), Eva (1948; script by Bergman), Prison (1949), To Joy (1950), Summer Interlude (1951) and Divorced (1951; script by Bergman).

Successful film parts also include his love-struck student in Sickan Carlsson-film Klasskamrater (Class Mates; 1952), Ernst in his own directed popular children's film Rasmus, Pontus och Toker (1956) and the scrubby old Potato-Algot in Jim och piraterna Blom (Jim and the Blom Pirates; 1987), directed by Hans Alfredson (from Hasseåtage).

Film and play director

Olin then moved on to direct some films himself but above all began to direct successfully for the stage (in 1950s, 60s and 70s), mostly comedies and musicals (including the original Swedish staging of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music in 1978). In 1970 he became Director of Programmes at Swedish Radio, including the Swedish radio theatre, where he also directed a number of plays.


He was also a songwriter in Sweden with En gång jag seglar i hamn, På söndag, Människors glädje,......
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