Joel Kinnaman

Joel Kinnaman



Charles Joel Nordström Kinnaman (born 25 November 1979) is a Swedish and American actor  who first gained recognition for his roles in Swedish film Easy Money and the Johan Falk crime series. Kinnaman is known internationally for his television roles as Detective Stephen Holder in AMC's The Killing, Takeshi Kovacs in the first season of Altered Carbon, and Governor Will Conway in the U.S. version of House of Cards. He has also played Alex Murphy in the 2014 RoboCop remake, and Rick Flag in the film adaptation of Suicide Squad (2016), based on the DC Comics anti-hero team of the same title. Kinnaman was born and raised in Stockholm. His mother, Bitte, a therapist, is a Swedish citizen. His father, Steve Kinnaman (originally David Kinnaman), is an American who was drafted during the Vietnam War and deserted the military from his base in Bangkok. Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship. Kinnaman's father, whose family was from the American Midwest, is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent, while Kinnaman's mother is Jewish (of Ukrainian Jewish descent). He has five sisters, one of whom is actress Melinda Kinnaman (his half-sister). During his childhood, Kinnaman learned two languages as he "spoke English with my dad and Swedish with my mom". Kinnaman spent a year in Del Valle, Texas as a high school exchange student. After high school, he decided to travel around the world. To finance the trip, he worked in various jobs—as a beer factory line worker and roof-sweeper in Norway, and as a bar manager in the French Alps. Kinnaman then travelled for two years in Southeast Asia and South America.

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