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Ove Sprogøe

Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (21 December 1919 – 14 September 2004) was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One of these is actor Henning Sprogøe. He made his debut in the film Hans Store Aften (His Big Night). His characteristic prominent chin that had been feared an obstacle of his career did not prevent him from being one of the most versatile and used Danish actors. His strength laid in the almost diabolic, michievous and brash but he effortlessly played meek and shy types as well as elegantiers. Among his many roles on stage in classic plays might be mentioned Mephisto in Faust, the title figure of Strindberg’s The Father and some Molière and Bertolt Brecht characters. An extremely popular actor in Denmark, he played many diverse roles, including several recurring television parts. He appeared in 157 films, making him one of the hardest-working actors in the history of Danish film. In his early years he often was the part of a duo working together with his friend and colleague Dirch Passer. He is probably best known for playing one of the lead roles in the Olsen Gang movies, along with Morten Grunwald and Poul Bundgaard, playing the gang leader Egon Olsen, known for his short temper, striped suit, and cigar. By this role he earned an international fame though mostly in Eastern Europe, in the GDR he together with his colleagues became almost a cult figure. Among his TV roles must be mentioned his elegant and humorous ex-burglar Larsen in the series Huset på Christianshavn (“The House at Christianshavn” - the first Danish sitcom) and his role as the wise and courageous doctor Louis Hansen in the epic, historical drama-series Matador, both also shown outside Denmark. He was an able singer especially in shows or revues and his interpretation of Tim Spencer’s Cigarettes, whiskey and wild wild women (in Danish re-creation: Fandens Oldemor – “The Devil’s Great-Grandmother”) almost became his signature tune. He was an actor who combined great public sympathy with the ability to remain a private person with a modest lifestyle. After his death it was revealed that he had been a passionate art enthusiast and had amassed a valuable collection of modern paintings. Shortly after his death in 2004, Nordisk Film (the company that made the Olsen Gang movies) established a scholarship for actors in his name. The state-owned road to Vridsløselille Statsfængsel (the prison where his Egon Olsen character was a frequent "guest"), was renamed by the city of Albertslund to Egon Olsens Vej (Egon Olsen Road). On 24 October 2005, his native city of Odense named a square Ove Sprogøes Plads (Ove Sprogøe Square) in his honour. And the bar 'Cafe Halvvejen', named a shot in his honor. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ove Sprogøe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Dec 21, 1919 In Odense, Denmark
Movie/TV Credits:
141
First Appeared:
In the movie Hans Store Aften 1946-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie The Olsen Gang: Forever! 2018-11-27
Known For
Poster of Kærlighed ved første desperate blik
Poster of Anthonsen
Poster of Limpan
Poster of Matador

Ove Sprogøe Movies Filmography

Movie
The Olsen Gang: Forever!
Egon Olsen 2018-11-27
Movie
Historien om Olsen Banden
2015-03-22
Movie
The Olsen Gang's Last Trick
Egon Olsen (Chef der Olsenbande) 1998-12-18
Movie
Barbara
1997-10-02
Movie
Carmen & Babyface
Engelsk lærere 1995-01-20
Movie
Kærlighed ved første desperate blik
1994-07-01
Movie
Jasper's Ghost
The Ghost 1993-06-25
Movie
Crumb at a Gallop
Anders 1992-12-04
Movie
War of the Birds
The Male Magpie (voice) 1990-07-01
Movie
Hip Hip Hurrah!
Bonatzi 1987-09-04
Movie
Murder in the Dark
Bille 1986-09-19
Series
Anthonsen
Holger Anthonsen 1984-12-01
Movie
In the Middle of the Night
1984-03-09
Movie
Limpan
Preben 1983-02-04
Movie
Den ubetænksomme elsker
Overbetjent Olufsen 1982-10-15
Movie
Pengene eller livet
Bankdirektør 1982-02-25
Movie
Stepping Out
Larsen 1981-08-28
Movie
The Olsen Gang Jumps the Fence
Egon Olsen 1981-10-16
Movie
The Olsen Gang Long Gone
Egon Olsen 1981-12-26
Movie
Danmark er lukket
Speaker 1980-10-31
Movie
The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders
Egon Olsen 1979-12-26
Movie
Johnny Larsen
1979-10-01
Series
Matador
Dr. Louis Hansen 1978-11-11
Movie
The Olsen Gang Goes to War
Egon Olsen 1978-10-06
Movie
Mirror, Mirror
1978-02-24
Movie
You Are Not Alone
Kim's Father 1978-02-23
Movie
The Olsen Gang Outta Sight
Egon Olsen 1977-09-30
Movie
Watch Your Back, Professor!
Konkurrerende redaktør 1977-08-19
Movie
The Moelleby affair
Digter Mortensen 1976-12-26
Movie
The Olsen Gang Sees Red
Egon Olsen 1976-10-01
Movie
Hjerter er trumf
1976-03-19
Movie
That Brief Summer
Baronen 1976-01-23
Movie
The Olsen Gang on the Track
Egon Olsen 1975-09-26
Movie
The Goldcabbage Family
Leopold Phieselsknast 1975-01-01
Movie
The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang
Egon Olsen 1974-10-04
Movie
Et dukkehjem
1974-04-14
Movie
The Hour of Parting
Michael Jacobsen 1973-11-09
Movie
The Olsen Gang Runs Amok
Egon Olsen 1973-10-05
Movie
Nu går den på Dagmar
1972-10-23
Movie
The Olsen Gang's Big Score
Egon Olsen 1972-10-06
Movie
Lenin, You Rascal, You
Mulligan 1972-02-15
Movie
Our Home Is Our Castle
Hr. Larsen 1971-03-07
Movie
Hjemme hos William
1971-03-28
Movie
The Olsen Gang in Jutland
Egon Olsen (Chef der Olsenbande) 1971-10-08
Movie
Five Get Into Trouble
Onkel Quentin 1970-10-16
Movie
Revolution My A..
Arthur Antonsen 1970-10-09
Movie
Tough Guys of the Prairie
Dommer 1970-08-31
Movie
Amour
Gammel døv dame 1970-08-06
Series
Huset på Christianshavn
Larsen 1970-05-16
Movie
Giv gud en chance om søndagen
Præst ved Roskilde Domkirke 1970-04-22
Movie
Kys til højre og venstre
Ruths Husband 1969-03-13
Movie
Along Came a Soldier
Baron Royal King von Konig 1969-04-07
Movie
The Egborg Girl
Advokat Kurt Mikkelsen 1969-09-12
Movie
Fun in the Streets
"Fløjten" 1969-08-01
Movie
The Olsen Gang in a Fix
Egon Olsen 1969-10-03
Movie
Five and the Spies
Onkel Quentin 1969-10-13
Movie
The Veterinarian's Adopted Children
Kristian 1968-11-29
Movie
The Olsen Gang
Egon Olsen 1968-10-11
Movie
Magic in Town
Politiassistent Møller 1968-10-11
Movie
Friends at Arms: On a Bear Run
Oberst ved konkurrerende regiment 1968-08-23
Movie
What a Pity About Daddy
1968-07-19
Movie
Nyhavns glade gutter
Direktør Schwartz 1967-11-24
Movie
Martha
Hovmester Watson 1967-10-10
Movie
Love Thy Neighbour
Pastor Weigaard 1967-09-01
Movie
Wife on vacation
Apoteker John Bjerre 1967-07-28
Movie
Jeg er sgu min egen
Værgen 1967-06-30
Movie
Det er ikke appelsiner - det er heste
1967-06-28
Movie
Relax Freddy
David Smith 1966-06-05
Movie
Flagermusen
Blind 1966-08-01
Movie
Tre små piger
Biebitz Von Biebitz 1966-08-05
Movie
Søskende
Bedemanden 1966-09-02
Movie
Der var engang
Første frier 1966-10-01
Movie
The Girl and the Viscount
Nielsen 1966-11-25
Movie
Strike First Freddy
David Smith 1965-12-21
Movie
Een pige og 39 sømænd
Andersen 1965-11-12
Movie
Mor bag rattet
1965-11-05
Movie
The Girl and the Playboy
Andresen - advokat 1965-10-15
Movie
It's Nifty in the Navy
Knud Hansen 1965-09-03
Movie
Passer Babysitting Girls
Thorbjørn Hansen 1965-07-23
Movie
En ven i bolignøden
Børge Blom 1965-04-08
Movie
Don Olsen kommer til byen
Brandmand 1964-12-18
Movie
Summer in Tyrol
Sigismund Sülzheimer 1964-09-25
Movie
Når enden er go'
Thør 1964-07-23
Movie
Majorens oppasser
Major Clausen 1964-02-14
Movie
The Girl and the Press Photographer
Madsen 1963-02-15
Movie
Vi har det jo dejligt
Opfinderen 1963-03-01
Movie
Dronningens vagtmester
Tom, "Kulsoen"s mand 1963-03-29
Movie
Peter's landlov
Direktør William H. Schmidt 1963-06-27
Movie
April
Lægeforsker Vagn Jochumsen 1963-08-02
Movie
Frøken Nitouche
Ferdinand Piper, teaterdirektør 1963-08-16
Movie
A Day Without Lies
1963-09-02
Movie
Bussen
Vik 1963-10-04
Movie
Dust for all the Money
Thorbjørn Hansen 1963-12-13
Movie
Lykkens musikanter
Havemand Texas 1962-02-19
Movie
Journey to the Seventh Planet
Barry O'Sullivan 1962-03-10
Movie
Crazy Paradise
Simon 1962-07-26
Movie
Sømænd og svigermødre
Peter Jensen - Kanustis ven 1962-08-06
Movie
Det stod i avisen
Læge S. Gregersen 1962-09-25
Movie
Still Dust on the Brain
Thorbjørn Hansen 1962-09-28
Movie
Oskar
Direktør Bernhard Bang 1962-10-12
Movie
Drømmen om det hvide slot
Johan 1962-12-26
Movie
The Musketeers
Tam 1961-12-09
Movie
Dust on the Brain
Hr. Thorbjørn Hansen 1961-10-11
Movie
Sorte Shara
Tom 1961-09-29
Movie
Poeten og Lillemor i forårshumør
Anton 1961-09-11
Movie
The Poet and Lillemor and Lotte
Anton 1960-05-02
Movie
Forelsket i København
Carni 1960-11-04
Movie
The Greeneyed Elephant
Tolderen 1960-08-14
Movie
Baronessen fra benzintanken
Lars Tofte 1960-09-04
Movie
Charles' Aunt
Charles Smith 1959-10-12
Movie
Onkel Bill fra New York
Johnny Jensen 1959-07-17
Movie
The Poet and the Little Mother
Anton 1959-03-06
Movie
Styrmand Karlsen
Ole Olsen 1958-10-30
Movie
Be Dear to Me
1957-03-01
Movie
Der var engang en gade
Danselærer Johny Johnsen 1957-03-03
Movie
Tag til marked i Fjordby
Knud Tofte 1957-12-27
Movie
Den kloge mand
1956-10-15
Movie
Færgekroen
Lars Tofte, kroejer og færgemand 1956-10-12
Movie
Kispus
Max Møller 1956-05-06
Movie
Hvad vil De ha'?
Gæst hos Hansens 1956-01-23
Movie
Det var paa Rundetaarn
Hans Ramløse 1955-12-26
Movie
På tro og love
Henry 1955-08-19
Movie
I kongens klæ'r
Jens Rasmussen - rekrut 65 1954-09-24
Movie
Kriminalsagen Tove Andersen
Nolle 1953-01-07
Movie
Ved Kongelunden...
Vognstyrer Iversen 1953-10-16
Movie
Den gamle mølle paa Mols
Buschauffør 1953-02-25
Movie
Father of Four
Bager Høst 1953-11-02
Movie
Det store løb
Fuld mand i bus 1952-12-22
Movie
Rekrut 67 Petersen
"68" 1952-08-07
Movie
Dorte
Hr. Smith 1951-12-17
Movie
Vores fjerde far
1951-09-13
Movie
Smedestræde 4
Ejnar - Pouls ven - cyklebud 1950-09-30
Movie
De røde heste
Niels Peter Dalum, Oles medstuderende 1950-01-02
Movie
Tre år efter
Hotelkarlen 1948-10-03
Movie
Kristinus Bergman
Bud med nøgle 1948-08-27
Movie
The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman
1948-03-30
Movie
I de lyse nætter
1948-03-25
Movie
Penge som græs
1948-02-23
Movie
Hatten er sat
1947-12-15
Movie
Discretion Wanted
1946-08-05
Movie
Hans Store Aften
1946-03-18

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