Ove Sprogøe

Ove Sprogøe

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1919-12-21
Deathday: 2004-09-14 (84 years old)

Biography

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.


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Filmography

all 183

Movies 167

TV Shows 16

self 3

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Finn Klar Rask
Dr. Dip

Dr. Dip (1990)

TV
The Male Magpie (voice)
War of the Birds

War of the Birds (1990)

Movie
Kurt (Anettes far)
Sådan er det bare

Sådan er det bare (1987)

TV
Holger Anthonsen
Anthonsen

Anthonsen (1984)

TV
Erich von Herning
Henover midten

Henover midten (1982)

TV
Hr. Christensen
Krigsdøtre

Krigsdøtre (1981)

TV
Instrumentmageren Andante
Children of the Warriors

Children of the Warriors (1979)

Movie
Dr. Louis Hansen
Matador

Matador (1978)

TV
Kims far - Forstander
You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone (1978)

Movie
Sagfører Krogstad
Et dukkehjem

Et dukkehjem (1974)

Movie
Britisk ambassadør Mulligan
Lenin, You Rascal, You

Lenin, You Rascal, You (1972)

Movie
Gammel døv dame
Amour

Amour (1970)

Movie
Præst ved Roskilde Domkirke
Giv gud en chance om søndagen

Giv gud en chance om søndagen (1970)

Movie
Baron Royal King von Konig
Along Came a Soldier

Along Came a Soldier (1969)

Movie
Politiassistent Møller
Magic in Town

Magic in Town (1968)

Movie
Sørensen, Kongresdeltager
What a Pity About Daddy

What a Pity About Daddy (1968)

Movie
Hovmester Watson
Martha

Martha (1967)

Movie
Apoteker John Bjerre
Wife on vacation

Wife on vacation (1967)

Movie
Biebitz Von Biebitz
Tre små piger

Tre små piger (1966)

Movie
Kørerlærer Enoch
Mor bag rattet

Mor bag rattet (1965)

Movie
Sigismund Sülzheimer
Summer in Tyrol

Summer in Tyrol (1964)

Movie
Ferdinand Piper, teaterdirektør
Frøken Nitouche

Frøken Nitouche (1963)

Movie
Lægeforsker Vagn Jochumsen
April

April (1963)

Movie
Direktør William H. Schmidt
Peters landlov

Peters landlov (1963)

Movie
Bernhard Bang
Oskar

Oskar (1962)

Movie
Hr. Thorbjørn Hansen
Dust on the Brain

Dust on the Brain (1961)

Movie
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Danselærer Johny Johnsen
Der var engang en gade

Der var engang en gade (1957)

Movie
Jens Rasmussen - rekrut 65
I kongens klæ'r

I kongens klæ'r (1954)

Movie
Hilmar, betjent
Naalen

Naalen (1951)

Movie
Ejnar - Pouls ven - cyklebud
Smedestræde 4

Smedestræde 4 (1950)

Movie
Niels Peter Dalum, Oles medstuderende
The Red Horses

The Red Horses (1950)

Movie
Ekspedient i Magasin Heiberg
Hatten er sat

Hatten er sat (1947)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1919-12-21

Deathday
2004-09-14 (84 years old)

Birth Place
Odense, Danmark

Children
Henning Sprogøe

Citizenships
Denmark

Also Known As
Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen, Уве Спрогэ

Awards
Ole Haslund Foundation, Bodil Honorary Award, Teaterpokalen, Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

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