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Björn Andrésen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Björn Johan Andrésen (born 26 January 1955, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actor and musician. He is best known for playing the fourteen-year-old Tadzio in Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation of the Thomas Mann novella Death in Venice. Andrésen had only appeared in one film, En kärlekshistoria (1970) at the time he was cast in Death in Venice, which gained him international recognition. While the film performed relatively poorly at the box office, Andrésen was noted for his performance as Tadzio, the beautiful young Polish boy with whom the film's older protagonist Gustav von Aschenbach becomes obsessed. Film historian Lawrence J. Quirk commented in his study The Great Romantic Films (1974) that some shots of Andrésen "could be extracted from the frame and hung on the walls of the Louvre or the Vatican". Rumors circulated in America at the time of the film's release as to whether or not Andrésen was homosexual (as the role demanded that he appear to exchange romantic glances with the protagonist, and on another occasion, be kissed and caressed by another teenage boy). Andrésen emphatically denied these, and later recounted his discomfort at being forced by director Luchino Visconti during filming to visit a gay bar, where he attracted the attention of a number of older men.  Eager to dispel the rumors regarding his sexuality and to shed his "pretty boy" image, Andrésen thereafter avoided homosexual roles and parts which he felt would play off of his good looks, and was angry when feminist writer Germaine Greer used a photograph of him on the cover of her book The Beautiful Boy (2003) without first obtaining his personal permission. Although Greer did consult photographer David Bailey (who owned the copyright for the image) before publishing the book, Andrésen maintained that it is common practice when a party uses an image of a person which has been copyrighted by a different individual to inform the individual and that he would not have given his consent for Greer to use his picture if she had informed him of her plans. Andrésen has also appeared in several other films.These include Pelikaanimies (2004),  Kojan (1992) and Smugglarkungen (1985). Description above from the Wikipedia article Björn Andrésen, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jan 25, 1955 In Stockholm, Sweden
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Swedish Love Story 1970-04-24
Latest Project:
Movie The Most Beautiful Boy in the World 2021-07-30
Known For
Poster of The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
Poster of The Hotel
Poster of Wallander
Poster of Lysande landning
Movie The Most Beautiful Boy in the World Self 2021-07-30
Movie Midsommar Dan 2019-07-03
Movie Shelley Leo 2016-02-14
Movie The Hotel Self 2016-04-29
Movie Gentlemen Varg-Larsson 2014-12-05
Movie Wallander 24 - Arvet Andreas Manrell 2010-04-21
Series Wallander Andreas Manrell 2005-01-14
Movie Pelican Man Pianisti 2004-12-16
Movie Lucifer Sensommer - gult og sort Mannen 1990-11-18
Movie A la recherche de Tadzio Himself 1990-01-01
Movie Lysande landning Axel Lenke 1987-10-26
Movie The Simple-Minded Murderer Angel 1982-02-12
Movie Bluff Stop Stefan 1977-12-26
Movie Death in Venice Tadzio 1971-03-01
Movie A Swedish Love Story Pär's Buddy 1970-04-24
Movie Searching for Tadzio Self 1970-06-07