1. Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of Gudrun and Jan Skarsgård.
2. Skarsgård started his acting career early; and, by the age of 21, his experience in film, TV and stage was considerable. Most of his early roles were in Swedish television and films.
3. Of Skarsgård’s work in Swedish film, he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who worked to save Holocaust victims.
4. His most personal working relationship, however, is with Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, who has directed the actor in Kjærlighetens kjøtere, Aberdeen and A Somewhat Gentle Man.
5. Skarsgård’s first American film was the 1985 film Noon Wine, directed by Michael Fields, in which Skarsgård played a mentally-disturbed immigrant farmhand being chased by a bounty hunter.
6. He acted opposite Fred Ward, who portrayed the farmer. In 1990 he starred in another American film, The Hunt for Red October, playing the character of Captain Tupolev, a Soviet submarine commander.
7. Skarsgård reported that people often mistook him for Liam Neeson who portrayed Schindler in the film.
8. Skarsgård would, in fact, replace Neeson in the 2004 film Exorcist: The Beginning.
9. He appeared as a guest star on the HBO TV Series Entourage, as Verner Vollstedt, the German director of the fictional film Smokejumpers, who has a bias against the main character Vincent Chase, one of the stars of the film.
10. Skarsgård reteamed with Thor director Kenneth Branagh for the 2015 film Cinderella, in which he played The Grand Duke.
11. He married My, a physician, in April 1975 and together they had six children: Alexander .
12. Alexander, Gustaf, Bill and Valter are also actors, while Eija is a former model.
13. Skarsgård and My divorced in May 2007 and he married Megan Everett in January 2009.
14. Actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly named their son Stellan as a tribute to Skarsgård.
15. Skarsgård has been best friends with Peter Stormare since 1976 and even made Stormare the godfather to his son, Gustaf.
16. Skarsgård was brought up by humanist parents and had an atheist grandfather and a deeply religious grandmother.
17. In 2009, Skarsgård, along with other non-religious artists, authors and entrepreneurs including Christer Sturmark, Björn Ulvaeus and Christer Fuglesang, wrote an article in Dagens Nyheter stressing the importance of secularity.