Category:Fictional American people of Swedish descent
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The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Swedish Americans – Swedish Americans are an American ethnic group of people who have ancestral roots from Sweden. They primarily include the 1.2 million Swedish immigrants during 1885–1915 and they formed tight-knit communities, primarily in the American Midwest, and intermarried with other Swedish-Americans. Historically, Swedish Americans have been concentrated in the Midwest, roughly in the area west and northwest of Chicago, many of them came to Minnesota. A contingent also settled in the woods of northern Maine, the first Swedish Americans were the settlers of New Sweden. A colony established by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1638, it centered around the Delaware Valley including parts of the states of Delaware, New Jersey. New Sweden was incorporated into New Netherland in 1655 and ceased to be a territory of the Realm of Sweden. However, many Swedish and Finnish colonists remained and were allowed some political and cultural autonomy, Swedish Americans usually came through New York City and subsequently settled in the upper Midwest. Most were Lutheran and belonged to synods now associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, theologically, they were pietistic, politically they often supported progressive causes and prohibition. In the year 1900, Chicago was the city with the second highest number of Swedes after Stockholm, by then, Swedes in Chicago had founded the Evangelical Covenant Church and established such enduring institutions as Swedish Covenant Hospital and North Park University. Many others settled in Minnesota in particular, followed by Wisconsin, as well as New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. Like their Norwegian American and Danish American brethren, many Swedes sought out the agrarian lifestyle they had left behind in Sweden, as many immigrants settled on farms throughout the Midwest. In the east, New England became a destination for many skilled workers and Swedish centers developed in areas such as Jamestown, New York, Providence, Rhode Island. A small Swedish settlement was begun in New Sweden, Maine. 51 Swedish settlers came to the area, led by W. W. Thomas, who called them mina barn i skogen, upon arrival, they knelt in prayer and thanksgiving to God. This area soon expanded and other settlements were named Stockholm, Jemptland, the town of New Sweden, Maine celebrates St. Lucia, Midsummer, and Founders Day. It is a Swedish-American community that continues to honor traditions of the old country, gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church was served by a native of Sweden as recently as 1979-1985 who was known to occasionally conduct special worship services in Swedish. The largest settlement in New England was Worcester, Massachusetts, here, Swedes were drawn to the citys wire and abrasive industries
2. Night of January 16th – Night of January 16th is a theatrical play by Russian-American author Ayn Rand, inspired by the death of the Match King, Ivar Kreuger. Set in a courtroom during a trial, an unusual feature of the play is that members of the audience are chosen to play the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a secretary and lover of businessman Bjorn Faulkner. The play does not directly portray the leading to Faulkners death. The plays ending depends on the verdict, Rands intention was to dramatize a conflict between individualism and conformity, with the jurys verdict revealing which viewpoint they preferred. The play was first produced in 1934 in Los Angeles under the title Woman on Trial, it received positive reviews, producer Al Woods took it to Broadway during the 1935–36 season and re-titled it Night of January 16th. It drew attention for its innovative audience-member jury and became a hit, Doris Nolan, in her Broadway debut, received positive criticism for her portrayal of the lead role. An off-Broadway revival in 1973, under the title Penthouse Legend, was a commercial and critical failure, a film based on the play was released in 1941, the story has also been adapted for television and radio. Rand had many heated disputes with Woods over script changes he wanted for the Broadway production and their disputes climaxed in an arbitration hearing when Rand discovered Woods had diverted a portion of her royalties to pay for a script doctor. Rand disliked the changes made for the Broadway production and the version published for amateur productions, Rand drew inspiration for Night of January 16th from two sources. The first was The Trial of Mary Dugan, a 1927 melodrama about a showgirl prosecuted for killing her wealthy lover, Rand wanted her plays ending to depend on the result of the trial, rather than having a fixed final scene. She based her victim on Ivar Kreuger, a Swedish businessman known as the Match King for the matchstick-manufacturing monopolies he owned, when Kreugers business empire became financially unstable, he shot himself after being accused of executing underhanded and possibly illegal financial deals. This incident inspired Rand to make the victim a businessman of great ambition and dubious character, Rand wrote Night of January 16th in 1933. She was 28 and had been in the United States for seven years after emigrating from the Soviet Union, Rand had never written a stage play, but had worked in Hollywood as a junior screenwriter for Cecil B. DeMille, and later in RKO Studios wardrobe department, in September 1932, Rand sold an original screenplay, Red Pawn, to Universal Studios and quit RKO to finish her first novel, We the Living. She wrote the play with the hope of making money from it while finishing her novel. By 1934 her agent was trying to sell the play and the novel, Red Pawn was shelved and Rands contract for rewrites on it expired. Rands husband, actor Frank OConnor, was getting only minor roles with little pay, with the last of her money from Red Pawn exhausted, Rand got an offer for her new play from Al Woods, who had produced The Trial of Mary Dugan for Broadway
3. Dubois family – The members of the DuBois family — Tom, Sarah, and Jazmine — are fictional characters and featured players in Aaron McGruders Boondocks comic strip and animated TV series. They live across the street from the characters, the Freeman family — Robert and his grandsons. Thomas Lancaster DuBois, a wealthy and mild-mannered black man, is an assistant district attorney, Tom, being non-confrontational and skittish by nature, adheres strictly to the law, particularly due to his irrational fear of being sent to prison and anally raped. This fear originated when Tom was exposed at a young age to a television series that depicted a violent prison rape. The fear developed to such a degree that Tom refused to participate in even the slightest of legal infractions as a youth and throughout adulthood. His job as an attorney is ironic, He essentially sends other people to the fate he himself most fears. Toms political ideologies are more towards American liberalism and as a result he is a Democrat and he also played basketball on his Ivy League college team at Princeton University but, as Sarah points out, he was mostly a bench warmer. He is depicted as somewhat of a goober and a wet blanket in social situations and he and his wife are active members of the NAACP and demonstrate a strong understanding of the struggles of African Americans, much as Huey does. Huey is more proactive and confrontational in his approach and generally questions to what degree the NAACP helps African Americans, furthermore, Huey views Tom as part of the white power structure that he detests, however, he does show Tom respect as an elder. Rileys interactions with Tom are few and far between, and he doesnt respect him and this leaves him prone to clash with Tom in many of the same ways he clashes with his own grandfather. She, like her husband, is liberal and fiercely political and she focuses her efforts on political action against the conservative parties. She is incredibly casual about her marriage, even going so far as to joke about it when Tom is mocked and attacked for it. Sarah is a member of the NAACP and a crusader for black rights. She and Tom have also clashed over her support for Ralph Nader, there have been numerous references to Sarah regretting marrying Tom, mostly because of Toms fear of going to jail and getting raped has caused both of them to miss out a lot in life. Sarah is shown to be more playful and low-key than Tom. She is hinted to be sexually frustrated. She fantasizes about strong, successful black men like Barack Obama and Usher, Jazmine DuBois is a naïve and innocent ten-year-old bi-racial girl, which, to her chagrin, occasionally makes her an object of ridicule for Huey and Riley. She is the most prominent child in the other than the Freeman boys
4. Mr. Burns – Charles Montgomery Burns, known as C. Montgomery Burns and Monty Burns, but usually referred to simply as Mr. Burns, is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons. Burns is the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and is also Homer Simpsons boss. He is assisted at almost all times by Waylon Smithers, his loyal and sycophantic aide, adviser, confidant and secret admirer. He is a stereotype of corporate America in his desire to increase his own wealth and power, inability to remember his employees names and lack of concern for their safety. Reflecting his advanced age, Burns is given to expressing dated humor, making references to Jazz Age popular culture, conan OBrien has called Burns his favorite character to write for, due to his arbitrarily old age and extreme wealth. Burns trademark expression is the word Excellent, muttered slowly in a low and he occasionally orders Smithers to release the hounds, so as to let his vicious guard dogs attack any intruders, enemies or even invited guests. Burns is Springfields richest and most powerful citizen and he uses his power and wealth to do whatever he wants, usually without regard for consequences and without interference from the authorities. These qualities led Wizard Magazine to rate him the 45th greatest villain of all time, TV Guide named him #2 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked him #8 of their 40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time, as the primary antagonist, Mr. Burns spends his time in his office at the nuclear plant, monitoring his workers via closed-circuit cameras. At an early age, Burns left his family to live with a twisted and he lived a life of privilege and would amuse himself by injuring immigrant laborers. Burns later attended Yale University, where he studied science and business, joined Skull and Bones, and competed in the etherweight wrestling class. At his 25-year college reunion, he became involved with the daughter of an old flame. She would later bear his child, Larry Burns, who was given up for adoption and would later enter Mr. Burns life briefly. Burns has been engaged at least three times, to a woman named Gertrude who died of loneliness and rabies, to Marge Simpsons mother Jacqueline Bouvier, later on he was shipped to the Pacific Theater and was a co-pilot along with Abe Simpson and his brother, Cyrus. Burns and Abe were shot down by a kamikaze and stuck on an island, as the United States richest citizen, Burns was thought to be the most trustworthy. Burns absconded with the bill and kept it in his possession for years until it was lost to Fidel Castro in The Trouble with Trillions. Furthermore, because she is so old, the things she can do are pick up the phone, dial
5. Kristina Davis – Kristina Davis is a fictional character from the original ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital. Born in 2002, Kristina is the daughter of mob kingpin Sonny Corinthos, to keep her safe from Sonnys dangerous lifestyle, Alexis keeps Kristina away from Sonny for most of her childhood. In the summer of 2009, Kristina, played by Lexi Ainsworth, is aged and becomes quite the rebel. The characters most significant and controversial storyline is her abusive romance with Kiefer Bauer, Kristina also develops a crush on Ethan Lovett – the man she falsely accused of abusing her. Kristina later pretends to date Sonnys mob rival Johnny Zacchara which almost gets her killed when Sonny plants a bomb on Johnnys car, Kristina is written out of the series in late 2011. Ainsworth received critical acclaim for her portrayal and was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2011, Kristina is re-introduced in 2012 as the star of her own reality show Mob Princess and she falls for her producer Trey Mitchell. Kristina rages at her parents for using strong arm tactics to get her into college, Kristinas rebellion culminates in a Las Vegas wedding to Trey which is eventually annulled after they make love for the first time. Kristina is devastated when Trey dies after being taken off life support, Kristina suffers a breakdown and tries to kill Connie with a baseball bat only to end up in jail. She is eventually released and Morgans Kristina is written out of the series in March 2013, Kristinas storylines during Morgans tenure were critically panned but Morgan also earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 2013. Ainsworth returned to the role in September 2015, in November 2005, child actress, Kali Rodriguez stepped into the role on a recurring basis. Rodriguez last appears as Kristina on August 13,2008, in May 2009, it was announced teen actress Lexi Ainsworth had been cast in the role of Kristina. Ainsworth first appeared on June 4,2009, response from fans and critics was very positive and Ainsworth was put on contract in late June. After months of rumors and speculation, Ainsworth confirmed in October 2011 via Twitter shed been let go and has just filmed her last episode, Ainsworth last appeared in the role on November 4,2011. After much speculation and rumor as to whether Ainsworth would return to the role, on April 17,2012, TVLine reported that actress Lindsey Morgan has been cast as Kristina and would make her debut on May 25,2012. Morgan explains during an interview that she was unaware what role she was auditioning for as only a character description was released instead of the characters name. The producers put Morgan through a chemistry test with her potential on-screen parents, Maurice Benard and Nancy Lee Grahn, on March 26,2013, Morgan announced she had departed her role as Kristina, last airing on March 4. On July 29,2015, Soap Opera Digest broke news that Ainsworth would reprise the role of Kristina, with the SORAS aging of Kristina in 2009, Kristina is initially introduced as a bit of a wild child. Kristinas trouble making ways during her first few months as Kristina are described as phase and she often throws caution into the wind just to defy her parents because of how she grew up
6. Alexis Davis – Alexis Davis is a fictional character on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Nancy Lee Grahn originated the role in September 28,1996 and she is the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and Kristin Bergman. She is also the mother of Sam Morgan, Kristina Davis, nancy Lee Grahn, known for her Emmy winning portrayal of Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara, made her first appearance as Alexis on September 28,1996, on a recurring basis. In late May, early June 1997, Grahn was put on contract with the due to her popularity among fans. Susan Diol temporarily played the role from November 2001 to March 2002, in 2010, Grahn announced she had renewed her contract for an additional four years. Alexis is the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine, a Greco-Russian prince, and his mistress Kristin Bergman, Mikkos wife Helena Cassadine slit Kristins throat in front of young Alexis, who then developed partial amnesia and forgot her true identity. Alexis was taken into Mikkos house to be raised as a relative with the last name Davidovitch. Alexis half-brother Stavros Cassadine tormented her, but her other half-brother Stefan Cassadine protected her, while attending Briarton Griggs Academy, a boarding school in New Hampshire, Alexis at 16 sees an opportunity to reinvent herself. She dresses up, sneaks out of boarding school and goes to a bar, the two have a one-night stand and she became pregnant. Her father, Mikkos Cassadine took the baby, and gave her up for adoption, Alexis graduated from Yale University as an undergraduate and earned a J. D. from Yale Law School. In 1996, Stefan, who has instructed Alexis to change her last name to Davis, Alexis is protective of Stefan, and tries to make him believe his lover Katherine Bell is his half-sister Natasha. Luke Spencer helps Alexis discover that she is actually the real Natasha, Helena uses this to force Alexis to help her gain control of the Cassadine empire. By doing so, Alexis receives her princess birthright, a title she later gives up, in an attempt to avenge her mother’s death, she teams up with Luke to kill Helena, and mistakenly pushes Katherine off a parapet instead. Katherine is presumed dead and Stefan is put on trial, Alexis defends him, meanwhile, Alexis begins dating Ned Ashton. In 1999, in a scheme to help Chloe Morgan save her company, Ned marries Chloe. Chloe eventually loses her company, and the couples divorce, Ned then proposes to Alexis, but she developed cold feet and talked to Ned right before the wedding and called it off. In 2000, Alexis teams up with mob boss Sonny Corinthos to defend troubled teen Zander Smith, meanwhile, in 2001, Jax helps Alexis find her presumed dead sister Kristina Carter. By 2002, Alexis and Sonny have continued to bond, which leads to a one-night stand witnessed by Carly Corinthos, Alexis learns she is pregnant, but does not tell Sonny due to his dangerous lifestyle
7. Adam West (Family Guy) – Mayor Adam West is a character from the animated television series Family Guy. He is the mayor of the town of Quahog, Rhode Island and he has appeared on a recurring basis since his first appearance in season 2. Mayor West is characterized as an intense, soft-spoken crackpot whose delusions often come at great expense and sometimes danger to citizens of Quahog. In the episode 420, he legalizes marijuana after listening to a song Brian sings and he is also a brainwashed Russian sleeper spy activated by the phrase, Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet. In the episode Brothers & Sisters, he married to Lois sister Carol. In Road to the Multiverse, it is revealed that he is 95% helium, the episode Dr. C and the Women strongly suggests hes fully sane and his bizarre antics are actually a smokescreen to throw people off and cover up a dark, murderous side. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wrote several episodes of the cartoon series Johnny Bravo, West played a similarly intense and eccentric rendition of himself in an episode written by MacFarlane, Johnny Meets Adam West. However, he dressed formally and behaved slightly similarly to his character in the 1960s series of Batman, MacFarlane found Wests character and performance in Johnny Bravo so funny that he created a similar character for Family Guy. Its the obvious place to go and we tried it, we thought it would be funny to do something different with the mayor of this town. People like Clint Eastwood and Martin Sheen who have taken whacks at this sort of thing — theres a precedent for it, hes the mayor, but hes this guy who clearly does not have it all together. Adam West at the Internet Movie Database
8. Lily Aldrin – Lily Aldrin is a fictional character in the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother. Lily is portrayed by American actress Alyson Hannigan and she is the wife of Marshall Eriksen and the best friend of Ted Mosby, Robin Scherbatsky and Barney Stinson. Lily is a teacher and an amateur painter. In the eighth season, she gets a job as an art consultant, Lily is also the only member of the original main cast of the series who has not appeared in every episode, due to Alyson Hannigan taking leave after giving birth to her first child. Series creator Craig Thomas explained that he based Marshall and Lily on himself, Rebecca had been upset after learning this, but was consoled when Alyson Hannigan was put in the role. Hannigan was looking to do more work after having worked on the American Pie series and was available for the show. Lily Aldrin grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York and she is the daughter of Janice Aldrin, whom Lily describes as a feminist and who worked two jobs to support the family. Lilys father, Mickey, is a board game creator living in his parents basement. Janice and Mickey divorced when Lily was a child, Lily is estranged from her father - an absentee parent who she claims broke my heart every day for 20 years - until he promises to be there for her following the birth of her son. During her high school and college years, she was a part of the subculture, dying her hair. She dumped her high school boyfriend, Scooter, on prom night and he remains obsessed with her for years afterward. She met Marshall during her year at Wesleyan University in 1996. As of 2010, Lily is 32 years old, meaning she was born circa 1978, according to her résumé, she is fluent in Italian, certified in teaching English as a Second Language, and proficient in Photoshop, Quark, and Java. Lily frequently states her need for sex, saying that if she went without for too long shed be out there selling it for a nickel. She has a more than passing sexual interest in other women, in particular, she has confessed several times, albeit in a seemingly joking fashion, that she finds Robin sexually attractive, and has been the subject of some sexually confusing dreams. Robin at one point says that she wont go near Lily after shes been drinking martinis, as she is prone to flirt quite strongly with her and even try to get the guys to dare them to make out. Well aware of Lilys sexual attraction to her, Robin tends to alternate between ignoring, and being disturbed by them whenever they show themselves. Lily is adept at manipulating people and situations to get what she wants, Barney calls her a diabolical puppet master and pure evil, while Ted calls her a psychopath
9. Chandler Bing – Chandler Muriel Bing is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by Matthew Perry. Chandler Muriel Bing was born on April 8,1968, to an erotic novelist mother and he is of Scottish and Swedish ancestry. He is a child and is apparently from an affluent family, as he mentions his family hired servants such as a pool boy. Chandlers parents announced their divorce to him over Thanksgiving dinner when he was nine years old and its revealed in The One Without The Ski Trip that Chandler had started smoking at the age of 9 because of their divorce. It is revealed in season 1 he went to an high school. Chandler was Ross Gellers roommate in college, Chandler met his friend Rachel Green while celebrating Thanksgiving with the Geller family during his first year at college. On a tip from Monica, Chandler later moved to Apartment #19 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, across the hall from Monica, actor Joey Tribbiani moves in with Chandler, who becomes his best friend. His middle name Muriel was revealed in the beginning of The One With Rachels Date, Ross titters and soon questions why he would call him Muriel, quickly realizing he has seen Chandler M. Bing written but it was never honestly revealed what the M stood for. Ross then says, Chandler Muriel Bing and your parents never gave you a chance, did they. Chandlers main catch phrases are starting sentences with Could that BE any more, in his own characteristic way, a trait which he shares with his on-and-off romantic interest Janice Hosenstein, he also says from time to time the phrase Oh my god in different contexts. At Rosss wedding in London, Monica and Chandler sleep together and they try to keep their relationship secret, as they are unsure about how the others would react. Eventually, however, they all find out, Joey keeps their secret at first. After Rachel and Phoebe find out, the two girls try provoking them to admit that they are in a relationship, Monica and Chandler try getting them to admit that they know about the relationship and a battle breaks out. This leads to Phoebe and Chandler supposedly intending to sleep together, the two move in together at the beginning of Season 6, Chandler proposes by the end of the season and they marry at the end of Season 7. Their wedding is officiated by Joey, who is ordained over the Internet, in the final episode, Monica and Chandler adopt twins, due to their inability to conceive. Chandler is constantly jealous of Monicas ex-boyfriend, Richard Burke, whom he and Joey briefly idolize before Chandler, Monica previously saw Richard as the love of her life, further adding to Chandlers insecurities. Despite the fact that later Monica admits many times Richard is not the love of her life anymore, the biggest problem with him occurs when Chandler wants to propose and Richard reappears confessing he still loves her. She is initially confused due to Chandler pretending not to be interested in getting married, Monica eventually chooses Chandler and Richard backs down, realizing that he missed his chance
10. Eric Forman – Eric Albert Forman is a fictional character in Fox Networks That 70s Show, portrayed by Topher Grace. Eric is based on the adolescence of show creator Mark Brazill, most of the show takes place at the Formans home, particularly in the basement, where he and his five friends hang out. Being the shows main character for the first seven seasons, Eric appears in many storylines, the show opens with Eric, a scrawny, socially awkward 16-year-old, dealing with his ever-evident and growing crush on the girl next door, Donna Pinciotti. During this time, Eric obtains the signature 1969 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser and takes it out of town and this, evidently, impresses Donna and leads to the pairs first kiss. The next episode, Erics Birthday set on May 18,1976, Eric and Donna soon share a first date, but all goes awry as Donna becomes intoxicated due to a mix-up with the drink order, causing an awkward and uncomfortable experience for Eric. During the high school prom, the two decide to rent a motel room for after, though ultimately decide not to engage in intercourse after receiving the attention of fellow students. It is Eric who ultimately decides that Hyde should move in with them, season 2s episode, Halloween revealed that it was Eric who causes Hydes downward spiral to rebellious stoner due to Eric framing Hyde for the destruction of a classmates school work. The pair end up in an argument, but all is resolved as they choose to forget it ever happened, Eric is suspended from school for smoking on school property after taking the blame but is allowed to return to school when the truth is later revealed. He also received his first steady job from his father at PriceMart and Donna and Eric lose their virginity to each other at Midge, throughout season three, the pairs relationship holds a steady foundation despite Erics constant awkward antics, such as accidental sexism and pantsing Donna. However, things take a turn for the worse as Erics offer for a ring is rejected by Donna. Despite it being his decision, this leads him to spiral into depression and he is also resentful of her relationship with Michael Kelsos older brother Casey, who is offensive and smug. When Donna begins acting out due to Caseys influence, Eric becomes concerned, regretting it instantly, Eric goes to find her to once again reconcile, and learns that she and Michael have taken off for California where they spend the remainder of the summer. Despite his parents foreboding, Eric takes off after Donna and they reconcile instantly, later, Eric contemplates in front of his friends the idea of proposing to Donna, something they all instantly point out the idiocy. However, the two do get engaged as he proposes, somewhat awkwardly, atop the water tower. After taking the SATs he realizes he got the lowest score of the group, even getting a score than Kelso. Eric also thinks hard about his future, choosing to move to Madison with Donna, in the fifth season, Eric and Donna become engaged, despite widespread discouragement. However, they refuse to call off the engagement and remain engaged until the end of the sixth season, eventually, they both begin to experience pre-wedding jitters and Eric, acting upon these feelings, skips his wedding rehearsal. He then returns in the episode and Donna forgives him