Johannes Brost

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Johannes Brost
Johannes Brost på Guldbaggegalan 2013..jpg
Brost in 2013
Edvard Johannes Brost Forssell

(1946-09-25)25 September 1946
Stockholm, Sweden
Died4 January 2018(2018-01-04) (aged 71)
Lund, Sweden
Years active1972–2018
Parent(s)Sven Forssell, Gudrun Brost

Edvard Johannes Brost Forssell (25 September 1946 – 4 January 2018) was a Swedish actor. He became recognized for his roles in the television programs Stjärnhuset and Rederiet; in Rederiet he appeared in 318 episodes. In 2013, he won a Guldbagge award for his role in the film Avalon, he also had several roles in theater.


Early life[edit]

Brost was the son of author and journalist Sven Forssell [sv], and film and theater actor Gudrun Brost. The musician and actor Tomas Forssell [sv]—father of television and radio host Gry Forssell—was his half brother.

As a child, he did not want to be an actor like his mother,[1] whom he sometimes accompanied to work,[2] he later chose to start acting and applied to the Royal Dramatic Theatre drama school, but failed in the first round of auditions.[3] He took private acting lessons with director Fred Hjelm [sv] and then he successfully applied to the Teaterhögskolan in Malmö.[4] He graduated in 1970.[5] After graduation he was employed by the Stockholm City Theatre, where he stayed for two years.[5] After that he acted at Åbo Svenska Theater in Finland and then at Riksteatern, Unga Teatern and Malmö City Theatre,[6] he also took part in the Tältprojektet in 1977.[1]


Johannes Brost and Nermina Lukac with their awards at Guldbaggem 21 January 2013

In 1981, he had the leading role in the SVT children's television program Christmas calendar titled Stjärnhuset, which won him national recognition. A year later Brost became a panelist on the ratings success Gäster med gester, which began airing on SVT; he also appeared in several pantomimes,[7] he also participated in several comedy plays such as Bäddat för sex [sv] (A Bedfull of Foreigners) and Är du inte riktigt fisk [sv] at Chinateatern; Me and My Girl at Intiman [sv] in Stockholm and Kuta och kör [sv] at the Palladium in Malmö.[8]

Brost became best known for his role as Joker the bartender in the television series Rederiet; he appeared in all 318 episodes of the series, which ran between 1992 and 2002,[9] he also had roles in several films, including Black Jack, Änglagård, Jönssonligan dyker upp igen and The Visitors.[10]

He was an honorary citizen of Laholm and produced several summer revue shows there,[11] he also appeared in several plays directed by Eva Rydberg at Fredriksdalsteatern in Helsingborg.[12]

In 2013, Brost won a Guldbagge award for his leading role in the 2011 film Avalon,[13][14] he also played Pekka in the series Jordskott[14] and appeared in the show Lilyhammer.[14]

In 2016, Brost took part in the SVT show Stjärnorna på slottet, in which he spoke about his life and career,[13] he also appeared as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2017 on TV4.[13] His last role, in December 2017, was that of Sievert Lindberg, a wealthy man interested in a friend of Dagmar Friman, in the SVT series Fröken Frimans krig'.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Brost became friends with singer Mick Jagger after they met in 1965 when Jagger and the Rolling Stones performed in Malmö and went to a nightclub where Brost was working;[15] when told about Brost's death, Jagger stated that "He was a wonderful guy"[15] and that "We will miss his humour" and his generosity.[16]

Brost had four children,[17] he died from complications of throat cancer on 4 January 2018;[14][18] he was to appear on a TV4 program, Tillsammans mot cancer (Together Against Cancer) on 8 January.[19]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Beware of the Johnson Gang Robber
1981 The Fox and the Hound Swedish voice of Copper
1981 Stjärnhuset Astro TV series
1982 Gräsänklingar Robber
1982 Kalabaliken i Bender Officer
1983 Mickey's Christmas Carol Swedish voice of Ebenezer Scrooge
1983 Den tragiska historien om Hamlet – prins av Danmark Gyldenstern TV series>
1986 Min pappa är Tarzan Curt
1986 The Johnson Gang Resurface The Man with the Iron Arm
1987 Fadern, Sonen och Den Helige Ande... The Seventh Man
1988 The Visitors Allan Svensson
1990 Black Jack Lennart
1991 The White Viking Kolbeinn
1992 House of Angels Fanny's American Friend
1992-2000 Rederiet Joker TV series
1994 Good Night Irene Eddie
2000 102 Dalmatians Swedish voice of Waddlesworth
2009 Bröllopsfotografen Claes
2011 Avalon Janne Won the Guldbagge for best actor
2012 Sean Banan inuti Seanfrika The Ambassador
2012 Wither Gunnar
2013 Death of a Pilgrim Mr. Persson TV series
2013 Lilyhammer Stanley TV series
2013 Maria Wern: Först när givaren är död Lennart
2013 Studentfesten Zacke' Father
2013 Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Joe
2014 Min så kallade pappa Frank's dad
2014 Another Time, Another Life Mr. Persson
2015 Beck: The Family Rimfors
2015 Jordskott Koljonen


  1. ^ a b Emma Martinez Arpstrand (5 January 2018). "Tidslinje: Johannes Brosts liv". Dagens Nyheter (subscription required) (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Tidslinje: Bilder ur Johannes Brosts långa karriär" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Utdrag ur Johannes Brosts självbiografi" [Extract from Johannes Brost's autobiography]. Expressen (in Swedish). 2 October 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ Marie Strömberg Andersson (6 January 2018) [5 January 2018]. "Johannes Brost är död". Norra Skåne (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Sara Haldert (5 January 2018). "Folkkäre Johannes Brost är död". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  6. ^ Kim Lund (7 January 2018) [5 January 2018]. "ÅST-bekanta Johannes Brost är död". Åbo Underrättelser (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  7. ^ Maria Brander (5 January 2018). "Växte upp i kulisserna – dog i rampljuset". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  8. ^ Jan-Olov Andersson (5 January 2017). "Johannes Brost – full i fan både i sina roller och privat". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Johannes Brost som Joker i Rederiet" [Johannes Brost as Joker in Rederiet] (video) (in Swedish). Expressen TV. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  10. ^ Minna Wallén-Widung (5 January 2018). "Johannes Brost är död – blev 71 år gammal". Allas (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  11. ^ Björn Alverfeldt (14 July 2003). "Revylivet leker för Brost". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Nominering: Johannes Brost". Guldbaggen 2017 (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d "Bilder: Guldbagge och Let's dance". Svenska Dagbladet (subscription required) (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d Barbara Majsa (5 January 2018). "Swedish Actor Johannes Brost Has Passed Away". Cinema Scandinavia. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  15. ^ a b Anton Nilsson (5 January 2018). "Mick Jaggers fina ord om vännen Johannes Brost: 'Han var en underbar kille'". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  16. ^ Charlotta Johansson (5 January 2018). "Mick Jagger om Johannes Brost: Han var en underbar kille" (in Swedish). SVT Nyheter. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  17. ^ Tove Oskarsson (3 August 1998). "'Jag är inte lika rastlös längre'". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  18. ^ "Johannes Brost död – skådespelaren blev 71 år". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 5 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  19. ^ Anton Nilsson (5 January 2018). "Johannes Brosts sista svåra tid". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 January 2018.

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