Jan Malmsjö was born 29 May 1932 in Malmö, Sweden, the son of ‘Fritzi’ (Fritz and Annie), a dance duo and variety show couple who owned a hair salon. According to Malmsjö, he appeared on stage before he was even born. At a young age, his theatrical life began, and he had his debut as a nine-year-old in the operetta A Waltz Dream. He acted both in the Folkets Park Theatre and at the newly opened Malmö City Theatre in the mid 1940’s, and had his film debut in 1947 in Ebberöds Bank.
Malmsjö decided at an early age that he was going to be an actor, and in 1949 he applied to but was rejected at the Royal Dramatic Theatre Acting School. After spending a year at Axel Witzansky’s Acting School, he was accepted on his second attempt in 1950. His acting skills were quickly noticed and he was awarded the Gustaf Fredrikson scholarship.
Malmsjö had his Royal Dramatic Theatre stage debut in a minor role in Fallna änglar in 1951, and after graduating from acting school he was employed… read more