Born Hans Gösta Ekman in Stockholm on 10 September 1915, he was the son of Gösta and Greta Ekman (née Sundström).
Hasse Ekman grew up as the celebrity son of Gösta Ekman (1890–1938), one of the biggest names of the Swedish stage of his day, both as an actor and theatre owner. Sent away to boarding school, the young Hasse at first wanted to be writer rather than become an actor who might forever risk standing in the shadow of his father. Yet his theatre debut came as early as 1932 in The Merry Widow, a production in which his father Gösta was also playing, and in the same minor role in which Gösta had also made his debut.
Although primarily a stage actor, Gösta Ekman nonetheless played a handful of film roles, including a part in Victor Sjöström’s debut The Gardener and F.W. Murnau’s Faust. His last film role was in Intermezzo in 1936, alongside his son Hasse and Ingrid Bergman. While shooting Faust in Berlin, Gösta had been introduced to cocaine by one of his fellow actors… read more