Biography

Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (21 December 1919 – 14 September 2004) was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One of these is actor Henning Sprogøe. He made his debut in the film Hans Store Aften (His Big Night). His characteristic prominent chin that had been feared an obstacle of his career did not prevent him from being one of the most versatile and used Danish actors. His strength laid in the almost diabolic, michievous and brash but he effortlessly played meek and shy types as well as elegantiers. Among his many roles on stage in classic plays might be mentioned Mephisto in Faust, the title figure of Strindberg’s The Father and some Molière and Bertolt Brecht characters.

An extremely popular actor in Denmark, he played many diverse roles, including several recurring television parts. He appeared in 157 films, making him one of the hardest-working actors in the history of Danish film. In his early years he often was the part of a duo working together with his friend and colleague Dirch Passer. He is probably best known for playing one of the lead roles in the Olsen Gang movies, along with Morten Grunwald and Poul Bundgaard, playing the gang leader Egon Olsen, known for his short temper, striped suit, and cigar. By this role he earned an international fame though mostly in Eastern Europe, in the GDR he together with his colleagues became almost a cult figure. Among his TV roles must be mentioned his elegant and humorous ex-burglar Larsen in the series Huset på Christianshavn (“The House at Christianshavn” - the first Danish sitcom) and his role as the wise and courageous doctor Louis Hansen in the epic, historical drama-series Matador, both also shown outside Denmark. He was an able singer especially in shows or revues and his interpretation of Tim Spencer’s Cigarettes, whiskey and wild wild women (in Danish re-creation: Fandens Oldemor – “The Devil’s Great-Grandmother”) almost became his signature tune. He was an actor who combined great public sympathy with the ability to remain a private person with a modest lifestyle. After his death it was revealed that he had been a passionate art enthusiast and had amassed a valuable collection of modern paintings. Shortly after his death in 2004, Nordisk Film (the company that made the Olsen Gang movies) established a scholarship for actors in his name. The state-owned road to Vridsløselille Statsfængsel (the prison where his Egon Olsen character was a frequent "guest"), was renamed by the city of Albertslund to Egon Olsens Vej (Egon Olsen Road). On 24 October 2005, his native city of Odense named a square Ove Sprogøes Plads (Ove Sprogøe Square) in his honour. And the bar 'Cafe Halvvejen', named a shot in his honor.

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Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (21 December 1919 – 14 September 2004) was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One of these is actor Henning Sprogøe. He made his debut in the film Hans Store Aften (His Big Night). His characteristic prominent chin that had been feared an obstacle of his career did not prevent him from being one of the most versatile and used Danish actors. His strength laid in the almost diabolic, michievous and brash but he effortlessly played meek and shy types as well as elegantiers. Among his many roles on stage in classic plays might be mentioned Mephisto in Faust, the title figure of Strindberg’s The Father and some Molière and Bertolt Brecht characters.

An extremely popular actor in Denmark, he played many diverse roles, including several recurring television parts. He appeared in 157 films, making him one of the hardest-working actors in the history of Danish film. In his early years he often was the part of a duo working together with his friend and colleague Dirch Passer. He is probably best known for playing one of the lead roles in the Olsen Gang movies, along with Morten Grunwald and Poul Bundgaard, playing the gang leader Egon Olsen, known for his short temper, striped suit, and cigar. By this role he earned an international fame though mostly in Eastern Europe, in the GDR he together with his colleagues became almost a cult figure. Among his TV roles must be mentioned his elegant and humorous ex-burglar Larsen in the series Huset på Christianshavn (“The House at Christianshavn” - the first Danish sitcom) and his role as the wise and courageous doctor Louis Hansen in the epic, historical drama-series Matador, both also shown outside Denmark. He was an able singer especially in shows or revues and his interpretation of Tim Spencer’s Cigarettes, whiskey and wild wild women (in Danish re-creation: Fandens Oldemor – “The Devil’s Great-Grandmother”) almost became his signature tune. He was an actor who combined great public sympathy with the ability to remain a private person with a modest lifestyle. After his death it was revealed that he had been a passionate art enthusiast and had amassed a valuable collection of modern paintings. Shortly after his death in 2004, Nordisk Film (the company that made the Olsen Gang movies) established a scholarship for actors in his name. The state-owned road to Vridsløselille Statsfængsel (the prison where his Egon Olsen character was a frequent "guest"), was renamed by the city of Albertslund to Egon Olsens Vej (Egon Olsen Road). On 24 October 2005, his native city of Odense named a square Ove Sprogøes Plads (Ove Sprogøe Square) in his honour. And the bar 'Cafe Halvvejen', named a shot in his honor.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 156

Birthday 1919-12-21

Day of Death 2004-09-14

Place of Birth Odense, Denmark

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Also Known As

  • Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Bandefører Balling
2018 Olsen Banden For Altid as Egon Olsen
2015 Historien om Olsen Banden
1998 The Olsen Gang's Last Trick as Egon Olsen
1997 Barbara
1996 Charlot og Charlotte as Grev Birksted
1995 Carmen & Babyface as Engelsk lærere
1994 Kærlighed ved første desperate blik
1993 Jasper's Ghost as The Ghost
1992 Krummerne 2 - stakkels Krumme
1990 War of the Birds as The Male Magpie (voice)
1988 Elvis Hansen, en samfundshjælper as Knudsen
1987 Hip hip hurra! as Bonatzi
1986 Murder in the Dark
1985 Når engle elsker as Gabriel, Ærkeengel
1984 Anthonsen (5 episodes) as Holger Anthonsen
1984 In the Middle of the Night
1983 Kurt og Valde
1983 Limpan as Preben
1982 Den ubetænksomme elsker as Overbetjent Olufsen
1982 Pengene eller livet as Bankdirektør
1981 The Olsen Gang Long Gone as Egon Olsen
1981 The Olsen Gang Jumps the Fence as Egon Olsen
1981 Slingrevalsen as Larsen
1980 Danmark er lukket as Speaker
1980 The Thralls' Children
1979 The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders as Egon Olsen
1979 The Revolt of the Thralls
1979 Johnny Larsen
1978 Matador (24 episodes) as Dr. Louis Hansen
1978 The Olsen Gang Goes to War as Egon Olsen
1978 Mirror, Mirror
1978 You Are Not Alone as Kim's dad (the Headmaster)
1977 The Olsen Gang Outta Sight as Egon Olsen
1977 Watch Your Back, Professor! as Konkurrerende redaktør
1976 The Moelleby affair as Digter Mortensen
1976 The Olsen Gang Sees Red as Egon Olsen
1976 Hjerter er trumf
1976 That Brief Summer as Baronen
1975 The Olsen Gang on the Track as Egon Olsen
1975 The Goldcabbage Family as Leopold Phieselsknast
1974 The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang as Egon olsen
1974 Et dukkehjem
1973 The Hour of Parting as Michael Jacobsen
1973 I Adams verden
1973 The Olsen Gang Goes Crazy as Egon Olsen
1972 Nu går den på Dagmar
1972 The Olsen Gang's Big Score as Egon Olsen
1972 Lenin, You Rascal, You as Mulligan, britisk ambassadør
1971 Den forsvundne fuldmægtig as Teodor Amsted
1971 The Olsen Gang in Jutland as Egon Olsen
1971 Hjemme hos William
1971 Our Home Is Our Castle as Hr. Larsen
1970 Five Get Into Trouble as Onkel Quentin
1970 Revolution My A.. as Arthur Antonsen
1970 Tough Guys of the Prairie as Dommer
1970 Amour as Gammel døv dame
1970 Huset på Christianshavn (84 episodes) as Larsen
1970 Giv gud en chance om søndagen as Præst ved Roskilde Domkirke
1969 Five and the Spies as Onkel Quentin
1969 The Olsen Gang in a Fix as Egon Olsen
1969 The Egborg Girl as Advokat Kurt Mikkelsen
1969 Fun in the Streets as "Fløjten"
1969 Along Came a Soldier as Baron Royal King von Konig
1969 Kys til højre og venstre as Ruths Husband
1968 The Veterinarian's Adopted Children as Læge Louis Hansen
1968 Magic in Town as Politiassistent Møller
1968 The Olsen Gang as Egon Olsen
1968 Soldaterkammerater på bjørnetjeneste as Oberst ved konkurrerende regiment
1968 What a Pity About Daddy
1968 Det var en lørdag aften as Johansen
1968 Farvel Thomas
1967 Nyhavns glade gutter as Direktør Schwartz
1967 Martha as Hovmester Watson
1967 Love Thy Neighbour as Pastor Weigaard
1967 Wife on vacation as Apoteker John Bjerre
1967 Jeg er sgu min egen as Værgen
1967 Det er ikke appelsiner - det er heste
1967 The Reluctant Sadist as Baron
1966 The loose tile
1966 The Girl and the Viscount as Nielsen
1966 Der var engang as Første frier
1966 Søskende as Bedemanden
1966 Tre små piger as Biebitz Von Biebitz
1966 Flagermusen as Blind
1966 Relax Freddy as David Smith
1965 Strike First Freddy as David Smith
1965 Een pige og 39 sømænd as Andersen
1965 Mor bag rattet
1965 The Girl and the Playboy as Andresen - advokat
1965 It's Nifty in the Navy as Knud Hansen
1965 Passer passer piger as Thorbjørn Hansen
1965 En ven i bolignøden as Børge Blom
1964 Don Olsen kommer til byen as Brandmand
1964 Summer in Tyrol as Sigismund Sülzheimer
1964 Når enden er go' as Thør
1964 Majorens oppasser as Major Clausen
1963 Støv for alle pengene as Thorbjørn Hansen
1963 Bussen as Vik
1963 A Day Without Lies
1963 Frøken Nitouche as Ferdinand Piper, teaterdirektør
1963 April as Lægeforsker Vagn Jochumsen
1963 Peter's landlov as Direktør William H. Schmidt
1963 Dronningens vagtmester as Tom, "Kulsoen"s mand
1963 Vi har det jo dejligt as Opfinderen
1963 The Girl and the Press Photographer as Madsen
1962 Drømmen om det hvide slot as Johan
1962 Oskar as Direktør Bernhard Bang
1962 Det støver stadig as Thorbjørn Hansen
1962 Det stod i avisen as Læge S. Gregersen
1962 Sømænd og svigermødre as Peter Jensen - Kanustis ven
1962 Crazy Paradise as Simon
1962 Journey to the Seventh Planet as Barry O'Sullivan
1962 Lykkens musikanter as Havemand Texas
1961 The Musketeers as Tam
1961 Dust on the Brain as Hr. Thorbjørn Hansen
1961 Sorte Shara as Tom
1961 Poeten og Lillemor i forårshumør as Anton
1960 Forelsket i København as Carni
1960 Baronessen fra benzintanken as Lars Tofte
1960 The Greeneyed Elephant as Tolderen
1960 The Poet and Lillemor and Lotte as Anton
1959 Charles' Aunt as Charles Smith
1959 Onkel Bill fra New York as Johnny Jensen
1959 The Poet and the Little Mother as Anton
1958 Styrmand Karlsen as Ole Olsen
1957 Tag til marked i Fjordby as Knud Tofte
1957 Der var engang en gade as Danselærer Johny Johnsen
1957 Be Dear to Me
1956 Den kloge mand
1956 Færgekroen as Lars Tofte, kroejer og færgemand
1956 Kispus as Max Møller
1956 Hvad vil De ha'? as Gæst hos Hansens
1955 Det var paa Rundetaarn as Hans Ramløse
1955 På tro og love as Henry
1954 I kongens klæ'r as Jens Rasmussen - rekrut 65
1953 Father of Four as Bager Høst
1953 Ved Kongelunden... as Vognstyrer Iversen
1953 Den gamle mølle paa Mols as Buschauffør
1953 Kriminalsagen Tove Andersen
1952 Det store løb as Fuld mand i bus
1952 Rekrut 67 Petersen as "68"
1951 Dorte as Hr. Smith
1951 Vores fjerde far
1951 Naalen as Helmer, kriminalassistent
1950 Smedestræde 4 as Ejnar - Pouls ven - cyklebud
1950 De røde heste as Niels Peter Dalum, Oles medstuderende
1949 Kampen mod uretten
1948 Tre år efter as Hotelkarlen
1948 Kristinus Bergman as Bud med nøgle
1948 The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman
1948 I de lyse nætter
1948 Penge som græs
1947 Hatten er sat
1946 Discretion Wanted
1946 Hans Store Aften

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