Biography

Erik Balling was one of the most beloved Danish filmmaker in the 20th century. Balling was a director, a producer and a writer. Erik Balling was mostly famous for creating such TV epics as "Matador" and "Huset På Christianshavn" and the film-series of "Olsen banden". Erik Balling was born the 19th of November 1925 in the Danish city of Nyborg, as a son of a priest. In 1946 Balling was hired as an assistant at "Nordisk Film Kompagni" - the world's oldest film production company. His talent was soon recognised, and Balling soon had the opportunity to work as a director. His debut as a director came in 1952, with the film: "Vi arme syndere". Balling soon gained a reputation of having good technical skills, and after that film his talent was widely recognised. In 1957 he became head of "Nordisk Film" - the youngest one ever. Balling was mostly famous for his comedies. In his early days he directed Poeten og Lillemor (1959) and Sommer i Tyrol (1964), which were very popular at the time. In the middle of the 1960s Balling tried to chance his style when it came to comedies. At this time the popular James Bond films circled the globe, Balling's next film was inspired by those films, teaming up with Henning Bahs to make the Jamed Bond spoof "Slå Først Frede" (1965), which became very popular in Denmark - so popular it spawned a sequel Slap af, Frede! (1966). This co-work with Henning Bahs was so fruitful that they made many more movies together. This co-work eventually led to film-series of "Olsen banden", which started with Olsen-banden (1968) - and eventually they made a total of 14 "Olsen banden" film, plus a TV series and a movie version where the characters in "Olsen banden" are children. "Olsen banden" was about a small band of small time criminals, trying to become millionaires. "Olsen banden" were not only very popular in Denmark, but also in East-Germany, Poland, Sweden and Norway - especially in Norway and Sweden, who eventually made their own national versions of "Olsen banden", namely the Norwegian "Olsen banden" and the Swedish "Jönssonligan" - Henning Bahs and Erik Balling also helped the Norwegians and the Swedes to write those. In that late 60s and early 70s Balling made the popular Danish TV series "Huset På Christianshavn", which also became the basis for a movie: "Ballade på Christianshavn (1971)". In 1970 Balling produced the very popular Danish TV epic "Matador". More than fifty percent of Denmark's population watched "Matador" in those days. "Matador" was about life in a smaller city in Denmark in the 30s and 40s. Balling was always known for his warm style, when he portrayed humans. Throughout his life, he received many prizes. He was 80 years old when he died the 19th of November 2005.

Erik Balling was one of the most beloved Danish filmmaker in the 20th century. Balling was a director, a producer and a writer. Erik Balling was mostly famous for creating such TV epics as "Matador" and "Huset På Christianshavn" and the film-series of "Olsen banden". Erik Balling was born the 19th of November 1925 in the Danish city of Nyborg, as a son of a priest. In 1946 Balling was hired as an assistant at "Nordisk Film Kompagni" - the world's oldest film production company. His talent was soon recognised, and Balling soon had the opportunity to work as a director. His debut as a director came in 1952, with the film: "Vi arme syndere". Balling soon gained a reputation of having good technical skills, and after that film his talent was widely recognised. In 1957 he became head of "Nordisk Film" - the youngest one ever. Balling was mostly famous for his comedies. In his early days he directed Poeten og Lillemor (1959) and Sommer i Tyrol (1964), which were very popular at the time. In the middle of the 1960s Balling tried to chance his style when it came to comedies. At this time the popular James Bond films circled the globe, Balling's next film was inspired by those films, teaming up with Henning Bahs to make the Jamed Bond spoof "Slå Først Frede" (1965), which became very popular in Denmark - so popular it spawned a sequel Slap af, Frede! (1966). This co-work with Henning Bahs was so fruitful that they made many more movies together. This co-work eventually led to film-series of "Olsen banden", which started with Olsen-banden (1968) - and eventually they made a total of 14 "Olsen banden" film, plus a TV series and a movie version where the characters in "Olsen banden" are children. "Olsen banden" was about a small band of small time criminals, trying to become millionaires. "Olsen banden" were not only very popular in Denmark, but also in East-Germany, Poland, Sweden and Norway - especially in Norway and Sweden, who eventually made their own national versions of "Olsen banden", namely the Norwegian "Olsen banden" and the Swedish "Jönssonligan" - Henning Bahs and Erik Balling also helped the Norwegians and the Swedes to write those. In that late 60s and early 70s Balling made the popular Danish TV series "Huset På Christianshavn", which also became the basis for a movie: "Ballade på Christianshavn (1971)". In 1970 Balling produced the very popular Danish TV epic "Matador". More than fifty percent of Denmark's population watched "Matador" in those days. "Matador" was about life in a smaller city in Denmark in the 30s and 40s. Balling was always known for his warm style, when he portrayed humans. Throughout his life, he received many prizes. He was 80 years old when he died the 19th of November 2005.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1924-11-29

Day of Death 2005-11-19

Place of Birth -

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1988 Murder in Paradise Writer
1986 Murder in the Dark Writer
1984 In the Middle of the Night Writer
1982 The Jönsson Gang & Dynamite Harry Screenplay
1981 The Olsen Gang Jumps the Fence Author
1979 The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders Writer
1978 The Olsen Gang Goes to War Screenplay
1978 Olsenbanden og Data-Harry sprenger verdensbanken Writer
1977 Olsenbanden og Dynamitt-Harry på sporet Writer
1977 The Olsen Gang Outta Sight Writer
1976 Olsenbanden for full musikk Writer
1976 The Moelleby affair Writer
1976 The Olsen Gang Sees Red Screenplay
1976 Kassen stemmer Writer
1975 The Olsen Gang on the Track Screenplay
1975 Olsenbandens siste bedrifter Writer
1974 The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang Writer
1974 Olsenbanden møter Kongen og Knekten Writer
1973 Olsenbanden og Dynamitt-Harry går amok Writer
1973 The Olsen Gang Goes Crazy Author
1972 The Olsen Gang's Big Score Author
1972 Olsenbanden tar gull Writer
1971 The Olsen Gang in Jutland Screenplay
1971 Our Home Is Our Castle Writer
1971 One of Those Things Writer
1970 Olsenbanden og Dynamitt-Harry Writer
1970 Revolution My A.. Writer
1969 Olsenbanden: Operasjon Egon Screenplay
1969 The Olsen Gang in a Fix Screenplay
1968 The Olsen Gang Screenplay
1968 Det var en lørdag aften Writer
1967 Martha Writer
1966 Relax Freddy Writer
1965 Strike First Freddy Writer
1965 Landmandsliv Writer
1964 Summer in Tyrol Writer
1964 Death Comes at High Noon Writer
1963 Hvis lille pige er du? Writer
1960 Faith, Hope and Witchcraft Writer
1959 The Poet and the Little Mother Writer
1958 6-dagesløbet Screenplay
1956 Kispus Writer
1955 På tro og love Writer
1953 Adam and Eve Writer

Directing

1984 In the Middle of the Night Director
1981 The Olsen Gang Long Gone Director
1981 The Olsen Gang Jumps the Fence Director
1979 The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders Director
1978 The Olsen Gang Goes to War Director
1977 The Olsen Gang Outta Sight Director
1976 The Olsen Gang Sees Red Director
1975 The Olsen Gang on the Track Director
1974 The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang Director
1973 The Olsen Gang Goes Crazy Director
1972 The Olsen Gang's Big Score Director
1971 The Olsen Gang in Jutland Director
1971 Our Home Is Our Castle Director
1971 One of Those Things Director
1970 Revolution My A.. Director
1969 The Olsen Gang in a Fix Director
1968 The Olsen Gang Director
1968 Det var en lørdag aften Director
1967 Martha Director
1967 Jeg er sgu min egen Director
1966 Relax Freddy Director
1965 Strike First Freddy Director
1965 Landmandsliv Director
1965 Halløj i himmelsengen Director
1964 Summer in Tyrol Director
1964 Death Comes at High Noon Director
1963 Hvis lille pige er du? Director
1962 The Girl Gogo Director
1962 Den kaere familie Director
1961 Cirkus Buster Director
1961 Poeten og Lillemor i forårshumør Director
1960 The Poet and Lillemor and Lotte Director
1960 Faith, Hope and Witchcraft Director
1959 The Poet and the Little Mother Director
1956 Qivitoq Director
1956 Kispus Director
1954 Kongeligt besøg Director
1953 Adam and Eve Director

Production

1971 One of Those Things Producer
1958 6-dagesløbet Producer
1956 Kispus Producer

Acting

Bandefører Balling
1998 The Olsen Gang's Last Trick as Himself (uncredited)

Creator

1978 Matador Creator
1970 Huset på Christianshavn Creator

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