Kari Väänänen

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Kari Väänänen
Kari Kyösti Väänänen

(1953-09-17) 17 September 1953 (age 66)
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1978 present

Kari Kyösti Väänänen (born 17 September 1953 in Ivalo) [1] is a Finnish actor and director. Domestically he is a member of the Ryhmäteatteri group of actors. He was introduced to international audiences by Aki Kaurismäki, and belongs to the list of his "trusted" stable of actors.


Väänänen has acted in more than 60 movies. [2] He has received two Jussi awards, for best male actor in Jon (1983) and for best supporting male actor in Trench Road (2004). [1]

In 1992–1998 Väänänen was a professor at the Helsinki Theatre Academy. [2]

Selected filmography

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  1. 1 2 Kari Väänänen at Elonet (in Finnish)
  2. 1 2 Toivonen, Hannu (5 February 2015). "Kari Väänänen siirtyy Rovaniemelle teatterinjohtajaksi ja näyttelee Me Rosvolat -elokuvassa". Seura.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 21 April 2020.