Thorleif Lund

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Thorleif Lund
BornTorleif Brinck Lund
(1880-06-07)7 June 1880
Stavanger, Norway
Died30 June 1956(1956-06-30) (aged 76)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationStage and film actor
PeriodSilent film era
Spouse Ebba Thomsen

Thorleif Brinck Lund (7 June 1880 – 30 June 1956) was a Norwegian stage and film actor of the silent film era.

Norwegians are a North Germanic ethnic group native to Norway. They share a common culture and speak the Norwegian language. Norwegian people and their descendants are found in migrant communities worldwide, notably in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa.

Silent film Film with no synchronized recorded dialogue

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound. In silent films for entertainment, the plot may be conveyed by the use of title cards, written indications of the plot and key dialogue lines. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, the introduction of synchronized dialogue became practical only in the late 1920s with the perfection of the Audion amplifier tube and the advent of the Vitaphone system.


Early life

Thorleif Lund was born in Stavanger, Norway to parents Hans Geelmuyden Lund and Bertella Karen Lauritza Bertelsen in 1880. [1]

Stavanger Municipality in Norway

Stavanger is a city and municipality in Norway. It is the third largest city and metropolitan area in Norway and the administrative centre of Rogaland county. The municipality is the fourth most populous in Norway. Located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway, Stavanger counts its official founding year as 1125, the year the Stavanger Cathedral was completed. Stavanger's core is to a large degree 18th- and 19th-century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city's cultural heritage. This has caused the town centre and inner city to retain a small-town character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses, and has contributed significantly to spreading the city's population growth to outlying parts of Greater Stavanger.

Norway Country in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises of the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Thorlief Lund made his stage debut as an actor at the Nationaltheatret (The National Theater) in Oslo in 1905. He also appeared at the Centraltheatret (Central Theater) in Oslo, and then on Den Nationale Scene theater in Bergen from 1908 to 1913. In 1914, Lund made his film debut in the Scandinavian-Russian Handelshus in Copenhagen, Denmark where he participated in several films before he left the same year to sign a contract with Nordisk Film where he spent the next three years playing in some 35 films. In September 1917, the forced deteriorating economic conditions caused by World War I caused Nordisk Film to terminate their contracts with some 50 actors; including Thorleif Lund. [1]

Oslo Capital of Norway

Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It constitutes both a county and a municipality. Founded in the year 1040 as Ánslo, and established as a kaupstad or trading place in 1048 by Harald Hardrada, the city was elevated to a bishopric in 1070 and a capital under Haakon V of Norway around 1300. Personal unions with Denmark from 1397 to 1523 and again from 1536 to 1814 reduced its influence. After being destroyed by a fire in 1624, during the reign of King Christian IV, a new city was built closer to Akershus Fortress and named Christiania in the king's honour. It was established as a municipality (formannskapsdistrikt) on 1 January 1838. The city functioned as a co-official capital during the 1814 to 1905 Union between Sweden and Norway. In 1877, the city's name was respelled Kristiania in accordance with an official spelling reform – a change that was taken over by the municipal authorities only in 1897. In 1925 the city, after incorporating the village retaining its former name, was renamed Oslo.

Den Nationale Scene theatre in Bergen, Norway

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Bergen City and municipality in Western Norway

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Later career

After several years, Lund went with his actress wife Ebba Thomsen and several other former Nordisk Film actors: Philip Bech, Alma Hinding and Birger von Cotta-Schønberg on a theater tour on Norway and Sweden, but without great success. In 1923 he appeared in his last film Republikanere (Republicans), directed by Olaf Fønss for Astra Film. After the retiring from the film industry, he worked as a businessman, particularly as an advertising manager at Magasin du Nord. In his last years he worked as a factory director for a company that manufactured gloves. [2]

Ebba Thomsen Danish silent film actress

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Sweden constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund Strait. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. The capital city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi) and the highest urban concentration is in the central and southern half of the country.

Personal life

Thorleif Lund was married twice, first on 7 October 1908 to Janne Lange Kielland Holm which ended in divorce. His second marriage was to Danish actress Ebba Thomsen in 1915. Lund died on 30 June 1956 at age 76 and is buried at Gentofte Cemetery in Copenhagen County, Denmark. [1]

Gentofte Danish town

Gentofte is a district of Gentofte Municipality in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen, Denmark. Major landmarks include Gentofte Town Hall, Gentofte Hospital and Gentofte Church. Gentofte Lake with surrounding parkland and nature reserves form the most important greenspace.

Copenhagen County Former county

Københavns Amt is a former county on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. It covered the municipalities in the metropolitan Copenhagen area, with the exception of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Effective January 1, 2007, the county was abolished and merged into Region Hovedstaden.

Selected filmography

<i>The End of the World</i> (1916 film) 1916 film

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