Tomas Pontén

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Tomas Pontén
BornCarl Axel Thomas Pontén
(1946-01-29)29 January 1946
Skövde, Sweden
Died 15 September 2015(2015-09-15) (aged 69)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Director
Years active 1975-2004
Partner(s) Suzanne Reuter (1983–2000)
Children 3

Tomas Pontén (born Carl Axel Thomas Pontén; [1] 29 January 1946 – 15 September 2015) was a Swedish actor and director.

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Pontén was born in Skövde, Sweden and was the son of colonel Birger Pontén and Ellen, née Nordlöf. [2] He was younger brother to the doctor Jan Pontén and fashion designer Gunilla Pontén. He was also the nephew of engineer Ruben Pontén and cousin of actor Gunvor Pontén. [3] [4] He passed his student examination in 1967 and studied at Statens scenskola in Stockholm from 1969 to 1972. [2] Pontén worked at the Royal Dramatic Theatre ("Dramaten") from 1972. [5]

Skövde Place in Västergötland, Sweden

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Gunvor Pontén actress

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Personal life

Pontén never married but was partners from 1983 to 2000 with Suzanne Reuter. [6] They had three sons. Pontén died on 15 September 2015 after a long illness. [7]

Suzanne Alexandra Maria Reuter is a Swedish actress. She appeared in more than fifty films since 1978.

Selected filmography


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