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Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefan Karl was born in 1975 into a non-biz working class family in the tiny little village of Hafnarfjordur in Iceland under the zodiac sign of cancer, although Stefán has always insisted he is Pisces which he argues in consideration of his appearance, particularly his protrusive fin like ears. In Iceland where fortunetelling is a second native language and every other guy is either a poet or psychic, spiritualistic rhymes and clairvoyance mumble jumbo are the favorite pass time during long and dark winter days. But nowhere in this almost uninhabitable northerly island are people as infatuated by the existence of mysterious beings and supernatural phenomena than in Hafnarfjordur, where Stefán Karl grew up among other "Hafnies," as the villagers are traditionally called. "Hafnies" is a rear breed of crackpot but good natured long nosed tribe of fishermen who publish road maps on residential areas of elfs, gnomes, trolls and fairies in immaculate details and more exactitude than those they distribute on areas inhabited by humans. This has of course contributed to the ever increasing number of classical "Hafnies" jokes which are synonymous to anecdotes told about those who life in Cork in Ireland or Cleveland Ohio. Rumor has it the first "Hafnies" joke ever created was told about the affairs and misfortunes of Stefán's least favorite uncle. These are rather simple in structure, consisting generally of two short lines, firstly a question, that may go like, "Why do "Hafnies" fathers attempt to marry their daughters to more than one man at a time?" and secondly the answer, which might conclude, "The more, the merrier." When recently Stefán Karl discovered to his horror a string of Hafnies jokes, initially told about his grandmother, had been tampered with and passed on as jokes about him, he cultivated an instant dislike for Hafnies jokes, and if he possessed the foggiest notion about this segment being included in his biog we (the editors) would get the sack right off so we ask you kindly to be discrete about it.Shortly after graduation from The Icelandic Academy of Arts Stefán Karl signed up with the National Theatre in Reykjavík and was soon to be praised by critics and audiences alike as one of the most individual and versatile actor of the younger generation in Iceland introduced at the beginning of a new millennium. Even before Stefan Karl's graduation he had become a household name for his comical television appearances, eventually turning out to be equally suited for broad comedy and serious drama, a talent which has furnished him with a career of deserved diversity as one of the most sought after talent in the business, appropriately described by a renowned theater producer as "every directors quintessential dream." During his rather short spell as a star player on repertoire at the National Theatre Stefán addressed the audience during evening performances with a variety of classical and contemporary parts alike, such as in the title role of Rostand's romantic tragedy Cyrano De Bergerac (in which his inherited Hafnies-nozzle certainly served him well), Cosmo Brown in Singing in the Rain and Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, throwing matinées in between as the intimidating Robbie Rotten and switching into his comedy gear after almost every performance, rushing to the nearest comedy club with his stand up routine.In his relatively short career Stefán Karl has build up a unique range of hilariously funny and eccentric characters, like the all singing all dancing gay sheep farmer in Stella Runs for Office [aka Stella í frame] a popular Icelandic feature comedy, and as the 50 year old theater director Lloyd Douglas in Michael Frayn's farce Noises Off, not the first time Stefan Karl plays someone 20 years his senior, let alone the huge gallery of diverse comedic characters he has created for the annual New Years Eve Comedy Hour-Variety Show on RUV-TV in Iceland, although it would be quite appropriate to say these had all rolled together into one in his definitive interpretation of Robbie Rotten, a part he created for the original production of Robbie Rotten in Lazy town at the National Theatre. When the play eventually was turned in to successful TV series, simply called Lazy Town Stefan was an obvious choice for the part which lead to a huge leap in his already and rapidly escalating success and the audience had hardly seen faster or zanier comedy than with witch Stefán Karl eventually hit the screen with his updated and "developed for the box" version of his villainous creation, which has by now been exposed to television viewers in over one hundred different countries in all five continents.Stefan Karl has always paid great deal of attention to the problems of those who are socially challenged, one way or another, focusing on kids with special problems. In elementary school Stefán experienced rough time as the odd kid on the block, partially owing to his turret, OCD and ADD, which resulted in lot of cruel bullying. As soon as Stefán Karl hit it big in the business he used his influence as a popular household name to make an effort and set up nonprofit organization in Iceland which he gave the name Rainbow Children in order to rally against child bullying. Rainbow Children is now a reputable and well established powerful driving force in this field, educating parents and caring for children. Recently the organization spread to Canada and currently it's being introduced to the American public for the first time.For the last two years Stefán Karl has been working on and off as a producer and writer for his own film company High Risk Productions preparing for the upcoming production of a dramatic motion picture entitled Longest Night. The screenplay has a thrilling storyline involving British and Russian submarines, based on true events that occurred offshore the east coast of Iceland 25 years ago when an Icelandic cargo ship en route to Murmansk mysteriously went under.Those who have worked closely with Stefan Karl tend to describe him as an electrifying powerhouse of ideas, creativity (OCD?) and untamed energy (ADD?) that doesn't seem to possess the ability to stand still for one moment (turret?), all of which he has put in good and functional use in his field of arts. This was never as apparent as during principal photography of the latest [18 episode] series of Lazy town, filmed in Iceland last summer [scheduled to be aired in 106 countries in November and December 2006] when he spent his entire spare time off set as a featured singer, vocal impressionist and youngest member of the popular band Studmenn, a group of celebrated musicians all over fifty, who's catchphrase is "here comes the oldest teenage rock'n'roll band in Scandinavia."His horizon is pretty broad when it comes to interests, hobbies and leisure time. He is a keen aviation enthusiast and licensed to fly solo as well as possessing an official permission to sail fishing boats weighing up to 30 metric tons and among his favorite retreats are sushi bars, golf courses and gadget stores. Currently Stefán is preparing for a TV-show about the so called Icelandic Raj in Hollywood, as well as writing a comedy routine and rehearsing for his own one man stage show that will open in Los Angeles 2007.Stefan Karl divides his residence between Reykjavík [Smokey bay, the capital of Iceland] and California, currently residing in west Los Angeles with his wife, actress-singer and novelist Steinunn Olína, their two daughters Bríet Olína eleven and Elín Thora six, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Snoopy. The happy couple is expecting a new baby which they both thought an excellent idea since neither of them wanted an "old" one.
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