- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Swedish police on Wednesday confirmed that actor Per Oscarsson, who won a best actor award at Cannes in 1966 and appeared in films based on Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy died in a fire at his house.

Spokesman Ulf Edberg said remains found in Oscarsson’s house had been identified as belonging to the 83-year-old actor and his wife, 67-year-old Kia Ostling.

The building, remotely located outside the town of Skara in southwest Sweden, burnt to the ground early Friday. Only the chimney was left when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Edberg said the cause of the blaze remains unknown.

Oscarsson won the best actor award at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival for his role as starving writer Pontus in the movie “Hunger.” During his career he starred in more than 100 Swedish films and TV series.

Most recently, he appeared in the Swedish film “The Girl Who Played With Fire” based on Larsson’s popular book. He played Holger Palmgren, the legal guardian to the heroine, Lisbeth Salander.

In his review of the film, U.S. critic Roger Ebert singled out Oscarsson’s performance and described him as “a great Swedish actor … who incredibly never worked with Bergman.”

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