Here are 8 famous actors from Finland were born in 1911:
Paavo Hukkinen (October 27, 1911 Hanover-June 7, 1988 Helsinki) otherwise known as Paul Yrjö Untamo Hukkinen or Paul Hukkinen was a Finnish actor.
He began his acting career in the 1930s and went on to become an iconic figure in Finnish theatre and film. Hukkinen made his first film appearance in 1939 and continued acting in films until the late 1970s. He also appeared in numerous stage productions at the Helsinki City Theatre and the Finnish National Theatre. Hukkinen was known for his versatility as an actor, able to portray both tragic and comic roles. He was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 1967 for his contributions to Finnish culture. In addition to his acting career, Hukkinen was also a prominent political activist and was a member of the Finnish Communist Party.
Esa Pakarinen (February 9, 1911 Rääkkylä-April 28, 1989 Varkaus) a.k.a. Pekka Puupää, Pakarinen, Esa, Feeliks Esaias Pakarinen, Esa Pakarinen Sr., Feeliks Esaias ”Esa” Pakarinen or Feliks Esaias Pakarinen was a Finnish actor, singer and musician. He had one child, Esa Pakarinen Junior.
Esa Pakarinen was a multi-talented artist who enjoyed immense popularity in Finland. He began his career as a musician in the 1930s and gained a reputation as a skilled accordionist. His breakthrough came in 1953 when he created the character "Pekka Puupää" for a radio sketch show. The humorous and sometimes absurd character became an instant hit with audiences and propelled Pakarinen to national fame.
Pakarinen went on to play Pekka Puupää in several films, becoming one of Finland's most beloved comedic actors. He also continued to perform as a musician, playing the accordion and singing in the lively "humppa" style that is popular in Finland.
Aside from his entertainment career, Pakarinen was also active in Finnish politics, serving as a member of parliament from 1962-1966.
Throughout his life, Pakarinen was beloved for his down-to-earth personality and quick wit, both on and off screen. He remains an enduring icon of Finnish popular culture to this day.
Pentti Irjala (September 23, 1911 Kemi-June 25, 1982 Helsinki) a.k.a. Pentti Irjalan was a Finnish actor.
During his career, Irjala appeared in over 70 films, as well as numerous television shows and theater productions. He was known for his versatile acting skills, having played a wide range of roles, from comedic to dramatic. Irjala was also a beloved voice actor in Finland, having lent his voice to many animated films and TV shows. In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, he was an avid sportsman and excelled in several sports, including skiing, ice hockey, and soccer. Irjala passed away in 1982 in Helsinki, leaving behind a lasting legacy in Finnish cinema and entertainment.
Mauno Maunola (October 20, 1911 Helsinki-April 15, 1970 Helsinki) was a Finnish actor.
He appeared in over 80 films during his career which spanned over three decades. Maunola started his acting career on the stage in the 1930s before transitioning to film in the 1940s. He was known for his versatility and played a variety of roles ranging from leading men to character actors. In addition to his acting work, Maunola also worked as a theater director and founded his own theater company in 1945. He received numerous awards for his contributions to Finnish theater and film, including the State Award for Artistic Achievement in 1961. Maunola is remembered as one of the most prolific and influential actors in Finnish cinema history.
Helmer Kaski (August 1, 1911 Turku-) a.k.a. Helmer Emanuel Wideman is a Finnish actor.
He was known for his work on numerous Finnish films, including "Kulkurin valssi" (1941), "Kultainen vasikka" (1961) and "Metsolat" (1993-1995). Kaski made his acting debut in 1936 and his career spanned nearly six decades, earning several awards and accolades for his work in Finnish theatre, television and film. In addition to his acting career, Kaski was also a well-known director and screenwriter in his native country. He was married to Finnish actress Kirsti Hurme, and the two of them appeared together in several films. Kaski passed away in 1997, but his contributions to Finnish cinema and theatre continue to be celebrated.
Holger Salin (May 20, 1911 Helsinki-July 30, 1983 Orivesi) also known as Holger Aleksander Salin was a Finnish actor.
Salin began his acting career in the early 1930s and went on to become one of the most renowned actors in Finland. He appeared in over 70 films, including "The White Reindeer" (1952), which won the Prix International at the Cannes Film Festival. Salin was known for his dramatic and versatile performances, and he won several awards throughout his career, including the Jussi Award for Best Actor in 1948 and 1957. In addition to his work in film, Salin also acted in theater and television productions, and was a respected director and producer as well. Outside of his artistic pursuits, Salin was known for his passion for sailing, and was an accomplished sailor in his free time. He passed away at the age of 72, leaving behind a lasting legacy in Finnish cinema and theater.
Oiva Luhtala (February 11, 1911 Helsinki-November 8, 1977 Copenhagen) also known as Oiva Armas Luhtala was a Finnish actor.
Luhtala began his acting career in the 1930s with roles in Finnish theater productions. He later moved on to work in Finnish films including "The Song of the Scarlet Flower" (1938), which is considered a classic in Finnish cinema. Luhtala also worked as a voice actor, lending his voice to Finnish dubs of foreign films. In addition to his work in film and theater, he was also a talented writer and published several plays and novels throughout his career. In the 1960s, Luhtala moved to Denmark where he continued to act in both Danish and Finnish productions. He passed away in Copenhagen in 1977 at the age of 66.
Ture Junttu (April 28, 1911 Pirkkala-September 24, 1981) also known as Ture Armas Junttu was a Finnish actor.
He began his acting career in the 1930s and over the course of his career, he appeared in over 70 films, including "Rikollinen nainen" (1940), "Kultamitalivaimo" (1953), and "Viimeinen keikka" (1960). Junttu was also known for his work on radio and television, and he was a regular on the popular Finnish television show "Punainen planeetta" in the 1960s. In addition to his acting work, Junttu was also a singer and released several albums throughout his career. He was honored with the Pro Finlandia medal in 1973 for his contributions to Finnish culture.