Finnish actors born in 1942

Here are 8 famous actors from Finland were born in 1942:

Ior Bock

Ior Bock (January 17, 1942 Finland-October 23, 2010 Helsinki) was a Finnish lighting technician, actor and tour guide.

He is best known for his controversial claims of being a descendant of a secret society known as "The Knights of the Cosmic Circle" and possessing esoteric knowledge that has been passed down through his family line for generations. Bock became a cult figure in Finland and Europe, and his followers organized pilgrimages to his family's estate on the island of Porkkala, where he claimed to have found ancient artifacts and built a temple. Despite his claims being disputed by scholars and historians, Bock's eccentric personality and charisma made him a beloved figure among his followers until his death in 2010.

Simo Tamminen

Simo Tamminen (May 17, 1942 Orimattila-) also known as Simo-Sulevi Edmund Tamminen is a Finnish actor.

Tamminen's career in acting spans over five decades and he has been a prominent figure in Finnish theatre, film and television. He attended the Helsinki Theatre Academy and made his professional stage debut in 1967. Tamminen has worked with some of the most renowned directors in Finland including Heikki Kujanpää, Kristian Smeds and Jussi Nikkilä. He has also appeared in several international productions such as 'The Man Without a Past' (2002) by Aki Kaurismäki and 'The American Astronaut' (2001) by Cory McAbee.

Tamminen has won numerous awards for his work in theatre including the prestigious Eino Salmelainen Award in 1971 and the State Prize for Performing Arts in 2002. In addition to his acting, he has written several plays and has also directed some productions.

Tamminen is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation in Finland and continues to be active in the industry.

Oiva Lohtander

Oiva Lohtander (April 15, 1942 Vilppula-) otherwise known as Oiva Orvo Arvid Lohtander is a Finnish actor and film director.

He has had a long and successful career in the Finnish theater, film, and television industries. Lohtander has appeared in over 80 films and television series, showcasing his versatility as an actor. He has also worked as a director, with his directorial debut being the 1991 film "Himolämpö". Lohtander has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Jussi Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1990 and Best Actor in 1993. In addition to his acting and directing career, Lohtander has also been involved in voice acting and has been the Finnish voice of characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse.

Matti Siitonen

Matti Siitonen (July 23, 1942 Mikkeli-) a.k.a. Folk-Fredi, Fredi, Folk-Freddy, Matti Fredi Siitonen or Folk Freddy is a Finnish actor and singer. He has one child, Hanna-Riikka Siitonen.

Fredi rose to fame in the 1960s and became one of the most popular Finnish singers of the era, releasing numerous hit songs that are still beloved by many. He also worked as a television host and diversified his career with film appearances, both as an actor and a soundtrack composer. Fredi was ahead of his time in many ways, often incorporating elements of funk, soul, and other genres into his music, and he was widely admired for his vocal prowess and charismatic stage presence. He continued to perform and record into the 21st century, remaining a beloved figure in Finnish popular culture. In addition to his entertainment career, Fredi has been involved in various philanthropic initiatives and has been recognized for his contributions to Finnish society.

Viktor Klimenko

Viktor Klimenko (November 24, 1942 Karelia-) otherwise known as Klimenko, Viktor is a Finnish singer and actor. His child is called Aba Klimenko.

Klimenko was born in Karelia, which was then part of the Soviet Union, but later moved to Finland with his family at a young age. He started his career as a singer in the 1960s and quickly gained popularity in Finland and the Soviet Union.

In addition to his successful music career, Klimenko has also appeared in several Finnish movies and television shows. He has been awarded medals by both the Finnish and Russian governments for his contributions to cultural exchange between the two countries.

Klimenko has also been involved in various humanitarian efforts, particularly in his support of children's charities. In 1992, he founded the Viktor Klimenko Foundation to assist children in need, which has since provided millions of euros in aid to children's hospitals and organizations.

Despite his success and fame, Klimenko has remained humble and dedicated to his craft. He continues to perform and record music, and is widely regarded as one of the most iconic Finnish singers of all time.

Heikki Partanen

Heikki Partanen (January 29, 1942 Helsinki-November 26, 1990 Helsinki) was a Finnish film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, film producer, animator, television director, actor and sound recordist.

Partanen was born in Helsinki, Finland and began his career in the film industry when he was in his early twenties. He started off as a sound recordist and animator, and later on he found his true calling as a film director. Throughout his career, he made over 30 films which were widely praised for their distinct style and themes.

He was also known for being a co-founder of The Helsinki Filmi, a production company which specialized in producing documentaries and short films. Heikki Partanen was awarded the Jussi Award for Best Director twice, for his films "The Land of the Marshes" and "A Chance of a Lifetime," both of which were critically acclaimed.

Apart from his work in the film industry, Heikki Partanen was also a screenwriter, cinematographer, and television director. He was a true multi-talented artist who had a deep passion for exploring different aspects of cinema.

Tragically, Heikki Partanen passed away in 1990 at the age of 48 due to a heart attack. His legacy lives on through his films and his impact on Finnish cinema.

Pentti Pesä

Pentti Pesä (December 20, 1942 Helsinki-) also known as Pentti Juha Ilmari Pesä is a Finnish actor, screenwriter and television director.

He graduated from the Finnish Theatre Academy in 1966 and began his career as an actor in various theater productions. Pesä made his film debut in 1969 in Mikko Niskanen's film "Seven Brothers" and later went on to appear in numerous Finnish films and television series.

In addition to his work as an actor, Pesä has also worked as a screenwriter and television director. He wrote the screenplay for the film "Poika ja ilves" (1998) and directed several episodes of the popular Finnish television series "Salatut elämät" (2001-2011).

Throughout his career, Pesä has received several awards for his contributions to Finnish cinema and theater, including the Jussi Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1970 and 1979, and the Pro Finlandia Medal in 2007.

Eero Melasniemi

Eero Melasniemi (October 12, 1942 Helsinki-) a.k.a. Eero Antero Melasniemi is a Finnish actor. He has two children, Vilma Melasniemi and Joel Melasniemi.

Eero Melasniemi has had a long and distinguished career in both film and theater. He started his acting career in the 1960s, and has since appeared in many Finnish films and TV series. Some of his notable film roles include "Kuningasjätkä" (1969), "Sissit" (1963), "Käpy selän alla" (1966), "Pelikaanimies" (2005), and "Kolmistaan" (2012).

In addition to his work as an actor, Melasniemi has also directed and written scripts for several films and TV series. He has been awarded the Jussi Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, in 1972 for his role in "Tuntematon sotilas" and in 2006 for his role in "Paha maa".

Melasniemi is also known for his work in theater, having acted in numerous productions in Finland and abroad. He has been a member of the Finnish National Theatre since 1971 and has also appeared in productions at the Helsinki City Theatre and the Tampere Theatre, among others.

Despite his success and fame, Melasniemi has kept a low profile when it comes to his personal life. He has been with his partner, Piia Rauhala, for many years and the couple have two children together, Vilma and Joel.

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