‘John Wick,’ ‘Dragon Tattoo’ star Michael Nyqvist dies at 56

This file picture taken on January 4, 2017 shows Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist in Stockholm. Nyqvist died on June 27, 2017, his family said to TT News Agency. He was most recognized internationally for his role in the acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist. / AFP PHOTO / TT News Agency / Henrik MONTGOMERY / Sweden OUT (Photo credit should read HENRIK MONTGOMERY/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like “John Wick” has died. Nyqvist’s representative Jenny Tversky said Tuesday that he died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

Nyqvist is perhaps best known worldwide for originating the role of Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series opposite Noomi Rapace. Daniel Craig played the role in the American adaptation.

In Hollywood, Nyqvist played a broad range of memorable roles, including the mob boss who terrorizes Keanu Reeves in “John Wick” and Tom Cruise’s foe in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.”

He is survived by his wife Catharina and their children Ellen and Arthur.

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