Morten Grunwald

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Morten Grunwald
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Morten Grunwald hold his speech at the Olsen Gang Event in Thisted.
Born Morten Grunwald
(1934-12-09) 9 December 1934 (age 83)
Odense, Denmark
Occupation Actor, theatre manager
Years active 1961–2017
Spouse(s) Lily Weiding
Children 1

Walter Morten Grunwald (born 9 December 1934) is a Danish actor, stage director and theatre manager.

Early life and education

He was born in Odense, Denmark, and attended Odense Theatrical School in 1958, and graduated from The Royal Theater of Denmark's Theatrical School in 1962. Since 1971, he has been the manager of several theatres in Copenhagen.


Grunwald had his debut in En blandt mange in 1961.[1]

He played one of the lead roles in the popular series of Olsen Gang movies, starring as Benny Frandsen, alongside Ove Sprogøe's Egon Olsen and Poul Bundgaard's Keld Jensen.

Grunwald founded and led Bristol Teatret in Copenhagen from 1971 to 1980. [2] In 1979, Grundwald succeeded Bent Meiding as manager of the Betty Nansen Theatre, a post he held until 1992. From 1977, together with Peder Sadolin, his partner from Vristol Teatret, he was also a driving force behind the establishment of Øster Gasværk Teater in an abandoned gasometer.

Grunwald retired on 11 June 2017, stating his body was too old.[3] On October 16, 2018, 83-year-old Grunwald informed Danish media, that he had attracted thyroid cancer, and that he expected to have months left to live. Shortly before, he had cancelled an appearance at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Olsen Gang film, citing illness. [4]


  1. ^ "Morten Grunwald: »Jeg har været brandhamrende heldig«" (in Danish). BerlingskeForeningKro. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Morten Grunwald" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ TV 2 (11 June 2017). "Morten Grunwald About Retiring: It is a Liberation". Nyheder.TV2 (in Danish). Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  4. ^ Madsen, Nanna Bay (2018-10-16). "Morten Grunwald reveals: May only have months left to live in". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish).

External links

  • Morten Grunwald on IMDb
  • Olsenbandenfanclub Deutschland :: Morten Grunwald als Benny Frandsen ::

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