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Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen (21 December 1919 – 14 September 2004) was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One of these is actor Henning Sprogøe. He made his debut in the film Hans Store Aften (His Big Night). His characteristic prominent chin that had been feared an obstacle of his career did not prevent him from being one of the most versatile and used Danish actors. His strength laid in the almost diabolic, michievous and brash but he effortlessly played meek and shy types as well as elegantiers. Among his many roles on stage in classic plays might be mentioned Mephisto in Faust, the title figure of Strindberg’s The Father and some Molière and Bertolt Brecht characters.

An extremely popular actor in Denmark, he played many diverse roles, including several recurring television parts. He appeared in 157 films, making him one of the hardest-working actors in the history of Danish film. In his early years he often was the part of a duo working together with his friend and colleague Dirch Passer. He is probably best known for playing one of the lead roles in the Olsen Gang movies, along with Morten Grunwald and Poul Bundgaard, playing the gang leader Egon Olsen, known for his short temper, striped suit, and cigar. By this role he earned an international fame though mostly in Eastern Europe, in the GDR he together with his colleagues became almost a cult figure. Among his TV roles must be mentioned his elegant and humorous ex-burglar Larsen in the series Huset på Christianshavn (“The House at Christianshavn” - the first Danish sitcom) and his role as the wise and courageous doctor Louis Hansen in the epic, historical drama-series Matador, both also shown outside Denmark. He was an able singer especially in shows or revues and his interpretation of Tim Spencer’s Cigarettes, whiskey and wild wild women (in Danish re-creation: Fandens Oldemor – “The Devil’s Great-Grandmother”) almost became his signature tune. He was an actor who combined great public sympathy with the ability to remain a private person with a modest lifestyle. After his death it was revealed that he had been a passionate art enthusiast and had amassed a valuable collection of modern paintings. Shortly after his death in 2004, Nordisk Film (the company that made the Olsen Gang movies) established a scholarship for actors in his name. The state-owned road to Vridsløselille Statsfængsel (the prison where his Egon Olsen character was a frequent "guest"), was renamed by the city of Albertslund to Egon Olsens Vej (Egon Olsen Road). On 24 October 2005, his native city of Odense named a square Ove Sprogøes Plads (Ove Sprogøe Square) in his honour. And the bar 'Cafe Halvvejen', named a shot in his honor.

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MOVIE CREDITS:
1959: Charles Smith - Charles tante
1968: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden
1971: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden i Jylland
1975: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden på sporet
1976: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden ser rødt
1967: Hovmester Watson - Martha
1969: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden på spanden
1974: Egon olsen - Olsen-bandens sidste bedrifter
1998: Egon Olsen - Olsen-bandens sidste stik
1978: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden går i krig
1977: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden deruda'
1979: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden overgiver sig aldrig
1966: David Smith - Slap af, Frede
1965: David Smith - Slå først, Frede
1964: Sigismund Sülzheimer - Sommer i Tyrol
1952: "68" - Rekrut 67 Petersen
1963: Ferdinand Piper, teaterdirektør - Frøken Nitouche
1965: Andresen - advokat - Pigen og millionæren
1961: Tam - Gøngehøvdingen
1963: Tom, "Kulsoen"s mand - Dronningens vagtmester
1965: Thorbjørn Hansen - Passer passer piger
1961: Hr. Thorbjørn Hansen - Støv på hjernen
1963: Thorbjørn Hansen - Støv for alle pengene
1962: Barry O'Sullivan - Journey to the Seventh Planet
1961: Anton - Poeten og Lillemor i forårshumør
1972: Egon Olsen - Olsen-bandens store kup
1973: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden går amok
1981: Egon Olsen - Olsen-banden over alle bjerge
1981: Egon Olsen - Olsen-bandens flugt over plankeværket
1990: The Male Magpie (voice) - Fuglekrigen i Kanøfleskoven
1960: Lars Tofte - Baronessen fra benzintanken
1967: Direktør Schwartz - Nyhavns glade gutter
1962: Peter Jensen - Kanustis ven - Sømænd og svigermødre
1970: Dommer - Præriens skrappe drenge
1969: Advokat Kurt Mikkelsen - Pigen fra Egborg
1978: Kim's dad (the Headmaster) - Du er ikke alene
1964: Brandmand - Don Olsen kommer til byen
1968: Politiassistent Møller - Min søsters børn vælter byen
1965: Andersen - Een pige og 39 sømænd
1951: Hr. Smith - Dorte
1969: Baron Royal King von Konig - Der kom en soldat
1960: Tolderen - Elefanter på loftet
1955: Henry - På tro og love
1958: Ole Olsen - Styrmand Karlsen
1971: Hr. Larsen - Ballade på Christianshavn
1963: Vik - Bussen
1970: Onkel Quentin - De fem i fedtefadet
1969: Onkel Quentin - De fem og spionerne
1968: Det er så synd for farmand
1967: Pastor Weigaard - Elsk... din næste!
1971: Teodor Amsted - Den forsvundne fuldmægtig
1966: Biebitz Von Biebitz - Tre små piger
1962: Thorbjørn Hansen - Det støver stadig
1955: Hans Ramløse - Det var paa Rundetaarn
1963: Et døgn uden løgn
1954: Jens Rasmussen - rekrut 65 - I kongens klæ'r
1963: Madsen - Pigen og pressefotografen
1960: Carni - Forelsket i København
1963: Lægeforsker Vagn Jochumsen - April
1967: Apoteker John Bjerre - Min kones ferie
1964: Thør - Når enden er go'
1966: Nielsen - Pigen og greven
1969: "Fløjten" - Sjov i gaden
1953: Vognstyrer Iversen - Ved Kongelunden...
1993: The Ghost - Det skaldede spøgelse
1962: Havemand Texas - Lykkens musikanter
1961: Tom - Sorte Shara
1957: Knud Tofte - Tag til marked i Fjordby
1967: Værgen - Jeg er sgu min egen
1959: Johnny Jensen - Onkel Bill fra New York
1970: Arthur Antonsen - Rend mig i revolutionen
1956: Max Møller - Kispus
1987: Bonatzi - Hip hip hurra!
1962: Læge S. Gregersen - Det stod i avisen
1963: Opfinderen - Vi har det jo dejligt
1995: Engelsk lærere - Carmen Og Babyface
1957: Danselærer Johny Johnsen - Der var engang en gade
1968: Johansen - Det var en lørdag aften
1982: Bankdirektør - Pengene eller livet
1988: Knudsen - Elvis Hansen, en samfundshjælper
1962: Simon - Det tossede paradis
1979: Trællenes oprør
1980: Trællenes børn
1996: Grev Birksted - Charlot og Charlotte
1962: Direktør Bernhard Bang - Oskar
1985: Gabriel, Ærkeengel - Når engle elsker
1950: Niels Peter Dalum, Oles medstuderende - De røde heste
1986: Bille - Mord i mørket
1947: Hatten er sat
1968: Farvel Thomas
1971: Hjemme hos William
1966: Blind - Flagermusen
1973: Michael Jacobsen - Afskedens time
1968: Læge Louis Hansen - Dyrlægens plejebørn
1951: Helmer, kriminalassistent - Naalen
1976: Digter Mortensen - Affæren i Mølleby
1965: Børge Blom - En ven i bolignøden
1982: Overbetjent Olufsen - Den ubetænksomme elsker
1967: Det er ikke appelsiner - det er heste
1946: Diskret ophold
1956: Lars Tofte, kroejer og færgemand - Færgekroen
1956: Gæst hos Hansens - Hvad vil De ha'?
1948: I de lyse nætter
1957: Ingen tid til kærtegn
1972: Mulligan, britisk ambassadør - Lenin, din gavtyv!
1984: Midt om natten
1965: Mor bag rattet
1959: Anton - Poeten og Lillemor
1968: Oberst ved konkurrerende regiment - Soldaterkammerater på bjørnetjeneste
1951: Vores fjerde far
1978: Lille spejl
1979: Johnny Larsen
1976: Hjerter er trumf
1997: Barbara
1956: Den kloge mand
1992: Krummerne 2 - stakkels Krumme
1950: Ejnar - Pouls ven - cyklebud - Smedestræde 4
1960: Anton - Poeten og Lillemor og Lotte
1966: Soya's en tagsten i ho'det
Bandefører Balling
1970: Gammel døv dame - Amour
1974: Et dukkehjem
1973: I Adams verden
1949: Kampen mod uretten
1953: Kriminalsagen Tove Andersen
1983: Kurt og Valde
1969: Ruths Husband - Kys til højre og venstre
1972: Nu går den på Dagmar
1948: Penge som græs
1977: Konkurrerende redaktør - Pas på ryggen, professor!
1967: Baron - Jeg - en marki
1975: Leopold Phieselsknast - Familien Gyldenkål
1981: Larsen - Slingrevalsen
1963: Direktør William H. Schmidt - Peter's landlov
1964: Major Clausen - Majorens oppasser
1965: Knud Hansen - Flådens friske fyre
1970: Præst ved Roskilde Domkirke - Giv gud en chance om søndagen
2015: Historien om Olsen Banden
1948: Bud med nøgle - Kristinus Bergman
1948: Hotelkarlen - Tre år efter
1976: Baronen - Den korte sommer
1966: Bedemanden - Søskende
1980: Speaker - Danmark er lukket
1953: Bager Høst - Far til fire
1966: Første frier - Der var engang
1952: Fuld mand i bus - Det store løb
1953: Buschauffør - Den gamle mølle paa Mols
1962: Johan - Drømmen om det hvide slot
1948: Støt staar den danske sømand
1946: Hans Store Aften
1994: Kærlighed ved første desperate blik
1983: Preben - Limpan
2018: Egon Olsen - Olsen Banden For Altid

TV CREDITS:
1978: Dr. Louis Hansen - Matador
1970: Larsen - Huset på Christianshavn
1984: Holger Anthonsen - Anthonsen