The Ekman society was founded in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Our aim is to work with the legacy of the legendary swedish actor Gösta Ekman and his son Hasse Ekman, director, writer and actor. We want among other things to help keep them in the public eye and to build an Ekman archive. We want to gather knowledge about them, spread more information and help to release more of their work.
If you are interested in more specific information you are most welcome to email the Ekman society at our emailadress: ekmansallskapet@gmail.com

Gösta Ekman

1890 28/12 Frans Gösta Victor Ekman is born in Drottninggatan 65, in Stockholm. His parents Frans and Victoria (born Lindblad) Ekman was married 17/8 the same year. His father is an accountant and his mother works as a proof-reader, but later on she becomes a hairdresser.

1891 13/4 Gösta is christened in Klara church.

1896 27/10 Göstas father Frans dies just 30 years old of TB.

7-year old Gösta begins first grade at Hedvig Eleonora public school in Östermalm.

8 years old, Gösta is run over by a horse driven trolley and is admitted to a hospital for quite some time.

20/12 Gösta graduates from school and begins working as an errandboy and moves away from home. He is now 14 years old.

Gösta becomes a member of the Theosophical society, playing amateur-theatre. He not only acts and directs, but he is also the companys secretary. He takes voice lessons from theatre-giant Anders de Wahl.

12/3 17 years old, Gösta signs his first contract with a theatre. It is with August Bodéns operetto company (15/6 1908-dec. 1908) and tours to Helsinki, Finland.

Gösta is hired by Hugo Rönnblads theatrecompany (Jan. 1909-15/8 1911)

Gösta applies for the Selander theatrecompany and is hired (fall of 1911-spring of 1913). They are currently situated at Nya theatre in Göteborg. The same year Gösta appears for the first time in film: ”Stockholmsfrestelser ” (or Ett Norrlands-herrskaps äventyr i den sköna synderskans stad).

Gösta is hired by theatre-mogul Albert Ranft to Svenska theatre, a leading dramatical theatrescene i Stockholm.
He debuts in Stockholm in the play ”Halvblod” which premieres 23/9 (fall of 1913-spring of 1925).

12/12 Gösta weds Greta Sundström in Engelbrekts church. The couple had met in the springtime at a dinner party and had fallen in love.

10/9 Their first son Hans is born, named after Greta´s father.

1916/17 Gösta is a huge success in the plays”Frökens man” and ”Pärlhalsbandet”.

Gösta has his breakthrough as a character-actor in the part of Christian VII in”Struensee” and as Fredrik II in ”Kungens dansös”.

People begin referring to him as ”King Gösta.”

30/6 Svenska theatre burns down, and is not rebuilt.

4/7 Their second son Jan Mikael is born. 1/9 As partners, Brunius-Ekman open the doors of the Oscarstheatre.

9/4 Jan Mikael dies only 9 months old. Gösta takes sick-leave the rest of the season.

Gösta’s memoirs are published. He calls them: “Den tänkande August.”

10/8 the film ”For her sake,” premieres. It is the first film with sound produced entirely in Sweden. Gösta and Inga Tidblad star as the main characters. The play ”En herre i frack” becomes his farewell-performance at Oscarstheatre, as he and the Brunius-couple no longer agree on how the theatre should be managed. The Ekman family move into a very stylish apartment at Artillerigatan 30 in Östermalm.

In collaboration with director Per Lindberg, Gösta starts up the Ekman Theatres. These include Vasa-theatre, Konserthustheatre (The Large and The Small room) and Folktheatre (re-named Gösta Ekmans Folktheatre).

Gösta celebrates his 25th anniversary as an actor by performing his favourite parts in a big jubilee-performance. Six plays are performed in parallel with ”Kanske en diktare” at Vasa-theatre.

Gösta performs ”Peer Gynt” at the Royal swedish opera & ”Hamlet” at Vasa-theatre.

Gösta goes bankrupt and is forced to retire as manager. 15/8 His mother Viktoria dies.

22/12 His final appearance on stage is at Svenska theatre in Helsinki, Finland. After christmas he contracted pneumonia and was hospitalized. Twice he recovers from his illness, however his kidneys were so damaged, that they stopped functioning and he slipped into a coma.

12/1 Gösta dies, only 47 years old (just). He is buried 18/1.
More than 100.000 people line the streets of Stockholm where the mourning parade passes on its way to the cemetery. Swedish Radio honours his name with a minute of silence.

Hasse Ekman

10/9 Hans Gösta Ekman is born. His parents are Gösta and Greta Ekman. Hans is christened 4/11 the same year in Oscars church.

Hans starts first grade in Miss Linnés elementary school in Östermalm.

8-year old Hans makes his film debut in the film ”Unge greven ta’r flickan och priset”, where his father also plays a part.

4/7 Hans gets a little brother, Jan Mikael.

9/4 Jan Mikael dies, only 9 months old.

Hasse quits school and instead he makes his theatrical debut in the play ”I de bästa familjer”.

Hasse lands his first acting role in the film ”Hemslavinnor". He also publishes his first autobiography, 17 years old: "Hur ska det gå med mej?” (he even did the illustrations himself)

Hasse takes over directing the play ”Fedja” from director Per Lindberg.

May-nov. Hasse travels to Hollywood, and stays there for six months.

Hasse acts opposite his father in the film ”Intermezzo” and leaves home.

Hasse get his first film script admitted, ”Blixt och dunder” the movie is called.
It premieres 1938 and Hasse also has a part in it.

12/1 Hasses father Gösta dies, only 47-years old. 22/6 Hasse marries Agneta Wrangel af Sauss at Ellinge castle. The same year he writes a book about his recently deceased father simply titled ”Gösta Ekman.”

28/7 Hasse and Agneta have their first child, a son - Gösta jr. Hasse assists director Gustaf Molander on the production of ”Filmen om Emilie Högqvist.”

Hasse is hired by Lorens Marmstedt for Sandrews-Bauman film. 26/10 Their second son Krister is born. 9/11 Hasses first own film premieres ”Med dej i mina armar.”

10/5 Their third son Mikael is born.

11/11 Their fourth son Stefan is born. Hasse and Agneta separate. Hasse has met Eva Henning and fallen in love.

19/1 The film ”Kungliga patrasket” premieres. The main character Stefan Anker is largely based on Hasses father, Gösta.

24/4 Hasse and Eva get married. 6/10 Hasse and Evas daughter Fam is born.

1949 29/8 Premiere for the film ”The girl from the third row,” an ”anti Bergman”-film that Hasse made after appearing in the Ingmar Bergman film ”Prison.” The message of the film:”Life isn´t the agonizing nightmare that you claim it to be.”

1950 6/3 Hasses own favourite film (of his own) and also his most critically acclaimed ”Girl with hyacinths” premieres.

1953 1/11 Hasse marries his teenage sweetheart Tutta Rolf in Lidingö.

1955 Hasses second biography, ”Den vackra ankungen” is published.

1956 Hasses only novel ”Kurre Korint och drömfabriken” is published.

1958 6/10 the movie ”Jazzboy” premieres. In it, Hasse tries to recreate Stockholms entertainment scene during the 20’s-30’s. Among others Sigge Fürst appears as the King of Revues Ernst Rolf and Karl Gerhard plays himself.

1960 Hasse plays his last filmpart in ”På en bänk i en park.”

1964 Hasse makes his last film ”Äktenskapsbrottaren.” Hasse and Tutta move to Spain.

1974 25/8 Hasse marries Viveka Trädgårdh in the home of his mother, Greta.

1978 4/8 Hasses mother Greta dies, 91 years old.

1981 2/9 Povel Ramels ”Minspiration” premieres. This is the last of Hasses theatrical work.

1993 A ”Hasse wave” washes over Sweden. A filmed interview is recorded with Hasse in Spain and ”En liten bok om Hasse” is published in connection with 12 (!) of his best films are being shown at the Gothemburg filmfestival.

2004 15/2 Hasse dies in Spain, 88 years old.

Released Ekmanproducts


Flicka och hyacinter - Written and directed by Hasse.

Flickan från tredje raden - Written and directed by Hasse and he also plays the role of the actor Sture Anker.

Banketten - Written and directed by Hasse and he also plays the role of  dr. Hugo Stenbrott.  

”Swing it” magistern - Schamyl Baumans film, written by Hasse and Schamyl Bauman. Hasses lyrics.

Magistrarna på sommarlov - Schamyl Baumans film, written by Hasse and Schamyl Bauman. Hasses lyrics. 

Första divisionen - Written by Hasse and Alvar Zacke. Hasses directed and played the role of second lieutenant Gunnar Bråde.

Gula divisionen - Stig Olins film with Hasse in the role of captain Birger Wreting.

Vårat gäng - Gunnar Skoglunds film with the song Låt mig bli med i erat gäng, music and lyrics by Hasse Ekman and Kai Gullmar.

Ratataa eller the Staffan Stolle story - Written and directed by Hasse. With Povel Ramel, Martin Ljung, Gunwer Bergkvist, Hasse Ekman.

Kärlek och Störtlopp - Rolf Husbergs film, written by Sven "Esse" Björkman and Hasse.

Intermezzo - Gösta as the worldfamous violinist Holger Brandt who falls inlove with his daughters piano teacher, played by Ingrid Bergman. English subtitles.

The golden clown (Klovnen) - A.W. Sandbergs film with Gösta in the role of Joe Higgins, the clown. Danish silent film with danish and english intertitles.

Faust - F.W. Murnaus film with Gösta in the roll of Faust. German silent film with german and english intertitles.

Ingrid Bergman - Box 1 - Contains the films Intermezzo and Juninatten (also Munkbrogreven and Dollar). In Intermezzo Gösta plays the worldfamous violinist Holger Brandt and in Juninatten Hasse plays the newsreporter Willy Wilson.

Ingrid Bergman - Box 2  -  Contains Swedenhielms (also Valborgsmässoafton, En kvinnas ansikte and En enda natt). In Swedenhielms Gösta plays the physicist Rolf Swedenhielm who is expected to recieve the Nobelprize.

Filmstaden - Documentary about Filmstaden with clips including Hasse and Gösta.

The Devil's Wanton(Fängelse) - Ingmar Bergmans film with Hasse in the role of the filmdirector Martin Grandé.

Three Strange Loves (Törst) - Ingmar Bergmans film with Hasse in the role of doctor Rosengren, a psychiatrist.

Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas afton) - Ingmar Bergmans film with Hasse in the role of the actor Frans.


Den tänkande August, Gösta Ekman

Hur ska det gå med mej?, Hasse Ekman

Gösta Ekman, Hasse Ekman

Den vackra ankungen, Hasse Ekman

Kurre Korint och drömfabriken, Hasse Ekman


Gösta Ekman d.ä. - En herre i frack (LP) - All of Göstas song and poetry-recordings, except for För hennes skull and Isabell.

Schlagerkavalkaden 7 - Isabella and Båklandets Vackra Maja

Kai Gullmar - Jag har en liten melodi volym 1 - Med dej i mina armar, Det finns ingen gräns and Swing it, magistern.

Alice Babs- Swingflickan - Regntunga skyar, Swing it, magistern! and En liten smula kärlek.

Minnesboxen 1935 - En herre i frack.

Minnesboxen 1936 - The actor Gösta Ekman gets his lines mixed up.

Minnesboxen 1938 - The actor Gösta Ekman dies.

Jules Sylvain - Säg det i toner ”1927-33” - För hennes skull and Isabell.

Jag har en liten melodi - 20 favoriter vi minns - Regntunga skyar and Kärlekens låga.

Någonting att äta, någonting att dricka - inspelningar från motbokens tid - Kvinnor och champagne.

Jazzgossen (LP) - Songs from the film: Bättre och bättre dag för dag, Min soldat and I min blommiga blå krinolin.

Svensk Filmindustri filmmusik- Originalmusik från 24 SF-filmer (LP) - Bella Venezia (Sjunde himlen), Teddy Girls (Jazzgossen), Slowfox (Fröken Chic) and På en bänk i en park.

Books on Ekman

Gösta Ekman Människan - Konstnären Ett minnesalbum 1938

Gösta Ekman, Per Lindberg 1943

Från Gösta Ekman till Gösta Ekman - En bok om Hasse, far och son, Bengt Forslund 1982

En liten bok om Hasse, Leif Furhammar & Jannike Åhlund 1993 Filmkonst nr. 16 1993

Flicka och hyacinter ett manuskript av Hasse Ekman, Filmkonst nr. 90 2004
På tu man hand med filmidoler, Crick Holm 1947

Samtal med stjärnor, Allan Beer 1953

Stjärnor, Einar Nerman & Robin Hood 1933

I rampljuset, Stig Järrel 1985

Om ni behagar, Inga Tidblad 1963

My story,
Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess 1982

Om igen, Signe Hasso 1989

Filmstaden - The buildings * The movies * The people, Anders Birkeland 2001

Filmen i Sverige, Leif Furhammar 1991

Swedish film classics,
Aleksander Kwratkowski 1983

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