Josephson was born into a family of artists and culture workers in Stockholm in 1923 and would become the actor who had the longest-running collaboration with Bergman. The two first met when Josephson was just 16 and participated as an amateur actor in the play "The Merchant of Venice," directed by Bergman. Although he never had any formal acting education, Josephson continued to appear in several Bergman stage plays in the 1940s and 50s, and received a minor part in 1946 film "It Rains on Our Love." In the late 50s he played larger roles in Bergman's films "The Magician" and "Brink of Life," but first shot to international stardom with the role of Johan in "Scenes from a Marriage," in 1973. After that, he received offers to appear in many international film productions and played Friedrich Nietzsche in Italian director Liliana Cavani's 1977 "Beyond Good and Evil." Josephson appeared in Philip Kaufman's 1988 "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and made memorable performances in Andrey Tarkovskiy's 1980s films "Nostalghia" and "The Sacrifice." Josephson also published many novels and autobiographical books, two poetry collections and around 40 scripts for stage, radio and television. He served as head of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre between 1966 and 1975, and was director of the Swedish Film Institute in the 1990s.
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