Birth Name: Mads Mikkelsen
Birth Place: Denmark
Born Nov. 22, 1965 in the Osterbro district of Copenhagen, Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen initially pursued athletic endeavors, training as a gymnast in his youth, before studying dance. Acting soon became his primary focus, and Mikkelsen received his theatrical training at the acclaimed Århus School. His professional career began in 1996 with a critically acclaimed turn as a hapless drug dealer in Nicolas Winding Refn's directorial debut, "Pusher." A runaway success on the international scene, it led to not only a series of fruitful collaborations with Refn on subsequent features like the equally gritty "Bleeder" (1996), but also steady work for Mikkelsen in Danish cinema. His granite visage was ...
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