We all know Stefán Karl Stefánsson as Robbie Rotten from Nickelodeon’s children musical comedy, LazyTown. But, to get a better picture of how famous the actor is, ponder on being known across the globe as a favourite character in a super-popular television program.
Records have it that the internationally acclaimed children show aired in almost all of the countries in the world. This ought to be tantamount to the Robbie Rotten character being known everywhere on earth and the man behind the character being equally super-popular. Anyway, this is not completely so. Robbie, sorry Stefan is only pretty famous. Being a film and stage actor from Iceland, Stefan is often described as a comedian.
Being Robbie was quite challenging for the actor. He had to strike a balance between humour and the evil actions expected from him. Owing to the fact that his personality over the years has been judged by the Robbie character, Stefan once expressed that Robbie isn’t who Stefan is in real life.
Although Stefan can brag about a handful of other television and film roles, his work in theatre is more profound. For the later, the actor’s signature role is that of Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Icelandic actor is also known for his physical comedy which most people have likened to that of the late phenomenal English comic actor, Charlie Chaplin.
Meanwhile, Stefan disclosed sometime in 2013 that he actually learnt to manipulate his body for humorous effect from Chaplin. Apparently, he studied the actor while he was in school. Even, his university thesis was on the English comic actor. If you want an advice from Stefan on how to be a better stage actor, he is most likely to ask you to build and sustain a strong connection with your audience while performing.
Though Stefan would agree that being famous is sometimes troubling, he appreciates his fans for the support and love they’ve shown him through difficult times.
Stefán Karl Stefánsson Bio
Growing up, Karl never imagined that he would someday, be known across the globe. He liked acting but there were other things he liked as well. So, he didn’t get to decide to make a career out of being an actor until it was obvious he would do well as one. At this point, Stefan was still sceptical about what to do with his life. Nonetheless, he went on and got enrolled in Reykjavik’s Icelandic Academy of Arts.
As a student of the Academy, Stefan realized that he was on the right part. He loved what he was learning and fancied the fact that he gets to be other people other than himself in acting; his passion for the profession flourished.
With that, Karl knew exactly what to do when he’s done with his studies at The Icelandic Academy of Arts – he would work towards joining the National Theatre of Iceland. That was precisely what he did. He started working with the national theatre of his country and it wasn’t long before he started earning warm approval and respect for his works. Soon, Stefan established himself as the best comedic actor of the National Theatre. As such, it was only natural he was among those selected to play major roles in the first theatre production of a play – Lazy Town which would later become an internationally acclaimed television series.
Records documented that the Icelandic actor was born and named Stefán Karl Stefánsson on the 10th day of July 1975. Although Stefan, his wife and four children reside in the second most populous megacity of the United States of America – Los Angeles, his place of birth was in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
For the sake of promoting the welfare of humanity, Stefan founded Rainbow Children, a nonprofit organisation with a mission to eradicate child bullying. Rainbow Children has extended its operations to Canada and is hoping to reach other nations of the world. From what we gathered, the Icelandic actor is presently preoccupied with the activities of his television and film production company.
Stefan’s wife, Steinunn Ólína is also from Iceland and as well, an actress. She is the mother of Karl’s four children, a son and three daughters. Olina started acting when she was a teenager. She later gathered more knowledge about acting at the famous British drama school – Drama Centre. Forbye acting, Stefan’s wife is popular for her book, Parental Guidance which attained the top best selling spot in her home country. That was in 2006.
Stefán Karl Stefánsson’s Net Worth
The interest in knowing the value of Stefan’s wealth increased rapidly when a gofundme page was created for him after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. While this got many to admit that being famous isn’t always tantamount to being wealthy, others were busy dishing out estimates of Stefán Karl Stefánsson’s net worth which were all guesswork. Although we prefer specifying that the worth of everything Karl owns isn’t known, it has commonly been assumed that the man has a net worth of $2 million.
Stefán Karl Stefánsson Issue With Cancer, Is He Dead?
Irrespective of the fact that it has been severally reported that Stefan has almost won his battle with cancer, people still ask if the actor is dead. He isn’t! In fact, it was reported sometime in August 2017 that he no longer has any cancer metastases. That was after he went through a liver surgery that saw the removal of another metastasis, the third. Though the actor isn’t completely free of danger, he rejected receiving further chemo or radiotherapy. Nonetheless, he is very much alive.