Alexander Skarsgard

"True Blood" Season 4 kicks off June 26 with vampire Eric Northman front and center (with a few witches too). The blood-sucking bad boy is played by Alexander Skarsgard, one of many Swedish faces to hit the pop-culture zeitgeist recently. Skarsgard, who gained ground in Hollywood with his role in "Generation Kill," was born in Stockholm in 1976. (Alexander is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard, the only actual Swedish person in the main cast of the movie "Mamma Mia!," the musical comedy centered around ABBA's music.) In addition to "True Blood," look for the giant 6-foot-4 actor in the thriller "Straw Dogs," due out in September, and the sci-fi flick "Battleship" coming in 2012. But Skarsgard is not alone, here are some of the other Swedes gaining popularity in the U.S. -- Whitney Friedlander and Christie D'Zurilla
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