Finns of Hollywood

by FinClair | created - 10 Jun 2014 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

They might not be superstars (yet), but nevertheless they all have succeeded to do some good work in Hollywood. Proud of them. =)

1. Renny Harlin

Producer | Driven

Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood.

Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a ...

Most famous finn in Hollywood without a doubt. While Harlin's career met severe downfall in 2000's he still made some really good action flicks in 90's such as Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and Long Kiss Goodnight. His movies has grossed over a billion in total making him one of the most successful film makers from that perspective.

However, his star has been rising again recently and is now working in China with high budget films.

2. Samuli Edelmann

Actor | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Samuli Edelmann was born on July 21, 1968 in Pori, Finland as Samuli Casimir Edelmann. He is an actor, known for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Private Eye Vares (2004) and Man Exposed (2006). He is married to Laura Tuomarila. They have two children.

3. Maila Nurmi

Actress | Vampira

The original glamour ghoul herself, "Vampira", of late night 1950s television, was actually born Maila Syrjäniemi (later changed to the easier surname Nurmi) on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland. Her uncle was the multiple Olympic medal runner Paavo Nurmi. Maila arrived in the United States ...

Infamous 'Vampira' herself.

4. Pihla Viitala

Actress | Latin Lover

Pihla Viitala was born on September 30, 1982 in Helsinki, Finland. She is an actress and director, known for Latin Lover (2015), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) and Kaiken se kestää (2017). She was previously married to Kerkko Koskinen.

5. Yanti Somer

Actress | Le temps de mourir

Yanti Somer was born on February 29, 1948 in Helsinki, Finland as Kirsti Elisa Somersalo. She is an actress, known for The Time to Die (1970), War of the Planets (1977) and Star Odyssey (1979).

6. Jouko Ahola

Actor | Kingdom of Heaven

Jouko Ahola was born on December 1, 1970 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. He is an actor, known for Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Vikings (2013) and Bad Day to Go Fishing (2009).

7. Joonas Suotamo

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Joonas Suotamo was born on October 3, 1986 in Espoo, Finland as Joonas Viljami Suotamo. He is known for his work on Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).


8. Albert Salmi

Actor | The Brothers Karamazov

Albert Salmi was born on March 11, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Finnish parents. After serving in the Army during WWII, he used the GI Bill to study at the Dramatic Workshop of the American Theater Wing and the prestigious Actors Studio. He became a stage actor, very soon landing on Broadway, ...

9. Antti Jokinen

Director | Pahan kukat

In 2016 Jokinen finished his fourth feature film Flowers Of Evil, based on his own screenplay. The film was selected to main-competition at Shanghai International Film Festival. Jokinen won the award for Best Director. In 2012 Jokinen wrote and directed a feature film Purge, based on an ...

10. Vera Jordanova

Actress | Hostel: Part II

Vera Jordanova was born on August 28, 1975 in Helsinki, Finland. She is an actress, known for Hostel: Part II (2007), Belezi (2021) and Harjunpää and the Persecutors (1993). She has been married to Federico Ruiz since 2016. They have one child.

11. Juha Wuolijoki

Producer | Joulutarina

Juha Wuolijoki was born on November 10, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland. He is a producer and director, known for Christmas Story (2007), Gourmet Club (2004) and Sherlock North.

Haven't done anything specific in Hollywood since his debut 'Zarra's Law' which wasn't successful enough for gaining more space in industry.

12. Jalmari Helander

Director | Rare Exports

Jalmari Helander was born on July 21, 1976 in Helsinki, Finland. He is a director and writer, known for Rare Exports (2010), Big Game (2014) and The Fakir (2006).

Might have even greater potential in Hollywood film industry but instead has chosen to follow his own path and makes his movies by using independent resources without Hollywood money but with Hollywood actors.

13. Samuel Vauramo

Actor | The American

Samuel Vauramo was born on October 22, 1981 in Vantaa, Finland. He is an actor, known for The American (2010), War of the Dead (2011) and Bunraku (2010).

14. Peter Franzén

Actor | Tumman veden päällä

Peter Franzén is one of Finland's most accomplished actors and has had a successful career both nationally and internationally. He was born in Northern Finland, Kemi, close to the Arctic Circle in Lapland. Peter has been true to his craft as an actor for almost 30 years and he has worked in over 50...

The leading actor of Finnish cinema. Has done fistful of supporting roles in Hollywood, but is currently working with his biggest role as Harald Finehair in Vikings -series.

15. Irina Björklund

Actress | The American

Irina, born 1973, is a Finnish film/TV/stage actress, as well as a recording singer, song writer and musician She spent her childhood in Sweden, France and Finland. She danced at the Finnish National Opera Ballet school during 5 years She studied at the Helsinki Theatre Academy 1993-96

She has spent...

May she rest in peace.

17. Taina Elg

Actress | Les Girls

One of her country's most celebrated performers, Finnish actress and dancer Taina Elisabeth Elg was born in 1930 but later her family moved and lived in and around Finland, including Turku. Taina's mother was a Russian immigrant, pianist Helena Doroumova, and her father was pianist Åke Elg (a.k.a. ...

18. Jussi Tegelman

Sound_department | Spider-Man 2

Jussi Tegelman is known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Priest (2011).

19. Jasper Pääkkönen

Actor | BlacKkKlansman

Jasper Pääkkönen is an actor, fly fisherman, environmentalist and an entrepreneur. His most recent work include the role of Felix in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman and Halfdan the Black in the hit TV series Vikings. In his home country Finland, according to newspaper Ilta Sanomat, he is "the most ...

20. Tuomas Kantelinen

Composer | The Italian Key

Tuomas Kantelinen was born on September 22, 1969 in Finland. He is known for his work on The Italian Key (2011), Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007) and The Legend of Hercules (2014). He is married to Rosa Karo.

Well known movie music composer who has done a lot of valuable work in various film industries all over the world.

21. Mikko Alanne

Writer | The Long Road Home

Mikko Alanne is a screenwriter, showrunner, and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He is best known for creating the National Geographic Channel's acclaimed global event series about the Iraq War, The Long Road Home, based on the best-selling book by Martha Raddatz.

Alanne's most recent ...

22. Laura Birn

Actress | Tyhjiö

Laura Birn was born on April 25, 1981 in Helsinki, Finland as Laura Eveliina Birn. She is an actress and writer, known for Void (2018), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) and Purge (2012).

23. Sara Maria Forsberg

Actress | Star Trek Beyond

Sara Maria Forsberg is a Finnish singer/songwriter and actress. She became famous after uploading a video to Youtube which ended up going viral. After uploading a video of herself singing, she was offered a record deal by Capitol Records. To be closer to her work place she relocated to Los Angeles,...

Mostly known as an youtuber but has made voice over on many block buster hits too.

24. Kati Outinen

Actress | Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Kati Outinen was born on August 17, 1961 in Helsinki, Finland as Anna Katriina Outinen. She is an actress and writer, known for The Man Without a Past (2002), Le Havre (2011) and Drifting Clouds (1996).

25. Krista Kosonen

Actress | Blade Runner 2049

Krista Kosonen was born on May 28, 1983 in Espoo, Finland as Krista Erika Kosonen. She is an actress and writer, known for Blade Runner 2049 (2017), The Midwife (2015) and Miami (2017). She has been married to Antti Jokinen since May 2018. They have one child.

26. Tapio Liukkonen

Sound_department | The Outpost

Real deal behind the camera. Has made awesome sound effects on both video games and movies.

27. Tony Halme

Actor | Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Tony Halme was born on January 6, 1963 in Helsinki, Finland as Tony Christian Halme. He is known for his work on Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Shadow Warriors (1995) and American Tigers (1996). He was married to Katja Talus. He died on January 8, 2010 in Helsinki.

28. Heikki Kossi

Sound_department | Love Child

Heikki Kossi is known for his work on Love Child (2019), The Little Prince (2015) and Ad Astra (2019).

29. Lasse Enersen

Music_department | Minions

Lasse Enersen is a Finnish-Norwegian composer, born in Germany in 1978. He studied composing in Sibelius-Academy 2001-2004, then started assisting film composers (Desplat, Korzeniowski, Pereira, etc). Enersen started his film composer career working on numerous international documentary feature ...

30. Dome Karukoski

Director | Tom of Finland

Dome Karukoski moved to Finland from Cyprus, when he was 5. His mother is a Finnish journalist and his father an American actor.

He is bilingual with Swedish and Finnish.

He was selected to the University of Art and Design of Helsinki in 1999. That year, three students were selected to become students...

Karukoski has been one of the Finland's most famous directors quite a while and it was about time for him to make his Hollywood debut film 'The Starling', which should be released in 2018

31. Elmer Bäck

Actor | Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Elmer Bäck was born on October 18, 1981 in Finland. He is an actor and writer, known for Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015), The Spiral (2012) and Remember me Please (2018).

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