Sven-Bertil Gunnar Evert Taube (born 24 November 1934) is a Swedish singer and actor. Born in Stockholm, he is the son of songwriter Evert Taube and sculptor Astri Taube.
At age 14, Taube began playing guitar. While traveling throughout Europe, he developed an interest in folklore and folk music. He performed in concerts and on Swedish and Norwegian radio while a student at the Royal Beskow School in Stockholm.
Taube graduated in 1954 from the Cherry Lawn School in Darien, Connecticut. While he was a student at the school, Folkways Records invited him to record an album of Swedish folk songs.
Taube has been married four times, and has four children, born in 1960, 1965, 1979, and 1994. He belongs to an untitled branch of the Baltic German noble Taube family, introduced at the Swedish House of Nobility in 1668 as noble family No. 734.
Taube released his first album in 1954; it included a cover of one of his father's songs. He has since released many albums which include songs written by his father. Several of his most well-known versions of Evert Taube songs come from albums recorded in the 1970s, but he recorded more of them at later stages, including his 2007 album Alderville Road. Referring to that album, reviewer Peter Dahlgren said, "Evert had the yarns and Sven-Bertil had the voice." He has also recorded songs by the popular Swedish 18th-century songwriter Carl Michael Bellman, and the poet Nils Ferlin (1898–1961), whose poems were mostly put to music by Lille Bror Söderlundh. Taube also recorded an album with songs by the Swedish songwriter and musician Ulf Peder Olrog, one with Swedish translations of songs by French songwriter Léo Ferré, and one with Swedish translations of songs by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
1960: Carl Michael Bellman
1960: Sven-Bertil Taube sjunger Evert Taube
1961: Nils Ferlin
1962: Skillingtryck och andra fina visor från flera sekler
1963: Carl Michael Bellman, Vol. 2
1964: Tiggarens opera
1964: Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1965: Pastime with Good Company (with Dorothy Dorow)
1967: Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (with Lilian Sjöstrand)
1968: Peter och vargen/Orkesterguide för ungdom
1970: Evert Taube
1972: 12 visor av Evert Taube
1973: Ulf Peder Olrog
1974: Sjunger Mikis Theodorakis
1975: Caballero! Visor och ballader av Evert Taube
1976: Sings Mikis Theodorakis (same songs as original, but in English)
1977: A Swedish Musical Odyssey
1978: Borta bra men hemma bäst. Visor och ballader av Evert Taube
1979: Närmare dig
1980: Många hundra gröna mil - på Berns Salonger (Live album)
1981: Sjunger Leo Ferré
1981: I and Albert. A New Musical
1983: Inbjudan till... Ord och toner av Evert Taube
1993: ¡Inspiración Argentina!
Other albums (compilation)
1993: Sven-Bertil Gunnar Evert Taube sjunger Evert Taube 1950–93 (5 CD set)
2013: Taube tolkar Taube
2015: Hommage Vol. 2
Taube also started an acting career that took him to London, where he performed in theater and musicals, notably as Prince Albert in I and Albert. He won a role on the television series Upstairs, Downstairs. In the 1970s, Taube tried to find work as a film actor, and had some minor roles, most notably in the 1976 World War II drama The Eagle Has Landed and a starring role as a US agent in the 1971 film version of Alistair MacLean's novel Puppet on a Chain.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Taube starred in a number of Swedish films and television series, while keeping his music career alive.
Taube starred in the Swedish film version of Stieg Larsson's novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, in the role of Henrick Vanger. The film was released in early 2010. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge Award for his role in the film.
1995: Guldbagge Awards - "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for role in Händerna
Sixtynine 69 (1969)
The Buttercup Chain (1970)
Puppet on a Chain (1971)
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
A Game for Vultures (1979)
Codename: Kyril (1988)
Händerna (In The Hands, 1994)
London Voodoo (2004)
Arn – The Knight Templar (2007)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
1999: Annie as Oliver Warbucks - piece directed by Trond Lie
Sven-Bertil Taube at the Internet Movie Database