Saara Hedlund (m. 1995)
| Ville Juhana Haapasalo|
28 February 1972 (age 43) (1972-02-28) Hollola, Finland
State Prize of the Russian Federation
No Love in the City, Peculiarities of the National, The Cuckoo, Peculiarities of the National, Pregnant
Aleksandr Rogozhkin, Aleksey Chadov, Sarik Andreasyan, Sergey Zhigunov, Pekka Karjalainen
Ville Haapasalo Wikipedia
Ville Juhana Haapasalo (born 28 February 1972) is a Finnish stage and film actor who has worked in Finland and Russia. His acting career started in 1995, after finishing his studies in St. Petersburg. In 2003, he was honored with the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his role of Veikko in the film The Cuckoo directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin.
Haapasalo was educated in St. Petersburg at the Academy of Performing Arts of the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. He knew no Russian when he began studying. He studied there from 1991-1995. It was a difficult period in the 1990s Russia; he was mugged in 1992 nine times, tried to commit suicide three times, and because of his financial problems he worked as a driver for the mafia.
Haapasalo's career got a huge lift immediately after his graduation for his appearance in 1995 in a Russian comedy Peculiarities of the National Hunt. But this sudden fame turned out to be stressful for him and he temporarily returned to Finland to work as a truck driver. In 2002 he won the Best Actor award at the 24th Moscow International Film Festival, for his role in the Russian-made film The Cuckoo.
Although his fame comes mostly from film, he also writes for the screen, acts in theaters, and does TV cinema. He also appeared in Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications' 1998 campaign National Features of Driving instructing Russians on Finnish road rules. He is more widely recognized in Russia than in his country of origin Finland. Recently, he has hosted and starred in quite a number of travel shows on Finnish and Russian TV.
Haapasalo was born in Hollola, Finland. He speaks four languages fluently: Finnish, Russian, Swedish, and English. His hobbies include playing trombone, ice-hockey, skiing, and skating. He stands 1.85 m (6 feet ¾ inches), wears size 52, and has dark brown hair and green/gray eyes.
Ville Haapasalo married Saara Hedlund in 1995 and they currently reside in Helsinki, Finland.
In 2016 Haapasalo opened a Georgian restaurant called Purpur in Helsinki.
Haapasalo is married to Finnish actress Saara Hedlund, and they have two children. Haapasalo also has a son (born 2009) with director Tina Barkalaja.Luonto ja terveys (2006) (TV)
Perjantai (2003) (TV)