Hans Jacob Nilsen

Hans Jacob Nilsen (8 November 1897 – 6 March 1957) was a Norwegian actor, theatre director and film director. He was a theatre director at Den Nationale Scene, at Folketeatret, and for two separate periods at Det Norske Teatret.

Hans Jacob Nilsen
Hans Jacob Nilsen i "Atlanterhavet" (1932).jpg
Hans Jacob Nilsen, 1932
Born(1897-11-08)8 November 1897
Fredrikstad, Norway
Died6 March 1957(1957-03-06) (aged 59)
NationalityNorwegian
OccupationActor, theatre director and film director
RelativesKnut Frydenlund (son-in-law)

Personal lifeEdit

Nilsen was born in Fredrikstad, a son of Otto Marquard Orning Nilsen and Sara Lorentzen. He married Sophie Munch Roede in 1958.[1] Their daughter Grethe Nilsen was married to politician Knut Frydenlund.[2] He died in Oslo on 6 March 1957.[1]

CareerEdit

First trained as a mechanical engineer, Nilsen started his theatrical career as an actor. He worked as a stage actor in Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo. He was appointed theatre director at Det Norske Teatret from 1933 to 1934, and was theatre director at Den Nationale Scene from 1934 to 1939. His film debut was in Syndere i sommersol from 1934, and he also played in To levende og en død from 1937. In 1935, Nilsen had directed the premier of the play of Vår ære og vår makt ("Our Honor and Our Power") by Marxist writer Nordahl Grieg. The performance created considerable interest and controversy due to its socially critical content. It proved to be a financial success partly because of Nilsen's advanced directing and set design. During the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, Nilsson had to flee to Sweden. While in Sweden, he was a co-founder of Fri norsk scene. From 1946 to 1950 he was again appointed theatre director at Det Norske Teatret. He directed the film Dei svarte hestane from 1951, based on Tarjei Vesaas' novel with the same title. From 1952 he was theatre director of Folketeatret.[3][1][4]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Losnedahl, Kari Gaarder. "Hans Jacob Nilsen". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ Stoltenberg, Thorvald. "Knut Frydenlund". In Helle, Knut]] (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ Henriksen, Petter (ed.). "Hans Jacob Nilsen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Teatersjefar på Det Norske Teatret" (in Norwegian). Det Norske Teatret. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

Other sourcesEdit

  • Næss, Trine (1994) Mellomkrigstidens teater i den norske hovedstaden (Solum) ISBN 978-82-560-0947-3
  • Nilsen, Sidsel Marie (1997) Helst mot urolig vær: Teatermannen Hans Jacob Nilsen (Oslo: Aschehoug) ISBN 978-82-03-22229-0

External linksEdit

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Ingjald Haaland
Director of the Det Norske Teatret
1933–1934
Succeeded by
Oskar Braaten
Preceded by
Karl Bergmann
Director of the Den Nationale Scene
1934–1939
Succeeded by
Egil Hjorth-Jenssen
Preceded by
Director of the Det Norske Teatret
1946–1950
Succeeded by
Ole Barman