Veteran actor, and husband of the stars, dead at 94

William Rosenberg was a big name on the screen and stage in the 1950s and 60s

Most Danes under the age of 40 won't have heard of William Rosenberg, who has died at the age of 94, although some will probably recognise him as 'Grandad' from the odd children's film during their youth.

But two generations ago, Rosenberg was a household name, both in film and on stage, and also in his private life thanks to his marriages to celebrated actresses Jeanne Darville and Helle Virkner, who played Elisabeth Friis in 'Matador'.

Actor, director and painter
In 1946, Rosenberg graduated from the Royal Theatre School, and in the same year, he made his debut on the stage.

Later, in 1951, he got his first TV starring role, and from there he went on to become a household name, appearing in a number of well-known film and stage productions during the 1950s and 60s.

As well as his acting, he also worked as a director, scenographer and painter. 

Beloved grandad
In the twilight of his career in the 1970s and 80s, Rosenberg won over new audiences in children's films, more often than not playing a grandfather.

One of his last notable roles was in Nils Malmros's 2002 film 'At kende sandheden'.

Rosenberg was in total married three times.