Åsleik Engmark, Norwegian comedian, Died at 51

Åsleik Engmark was born on December 27, 1965 and died on February 12, 2017.

He was a Norwegian comedian, actor, singer, director and stage writer, living in Nesodden outside Oslo.

He was one of the co-founders of the Norwegian cabaret group Lompelandslaget in 1987.

During 1988 at the age of 22, Engmark made his debut at Det Norske Teatret (The Norwegian Theatre) in Oslo, in the Norwegian original cast of Les Misérables, the third Cameron Mackintosh Les Mis production in the world.

Engmark stayed in the ensemble of the Det Norske Teatret until 1999.

While in Norway he became known during the 1990s through Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), especially on the weekly satire Egentlig, an equivalent to Saturday Night Live.

Engmark was also well known for his many dubbing film voices, such as Timon in the Norwegian version of The Lion King.

During 2009, he successfully made his debut as a film director, with the children’s movie Knerten (Twigson English version) (Mein Freund Knerten German version).

That movie became a box office hit and over 375000 viewers saw it in Norway.

Involved in many festivals, he participated in the official Generation K Plus section of the Berlinale 2010.

He was awarded Best Childrens movie, Best Art Design and Best Visual Effects at the Norwegian Film Awards 2010 Amandaprisen.

Åsleik Engmark passed away at 51 years old.