RIP: LazyTown’s ‘Robbie Rotten’ Actor Stefan Karl Stefansson Dies – 5 Reasons Why He’s a Memory from Our Childhood

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The actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, who played LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten, has died aged 43 from cancer on August 21, 2018. Read most fascinating facts about his life on Nexter.org.

Source: trendolizer.com

Reason of death

Previously, Stefan Karl Stefansson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, it was removed with surgery. He continued to share the news about the treatment, but in spring 2018 he announced that cancer had returned and this time it couldn’t be removed.

“It’s not until they tell you you’re going to die soon that you realise how short life is. Time is the most valuable thing in life because it never comes back. And whether you spend it in the arms of a loved one or alone in a prison cell, life is what you make of it. Dream big,” he wrote on Twitter.

This summer, his wife Steinunn Olina, shared that he’s currently undergoing the final stages of cancer. Stefan died on August 21 and his wife posted, “Stefan’s family wants to express their gratitude for the support and warmth received in recent years, and to express their deepest sympathy to the many friends and fans of Stefan Karl.”

Source: Instagram

Stefan Karl started his career in 1994

The Icelandic actor was born 10 July 1975 in Hafnarfjörður. At the age of 19, Stefan Karl Stefansson started his acting career as a puppeteer for television while he was studying at the Drama Academy of Iceland.

He didn’t really like studying at Icelandic drama school and he disagreed with the ideas they were taught.

He initially knew no English, but soon became fluent

Starting working on Lazy Town with Magnús Scheving, Stefan Karl didn’t speak English at all, but he worked hard and became fluent. He signed a contract with Nickelodeon for 40 episodes of Lazy Town, Stefan Karl Stefansson played the villain – Robbie Rotten.

Later he commented on the show that “[Scheving] wanted the kids to get healthier, so he created this musical called LazyTown. He played Sportacus, the fitness fanatic, and I was Robbie Rotten, the guy who liked to stay indoors and sleep”.

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Source: Nickelodeon

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ period

He also remembered by the work in film and theatre, for instance, his title role in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the US from 2008-2015.

Stefan Karl has four kids

Stefán Karl lived in Los Angeles with wife Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, who is an Icelandic actress, TV show host, producer and writer, and three daughters, and one son.

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Source: Instagram

Reaction

Kids and now grown-ups shared their memories of the character from their childhood on Twitter:

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RIP: LazyTown's 'Robbie Rotten' Actor Stefan Karl Stefansson Dies - 5 Reasons Why He's a Memory from Our Childhood
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RIP: LazyTown's 'Robbie Rotten' Actor Stefan Karl Stefansson Dies - 5 Reasons Why He's a Memory from Our Childhood
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The actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, who played LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten, has died aged 43 from cancer on August 21, 2018. Read most fascinating facts about his life on Nexter.org.
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