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Finnish Actor/Director Lindman Dies

Finnish Actor/Director Lindman Dies

Finnish acting legend Ake Lindman has died. He was 81.

The star, one of Finland's most popular and successful actors and directors, passed away following a long battle with ill health.

No further details were confirmed as WENN goes to press.

Born in Helsinki in 1928, Lindman first proved himself as a professional soccer star, playing for the Finnish national team in the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. He moved to the U.K. to play for team Swindon Town, before leaving the game to concentrate on his acting career.

His breakthrough role was in Edvin Laine's The Unknown Soldier in 1955. He went on to star in 87 movies.

Making his directorial debut in 1961, Lindman helmed three films - his last was 2007 war film Tali-Ihantala 1944. He also directed longrunning TV show Stormskars Maja.

Lindman, who married three times, is survived by actress wife Pirkko Mannola.