Torgny Wickman (1937 - ) is a Swedish director, writer and producer of films, television shows, and stage plays. He is most known for his work on the hit Swedish television series, Beck, which has become a cult classic in Scandinavian countries.
Wickman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on December 8, 1937. He attended the University of Stockholm and graduated with a degree in film and drama in 1960. After graduation, Wickman began working as a freelance filmmaker and writer, producing a range of short films, commercials, and documentaries. He was an assistant director on the Swedish feature film, The Brothers (1966), and wrote the script for the Swedish feature, The Story of the Clock (1968).
In the 1970s, Wickman began working on television series. His first series, The Biggest Exit (1973-1974), was a hit in Sweden and ran for two seasons. He then worked on the series, The Detective (1976-1977), which was a huge success in Scandinavia.
In the late 1970s, Wickman wrote and directed the crime drama, Beck (1997-2001), which was based on the novels by Swedish author, Maj Sjöwall. The series was a huge success in the Nordic countries and later became an international hit. The series ran for five seasons and was critically acclaimed for its complex characters and plot twists.
In the early 2000s, Wickman wrote and directed the feature film, In Bed with Santa (2004), which was a hit in Sweden. In 2008, he wrote and directed the feature film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008), which was an international success and was nominated for an academy award for best foreign-language film.
In the 2010s, Wickman worked on a variety of projects, including the Swedish television series, Sjöberg (2010-2011), which ran for two seasons, and the feature film, Waltz for Monica (2013). He also wrote the play, Do Not Disturb (2014), which was a hit in Sweden and later toured internationally.
Throughout his career, Wickman has been praised for his nuanced characterization, clever dialogue, and attention to detail. He is one of Sweden's most successful directors and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Swedish Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.