From an tough as nails, ex-NHL player coaching a hockey team in the Junior Goodwill Games, to a swash buckling cardinal guard, and a decadent music teacher, Carsten Norgaard has brought to life a plethora of rich and complex characters on the big and small screens over the years. His range has been seen not only in US projects but internationally as well, making him one of the most diverse actors in the entertainment industry today. In 2015, Norgaard can be seen co-starring in Amazon’s highly anticipated series “The Man in the High Castle.” Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (The Martian), “The Man in the High Castle” explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Norgaard is a scene-stealer as double agent and Berlin insider ‘Colonel Rudolph Wegener,’ who poses as Swedish businessman Victor Baynes. All ten episodes of “The Man in the High Castle” will be released on Amazon November 20, 2015.
In addition to his work on Amazon, Norgaard recently appeared as a series regular and leading man on the critically acclaimed, hit Danish dramedy “Rita,” which is currently available on Netflix. He also was recently seen as a guest star on FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow,” CBS’ “Person of Interest,” “NCIS,” and “The Unit,” as well as the mini series “Air Force Once Is Down” as a lead opposite Emilie de Ravin, Linda Hamilton and Jeremy Sisto. He also had a major recurring role on season two of HBO’s Michael Mann/David Milch drama “Luck” with Dustin Hoffmann, Nick Nolte and Michael Gambon.
Born in Frederiksberg, Denmark Norgaard had an early passion for filmmaking and acting that let him to London to study at The Actors Centre. His breakout role was in the film “D2: The Mighty Ducks” [Buena Vista Pictures] opposite Emilio Estevez. The Hollywood Reporter praised “Carsten Norgaard is terrific as the arch- villain, the black suited, slick-haired Icelandic coach” and The New York Times was so impressed by his role in D:2 that they featured him in their article, “For the Villains of Hollywood, It’s Cold War II.”
Norgaard went on to appear in a handful of blockbuster films including: “The Three Musketeers” for Summit Entertainment opposite Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom and Christopher Waltz, “Alien vs. Predator,” the #1 box office hit for 20th Century Fox directed by Paul Anderson, “Gods & Generals” [Warner Bros.] the Civil War drama starring Robert Duvall directed by Ron Maxwell, “Soldier” [Warner Bros.] starring Kurt Russell and directed by Paul Anderson, and the short film “The Spartans” [Sundance Channel] which earned an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.
Norgaard’s work not only includes projects in the United States, but international film and television roles as well. Credits include: “Sinbad” for the SKYB Network, the hit German TV series “Tatort” directed by Oscar winner Florian Baxmeyer, the pilot “Ausgerechnet Afrika,” a doctors without borders story for the German network RTL, “Kein Bund furs Leben,” a German Comedy in which Norgaard played the American lead ‘Major Ridgeley,’ and the Danish hit TV series “Nynne,” directed by Oscar winner Martin Strange Hansen, which was a cross between “Sex in The City” and “Bridget Jones Diaries.” On the film front, Norgaard was seen in “The Black Pimpernel,” an emotional drama about the Swedish Ambassador Harold Edelstram and his heroic actions which won the Jury Special Mention Prize in The Bucharest International Film Festival.
While he loves to create characters on screen, Norgaard has also tried his hand at producing, starring in and co-producing “The Gristle,” which was sold to HBO. It is the only film ever to be financed with an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan guarantee. The historical significance of this funding received front-page editorial coverage in Variety and The Los Angeles Times.
Norgaard currently splits his time between Los Angeles, Panama [where he has a second home], and in Europe, particularly Copenhagen, Denmark.