Photo of Lasse Hallström Lasse Hallström

Born June 2, 1946, in Stockholm, Sweden, Lasse Hallström made his professional filmmaking debut while in high school when a short movie he made about a local band appeared on Swedish television. This led to more TV work, and in 1975 he directed his first feature, A Guy and a Gal.

Hallström followed up with several romantic comedies, but it wasn't until 1985 that he gained the attention of audiences outside Sweden with his poignantly comic My Life As a Dog. Despite receiving an Oscar nod and international acclaim, Hallström didn't cross the Atlantic to make a film until 1991 with Once Around starring Holly Hunter.

Hallström's next movie -- the coming-of-age tale What's Eating Gilbert Grape? -- cemented his reputation in Tinseltown. He's since made a string of successful films, including the Oscar-nominated The Cider House Rules (1999), Chocolat (2000) and The Shipping News (2001).

Lasse Hallström in A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose

2017 PG

Unfolding through the prospect of a reincarnated dog, this affecting family tale follows the faithful canine as he learns the purpose of his existence through the lives of his numerous owners.

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