True Blood star attended Manhattan College

Aspiring actors and actresses may benefit from earning a college degree. Alexander Skarsgård, one of the stars of the hit HBO series True Blood, earned a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College before he was on television, the LA Times reports.

Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the son of the famous actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife My Skarsgård. The actor has appeared in several Swedish TV series and movies, according to the Telegraph. Skarsgård also revealed to the New York Daily News that he used to be an anti-terrorist marine in his home country.

In 2003, he was nominated for a Guldbagge - a Swedish acting award - for a male supporting role in the movie Hundtricket.

Four years later, Skarsgård played one of the main characters in the American miniseries Generation Kill. He is also an original member of the ensemble cast of HBO's television drama series True Blood. Skarsgård plays the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old former Viking king, vampire sheriff and local bar owner in Louisiana.

In 2009, Skarsgård appeared in pop singer Lady Gaga's music video for the song Paparazzi. 

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