The acclaimed film and stage star passed away on Saturday (25Feb12) at a Stockholm hospital following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
A regular collaborator of director Ingmar Bergman, they first worked together when Josephson was a teen in The Merchant of Venice, and carried on their partnership for the next seven decades.
Josephson also joined the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sweden and starred in more than 60 productions, before becoming its director in 1965.
He starred in over 40 films and wrote several plays.
First feature role not directed by Bergman, Mai Zetterling's "The Girls/Flickorna"
Joined Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theater
Hollywood acting debut, "Saving Grace"
Solo screenwriting debut and feature debut as producer and co-director (with Sven Nykvist and Ingrid Thulin), "One and One/En och En"; also acted
Final film with Bergman, "Saraband" opposite Ullman
U.S. TV-movie debut, "Control/Il giorno prima" (HBO)
American stage debut, "The Cherry Orchard"; production presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Made stage debut and began a lifelong collaborative friendship with director Ingmar Bergman, then head of an amateur theater company
TV series debut, portrayed the husband Johan in Bergman's celebrated "Scenes From a Marriage"; later released in an edited feature length version
Commercial breakthrough with Bergman, "Cries and Whispers/Viskningar och rop"; co-starred Liv Ullman
Portrayed a screenwriter and director named 'Bergman' in "Faithless," a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman; film directed by Liv Ullmann
Replaced Bergman as head of Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theater
Worked with Bergman at the Heisingborg Municipal Theater
Final film appearance, "Wellkåmm to Verona"
Began appearing in non-Swedish productions, starred in Liliana Cavani's "Beyond Good and Evil/Al di la del bene e del male"
Feature acting debut in the Bergman directed "It Rains on Our Love/Det regnar pa var karlek"
Portrayed former German chancellor Franz von Papen in "The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII/Il papa buono"
Narrated the Swedish version of Michal Leszczylowski's documentary "Directed By Andrei Tarkovsky"
Debut as screenwriter, co-writing with Bergman "All These Women/For att Inte Tala om Alla Dessa Kvinnor"
Josephson authored several novels and plays, an anthology of poems, and scripts for stage, screen and radio.
"Chekhov is very important in Sweden; there's some sort of affinity between the Russian and the Swedish soul. Chekhov is very concerned with the light in the same way that Bergman is so sensitive to the light in his films. The way Chekhov describes the light coming down on the cherry orchard, it seems to me to be a very Nordic light, which in the morning is very clear and beautiful." - Josephson in The New York Times, 1988
"I'm too impatient to wait for things to happen to me. If I should be out of work for two months I would go crazy. So as soon as I'm free I start writing. While it is necessary for me to write, I know that if I go too long without acting on the stage I don't feel well. Acting has a strong sensual quality that I get such a...you say 'kick' in America? It's a fantastic profession in that way." - Josephson in The New York Times, 1988