Stefan Karl Stefansson, 1975-2018

I’m going to talk about someone most of you have never heard of – especially those with older children. Stefan Karl Stefansson was an actor who played Robbie Rotten on the children’s show Lazytown.

Stefansson was brilliant in the role, and yesterday, he passed away at the age of 43.

Icelandic actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, who played LazyTown villain Robbie Rotten, has died aged 43 from cancer.

Stefansson was best known for his role on the children’s show, which was produced from 2004 to 2014. He was initially diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2016, but said it had been removed with surgery.

He often shared his treatment and progress with fans online on social media – announcing in March the disease had returned and was inoperable.

“It’s not until they tell you you’re going to die soon that you realize how short life is. Time is the most valuable thing in life because it never comes back. And whether you spend it in the arms of a loved one or alone in a prison cell, life is what you make of it. Dream big,” he posted to Twitter.

I wish cancer would get cancer. Stefan is another wonderful, talented human being taken away far too soon from this despicable disease. The hours of entertainment he gave my kids is immeasurable in time and impact.

Kyle, my 17-year old, was disheartened when he heard the news, as were my other kids. Lazytown was a great, if not odd, show which always brought the goods. Robbie Rotten was a hilarious villain, and no one will ever be able to fill Stefan’s shoes.

Thank you, Stefan, for all the entertainment over the years. You will be sorely missed.

5 thoughts on “Stefan Karl Stefansson, 1975-2018

  1. TXNick – He was a terrific actor and apparently, an even better person. A few years ago, his character was the focus of memes. Icelandic media asked him about it, and he thought it was hilarious. Definitely not your typical Hollywood type.

    Mike – My kids loved the show, and Stefan was the best part of it. His villainy was cartoony, but it made my kids laugh every day. Damned shame.


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