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Stefan Karl Stefansson


If you are someone of a certain age, most likely you'd have heard of LazyTown when you were growing up. I was one of those young children who watched LazyTown, and I remember enjoying it a lot. Stefan Karl Stefansson played the main antagonist of the show, Robbie Rotten, and it was fun to watch the plans he'd try to make the town lazy. In many ways, Stefansson was the standout star of the show, despite being labeled a villain, and without him the show wouldn't have stood out as much as it did for me. Of course, that wasn't the only thing Stefansson did.

Stefan Karl Stefansson was born in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, on July 10, 1975. He began his career at the age of 19, as a puppeteer for television, while he was studying acting at the Drama Academy of Iceland. He became a very well-respected actor, appearing in plays (including those by Anton Chekhov) and Icelandic TV shows. However, his role as the witty, fun villain Robbie Rotten on LazyTown brought him into the mainstream and became his most notable role. He repeated this archetype when he played the title character of the adapted musical How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 2008 to 2015. 

Sadly, he was diagnosed with aggressive bile duct cancer in October 2016. After this diagnosis, he achieved meme status when his song "We Are Number One" from LazyTown, which was part of his GoFundMe campaign, got millions of hits, returning him to the pop culture of the time. He eventually beat his original diagnosis, and then beat cancer again after it metastasized a second time. However, in February 2018, it was announced that his cancer had become inoperable, and he closed his social-media accounts. He died too soon, at the young age of 43, and became a hit for Allen Kirshner, Cheesecake 1, Deceased Hose, Ed V., Fisher, Gerard Tierney, me (Joey Russ), Keister Button, Morlock, Pan Breed, TJS, and Toast. 

--Joey Russ

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