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Name: Tapio Rautavaara  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 8th March 1915
Place of Birth: Nokia, Finland
Profession: Actor
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

The multitalented Tapio Rautavaara (March 8, 1915 - September 25, 1979) of Finland was successful and famous as an athlete, performing artist and actor. He won the gold medal in the javelin at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and many other top placements in international javelin competitions. He was also a member of the Finnish winning team in the archery World Championships of 1958. Picture on the right is an "official" fan picture from 1946, that highlighted both of his roles.

His mellow, sentimental recordings are still somewhat popular. His version of the Johnny Cash mainstay I Walk the Line given the title Yölinjalla (and transformed into a song about a long haul truck-driver) is one of the most frequently played recordings played on the radio on nights. Another perennial favorite is his recording of the Reino Helismaa's song Päivänsäde ja Menninkäinen (about a sprite of daylight and a nocturnal troll, and their doomed romance).

Rautavaara acted in numerous Finnish films, and was also supposedly a candidate for the part of Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller quit his career.

His memorial is located in the centre of Helsinki's Oulunkylä district, where Rautavaara spent most of his life.

Ville Valo, frontman of a Finnish love metal band HIM, regards Rautavaara as his biggest idol in Finnish popular music.

Rautavaara's most renowned recordings

  • Päivänsäde ja menninkäinen, 1949/1965
  • Reissumies ja kissa, 1949
  • Kulkuri ja joutsen, 1950
  • Isoisän olkihattu, 1951/1964
  • Ontuva Eriksson, 1951
  • Sininen uni, 1952
  • Juokse sinä humma, 1953
  • Kulkuriveljeni Jan, 1956
  • Yölinjalla, 1962
  • Tuopin jäljet, 1963
  • En päivääkään vaihtaisi pois, 1979

Rautavaara's filmography

  • Vain sinulle (1945)
  • Synnin jäljet (1946)
  • Kuudes käsky (1947)
  • Kultamitalivaimo (1947)
  • Sinut minä tahdon (1949)
  • Aila, Pohjolan tytär (1951)
  • Rion yö (1951)
  • Salakuljettajan laulu (1952)
  • Pekka Puupää (1953)
  • 2 hauskaa vekkulia (1953)
  • Me tulemme taas (1953)
  • Kummituskievari (1954)
  • Veteraanin voitto (1955)
  • Villi Pohjola (1955)
  • Kaunis Kaarina (1955)
  • Kahden ladun poikki (1958)
  • Molskis, sanoi Eemeli, molskis! (1960)
  • Tähtisumua (1961)
  • X-paroni (1964)
  • Anna (1970)

Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in men's javelin throw
Eric Lemming | Jonni Myyrä | Erik Lundqvist | Matti Järvinen | Gerhard Stöck | Tapio Rautavaara | Cyrus Young | Egil Danielsen | Viktor Tsybulenko | Pauli Nevala | Jānis Lūsis | Klaus Wolfermann | Miklós Németh | Dainis Kūla | Arto Härkönen | Tapio Korjus | Jan Železný | Andreas Thorkildsen

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