Danish actor Palle Huld, whose exploit as a boy news reporter predating his acting career inspired a Belgian cartoonist to create the comic-book reporter named Tintin, has died. He was 98.
Mr. Huld died Nov. 26 in a retirement home in Copenhagen. The cause of death was not given.
He was a stage actor with Denmark's Royal Theater, and he appeared in 40 Danish films between 1933 and 2000.
However, his fame came before his acting career began.
In 1928, he won a competition organized by Danish newspaper that wanted to send a teenage would-be-reporter around the globe.
For 44 days, the 15-year-old traveled to North America, Japan, Siberia, and Germany, and was greeted by 20,000 people upon his return to Copenhagen.
Herge, the pen name of Belgian author Georges Remi, heard of Mr. Huld's journey, which reportedly inspired him to create Tintin, the globe-trotting reporter. - AP