Inspiration for Tintin, Palle Huld, Dies at 98

The inspiration for Tintin, Palle Huld, has died. He was 98 and living in a retirement home in Copenhagen.

Huld had appeared in 40 Danish films between 1933 and 2000 and was a stage actor with Denmark’s Royal Theatre. But his other claim to fame was a competition he won in 1928 at the age of 15: a Danish newspaper wanted to send a teenager would-be-reporter around the globe.

The 15-year-old travelled to North America, Japan, Siberia and Germany for 44 days.

The Belgian author Georges Remi heard of Huld’s journey and was inspired to create Tintin, the globe-trotting reporter.