Ari Behn was a Norwegian author, painter, and playwright. He was born in Aarhus, Denmark. He and his family moved from place to place, eventually settling in South Norway. After graduating from the University of Oslo in the 1990s, Ari published his first collection of short stories, Sad as Hell, in 1999 and gained fame as an author. Over the years, he wrote several novels, plays, and short-story collections, such as From Heart to Heart, The Training Hour, Tiger in the Garden, and Inferno. He was also part of a few TV shows and films and had established the artists’ group The New Wine. In his later years, he turned into a neo-expressionist painter and participated in many international exhibitions. In December 2017, he stirred controversy by revealing that Kevin Spacey had groped his genitals at a Nobel Peace Prize after-party in 2007. Ari was married to Princess Märtha Louise and had three daughters with her. The couple eventually divorced. Ari died by suicide, after a prolonged struggle with mental health issues, in 2019.