Born as Erik Stellan Chatham. His parents was the artists Gösta Chatham and Mollie Faustman. Hampe Faustman was a Swedish director, writer and actor. He appeared in 23 feature films and directed 20 films between during the 1940s and 50s. Faustman is best known for his socially engaged films. Producer Lorens Marmstedt contracted Faustman to Terrafilm which gave him artistic freedom. He died of pneumonia at 42.