Ansa Ikonen frequently played as his leading lady in films. His most famous roles were perhaps in Kulkurin Valssi ("Vagabond"s Waltz"), and Vaimoke ("Wifeling"). He appeared with actress/singer Birgit Kronström in the 1941 romantic comedy "Onnellinen ministeri" ("Happy Minister"), which included the famous song "Katupoikien Laulu", remade by other Finnish popular singers including Katri Helena.
In Kulkurin Valssi, he uttered perhaps the most famous words in the history of Finnish film, "I will be remembered not as the mere shadow of the man I once was, but as the mere shadow of the man I am now.".