Bo Svenson

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Bo Svenson
Bo Svenson headshot.jpg
Born(1941-02-13) 13 February 1941 (age 74)
Gothenburg, Sweden
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, writer
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Lise Svenson (1966–present)
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Not to be confused with Danish football player Bo Svensson.
Bo Svenson
Bo Svenson headshot.jpg
Born(1941-02-13) 13 February 1941 (age 74)
Gothenburg, Sweden
OccupationActor, film director, film producer, writer
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Lise Svenson (1966–present)

Bo Svenson (born 13 February 1941) is a Swedish-born American actor, known for his roles in American genre films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Svenson was born in Sweden to Lola Iris Viola (née Johansson), a big band leader, actress, and singer, and Birger Ragnar Svenson, a personal driver, athlete, and bodyguard for the King of Sweden.[1] He emigrated to the United States and then, when he was 17, served in the U.S. Marine Corps until his discharge six years later.[1]

He also holds a fourth degree (Yondan = 4th Dan) black belt in judo. He earned his first degree (Shodan) belt at Kodokan in Japan, the home dojo of Judo, while stationed in Japan in 1961 as a Marine.[2] He was the 1961 Far East Judo Champion in the Heavyweight Division.[1]


In the late 1960s, Svenson had a recurring role in the hit TV series Here Come the Brides as Lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen.

In the mid-1970s, he took over the role of lawman Buford Pusser from Joe Don Baker in both sequels to the hit 1973 film Walking Tall, after Pusser himself, who had originally agreed to take over the role, died in an automobile crash. He reprised the role again for the short-lived 1981 television series of the same name.

One of his most famous roles in films was as murder witness-turned-vigilante Michael McBain in the 1976 cult classic Breaking Point. He single-handedly takes down a Mafia don and some of his henchmen. It is one of the few films made about persons in the Witness Protection Program in the U.S.

Svenson also played the Soviet agent Ivan in the Magnum, P.I. episode "Did You See the Sunrise?" (1982). Svenson has a cameo as an American colonel in Inglourious Basterds, as a tribute to his role in The Inglorious Bastards. He is the only actor to appear in both films.




1973MaurieJack Twyman
1974The Great Waldo PepperAxel Olsson
1975Walking Tall, Part 2Buford Pusser
1976Breaking PointMichael McBain
Special DeliveryJack Murdock
1977The Son of the SheikHamilton Burger
Walking Tall: Final ChapterBuford Pusser
1978The Inglorious BastardsLt. Robert Yeager
1979Portrait of a HitmanDr. Bob Michaels
North Dallas FortyJo Bob Priddy
1980Sverige åt svenskarnaThe lad
VirusMajor Carter
1982Night WarningDetective Joe Carlson
1983ThunderSheriff Bill Cook
1984Deadly ImpactGeorge Ryan
The ManhuntSheriff
1985Wizards of the Lost KingdomKor
1986The Delta ForceCapt. Campbell
Choke CanyonCapt. Oliver Parkside
Armour of GodMonk
Heartbreak RidgeRoy Jennings, Palace Bar Owner
1987Maniac KillerCount Silvano
Movie in ActionThe Director
Thunder IISheriff Roger
Double TargetColonel Galckin
White PhantomThe Colonel
Brothers in BloodSteven Elliott Logan/Steel
1988Andy Colby's Incredible AdventureKor The Conqueror
Delta Force CommandoCol. Keitel
Deep SpaceCapt. Robertson
Primal RageEthridge
1989The Kill ReflexIvan Moss
The BiteThe Sheriff
Beyond the Door IIIProfessor Andromolek
1990Tides of WarSS Colonel
Laser MissionColonel
1991Critical ActionEx-con
Steele's LawSheriff Barnes
1992Three Days to a KillRick
1994Savage LandJeb
1995Private ObsessionSam Weston
Steel FrontierRoy Ackett
1996CheyenneCapt. Starrett
1997Speed 2: Cruise ControlCaptain Pollard
2000Crackerjack 3Jack Thorn
2001OutlawDetective Maize
2004LegacyPurse Snatcher
Kill Bill, Vol. 2Reverend Harmony
2005Hell to PayDel Shannon
2006Raising Jeffrey DahmerDetective John Amos
2008I Am Somebody: No Chance in HellForeman Bo
2009Inglourious BasterdsAmerican Colonel
2010Jersey JusticeW.W. Tolliver
The 7 Adventures of SinbadSimon Magnusson
1965The FlipperHarry HobsonEpisode: "Coral Fever"
1967N.Y.P.D.ActorEpisode: "Shakedown"
1968PremiereMilovan DrummEpisode: "The Freebooters"
Mission ImpossibleKarlEpisode: "The Mercenaries"
Here Comes the BridesBig Swede10 episodes
1969LancerJoshEpisode: "The Wedding"
The Name of the GameG.B. MosbieEpisode: "Love-In at Ground Zero"
Daniel BooneHaskinsEpisode: "A Pinch of Salt"
The High ChaparralBennettEpisode: "Trail to Nevemore"
IronsideBaron Lars Von GyllenskjoldEpisode: "Love My Enemy"
1970The VirginianLonnieEpisode: "The Price of the Hanging"
Mod SquadBubbaEpisode: "Welcome to the Human Race, Levi Frazee!"
1971The Chicago Teddy BearsGeorgiEpisode: "Billy the Kid"
1972The BravosRaederTV movie
The RookiesBud ReevesEpisode: "The Commitment"
BanyonCarloEpisode: "Meal Ticket"
1973The Wide World of MysteryMonster2 part episode: "Frankenstein"
You'll Never See Me AgainSamTV movie
Kung FuPikeEpisode: "The Spirit-Helper"
1974The Snoop SistersChet MarionEpisode: "Fear Is a Free-Throw"
1975Target RiskLee DriscollTv movie
1977SnowbeastGar SebergTV movie
1979Gold of the Amazon WomenTom JensenTV movie
The Spirit of Adventure: Night FlightFabienTV movie
1981Walking TallSheriff Buford Pusser7 episodes
1982Magnum, P.I.IvanEpisode: "Did You See the Sun Rise?"
1983The Fall GuyCol. Baker2 episodes
1984JealousyHo HuttonTV movie
HunterSheriff Jake CutterEpisode: "A Long Way from L.A."
1985Crazy like a FoxEpisode: "Motor Homicide"
1987Dirty Dozen: The Deadly MissionMaurice FontenacTV movie
1988Murder, She WroteKarl Anderson2 episodes
1993Neon RiderMaitlandEpisode: "Walking Tall"
Street JusticeCaptain StrykerEpisode: "Countdown"
The CommishGeorge HayesEpisode: "Hero"
1994Lonesome Dove: The SeriesColonel Jeb QuintanoEpisode: "Last Stand"
CobraFrank McLoryEpisode: "Death Dive"
Kung Fu: The Legend ContinuesBen KinasayEpisode: "Only the Strong Survive"
1995PointmanUncle NickEpisode: "Going Home"
1997HeartlessSheriff SamTV movie
1998Dead Man's GunColonel Horace BuckthornEpisode: "The Mimsers"
1999The Di Palma Forum at UNLVHimselfCo-Host
Due SouthColonel Horace Buckthorn2 part episode: "Call of the Wild"
2002JAGCapt. Mikhail Yerastov2 episodes
2004I'll Be Seeing YouPhilip CarterTV movie
Proof of the ManKen ShuftanTV mini-series
2012Arne Dahl: Bad BloodDaniel BrinkTV movie


1996–1998Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
1998He's Not Heavy


2006Raising Jeffrey DahmerCo-producer




  1. ^ a b c "Bo Svenson – Biography." Bo Svenson – Actor, director, producer, Writer. Web. 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ "JUDOKA AND WALKING TALL ACTOR BO SVENSON". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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