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Karl Swenson (1908–1978)


Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner Sanctum Mysteries"). He gave visual life to one ... See full bio »

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 1980 Dan August: Murder, My Friend (TV Movie)
Aubrey Burnett
 1978 The Amazing Spider-Man (TV Series)
Dr. Carl Benson
- Night of the Clones (1978) ... Dr. Carl Benson
 1958-1975 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Jensen / Laredo Marshal / U.S. Marshal
- Wild Country: Part 2 (1975) ... Jensen
- Texas John Slaughter: Ambush in Laredo (1958) ... Laredo Marshal (uncredited)
- Texas John Slaughter (1958) ... U.S. Marshal (uncredited)
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Jack Halsey
- Coffin Corner (1975) ... Jack Halsey
 1974 Happy Days (TV Series)
Police Detective
- Richie's Car (1974) ... Police Detective
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Dr. Knowles
- The Pen Pal (1974) ... Dr. Knowles
 1974 The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Movie)
Adams
 1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Mike Shea
- The Gold Mine (1974) ... Mike Shea
 1974 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Gustaveson
- Blockade (1974) ... Gustaveson
 1974 Emergency! (TV Series)
Gus
- Messin' Around (1974) ... Gus
 1973 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Mr. Fowler
- Trial Run for Death (1973) ... Mr. Fowler
 1973 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Captain Potter
- Sometimes a Great Ocean (1973) ... Captain Potter
 1962-1972 Lassie (TV Series)
Anson Booth / Karl Burkholm / Barnaby Cornell / ...
- Vigil of the Stork (1972) ... Karl Burkholm
- Hanford's Point: Part 1 (1968) ... Barnaby Cornell (uncredited)
- A Time of Decision (1967) ... Anson Booth
- Lassie's Busy Day (1967) ... Anson Booth
- In the Eyes of Lassie (1965) ... Dr. Karl Hansen
 1972 Ulzana's Raid
Willy Rukeyser
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Ed Barnes
- At the Cradle Foot (1972) ... Ed Barnes
 1972 The New Healers (TV Movie)
Mr. Fisherman
 1970-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
William Bradshaw / Ben / Edwards
- The Cave (1972) ... William Bradshaw
- Fever (1970) ... Ben
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
Otto Schurman
- Operation: Deathwatch (1972) ... Otto Schurman
 1972 Longstreet (TV Series)
Sven Aalborg
- Let the Memories Be Happy Ones (1972) ... Sven Aalborg
 1971 A Howling in the Woods (TV Movie)
Apperson
 1971 The Birdmen (TV Movie)
Gunter (uncredited)
 1971 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Burke
- The Scandal (1971) ... Burke
 1971 Dan August (TV Series)
Aubrey Burnett
- Trackdown (1971) ... Aubrey Burnett
 1957-1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Mr. Hubert / McGruder / Lars Karlgren / ...
- Lavery (1971) ... Mr. Hubert
- The Devil's Outpost (1969) ... McGruder
- The Newcomers (1966) ... Lars Karlgren
- Harvest (1966) ... Ian McGovern
- Blue Heaven (1964) ... Tabe Morley
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Vet
- A Killing at the Track (1971) ... Vet
 1971 Medical Center (TV Series)
Dr. Mills
- Secret Heritage (1971) ... Dr. Mills
 1971 Vanishing Point
Clerk at Delivery Agency
 1970 The Wild Country
Jensen
 1970 The Immortal (TV Series)
Dom DiLorenzo
- The Queen's Gambit (1970) ... Dom DiLorenzo
 1969-1970 Insight (TV Series)
John Bradley / Phillips
- The Dangerous Airs of Amy Clark (1970) ... John Bradley
- A Thousand Red Flowers (1969) ... Phillips
 1970 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Abel Morgan
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part II (1970) ... Abel Morgan
- Three Dead Cows at Makapuu: Part I (1970) ... Abel Morgan
 1962-1969 The Virginian (TV Series)
Ezra Gates / Nelson / Sheriff Roy Cheever / ...
- The Substitute (1969) ... Ezra Gates
- The Heritage (1968) ... Nelson
- The Crooked Path (1968) ... Sheriff Roy Cheever
- Yesterday's Timepiece (1967) ... Mr. Archer
- Blaze of Glory (1965) ... Ben Wallace
 1968-1969 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Dr. Ziegler / Colonel Dubov
- The Numbers Game (1969) ... Dr. Ziegler
- The Spy (1968) ... Colonel Dubov
 1969 Tiger, Tiger (TV Movie)
Dr. Herbert
 1969 The Outcasts (TV Series)
Tom Reed
- Act of Faith (1969) ... Tom Reed
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
Erickson
- Walk in the Sky (1968) ... Erickson
 1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Walden
- Stopover in a Troubled Town (1968) ... Walden
 1967-1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Dr. Kihlgren / Doc Kihlgren
- Fool's Gold (1968) ... Dr. Kihlgren
- Nobody (1967) ... Doc Kihlgren
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Judge
 1968 Tarzan (TV Series)
Governor General
- The Professional (1968) ... Governor General
 1959-1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Captain Nels Larson / Dr. Woods / Ike Daggert / ...
- Showdown at Tahoe (1967) ... Captain Nels Larson
- A Natural Wizard (1965) ... Dr. Woods
- Day of Reckoning (1960) ... Ike Daggert
- Death on Sun Mountain (1959) ... Carl Harris
 1967 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Dr. Karl Svenson
- How to Win Friends and Influence Nazis (1967) ... Dr. Karl Svenson
 1967 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Keller
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (1967) ... Dr. Keller
 1967 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Colonel Seidner
- Two for One Raid (1967) ... Colonel Seidner
 1965-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Steve Minter / Aaron Moyers / Bert Hadley
- Wagonload of Dreams (1967) ... Steve Minter
- Last Train to the Fair (1966) ... Aaron Moyers
- Winner Lose All (1965) ... Bert Hadley
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Karlsen
- To Seek and Destroy (1966) ... Karlsen
 1966 Seconds
Dr. Morris
 1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Sheriff Ben Garrett
- End of a Legend (1966) ... Sheriff Ben Garrett
 1965 Convoy (TV Series)
Lars Hanson
- The Man with the Saltwater Socks (1965) ... Lars Hanson
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Judge
- Hour of Decision (1965) ... Judge
- Wives and Losers (1965) ... Judge
- The Life Machine (1965) ... Judge
 1962-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Unk Hazekian / Charles Norman / Corley Ketchum / ...
- The Case of the 12th Wildcat (1965) ... Unk Hazekian
- The Case of the Sleepy Slayer (1964) ... Charles Norman
- The Case of the Bigamous Spouse (1963) ... Corley Ketchum
- The Case of the Tarnished Trademark (1962) ... Axel Norstaad
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Mr. Rudd
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
Doc Isdell
 1965 Major Dundee
Captain Waller
 1959-1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Merle / Sergeant
- Moment in the Sun (1965) ... Merle
- Incident at the Buffalo Smokehouse (1959) ... Sergeant
 1964-1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Morgan / Service station owner
- Brass Ring (1965) ... Morgan
- Tug of War (1964) ... Service station owner
 1965 Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha (TV Movie)
Vanderhof
 1964 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Rev. Hughes
- A Bargain Is for Keeping (1964) ... Rev. Hughes
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Mr. Haskell
- Love Among the Grown-Ups (1964) ... Mr. Haskell
 1964 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
Chynoweth
- Richard T. Ely (1964) ... Chynoweth
 1964 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Colonel Harper
- A Date for the Colonel's Daughter (1964) ... Colonel Harper
 1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
Fred Wilkins
- Jose, the Matchmaker (1964) ... Fred Wilkins
 1963-1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Bigger / Coley Bishop
- The Day of the Search (1964) ... Bigger
- The Day of the First Suitor (1963) ... Coley Bishop
 1961-1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Harry Whitmore / Jim Bridger
- The Jed Whitmore Story (1964) ... Harry Whitmore
 1963 The Prize
Hilding
 1963 The Man from Galveston
Sheriff
 1963 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Sam Wade
- Seventy Times Seven (1963) ... Sam Wade
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Max
- I Am the Most Beautiful (1963) ... Max
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Louis
- The Wrecker (1963) ... Louis
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Lt. Col. Curtis Morley
- Fall from a White Horse (1963) ... Lt. Col. Curtis Morley
 1958-1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Marty Kline / Tom Lansing / Joseph Vanner / ...
- By His Own Verdict (1963) ... Marty Kline
- Twice Dead (1962) ... Tom Lansing
- The Man in the Mirror (1961) ... Joseph Vanner / Joe Vianelli
- Two and Two Makes Six (1958) ... Baldwin
 1959-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Emil Viktor / Lars Carlson / Bryan James / ...
- The Stranger (1963) ... Emil Viktor
- Trial by Fire (1962) ... Lars Carlson
- A Grave for Cully Brown (1962) ... Bryan James
- Night of the Quiet Men (1959) ... Becker
 1963 The Birds
Drunken Doomsayer in Diner
 1963 G.E. True (TV Series)
Jim Kowalski
- Security Risk (1963) ... Jim Kowalski
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Nelson
 1962-1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Barney Rossvalley
- Some Fires Die Slowly (1963) ... Barney Rossvalley
- Not Even the Gulls Shall Weep (1963) ... Barney Rossvalley
- Nothing Equals Nothing (1962) ... Barney Rossvalley
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Harry McNeill
- Thunder in Pleasant Valley (1963) ... Harry McNeill
 1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
George Sherston
- House Guest (1962) ... George Sherston
 1962 How the West Was Won
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1962 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mr. McBeevee
- Mr. McBeevee (1962) ... Mr. McBeevee
 1962 The Comedy Spot (TV Series)
Howard Carol
- Time Out for Ginger (1962) ... Howard Carol
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Lawson
- Change of Heart (1962) ... Lawson
 1962 The Spiral Road
Insp. Bevers
 1961-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Stanley Zolinsky / Hans Dreiser
- Arsenal (1962) ... Stanley Zolinsky
- Mr. Moon (1961) ... Hans Dreiser
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Rev. Hoskins
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Lang
- Safari (1962) ... Lang
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side
Schmidt
 1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Charlie Haynes
- Who Is Sylvia? (1962) ... Charlie Haynes
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Dr. Frank Barthold
- And If I Die (1962) ... Dr. Frank Barthold
 1962 Ripcord (TV Series)
Will Gorman
- Day of the Hunter (1962) ... Will Gorman
 1961 Judgment at Nuremberg
Dr. Heinrich Geuter
 1961 Window on Main Street (TV Series)
- Doctor to Town (1961)
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Dowzy Williams
 1958-1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Sheriff / Sam DeWitt / Lloyd Petty / ...
- Brother's Keeper (1961) ... Sheriff
- El Paso Stage (1961) ... Sam DeWitt
- Fandango (1961) ... Lloyd Petty
- Alaska (1959) ... Boris Tosheff
- A Sense of Justice (1958) ... Sheriff Neal Grayson
 1961 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV Series)
The Ex-con
- The Genuine Fake (1961) ... The Ex-con
 1960-1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Skipper / Turner
- Frontier Correspondent (1961) ... Skipper
- Suicide Flight (1960) ... Turner
 1960-1961 Klondike (TV Series)
Dr. Edwards / Judge Frank Weinstock
- Swing Your Partner (1961) ... Dr. Edwards
- Klondike Fever (1960) ... Judge Frank Weinstock
 1957-1961 Maverick (TV Series)
General Josiah Warren / Sheriff Griffen / Captain Nares
- Family Pride (1961) ... General Josiah Warren
- Shady Deal at Sunny Acres (1958) ... Sheriff Griffen
- The Wrecker (1957) ... Captain Nares
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Rainbow
- Secret at Half Moon Key (1961) ... Rainbow
 1960 Flaming Star
Dred Pierce
 1960 Hong Kong (TV Series)
John Olwine
- The Dragon Cup (1960) ... John Olwine
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series)
Ben Potts
- Line Camp (1960) ... Ben Potts
 1960 North to Alaska
Lars Nordquist
 1960 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Martin Dunlap
- The Blue Goddess (1960) ... Martin Dunlap
 1958-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
John, Helen's Brother / Ed Holland
- A Very Moral Theft (1960) ... John, Helen's Brother
- On the Nose (1958) ... Ed Holland
 1960 One Foot in Hell
Sheriff Ole Olson
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Marshal Kramer
- Lobo Lawman (1960) ... Marshal Kramer
 1960 The Gallant Hours
Capt. Bill Bailey
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Frederick St. John
- Odyssey of Hate (1960) ... Frederick St. John
 1960 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
Dr. Lindstrom
- Breakoff (1960) ... Dr. Lindstrom
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Chris Manse / Nils Swenson
- The Jailbird (1960) ... Chris Manse (as Karl Swensen)
- The Vision (1960) ... Nils Swenson
 1960 Hotel de Paree (TV Series)
Jed Holmes
- Sundance and the Marshal of Water's End (1960) ... Jed Holmes
 1958-1960 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Charley Burton / Mr. Frank Weston / Charlie Burton
- Bentley and the Majorette (1960) ... Mr. Frank Weston
- Decisions, Decisions (1959) ... Charlie Burton
- Parent's Night (1958) ... Charley Burton
- Bentley's Clubhouse (1958) ... Charley Burton
 1960 Ice Palace
Scotty Ballantyne
 1960 Grand Jury (TV Series)
Matthews
- Crime Crusader (1960) ... Matthews
 1958-1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Sam Maitland / Sheriff
- Cowards Don't Die (1959) ... Sam Maitland
- Law of the Gun (1958) ... Sheriff
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Doc Wile
- Four from Stillwater (1959) ... Doc Wile
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Will Harmon / Luis Greening / Lee Willis
- King of the Valley (1959) ... Will Harmon
- The Sunrise Gun (1959) ... Luis Greening
- This Man Must Die (1958) ... Lee Willis
 1959 This Man Dawson (TV Series)
- Intimidation (1959)
 1959 The Rebel (TV Series)
Lew Bussey
- Panic (1959) ... Lew Bussey
 1959 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Ansel Torgin
- The Fight Back (1959) ... Ansel Torgin
 1959 Lock Up (TV Series)
Ed Reed
- The Failure (1959) ... Ed Reed
 1959 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Sen. Jim Sloane
- Moon Landing (1959) ... Sen. Jim Sloane
 1959 Tightrope (TV Series)
Brahn
- Stand on Velvet (1959) ... Brahn
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Captain Taylor / Sean Casey
- Red Water North (1959) ... Captain Taylor
- Silent Witness (1959) ... Sean Casey
 1958-1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Van Kemp / Snipes
- Chain of Command (1959) ... Van Kemp
- Trial at Devil's Canyon (1959) ... Snipes
 1959 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Pierre the Butler
- The Bergen Show (1959) ... Pierre the Butler
 1959 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Stefan Karolyi / Col. Vanderhoek
- Iron Curtain (1959) ... Stefan Karolyi
- The Prisoner (1959) ... Col. Vanderhoek
 1958-1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Dennis O'Hara / Alexi Sharlokov / Bill Manning / ...
- The Mysterious Stranger (1959) ... Dennis O'Hara
- The Extra Hand (1959) ... Alexi Sharlokov
- Price on His Head (1958) ... Bill Manning
- Small War at Custer Junction (1958) ... Andy Burke
 1959 The Hanging Tree
Tom Flaunce
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Tom Monroe
- Terror (1959) ... Tom Monroe
 1959 No Name on the Bullet
Stricker
 1959 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Secretary of War James Cameron
- The Court Martial of Trooper Davis (1959) ... Secretary of War James Cameron
 1958 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Jim Pate
- Cheyenne Club (1958) ... Jim Pate
 1958 The Badlanders
The Marshal (uncredited)
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Kiley
- The Lawless (1958) ... Kiley
 1958 Kings Go Forth
The Colonel
 1958 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Bruce Coll
- Dead to Rights (1958) ... Bruce Coll
 1958 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Jim Courtwright
- Long Odds (1958) ... Jim Courtwright
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Pat Casey
- Tunnel Eight (1958) ... Pat Casey
 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Andre Rochambeau
- Curfew Cannon (1958) ... Andre Rochambeau
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Mayor Ed Flavin
- Laredo (1957) ... Mayor Ed Flavin
 1957 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Carl Halsted
- The John Smith Case (1957) ... Carl Halsted
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Asmussen
- The Lonely Wizard (1957) ... Asmussen
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Lars Larsen
- The Magic Lantern (1957) ... Lars Larsen
 1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Rev. Martin Marisch
- Thou Shalt Not Kill (1957) ... Rev. Martin Marisch
 1957 That Night!
McAdam
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
Finch
- The Long Dark Night (1957) ... Finch
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Abner Carson
- To Die Alone (1957) ... Abner Carson
 1957 Four Boys and a Gun
Mr. Badek
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Sy Crandell
- The Day the Trains Stopped Running (1956) ... Sy Crandell
 1955 Mr. Citizen (TV Series)
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1954 The Inner Flame (TV Series)
Walter Manning #2
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Moment of Panic (1954)
 1943 December 7th
Machine-Gunner (uncredited)
 1935 Strangers All
Protester at Communist Meeting (uncredited)
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(5/9/48) Radio: Appeared (as "Earl Williams") in a "Ford Theater" broadcast of "The Front Page". See more »

Alternate Names:

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In two of his most remembered roles, although the parts were small, he is technically the most important character in each. In Little House on the Prairie (1974), he is the founder of Walnut Grove, the town in which the entire show is centered. And in Vanishing Point (1971), he is the mechanic who souped up the car for the cross country chase (as well as the owner of the garage).

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