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")...See full bio »
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, he is the founder of Walnut Grove, the town in which the entire show is centered. And in
Vanishing Point, 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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