Sven-Ole Thorsen Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark
Nickname Sven
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards... The hammer wielding Thorgrim, in the highly popular, Conan the Barbarian (1982). He came to Hollywood in 1985, appearing in nearly every Arnold Schwarzenegger film, including Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Red Heat (1988), and End of Days (1999). His other on screen appearances include Lethal Weapon (1987), The Quick and the Dead (1995), The Hunt for Red October (1990), On Deadly Ground (1994), and Gladiator (2000). Thorsen's extensive stunt work includes Dracula (1992), Bulletproof (1996), Eraser (1996), Soldier (1998) and Collateral (2004). On television, he has been seen in Baywatch (1989) and The A-Team (1983).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Spouse (2)

Birgitta Sunding Thorsen (15 November 2013 - present) (5 children)
Anniqua (1982 - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Thick accent

Trivia (31)

He is the actor who has appeared in most Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, with a total of 15 and counting (March 2005).
Met his future wife Anniqa Forss in the 1970's when she married his friend, Danish boxing champion Hans Jørgen Jacobsen. She was a Swedish blonde, best known as a snake-charmer and pop singer. They started falling in love in 1980 while returning home from the first Miss Olympia in Pennsylvania, where she was a contestant and he was a judge. They got married in 1982 and moved permanently to the U.S. in April, 1985.
Pursued his award-winning role as Tigris in Gladiator (2000) for over a year, and beat Lou Ferrigno for the part.
He got into acting by contacting his old bodybuilder friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Has been in virtually every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to date, after arriving in the US in the early 1980s. He has acted in many of the films (including an uncredited performance in Predator (1987) as the Russian General), and has also done many of the stunts and provided training for the actors in most of Schwarzenegger's films.
Is in three films based on the writings of Robert E. Howard - Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), and Kull the Conqueror (1997). He also did uncredited stunt work in Red Sonja (1985).
Is in two films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels - The Hunt for Red October (1990) and The Sum of All Fears (2002).
His favorite role of his own in an Arnold Schwarzenegger film is 'Nikolai' in Red Heat (1988).
Is the founder of various federations, including The Danish Bodybuilding Federation. He also started and co-founded the monthly "Cigar Night at Schatzi on Main" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Frequently plays Russian characters (Pas på ryggen, professor (1977), Predator (1987), Red Heat (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Eraser (1996), Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998), Route 666 (2001) and so on).
Speaks four languages: Danish, English, German and Swedish.
Was a body building judge in the 1980s.
Won the "Strongest Man in the World"-contest, by power-lifting a massive 544 lbs (247 kilo - 1981).
Ranked #82 in the "Top 100 Stars at the Box Office of the 1980s" list.
Ranked #56 in the "Top 100 Stars at the Box Office of the 1990s" list.
Frequently has a small role in the films of John McTiernan.
Gave the 40-pound hammer he wielded in Conan the Barbarian (1982) to the film's director John Milius.
Has made four movies together with Ralf Moeller (The Viking Sagas (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), The Bad Pack (1997), and Gladiator (2000)). The two are good friends in real life.
Has made four movies together with Jesse Ventura (The Running Man (1987), Predator (1987), Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990), and Batman & Robin (1997)).
When he was a young adult, he weighed only 180 lbs (82 kilo), but then he began working out to become much stronger, and at 24 years old, Sven had bulked up to 320 lbs (145 kilo).
Has two children: Michael and Martin, who both have children of their own.
Has made six movies with Thomas Rosales Jr. (Raw Deal (1986), The Running Man (1987), Nowhere to Run (1993), Last Action Hero (1993), A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994), and Foolish (1999)).
Held the world record in power-lifting (1985 - 242.5 kilo).
Is a licensed mechanic and during the cold war worked at the DEW Line radar station DYE-3 in Greenland, while it was used by the U.S. Army to look for attacking Soviet planes carrying nuclear bombs.
Served in the Danish army, where he was sergeant and a weapon's mechanic.
Has stated that of all the films he has been in, he has only seen Gladiator (2000) and Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990).
Black belt in Karate.
(2006 -) Resides half of the year in Santa Monica, California, and the other half of the year in the small town of Ringsted, Denmark.
He's writing a book about his life; Stærk man i Hollywood (Strong Man in Hollywood), expected to be published in the fall of 2007. [May 2007]
As of 15th of November 2013 Married to Birgitta Sunding aka Queen B who is an Actress, Co-Owner of Artista Group where she handles Management, PR, Castings amongst many other things. Birgitta is also CEO and Producer at RubioRex Production. The Couple resides in Santa Monica with their two dogs Jackie and Sampson.
Co-Owner and Manager at Artista Group.

Personal Quotes (2)

"It was one of the toughest jobs I've ever had in my life, because we had every scene choreographed and storyboarded. And there was three and a half weeks of rehearsal, 10 hours a day, with a stunt-double, with Russell Crowe, with the tigers, with a sword, with an axe, with a mask, with a 50 pound uniform... It was very complicated." - On his role as Tigris in Gladiator (2000).
There's difference between, I think, American movies and European movies, because there are a lot of European countries that get support from the state; the movies are more artistic, they are more based on dialogue, and they are more based on telling a good story. - From featurette on The Gristle (2001)

Salary (1)

Twins (1988) $8,000 (+residual)

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