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Overview (3)

Born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Birth NameBo Ragnar Svensson
Height 6' 5½" (1.97 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bo was the only child of a big band leader mother born in Russia and the Swedish King's private chauffeur and bodyguard. At age 17, he emigrated by himself to the United States and began serving his new country with six years in the US Marines. Following his honorable discharge, he was pursuing a Ph.D. in metaphysics and paying the rent with acting roles when he landed a starring role in the CBS TV pilot "The Freebooters". This resulted in him being cast as "Big Swede" on the TV series "Here Come the Brides". His role as "The Creature" in the 3-hour TV movie "Mary Shelley's Original Frankenstein" brought him great acclaim and led to his co-starring role with Robert Redford in "The Great Waldo Pepper". Other major starring film roles followed, including, but most notably, as Sheriff Buford Pusser in "Walking Tall Part II", "Final Chapter: Walking Tall" and the "Walking Tall" TV series, as the fun-loving offensive lineman Joe Bob Priddy in "North Dallas Forty", as the heroic airline pilot in "The Delta Force", and as Clint Eastwood's rival in "Heartbreak Ridge". During his fifty years in Hollywood, he has worked with over 100 Academy Award winners/nominees. Since appearing in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and "Inglourious Basterds" (the latter being Tarantino's version of one of his favorite films of all time, "The Inglorious Bastards" in which Bo starred), Bo has focused on his first love - writing. His screenplays have won and/or been selected more than thirty times by major film festivals. An accomplished athlete, he has competed in world championships in judo and in Olympic selections in yachting. A 5th degree black belt in judo and a black belt holder in karate as well as aikido, he is past Chairman of USA Judo Masters and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. He is active in community service causes and was Sports Commissioner at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games at his Alma Mater UCLA. Since 1975, he has been President/CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment, a California motion picture development and production company that also provides consulting services to actors and script advice to writers. He is also owner and CEO of the British Columbia film and television production company, CanAm Film Corp., and the Norwegian corporation, Den Norske Arv A/S. He was Chairman of the Board/CEO of Motion Picture Group of America (1984-2004).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Val Verse

Family (3)

Spouse Lise Hartmann-Berg (30 December 1966 - present)  (3 children)
Children Svenson, Pia
Svenson, Maya
Svenson, Mia
Parents Svensson, Lola
Svenson, Birger Ragnar

Trade Mark (1)

Towering height and strong frame.

Trivia (24)

Three daughters: Pia, Maja and Mia.
Ph.D. candidate in Meta-Physics at UCLA 1970-1974.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
Chairman of the board and CEO of Motion Picture Group of America from 1984-1994. CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment from 1994 to present.
He was television's highest-paid actor for his reprisal of Buford Pusser in the television series Walking Tall (1981). Only Johnny Carson was making more than he was at the time.
U.S. Armed Forces Far East Heavyweight Division Judo Champion (1961).
A 5th degree black belt in judo and other martial arts, he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame on August 8, 2009.
Won silver in the 2009 USA Judo National Championships despite three broken ribs suffered days earlier.
Speaker and lecturer on topics such as how to convey one's personality in an engaging manner in order to shine in one's private life as well as on stage and camera.
Receipient of the 2012 Silver Spur Lifetime Achievement Award from The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame.
Following a shared bronze in the 2012 IJF World Judo Masters Championships, Svenson won his weight class at the 2013 USJA Winter Nationals. He has now retired from competition.
Received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Movieville International Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida. The award acknowledged and celebrated Svenson's many years of excellence as an actor, writer, and director.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected Bo Svenson to be a juror on the Student Academy Award committee.
Bo Svenson was appointed Sports Commissioner for the 2015 Special Olympics judo event being held at his old alma mater, UCLA.
Won the 2010 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".
On September 19th, Bo Svenson won the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest's "Park Avenue Prize for Drama" for his screenplay "Don't Call Me Sir!".

"Don't Call Me Sir!" tells the story of 12-year-old Brooklyn-born Rena "Rusty" Glickman, who in 1947, learns about the Holocaust and vows THAT will not happen to her, that she will be better and stronger than THEM -- and she succeeds by beating the reigning New York State judo champion while disguised as a man. However Rusty is stripped of her medal when she admits that she is a woman. She vows to change how women are treated in sports and she does -- getting women's judo accepted as a competitive sport and an Olympic event (for which she received Japan's highest civilian honor, The Emperor's Order of the Rising Sun, the only Jew to be so honored).
On November 30th, Bo Svenson won 1st Place in Drama for his screenplay "Don't Call Me Sir!" at the 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest.
On June 23, 2017, Bo Svenson's "Don't Call Me Sir!" won Best Screenplay at Fernleif's Best of the Best Festival.
Bo Svenson's screenplay "Dreamers" won Best Screenplay at the 2018 Russian Film Festival (Moscow).
The October 24, 1979, issue of Variety, in the Italian Production section, announced the movie "Due Nelle Stelle" (English title "Two in the Stars") by director Anthony Ascott, cast Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson, Arthur Kennedy, Jackie Basehart, and Antonella Interlenghi began filming in September 1979. No evidence the movie was ever finished.
Bo's screenplay "The Red Cloth" has won Best Screenplay Awards at film festivals in major cities around the globe, including London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, and Rome.
Born in Sweden, the only child of a single parent who was a big band leader. His father was the driver and personal bodyguard to The King of Sweden. At seventeen, he emigrated by himself to the US. He served in the US Marines from 1959-65.
"The Red Cloth" and "A Dream of America", two of Bo Svenson's feature screenplays, were named Official Selections by the 2021 Cannes Cinema Festival.
Bo Svenson's screenplay, "Khalid - A Champion For All", won Best Screenplay at the 2021 Cannes International Cinema Festival.

Personal Quotes (1)

You know, I never paid much attention to who was the lead, who was the second banana, where was I -- was I the fifth banana? -- whatever. I had a zest for life. And I was rather impractical about my career. I was never career oriented. I was more life oriented. So I didn't really care about billing and stuff.

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