|Born||in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden|
|Birth Name||Bo 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
|Spouse||Lise Hartmann-Berg (30 December 1966 - present) (3 children)|
Svenson, Birger Ragnar
Trade Mark (1)
"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).