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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)

An award winning and highly versatile actor and writer - and a member of the Oscar Academy since 1985, Bo has worked with over 100 Academy Award winners/nominees including Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood.

After Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and "Inglourious Basterds", the latter Tarantino's version of one of his favorite films of all time, Enzo Castellari's "The Inglorious Bastards" which Bo headlined, Bo has largely focused on his first love - writing.

Bo's novel "A Dream of America" is on Amazon's list of "Preferred Reads" and his screenplays win major awards and sell well.

Born in Sweden to a big band leader mother, Bo emigrated by himself to the US as a teenager and began serving his new country with six years in the U.S. Marines.

After an honorable discharge, he was in pursuit of a Ph.D. in metaphysics when he was spotted by James Hammerstein and cast in a revival of "South Pacific". That led to the lead role as Yang Sun in Bertolt Brecht's play "The Good Woman of Szechuan" at Greenwich Village's Circle in the Square Theatre and a starring role in the CBS TV pilot "The Freebooters" and as Big Swede on "Here Come the Brides".

While still pursuing his Ph.D., his role as the Creature in the three-hour TV movie "Mary Shelley's Original Frankenstein" brought him great acclaim and led to a starring role in the motion picture "Maurie" and as Robert Redford's co-star in "The Great Waldo Pepper".

Other major starring roles followed, the more notably "Walking Tall: Part II", "Walking Tall: Final Chapter" and the "Walking Tall" TV series; "North Dallas Forty"; "The Delta Force"; "Heartbreak Ridge"; and "Magnum, P.I.".

An accomplished athlete, he has competed in world championships, Olympic selections and/or international competition in numerous sports, including judo.

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 treasures the three years he spent driving NASCAR.

He was Sports Commissioner at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - held at UCLA where he had pursued a Ph.D. in metaphysics until his film career took over.

Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Motion Picture Group of America from 1984-2004, he is President and CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment, since 1975 a California corporation engaged in motion picture development and production as well as providing consulting services to actors and script doctoring to writers.

He is a sought-after host and/or Master of Ceremonies, serves as juror by film festivals across the globe, and lectures on creative matters and metaphysics in universities worldwide.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Val Verse

Spouse (1)

Lise Hartmann-Berg (30 December 1966 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Towering height and strong frame.

Trivia (27)

Served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1959-1965.
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 high-ranking 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.
"Angry" (2010) was Bo Svenson's first Swedish-produced film in 30 years.
Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was accepted into the 2015 Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival (H2FF).
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.
The 2015 Muskoka Independent Film Festival accepted Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other".
Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was accepted for inclusion in the Indore International Film Festival.
Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was preselected by the 2015 New York Short Film Fridays @ Bahche.
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.
Bo Svenson's screenplay, "Don't Call Me Sir!", has been selected as a finalist and will be presented Fernleif's 2017 Best of the Best Festival to be held June 23, 2017 at the Ocean Screening Room in Santa Monica, California.
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.

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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