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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 writer, actor, producer and director, Bo Svenson has worked with over one hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees, including Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino.

He is a prolific writer in addition to being an accomplished actor. His first novel, "For Love and Country - A Dream of America", was published in December 2015 and is on Amazon's "Recommended Read" list.

His screenplay "Don't Call Me Sir!" won numerous awards, including Best Screenplay - Dramatic Feature at the 2017 Woods Hole Film Festival, Best Screenplay - Award of Merit at the 2017 Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, Best Screenplay at the 2017 Best of the Best Festival, Best Screenplay at the 2017 The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, a Gold Award for Best Screenplay at the 2016 International Independent Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the 2016 Artemis Film Festival, Best Original Screenplay at the 2016 All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival. the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest's "Park Avenue Prize for Drama", and 1st Place in Drama at the 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest.

Another screenplay "Dreamers" won Best Screenplay at the 2018 Russian Film Festival (Moscow), Best Screenplay at Canada's 2016 Cinema Worldfest, two Gold Awards at the International Independent Film Awards, and Best Screenplay at the 2016 Illinois Independent Film Festival - while a third, "Jack" won at the 2016 International Independent Film Awards.

He has several other screenplays in various stages of development and pre-production, including "Misguided"; "Viking: The Red Cloth"; and "Fate, Two Kids and an ET".

Born in Sweden, Svenson emigrated by himself to the US as a teenager and began by serving his new country with six years in the U.S. Marines. After an honorable discharge, he was spotted in Miami by James Hammerstein Jr. and cast in a revival of South Pacific. Curious to find out if acting was for him, he headed to New York where he landed the lead role as Yang Sun in Bertolt Brecht's play The Good Woman of Szechuan at The Circle In The Square Theater in Greenwich Village - and was cast in a starring role in the CBS TV pilot The Freebooters.

Other starring roles followed, as well as a recurring role as Big Swede on Here Come the Brides.

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 Maurie and the co-starring role with Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper.

Major starring roles followed: Sheriff Buford Pusser in Walking Tall Part II, Walking Tall Final Chapter and the Walking Tall TV series; crazed football player Jo Bob Priddy in North Dallas Forty; heroic airline pilot Captain Campbell in The Delta Force; jealous bar-owner Roy Jennings in Clint Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge; and cool, cold-blooded killer Ivan in Magnum, P.I.

In addition to recently being the Russian mob boss Vadim in Icarus, he portrayed Reverend Harmony in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and The Colonel in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Svenson was the only actor from the original The Inglorious Bastards cast included by Tarantino in his homage to that movie, one of his all-time favorites.

An accomplished athlete, Svenson has competed in world championships, Olympic selections and/or international competition in judo, yachting, track, ice hockey - and NASCAR!

A 5th degree black belt in judo - as well a being a black belt in karate and aikido, he is past Chairman of USA Judo Masters and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. Following a forty-year absence from judo, he won a silver in the 2009 USA Judo Championships. He won a bronze in the World Championships in 2013 and retired from judo competition after winning a gold in the 2013 USJA Winter National Championships.

He was Sports Commissioner at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games -- held at his alma mater 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 Entertainmemt - 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.

In addition, he is CEO of CanAm Film Corporation, a British Columbia corporation incorporated in 1992.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (oscars.org) since 1985, he serves on the nominating committee for Best Foreign Language Film and is a juror on the Student Academy Award committee.

He has been a host and/or Master of Ceremonies for numerous events - and is a sought-after juror by film festivals across the globe.

His numerous honors include: the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Golden Scroll Award; the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for Inglourious Basterds; the Italian Institute of Art Award of Merit; Lifetime Achievement Awards from Action On Film and the Movieville International Film Festival; and The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame Award.

His nominations include the NAACP Image Award and the Hollywood Women's Press Club Golden Apple.

Made For Each Other, a film that he wrote, produced and directed starring Dennis Hopper, won the Award of Excellence at the Accolade Global Film Competition and was nominated at numerous festivals.

He conducts his "In Life, on Camera and on Stage: Don't Act - Be!", a highly-appreciated seminar, in colleges, universities, and corporate boardrooms around the globe.

- 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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