Sven-Ole Thorsen

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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' 4" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards... The hammer wielding Thorgrim, in the highly ... See full bio »

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Known For

Gladiator Tigris
Hard Target Stephan


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 2011 Ronal the Barbarian
Generalen (voice)
 2009 Kristian (TV Series)
Sven Ole
- Sekten (2009) ... Sven Ole
 2007 Andy Barker, P.I. (TV Series)
Thug #1
- Pilot (2007) ... Thug #1
 2005 Hostage
Hooded Thug Guarding Hostages (uncredited)
 2004 In Enemy Hands
 2003 Timecop: The Berlin Decision (Video)
SS Body Guard (as Sven Ole Thorson)
 2003 The Rundown
Goon (uncredited)
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Machine Gun Mongol (uncredited)
 2002 Hollywood Next 8 Exits (Video short)
The Landlord
 2002 The Sum of All Fears
 2002 Collateral Damage
Bomb Victim (uncredited)
 2001 The Gristle
Butcher Boy
 2001 Extreme Honor
Baker's Bodyguard #1
 2001 Route 666
Russian Hitman
 2001 Bandits
Oregon State Prison Guard on Watchtower (uncredited)
 2000 Gladiator
 2000 The Alternate
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
 1999 End of Days
Thug (uncredited)
 1999 The 13th Warrior
Would Be King
 1999 Facade
General Schweinkopf (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)
 1999 Foolish
 1998 Winchell (TV Movie)
German Man
 1998 Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (Video)
Boris (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1998 Baywatch (TV Series)
Hans Ulpan
- Crash: Part 2 (1998) ... Hans Ulpan
- Crash: Part 1 (1998) ... Hans Ulpan
 1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye (TV Series)
- The Art of Murder (1998) ... Rolf (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1997 The Guardian (TV Movie)
 1997 The Bad Pack
 1997 Kull the Conqueror
King Borna (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1997 George of the Jungle
Mercenary (as Sven-Ole-Thorsen)
 1997 Baywatch Nights (TV Series)
- Frozen Out of Time (1997) ... Viking
 1996 Fox Hunt
Huge man
 1996 The Undercover Kid
Terrorist #1
 1996 Bulletproof
Gunman at Motel (uncredited)
 1996 Eraser
Russian Gunman (uncredited)
 1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series)
- Marathon (1996) ... Assassin (uncredited)
 1995 No Exit (Video)
 1995 The Dangerous
 1995 Mallrats
La Fours (as Sven Thorsen)
 1995 The Viking Sagas
 1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Lars Halverson
- Garbage Ahoy/Goin' (Way) South (1995) ... Lars Halverson (voice)
 1995 The Quick and the Dead
 1994 A Little Tailor's Christmas Story (Short)
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame
Mob Boss Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1994 On Deadly Ground
Otto (as Swen-Ole Thorsen)
 1993 Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (Video)
Doorman (as Sven Thorsen)
 1993 Hard Target
Stephan (as Sven Thorsen)
 1993 Last Action Hero
 1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
The Demon
 1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Gym Fighter
- Borderline (1993) ... Gym Fighter (uncredited)
 1993 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
Guy at the Door
- Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960 (1993) ... Guy at the Door (uncredited)
 1993 Nowhere to Run
 1992 Nemesis
Cyborg Interrogating Old Woman (uncredited)
 1992 Lethal Weapon 3
Henchman #2
 1992 Dead on: Relentless II (Video)
Mechanic (Patrick Vergano)
 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Mall Security Guard (uncredited)
 1990-1991 The Flash (TV Series)
Omega / Swede / Tanner Transformed
- Alpha (1991) ... Omega
- Good Night, Central City (1991) ... Swede (uncredited)
- Out of Control (1990) ... Tanner Transformed (uncredited)
 1991 Captain Power: The Beginning (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
 1990 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe
Secundus (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Russian COB - Red October
 1989 Pink Cadillac
Birthright Thug
 1988 Twins
Sam Klane
 1988 Red Heat
 1987-1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV Series)
Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis
- Retribution: Part 2 (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- Retribution: Part 1 (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- New Order: Part Two - The Land Shall Burn (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- New Order: Part One - The Sky Shall Swallow Them (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- Freedom One (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future: Raid on Volcania (Video short)
Tank (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Overboard
Olaf, Stayton Flunky (uncredited)
 1987 The Running Man
Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Predator
Russian Officer (uncredited)
 1987 Lethal Weapon
Mercenary (as Sven Thorsen)
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
- Quarterback Sneak (1986) ... Rolf (as Sven Thorsen)
 1986 Raw Deal
Patrovita's Bearded Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1985 Red Sonja
Bodyguard of Lord Brytag (uncredited)
 1984 Conan the Destroyer
Togra (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
Thorgrim (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1977 Mind Your Back, Professor (Russisk) Håndlanger
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared opposite Chazz Palminteri in TV commercials for Vanilla Coke as the burly henchman 'Jimmy' (2002). See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sven Ole-Thorsen | Sven-Ole-Thorsen | Sven Ole Thorsen | Sven Thorsen | Swen-Ole Thorsen | Sven Ole Thorson | Sven-Ole Thorson


6' 4" (1.93 m)


Birgitta Sunding Thorsen  (5 children) | See more »


Thorsen, Arno | Kaja Vera Julie Pedersen

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"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). See more »


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. See more »


Towering height and broad frame See more »



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