Tor Johnson (I) (1903–1971)

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Tor Johnson was a big man, with a big heart, who was born October 19, 1903, in Sweden. Most of his adult life, he was a professional wrestler. Tor started appearing (uncredited, or in bit parts) in movies as early as 1934. He was in 31 movies, usually as "Weightlifter" or "Strongman." Later, he got larger roles with character names. Tor was in the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Plan 9 from Outer Space Inspector Clay
The Unearthly Lobo II


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 2010 The Helena Letters (Short)
Voice on Phone (voice)
 1968 Head
Guard (uncredited)
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Large man with white hair at raucous party
- Three Soldiers (1961) ... Large man with white hair at raucous party (uncredited)
 1961 The Beast of Yucca Flats
Joseph Javorsky / The Beast
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
The Strongman (Mighty Adolf)
- Pippi Longstocking (1961) ... The Strongman (Mighty Adolf)
 1959-1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Miko / Sailor
- Once Around the Circuit (1960) ... Miko
- The Lady from South Chicago (1959) ... Sailor (uncredited)
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
Busthead Brannigan
- San Francisco (1960) ... Busthead Brannigan
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
- See No Evil (1960) ... Bruno
 1959 Night of the Ghouls
 1957 The Unearthly
Lobo II
 1957 Journey to Freedom
Giant Turk
 1957 Plan 9 from Outer Space
Inspector Clay
 1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (TV Series)
Bandini the Strongman
- Dancing Mouse (1956) ... Bandini the Strongman (as Thor Johnson)
 1956 The Black Sleep
 1956 Carousel
Strong Man (uncredited)
 1955 You're Never Too Young
Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Visa for X (1955)
 1955 Bride of the Monster
 1955 So This Is Hollywood (TV Series)
 1955 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
 1954 I Led 3 Lives (TV Series)
Comrade Ziroc
- Infra Red Film (1954) ... Comrade Ziroc
 1954 Meet Corliss Archer (TV Series)
- Harry's Diet (1954) ... Attendant
 1954 Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (TV Series)
- Inferno in Space: Chapter I (1954) ... Naboro
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Bald-headed Man
- To Lift a Feather (1954) ... Bald-headed Man
 1953 Houdini
Strongman (uncredited)
 1953 So You Want a Television Set (Short)
Supine Wrestler (uncredited)
 1952 Lady in the Iron Mask
Renac (uncredited)
 1952 The San Francisco Story
Buck (uncredited)
 1952 Mark Saber (TV Series)
- The Case of the Idol of Death (1952) ... (unconfirmed)
 1951 Angels in the Outfield
Wrestler on TV (uncredited)
 1951 Dear Brat (uncredited)
 1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Super Swedish Angel - Wrestler
 1950 The Reformer and the Redhead
Guest at Finnish-American Rally (uncredited)
 1949 Alias the Champ
The Swedish Angel (as Super Swedish Angel)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
The Swedish Angel / Strongman (uncredited)
 1948 Behind Locked Doors
'The Champ' - a Patient (uncredited)
 1948 State of the Union
Wrestler (uncredited)
 1947 Road to Rio
Sandor (uncredited)
 1945 Sudan
Slaver (uncredited)
 1944 Lost in a Harem
Majordomo (uncredited)
 1944 The Canterville Ghost
Bold Sir Guy (uncredited)
 1944 Ghost Catchers
Mug (uncredited)
 1943 Swing Out the Blues
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Vladimir Pulasky (uncredited)
 1942 Gentleman Jim
The Mauler (uncredited)
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
Mike Michaels aka Jack the Ripper (uncredited)
 1936 Under Two Flags
Bidou (uncredited)
 1935 Man on the Flying Trapeze
Tosoff - Wrestler (uncredited)
 1935 Some Class (Short)
Tough Guy (as Doc Johnson)
 1934 Kid Millions
Torturer (uncredited)
 1934 Registered Nurse
Sonnevich the Terrible Bulgarian (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Often featured in the comic strips of Drew Friedman. Also the subject of an early 1990s comic book, "Tor Loves Betty" (the Betty being Betty Page).

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Super Swedish Angel | Doc Johnson | Thor Johnson


6' 3" (1.91 m)


Greta Maria Alfrida Johansson  (1 child)


Karl Johnson


Karl Johan Johansson | Lovissa Petersson


Ernest Teodor Johansson (sibling) | See more »

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Wrestled professionally under the names 'Swedish Angel', 'Super-Swedish Angel' and 'King Kong'. See more »


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