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Short Info

Date Of BirthFebruary 13, 1941
SpouseLise Svenson
MarkTowering height and strong frame.
FactBo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was preselected by the 2015 New York Short Film Fridays @ Bahche.

Bo Svenson (born January 13, 1941) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. He is best known for his roles in The Long Riders (1980), In the Heat of the Night (1988), and Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004).

Svenson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Swedish immigrants. He was raised in Queens, New York. He attended New York University on a basketball scholarship, and graduated with a degree in physical education.

Svenson began his acting career in the late 1960s, appearing in Off-Broadway productions. He made his film debut in the 1971 film The Anderson Tapes. He had supporting roles in the films The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) and Breaking Away (1979).

In 1980, Svenson co-starred with James Caan and Dennis Quaid in the western The Long Riders. The film was a critical and commercial success. Svenson’s performance in the film earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1988, Svenson co-starred with Sidney Poitier in the film In the Heat of the Night. The film was a critical and commercial success. Svenson’s performance in the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2004, Svenson co-starred with Uma Thurman and David Carradine in the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 2. The film was a critical and commercial success.

Svenson has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Karen Carlson, with whom he has two sons. His second marriage was to actress Barbara Edwards, with whom he has two daughters. His third marriage is to actress Connie Sellecca, with whom he has one son.

General Info

Full NameBo Svenson
Date Of BirthFebruary 13, 1941
Height1.97 m
ProfessionMartial Artist, Film producer, Film director, Writer, Soldier, Actor
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles


SpouseLise Svenson
ChildrenPia Svenson, Maja Svenson, Mia Svenson
ParentsLola Iris Viola Johansson, Birger Ragnar Svenson


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
MoviesThe Inglorious Bastards, Inglourious Basterds, Walking Tall: Final Chapter, Walking Tall Part 2, Kill Bill: Volume 2, The Great Waldo Pepper, Heartbreak Ridge, The Delta Force, North Dallas Forty, Snowbeast, Gold of the Amazon Women, The Dependables, Beyond the Door III, Night Warning, Choke Canyon,...
TV ShowsWalking Tall, Here Come the Brides

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#Marks / Signs
1Towering height and strong frame.


1You 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.


1On November 30th, Bo Svenson won 1st Place in Drama for his screenplay "Don't Call Me Sir!" at the 2015 Los Angeles Screenplay Contest.
2On 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).
3Won the 2010 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".
4Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was preselected by the 2015 New York Short Film Fridays @ Bahche.
5Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was accepted for inclusion in the Indore International Film Festival.
6The 2015 Muskoka Independent Film Festival accepted Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other".
7Bo Svenson was appointed Sports Commissioner for the 2015 Special Olympics judo event being held at his old alma mater, UCLA.
8The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected Bo Svenson to be a juror on the Student Academy Award committee.
9Bo Svenson's short film "Made For Each Other" was accepted into the 2015 Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival (H2FF).
10"Angry" (2010) was Bo Svenson's first Swedish-produced film in 30 years.
11Received 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.
12Following 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.
13Receipient of the 2012 Silver Spur Lifetime Achievement Award from The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame.
14Speaker 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.
15Won silver in the 2009 USA Judo National Championships despite three broken ribs suffered days earlier.
16A 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.
17U.S. Armed Forces Far East Heavyweight Division Judo Champion (1961).
18He 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.
19Chairman of the board and CEO of Motion Picture Group of America from 1984-1994. CEO of MagicQuest Entertainment from 1994 to present.
20Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
21Ph.D. candidate in Meta-Physics at UCLA 1970-1974.
22Three daughters: Pia, Maja and Mia.
23Served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1959-1965.




Vail of Justice2017announcedGustof
Don't Call Me Sir!2017pre-productionFriedman
Yakuzano2017pre-productionJebediah Judd
Immortal One2016pre-productionFather Francisco
Way to Abbottabad2016pre-productionNYC Mayor
Made for Each Other2015ShortPurse Snatcher
Min søsters børn og guldgraverne2015John
Jersey Justice2014W.W. Tolliver
Pride of Lions2014Mick Skinner
Non-Stop2013TV MovieDr. Halperin
Der Kommissar und das Meer2012TV SeriesJanne Brolin
Arne Dahl: Ont blod2012TV MovieWayne Jennings / Daniel Brink
The 7 Adventures of Sinbad2010VideoSimon Magnusson
The Killing Machine2010/IVadim
Stolz der Nation2009Short
Inglourious Basterds2009American Colonel
Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves2008Foreman Bo
Raising Jeffrey Dahmer2006Detective John Amos
Hell to Pay2005Del Shannon
Proof of the Man2004TV Mini-SeriesKen Shuftan
I'll Be Seeing You2004TV MoviePhilip Carter
Kill Bill: Vol. 22004Reverend Harmony
Legacy2004Purse Snatcher
JAG2002TV SeriesCapt. Mikhail Yerastov
Outlaw2001Detective Maize
Crackerjack 32000Jack Thorn
The Di Palma Forum at UNLV1999TV SeriesBo Svenson (co-host)
Due South1999TV SeriesHolloway Muldoon
Dead Man's Gun1998TV SeriesColonel Horace Buckthorn
Heartless1997TV MovieSheriff Sam
Speed 2: Cruise Control1997Captain Pollard
Tre kronor1997TV SeriesLeif Rongebrand
Cheyenne1996Capt. Starrett
Pointman1995TV SeriesUncle Nick
Murder, She Wrote1988-1995TV SeriesCal Harding / Karl Anderson
Steel Frontier1995VideoRoy Ackett
Private Obsession1995VideoSam Weston
Savage Land1994Jebidiah Hawkins
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1994TV SeriesBen Kinasay
Cobra1994TV SeriesFrank McLory
Lonesome Dove: The Series1994TV SeriesColonel Jeb Quintano
The Commish1993TV SeriesGeorge Hayes
Street Justice1993TV SeriesCaptain Stryker
Neon Rider1993TV SeriesMaitland
Three Days to a Kill1992Rick
Critical Action1991Ex-con
Steele's Law1991Sheriff Barnes
Tides of War1990SS Colonel Otto Haber
Soldier of Fortune1990Col. Preston
The Kill Reflex1989Ivan Moss
Beyond the Door III1989Professor Andromolek
Curse II: The Bite1989The Sheriff
Primal Rage1988Ethridge
Magnum, P.I.1982-1988TV SeriesIvan (flashback) / Ivan
Deep Space1988Capt. Robertson
Delta Force Commando1988Col. Keitel
Maniac Killer1987Count Silvano
Movie in Action1987The Director
La sporca insegna del coraggio1987Steven Elliott Logan / Steel
White Phantom1987The Colonel
Double Target1987Colonel Galckin
Thunder II1987Sheriff Roger
Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission1987TV MovieMaurice Fontenac
Heartbreak Ridge1986Roy Jennings
Lung hing foo dai1986Monk (uncredited)
Choke Canyon1986Capt. Oliver Parkside
The Delta Force1986Capt. Campbell
The Fall Guy1983-1985TV SeriesEarl Verrick / Col. Baker
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom1985Kor
Crazy Like a Fox1985TV SeriesChuck Dobson
The Manhunt1984Sheriff
Hunter1984TV SeriesSheriff Jake Cutter
Deadly Impact1984George Ryan
Jealousy1984TV MovieJesse Hutton
Thunder1983Sheriff Bill Cook
Night Warning1982Detective Joe Carlson
Walking Tall1981TV SeriesSheriff Buford Pusser
Sverige åt svenskarna1980The lad
Day of Resurrection1980Maj. Carter
North Dallas Forty1979Jo Bob Priddy
Portrait of a Hitman1979Dr. Bob Michaels
The Spirit of Adventure: Night Flight1979TV MovieFabien
Gold of the Amazon Women1979TV MovieTom Jensen
Insight1978TV SeriesJesse Barnes
The Inglorious Bastards1978Lt. Robert Yeager
Il figlio dello sceicco1977Hamilton Burger
Final Chapter: Walking Tall1977Buford Pusser
Snowbeast1977TV MovieGar Seberg
Special Delivery1976Jack Murdock
Breaking Point1976Michael McBain
Walking Tall Part II1975Buford Pusser
The Great Waldo Pepper1975Axel Olsson
Target Risk1975TV MovieLee Driscoll
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesChet Marion
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesPike
Maurie1973Jack Twyman
You'll Never See Me Again1973TV MovieSam (uncredited)
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV SeriesGiant / Monster
Banyon1972TV SeriesCarlo
Mod Squad1970-1972TV SeriesSully / Bubba
The Rookies1972TV SeriesBud Reeves
Ironside1969-1972TV SeriesWalter M. Taggert / Baron Lars Von Gyllenskjold
The Bravos1972TV MovieRaeder
The Chicago Teddy Bears1971TV SeriesGeorgi
McCloud1971TV SeriesBubba White
Hitched1971TV MovieJay Appleby
The Virginian1970TV SeriesLonnie
The High Chaparral1969TV SeriesBennett
Daniel Boone1969TV SeriesWarren Haskins
Here Come the Brides1968-1969TV SeriesBig Swede
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesG.B. Mosbie
Lancer1969TV SeriesJosh
The Outcasts1968TV SeriesPardee
Mission: Impossible1968TV SeriesKarl
Premiere1968TV SeriesMilovan Drumm
N.Y.P.D.1967TV Series
Jan & Dean: On the Run1966TV MovieSmithsonian Guard
Flipper1965TV SeriesHarry Hobson


Don't Call Me Sir!2017producer pre-production
For Love and Country2017producer pre-production
Yakuzano2017producer pre-production
Made for Each Other2015Short producer
Raising Jeffrey Dahmer2006co-producer


Don't Call Me Sir!2017pre-production
For Love and Country2017pre-production
Made for Each Other2015Short
He's Not Heavy1998
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1996TV Series 1 episode


Don't Call Me Sir!2017pre-production
For Love and Country2017pre-production
Made for Each Other2015Short


Muumi ja punainen pyrstötähti2010voice director


Inglourious Basterds2009special thanks


Heja Sverige!2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
America's National Treasures2010DocumentaryHimself - Host
Making of 'Icarus'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Bo Svenson: An Actor Who's Always Walking Tall!2009Documentary shortHimself
Train Kept A-Rollin'2008Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2'2004TV Movie documentaryReverend Harmony
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Fångarna på fortet1998TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Daredevils1983TV SeriesHimself - The Human Rocket (1983)
Dance Fever1980TV SeriesHimself - Judge
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Biography2007TV Series documentaryIvan on 'Magnum, P.I.'
Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure1988Kor The Conqueror
Magnum, P.I.1987TV SeriesIvan


Won Awards

20161st PlaceAll Sports Los Angeles Film FestivalBest Original ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016ArtemisArtemis Women in Action Film FestivalBest Adapted ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Festival PrizeIllinois International Film Festival (IIFF)Best ScreenplayFor Love and Country (2017)
2016Gold AwardInternational Independent Film AwardsScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Bronze WinnerInternational Independent Film AwardsBest ScreenplayYakuzano (2017)
2015Award of ExcellenceAccolade CompetitionShort FilmMade for Each Other (2015)
2015Gold AwardInternational Independent Film AwardsFeature ScriptsFor Love and Country (2017)
2015Gold AwardInternational Independent Film AwardsScreenplayFor Love and Country (2017)
2015Park Avenue AwardNew York Screenplay ContestDramaDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2014Lifetime Achievement AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USA
1982Golden Scroll of MeritAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USAOutstanding AchievementNight Warning (1982)

Nominated Awards

2016The Elite EightAll Sports Los Angeles Film FestivalBest Original ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016ArtemisArtemis Women in Action Film FestivalBest ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Best ScreenplayBeverly Hills Film FestivalScreenplay CompetitionDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Festival PrizeDiverse VoicesScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Festival AwardNortheast Film Festival, USBest Unproduced ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2016Best ScreenplaySoCal Independent Film FestivalFeature ScreenplayDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2015Accolade Global Film CompetitonAccolade CompetitionShort FilmMade for Each Other (2015)
2015Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Short FilmMade for Each Other (2015)
2015Written Word CompetitionAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest ScriptDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2015Best ShortBurbank International Film FestivalBest ShortMade for Each Other (2015)
2015Feature ScreenplayCharleston International Film FestivalDon't Call Me Sir! (2017)
2015RIFF Jury AwardRome Independent Film FestivalBest International Short FilmMade for Each Other (2015)
1975Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale New Star of the Year
1974Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMaurie (1973)

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