Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson (born February 13, 1941) is a Swedish actor, known for his roles in American genre films of the 1970s and 1980s.


Early life

Svenson was born Boris Lee Holder Svenson in Göteborg, Sweden, the son of Lola Iris Viola (née Johansson), a big band leader, actress, and singer, and Birger Ragnar Svenson, a personal driver, athlete, and bodyguard for the King of Sweden. Having emigrated to the United States in 1958, as a teenager, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959–1965. After the Marines, he pursued a Ph.D. in metaphysics and attended UCLA.


In the mid-'70s, he took over the role (from Joe Don Baker) of lawman Buford Pusser in both sequels to the hit 1973 film Walking Tall. While the sequels were less successful than the original, he reprised the role again for the short-lived 1981 television series of the same name — a show for which he was the highest paid television actor at the time. Svenson also played the sadistic Soviet agent Ivan in the Magnum, P.I. episode Did You See the Sunrise? (1982), which many fans consider to be one of the long-running show's best episodes. {It is ambiguous as to whether Magnum shoots Ivan or not}



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