Boris Lee Holder ‘Bo’ Svenson was born on February 13, 1944 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, 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. He emigrated to the United States and then, when he was 17, served in the U.S. Marine Corps until his discharge six years later.
Bo holds a fourth degree black belt in judo. He was the 1961 Far East Judo Champion in the Heavyweight Division.
In the late 1960s, Bo had a recurring role in the hit TV series ‘Here Come the Brides’ as Lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen.
In the mid-1970s, he took over the role of lawman Buford Pusser from Joe Don Baker in both sequels to the hit 1973 film “Walking Tall”, after Pusser himself, who had originally agreed to take over the role, died in an automobile crash. He reprised the role again for the short-lived 1981 television series of the same name.
Svenson also played the Soviet agent Ivan in the ‘Magnum, P.I.’ episode “Did You See the Sunrise?" (1982). Svenson has a cameo as an American colonel in Inglourious Basterds, as a tribute to his role in “The Inglorious Bastards” (1978).
Bo appeared in three modern day Euro-westerns: “Thunder Warrior” (1983) as Sheriff Bill Cook, “Manhunt” (1984) as the sheriff and “Thunder Warrior II (1986) as Sheriff Roger.
Still active he has three films coming out in 2014: “Jersey Justice”, “Pride of Lions” and is currently filming “The Final Sin”.
Today we celebrate Bo Svenson’s 70th birthday.