Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson, a burly character actor of Swedish descent, began his long career in radio in the 1930s and 1940s as well as playing the lead in Arthur Miller's first produced play on Broadway, "The Man Who Had All the ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1908

Filmography

Actor (35)

The Birdmen 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Ulzana's Raid 1972 (Movie)

Homesteader (Actor)

A Walk in the Night 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Point 1971 (Movie)

Clerk at delivery angency (Actor)

The Wild Country 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tick, Tick, Tick 1969 (Movie)

Braddock Sr (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Dr Goodfellow (Actor)

Seconds 1966 (Movie)

Dr Morris (Actor)

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Captain Waller (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Mr Rudd (Actor)

The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 (Movie)

Doc Isdell (Actor)

The Birds 1963 (Movie)

Drunk (Actor)

The Man From Galveston 1963 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

The Prize 1963 (Movie)

Hilding (Actor)

Bachelor Father 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Lonely Are the Brave 1962 (Movie)

Rev Hoskins (Actor)

The Sword in the Stone 1962 (Movie)

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Walk on the Wild Side 1962 (Movie)

Schmidt (Actor)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Dr Geuter (Actor)

The Spiral Road 1961 (Movie)

Inspector Bevers (Actor)

Flaming Star 1960 (Movie)

Dred Pierce (Actor)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

Scotty (Actor)

North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

Lars (Actor)

One Foot in Hell 1960 (Movie)

Sheriff Olson (Actor)

The Gallant Hours 1960 (Movie)

Captain Bill Bailey (Actor)

The Hanging Tree 1959 (Movie)

Mr Flaunce (Actor)

Kings Go Forth 1958 (Movie)

Colonel (Actor)

No Name on the Bullet 1958 (Movie)

Earl Stricker (Actor)

Alice in Wonderland 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Boys and a Gun 1956 (Movie)

Mr Badek (Actor)

Portia Faces Life 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

A Howling in the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Little House on the Prairie (TV Show)

Actor

The Gun and the Pulpit (TV Show)

Actor

The New Healers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Karl Swenson, a burly character actor of Swedish descent, began his long career in radio in the 1930s and 1940s as well as playing the lead in Arthur Miller's first produced play on Broadway, "The Man Who Had All the Luck" in 1944. Amongst his radio hits were "The Adventures of Father Brown," "The Inner Sanctum Mysteries," and a stint with Orson Welles's "The Mercury Theatre on the Air." He came late to film (he was near 50) when he landed his first credited role in "Four Boys and a Gun" in 1957. He was mainly typecast as rugged men in westerns throughout his TV and movie career, most notably in "Gunsmoke," "North to Alaska," "Have Gun Will Travel," and "Bonanza," where he met Michael Landon, who would later cast him as the town lumberman for "Little House on the Prairie." Swenson was the voice of Merlin in Disney's 1963 animated production of "The Sword in the Stone" and was married to stage and radio actress Joan Tompkins until his death in 1978.

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