Bo Svenson - Biography

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While principally known as an actor, Mr. Svenson is also an award-winning writer-producer-director. He was born in Sweden to Iris Viola (Lola) Hertzberg, an actress, singer, and big band leader; and Birger Ragnar Svensson, an accomplished athlete, personal driver and bodyguard for the King of Sweden, and deeply philosophical man who fought on the side of the vastly outnumbered Finns in the Finnish-Russian Winter War (1939-40).

Following a childhood of creative and athletic achievements, Mr. Svenson emigrated without his family to the United States and joined the U.S Marines when he was 17. Honorably discharged after six years of service, he was in pursuit of a Ph.D. in metaphysics when he was 'discovered' by Hollywood.

Mr. Svenson has starred in over sixty motion pictures and several hundred hours of U.S. network television.

He has directed numerous motion pictures, mostly in the action-adventure genre, many under pseudonyms as he was brought in by producers to rescue troubled productions. His television directing credits include Kung Fu: The Legend Continues for Warner Bros. He has also directed numerous television commercials.

Legacy, a short film for the Internet with Dennis Hopper that Mr. Svenson wrote, produced, directed, and co-starred in, has been seen by over 400 million Internet viewers.

He was a principal on the creative teams of films such as Walking Tall, Part II and Final Chapter, Walking Tall, films in which he starred and which Variety ranks among the top fifty highest-earning, independently-produced films of all time.

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Motion Picture Group of America from 1984-1995, Mr. Svenson has since been president of MagicQuest, a Hollywood-based international motion picture and television development, production, distribution and branded advertainment company.

While recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including the Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance By A Cast for Inglorius Basterds, he is especially proud of his work in Solitude Point, Bastardi Senza Gloria for which he received the Italian Institute of Art Award of Merit, the American Culture Foundation Man Of The Year Award, Italy’s Legione Garibaldina Ruole D'Onore, the NAACP Image Award, the Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy Golden Scroll Award, and the Hollywood Women's Press Club Golden Apple Award.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mr. Svenson serves on the Academy’s nominating committee for the Best Foreign Language Film. He is also a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television as well as the Directors Guild of Canada. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who In The World, as well as Who's Who In America.

An accomplished athlete,Mr. Svenson competed in world championships, Olympic trials, and/or international competition, in judo, ice hockey, yachting, and track-and-field. He holds black belts in judo, karate, and aikido, and he is a licensed NASCAR driver.

Mr. Svenson has completed his starring role in the Danish director Niels Norlov Hansen's MY SISTERS KIDS & THE GOLD DIGGERS.

Mr. Svenson was honored on August 1st, 2014, by the Martial Arts Hall of Fame at its annual banquet at which he also officiated as the Master of Ceremonies.

He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Action On Film Awards Dinner, on August 30th, 2014, where a retrospective of his acting, writing, producing and directing work was shown to over 1,000 invited guests.

He is in preproduction as the writer, lead producer and director of the motion picture "Don't Call Me Sir!” that is based on a true life story. In 1947, Brooklyn-born Rena “Rusty” Glickman, then 12, Jewish and safe except for the occasional anti-Semitic incidents, learns about the millions who disappeared into the cruel and murderous fog we now know as the Holocaust. Although she was too young to verbalize it, she decided that she was not going to let that happen to her, that ‘they’ were not going to win, that she would be better and stronger, that she was going to excel at something, at what she didn't know - until she found judo.

In 1959, and then an unwed mother, Rusty had to disguise herself as a man in order to compete in the New York State Judo Championships. She beat the reigning state champion but was stripped of the medal when she admitted she was a woman. She vowed to change how women were treated in sports and fought to get women’s judo accepted as a competitive sport for women and an Olympic event in 1984. She was the coach of that first U.S. Olympic women's judo team and was revered and honored worldwide. A mother of three, she died in 2009. Recipient of The Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, her ashes are interred in the tomb of the Samurai Kanokogi in Kumamoto, Japan.

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Following a shared bronze in the 2012 IJF World Judo Masters Championships, he won his weight class at the 2013 USJA Winter Nationals. He has now retired from competition.

Mr. Svenson is also in preproduction with VIKING. Based on recently discovered historical facts, VIKING tells of Norsemen who in 996 fled west to avoid religious persecution, landed on Iceland where they were not welcomed, continued west to Greenland, met with Leif Eriksen, and then went onward west, finally landing in L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland where they settled and built two large soil and rock dwellings while challenged by Beothuk and MicMac Native Americans. VIKING will be filmed in Halden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland , and L'Anse Aux Meadows.

In addition to developing and producing filmed entertainment as well as branding/advertainment, Mr. Svenson’s Hollywood-based company MagicQuest is a consultant to established as well as non-established actors, writers, producers and directors.


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