Bo Svenson - Biography
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.
Mr. Svenson and his company MagicQuest are in pre-production/production with several television programs hosted by Mr. Svenson.
In THE REAL DEAL, Mr. Svenson talks with accomplished people about the personae they had to assume for success in their given fields and how that differs from their real selves.
In FROM THERE TO HERE, Mr. Svenson talks with accomplished people he likes about their lives, from where they were born to where they are now, what they have learned about themselves and Life, and what they would like to pass onto others.
In HOLLYWOOD CALLED, Mr. Svenson talks with people who have yet to achieve success, their ongoing struggles, and what makes them endure the hard road to success.
Judo news: The Unites States Olympic Committee’s Team USA has through USA Judo appointed Mr. Svenson Chairman of USA Judo Masters and team manager for the USA Judo Masters Team competing in the World Judo Masters Championships in Abu Dhabi November 18-24, 2013.
Mr. Svenson will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Movieville International Film Festival in Sarasota, FL, September 21-22, 2013.
Mr. Svenson has completed his starring in the motion picture NON-STOP that filmed in Los Angeles.
The Sydney J. Furie directed motion picture PRIDE OF LIONS that Mr. Svenson starred in with Lou Gossett Jr., Seymour Cassel, Margot Kidder, and Tom Jackson, and that was filmed in Ontario, Canada, and Afghanistan, is now in worldwide release.
Bo Svenson was prominently mentioned in the HALF MEASURES episode of BREAKING BAD.
He was recently inducted into The Reel Cowboys Hall of Fame and awarded the 2012 Silver Spur Award by presenter, friend and Academy Award winner, Mr. Lou Gossett Jr.
Although injured by a fluke accident upon his arrival at the 2012 International Judo Federation’s Grand Masters Judo World Championships, he has qualified to compete in the 2013 IJF Grand Masters Judo World Championships in Abu Dhabi.
He won the –100kg division at the 2012 United States Judo Association’s Winter Nationals, is Certified as a National Coach by USA Judo, United States Judo Association, and the United States Judo federation, and trains and coaches at Hollywood Judo Dojo.
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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