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 acquired the life story rights to Rusty Kanokogi and has set the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in judo, USA's Kayla Harrison, to portray Rusty in the motion picture DON'T CALL ME SIR! that is based on his screenplay. If all continues to go well, the movie will go into production late this summer on Coney Island and in Brooklyn, New York. Visit for more information.

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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