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Karl Swenson

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Biography

Brooklyn, New York, USA
Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner Sanctum Mysteries"). He gave visual life to one of his serial characters, Walter Manning, in "Portia Faces Life" when it went to TV in 1953. It was during his lengthy work in this medium that he met his wife, stage and radio actress Joan Tompkins. Read more...

Actor

Character: Mr. Badek

Four Boys and a Gun 1957

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Character: Tom Flaunce

The Hanging Tree 1959

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Character: Lars Nordquist

North to Alaska 1960

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Character: Dred Pierce

Flaming Star 1960

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Character: Capt. Bill Bailey

The Gallant Hours 1960

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Character: Scotty Ballantyne

Ice Palace 1960

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Character: Schmidt / Courtney

Walk on the Wild Side 1962

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Character: Drunken Doomsayer in Diner

The Birds 1963

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Character: Doc Isdell

The Sons of Katie Elder 1965

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Character: Captain Waller

Major Dundee 1965

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Character: Frank Braddock Sr.

...tick... tick... tick... 1970

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Character: Dr. Heinrich Geuter

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961

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Character: Lars Hanson

Little House on the Prairie 1974

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Character: Barney Rossvalley

Sam Benedict 1962

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Character: Dr. Frank Barthold

Ben Casey 1961

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Character: Hans Dreiser

The Untouchables 1959

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Character: Abner Carson

The United States Steel Hour 1953

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Character: Anson Booth

Lassie 1954

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Character: Dr. Karl Svenson

Hogan's Heroes 1965

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Character: Chris Manse

The Rifleman 1958

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Character: Chynoweth

Profiles in Courage 1964

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Character: Colonel Dubov

Mission: Impossible 1966

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Character: Dom DiLorenzo

The Immortal 1969

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Character: Colonel Harper

Gomer Pyle: USMC 1964

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Character: Colonel Seidner

The Rat Patrol 1966

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Character: Aaron Moyers

The Big Valley 1965

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Character: Insp. Bevers

The Spiral Road 1962

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Character: George Sherston

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962

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Character: Frederick St. John

Mr. Lucky 1959

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Character: Mr. DeWitt

It's a Man's World 1962

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Character: Lee Willis

Zane Grey Theater 1956

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