Karl Swenson

Lowest Rated: 50% North to Alaska (1960)
Birthday: Jul 23, 1908
Birthplace: Not Available
Karl Swenson was one of the busiest performers in the so-called golden days of network radio. Swenson played the leading role in the seriocomic daily serial Lorenzo Jones, and was also heard on Our Gal Sunday as Lord Henry, the heroine's "wealthy and titled Englishman" husband. He carried over his daytime-drama activities into television, playing Walter Manning in the 1954 video version of radio's Portia Faces Life. From 1958 onward, Swenson was seen in many small roles in a number of big films: Judgment of Nuremberg (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), and The Birds (1963). One of his more sizeable movie assignments was the voice of Merlin in the 1963 Disney animated feature The Sword in the Stone. One of his last roles was the recurring part of Mr. Hansen on TV's Little House on the Prairie. Karl Swenson was married to actress Joan Tompkins.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% Ulzana's Raid Rukeyser 1972
No Score Yet The Wild Country Jenson 1971
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick... Braddock 1970
83% Hour of the Gun Dr. Goodfellow 1967
No Score Yet Brighty of the Grand Canyon Theodore Roosevelt 1967
91% Seconds Dr. Morris 1966
85% The Cincinnati Kid Mr. Rudd 1965
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Doc Isdel/Bartender 1965
97% Major Dundee Capt. Waller 1965
65% The Sword in the Stone Merlin 1963
96% The Birds Drunk 1963
90% How the West Was Won Train conductor 1963
No Score Yet Man From Galveston Sheriff 1963
No Score Yet The Spiral Road Inspector Bevers 1962
92% Lonely are the Brave Rev. Hoskins 1962
No Score Yet Walk on the Wild Side Schmidt 1962
90% Judgment at Nuremberg Dr. Geuter 1961
50% North to Alaska Lars Nordquist 1960
No Score Yet One Foot in Hell Sheriff Olson 1960
No Score Yet Ice Palace Scotty Ballantyne 1960
91% Flaming Star Dred Pierce 1960
No Score Yet The Gallant Hours Capt. Bill Bailey 1960
No Score Yet The Hanging Tree Tom Flaunce 1959
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet Stricker 1959
No Score Yet The Badlanders Marshal 1958
No Score Yet Kings Go Forth Colonel 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Lars hanson Lars Hanson
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Captain
  • 1973
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Vet
  • 1971
No Score Yet Medical Center
1969-1976
Dr. Mills
  • 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Dawkins Lars Dill McGruder McGovern Hubert Hank Luz
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1966
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1957
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Col. Dubov Dr. Ziegler
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Hogan's Heroes
1965-1971
Svenson
  • 1967
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ike Daggett Woods Larson Carl Harris
  • 1967
  • 1965
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Guest Morgan Service Station Owner
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Mr. McBeevee
  • 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Capt. Nares Sheriff Griffin Gen. Josiah Warren
  • 1961
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Thompson Ed
  • 1960
  • 1958
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
George Haskell
  • 1958

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