Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Highest Rated: 97% Major Dundee (1965)

Lowest Rated: 60% Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Birthday: Jul 23, 1908

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Karl Swenson, a burly character actor of Swedish descent, began his long career in radio in the 1930s and 1940s as well as playing the lead in Arthur Miller's first produced play on Broadway, "The Man Who Had All the Luck" in 1944. Amongst his radio hits were "The Adventures of Father Brown," "The Inner Sanctum Mysteries," and a stint with Orson Welles's "The Mercury Theatre on the Air." He came late to film (he was near 50) when he landed his first credited role in "Four Boys and a Gun" in 1957. He was mainly typecast as rugged men in westerns throughout his TV and movie career, most notably in "Gunsmoke," "North to Alaska," "Have Gun Will Travel," and "Bonanza," where he met Michael Landon, who would later cast him as the town lumberman for "Little House on the Prairie." Swenson was the voice of Merlin in Disney's 1963 animated production of "The Sword in the Stone" and was married to stage and radio actress Joan Tompkins until his death in 1978.

Highest rated movies

Major Dundee
Lonely Are the Brave
Judgment at Nuremberg
Flaming Star
Ulzana's Raid
Hour of the Gun
The Cincinnati Kid
The Hanging Tree

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gun and the Pulpit Adams (Character) - 1974
90% 66% Ulzana's Raid Willy Rukeyser (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Country Jensen (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escape of the Birdmen Gunter (Character) - 1971
79% 81% Vanishing Point Sandy McKees (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Howling in the Woods Apperson (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: Three Dead Cows at Makapu Abel Morgan (Character) - 1970
88% 49% Hour of the Gun Dr. Charles Goodfellow (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brighty of the Grand Canyon Theodore Roosevelt (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hanford's Point Barnaby Cornell (Character) - 1967
97% 67% Major Dundee Captain Waller (Character) $14.9K 1965
86% 78% The Cincinnati Kid Mr. Rudd (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Galveston Sheriff (Character) - 1963
66% 73% The Sword in the Stone Merlin (Voice) - 1963
60% 57% Walk on the Wild Side Schmidt (Character) - 1962
93% 85% Lonely Are the Brave Rev. Hoskins (prison inmate) (Character) - 1962
92% 93% Judgment at Nuremberg Dr. Heinrich Geuter - Feldenstein's Lawyer (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 17% One Foot in Hell Sheriff Ole Olson (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 62% The Gallant Hours Capt. Bill Bailey (Character) - 1960
91% 71% Flaming Star Dred Pierce (Character) - 1960
83% 72% The Hanging Tree Tom Flaunce (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 75% No Name on the Bullet Stricker (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 63% Kings Go Forth The Colonel (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Boys and a Gun Mr. Badek (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Lars Hanson (Character) 1974-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Jack Halsey (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet 60% Happy Days Police Detective (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Apple's Way Dr. Knowles (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Gustaveson (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet 100% The Odd Couple Captain Potter (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Karl Burkholm (Guest Star) 1962 1964-1965 1967 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Edwards (Guest Star) 1970 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dan August Aubrey Burnett (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Mr. Hubert (Guest Star) 1957 1959 1961-1962 1964 1966 1969 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Governor General (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960 1965 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daktari Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Axel Norstaad (Guest Star) 1962-1965
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Morgan (Guest Star) 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Andrews (Character) 1960 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Colonel Harper (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Max (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Marty Kline (Guest Star) 1958 1961-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Bryan James (Guest Star) 1959 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dakotas Harry McNeill (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show Mr. McBeevee (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Lang (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Frank Barthold (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1958 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1959 1961
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Sen. Jim Sloane (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Tom Monroe (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet 100% Leave It to Beaver Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Asmussen (Character)