Karl Swenson - Rotten Tomatoes

Karl Swenson

Highest Rated:   100% Hour of the Gun (1967)
Lowest Rated:   43% North to Alaska (1960)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Ulzana's Raid
  • Rukeyser
1972
No Score Yet The Wild Country
  • Jenson
1971
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick...
  • Braddock
1970
100% Hour of the Gun
  • Dr. Goodfellow
1967
No Score Yet Brighty of the Grand Canyon
  • Theodore Roosevelt
1967
90% 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
71% 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
91% Lonely are the Brave
  • Rev. Hoskins
1962
No Score Yet Walk on the Wild Side
  • Schmidt
1962
90% Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Dr. Geuter
1961
43% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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

Quotes from Karl Swenson's Characters