Tor Johnson

Highest Rated: 100% Road to Rio (1947)
Birthday: Oct 19, 1903
Birthplace: Sweden
Standing six feet, four inches, and weighing anywhere between 300 and 400 pounds, Tor Johnson enjoyed a lengthy career as a professional wrestler. Befitting his country of origin, Johnson was billed as the "Super-Swedish Angel." He began appearing in films in 1934, generally typecast as a boxer or wrestler (he was "Tossoff" in W. C. Fields' 1935 starrer Man on the Flying Trapeze). A lavish wig hiding his shiny bald dome, Johnson spent the 1940s playing a variety of thugs and pluguglies in films like Jack Benny's Meanest Man in the World (1943), Olsen and Johnson's Ghost Catchers (1944) and Hope and Crosby's Road to Rio (1947). For the most part, his thick Scandinavia accent went unheard; his obese frame, grimacing countenance and animalistic growl were all that directors required of him. In recent years, Johnson has gained notoriety for his appearances in the films of "world's worst director" Edward Wood Jr.; he co-starred as the mute monstrosity Lobo in Bride of the Monster (1956) and Night of the Ghouls (1960), and was prominently featured as the zombified Inspector Clay in the immortal Plan Nine From Outer Space (1959). Though one would never know from such cinematic atrocities as Beast of Yucca Flats (1961), Johnson could act, as he proved in a memorable 1959 episode of TV's Peter Gunn. Offscreen, the behemoth-like actor had a reputation for wittiness and gentility. According to some reports, Tor Johnson was distantly relatedly to Swedish boxing champ Ingemar Johanssen.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet RiffTrax: Plan 9 from Outer Space: LIVE! Nashville 2009 Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Beast of Yucca Flats Joseph Javorsky 1961
67% Plan 9 from Outer Space Inspector Clay 1959
30% Night of the Ghouls Lobo 1959
No Score Yet The Unearthly Lobo 1957
No Score Yet The Black Sleep Curry 1956
83% Carousel Strong Man 1956
45% Bride of the Monster Lobo 1955
85% Houdini Strong Man 1953
No Score Yet The San Francisco Story Buck 1952
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Super Swedish Angel 1951
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Abou Ben 1950
No Score Yet Behind Locked Doors Actor 1948
80% State of the Union Wrestler 1948
100% Road to Rio Samson 1947
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem Majordomo 1944
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in the World Vladimir Pulasky 1943
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Jack the Ripper 1941
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze Tosoff 1935
No Score Yet Kid Millions Torturer 1934

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • 1960

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