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Tor Johnson

Highest Rated:   100% Road to Rio (1947)
Lowest Rated:   30% Night of the Ghouls (1959)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
83% 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
No Score Yet 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

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