Sven-Ole Thorsen

Biography

Date of Birth 24 September 1944, Copenhagen, Denmark Nickname Sven Height 6' 5" (1.96 m) Mini Biography Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards... The hammer wielding Thorgrim, in the highly popular, Conan, el bárbaro (1982). He came to Hollywood in 1985, appearing in nearly every Arnold Schwarzenegger film, including Depredador (1987), Los gemelos golpean dos veces (1988/I), Danko: Calor rojo (1988), and El fin de los días (1999). His other on screen appearances include Arma letal (1987), Rápida y mortal (1995), La caza del Octubre Rojo (1990), En tierra peligrosa (1994), and Gladiator (2000). Thorsen's extensive stunt work includes Drácula, de Bram Stoker (1992), Jack y Archie (1996), Eraser (Eliminador) (1996), Soldier (1998/I) and Collateral (2004). On television, he has been seen in "Los vigilantes de la playa en Hawai" (1989) and "El equipo A" (1983). Spouse Anniqua (1982 - ?)(divorced) Trade Mark Thick accent. Trivia He is the actor who has appeared in most Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, with a total of 15 and counting (March 2005). Met his future wife Anniqa Forss in the 1970's when she married his friend, Danish boxing champion Hans Jørgen Jacobsen. She was a Swedish blonde, best known as a snake-charmer and pop singer. They started falling in love in 1980 while returning home from the first Miss Olympia in Pennsylvania, where she was a contestant and he was a judge. They got married in 1982 and moved permanently to the U.S. in April, 1985. Pursued his award-winning role as Tigris in Gladiator (2000) for over a year, and beat Lou Ferrigno for the part. He got into acting by contacting his old bodybuilder friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Has been in virtually every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie to date, after arriving in the US in the early 1980s. He has acted in many of the films (including an uncredited performance in Depredador (1987) as the Russian General), and has also done many of the stunts and provided training for the actors in most of Schwarzenegger's films. Is in three films based on the writings of Robert E. Howard - Conan, el bárbaro (1982), Conan, el destructor (1984), and Kull, el conquistador (1997). He also did uncredited stunt work in El guerrero rojo (1985). Is in two films based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels - La caza del Octubre Rojo (1990) and Pánico nuclear (2002). His favorite role of his own in an Arnold Schwarzenegger film is 'Nikolai' in Danko: Calor rojo (1988). Is the founder of various federations, including The Danish Bodybuilding Federation. He also started and co-founded the monthly "Cigar Night at Schatzi on Main" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Frequently plays Russian characters (Pas på ryggen, professor (1977), Depredador (1987), Danko: Calor rojo (1988), La caza del Octubre Rojo (1990), Eraser (Eliminador) (1996), Best of the best: - Sin aliento (1998), Ruta 666 (2001) and so on). Speaks four languages: Danish, English, German and Swedish. Was a body building judge in the 1980s. Won the "Strongest Man in the World"-contest, by power-lifting a massive 544 lbs (247 kilo - 1981). Ranked #82 in the "Top 100 Stars at the Box Office of the 1980s" list. Ranked #56 in the "Top 100 Stars at the Box Office of the 1990s" list. Frequently has a small role in the films of John McTiernan. Gave the 40-pound hammer he wielded in Conan, el bárbaro (1982) to the film's director John Milius. Has made four movies together with Ralf Moeller (El plan de los vikingos (1995), Batman y Robin (1997), Mercenarios de élite (1997), and Gladiator (2000)). The two are good friends in real life. Has made four movies together with Jesse Ventura (Perseguido (1987), Depredador (1987), Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990), and Batman y Robin (1997)). When he was a young adult, he weighed only 180 lbs (82 kilo), but then he began working out to become much stronger, and at 24 years old, Sven had bulked up to 320 lbs (145 kilo). Has two children: Michael and Martin, who both have children of their own. Has made six movies with Thomas Rosales Jr. (Ejecutor (1986), Perseguido (1987), Sin escape: ganar o morir (1993), El último gran héroe (1993), Shame, detective privado (1994), and Foolish (1999)). Held the world record in power-lifting (1985 - 242.5 kilo). Is a licensed mechanic and during the cold war worked at the DEW Line radar station DYE-3 in Greenland, while it was used by the U.S. Army to look for attacking Soviet planes carrying nuclear bombs. Served in the Danish army, where he was sergeant and a weapon's mechanic. Has stated that of all the films he has been in, he has only seen Gladiator (2000) and Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990). Black belt in Karate.

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Bandits

Oregon State Prison Guard on Watchtower (uncredited)

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Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe

Secundus (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)

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The Viking Sagas

Gunnar

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Extreme Honor

Baker's Bodyguard #1

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No Exit

Darcona

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The Dangerous

Sven

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The Gristle

Butcher Boy

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Relentless 2 - Dead On

Mechanic (Patrick Vergano)

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Fox Hunt

Huge man

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Foolish

Paris

Starring In
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Hostage

Hooded Thug Guarding Hostages (uncredited)

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In Enemy Hands

Hans

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Timecop: The Berlin Decision

SS Body Guard (as Sven Ole Thorson)

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The Rundown

Goon (uncredited)

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The Sum of All Fears

Haft

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Extreme Honor

Baker's Bodyguard #1

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Bandits

Oregon State Prison Guard on Watchtower (uncredited)

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Route 666

Russian Hitman

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Flix Mix - Ultimate Fights

Tigris of Gaul (Gladiator) (archive footage)

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The Gristle

Butcher Boy

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Gladiator

Tigris

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The Alternate

Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

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End of Days

Thug (uncredited)

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The 13th Warrior

Would Be King

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Foolish

Paris

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Best of the Best 4: Without Warning

Boris (as Sven Ole Thorsen)

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Winchell

German Man

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Kull the Conqueror

King Borna (as Sven Ole Thorsen)

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George of the Jungle

Mercenary (as Sven-Ole-Thorsen)

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Eraser

Russian Gunman (uncredited)

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Fox Hunt

Huge man

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Bad Pack

Sven

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The Viking Sagas

Gunnar

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Mallrats

La Fours (as Sven Thorsen)

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The Dangerous

Sven

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The Quick and the Dead

Gutzon

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No Exit

Darcona

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A Low Down Dirty Shame

Thug (uncredited)

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On Deadly Ground

Otto (as Swen-Ole Thorsen)

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Cyborg 2

Doorman (as Sven Thorsen)

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Hard Target

Stephan

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Last Action Hero

Gunman

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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

The Demon

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Nowhere to Run

Prisoner

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Nemesis

Cyborg Interrogating Old Woman (uncredited)

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Lethal Weapon 3

Henchman #2

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Relentless 2 - Dead On

Mechanic (Patrick Vergano)

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Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man

David

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The Hunt for Red October

Russian COB - Red October

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Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe

Secundus (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)

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Pink Cadillac

Birthright Thug

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Twins

Sam Klane

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Red Heat

Nikolai

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Overboard

Olaf, Stayton Flunky (uncredited)

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The Running Man

Sven (as Sven Thorsen)

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Predator

Russian Officer (uncredited)

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Lethal Weapon

Mercenary (as Sven Thorsen)

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Raw Deal

Patrovita's Bearded Bodyguard (uncredited)

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Red Sonja

Bodyguard of Lord Brytag (uncredited)

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Conan the Destroyer

Togra (as Sven Ole Thorsen)

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Conan the Barbarian

Thorgrim (as Sven Ole Thorsen)

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Mind Your Back, Professor

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