BO SVENSON was born in 1941 in Gothenburg and emigrated as a teenager to the United States, where he served in the US Marines before his breakthrough as an actor.
In the late 1960s, Svenson had a recurring role in the hit TV series Here Come the Brides as Lumberjack Olaf ”Big Swede” Gustavsen.
In the mid-1970s, he took over the role of lawman Buford Pusser from Joe Don Baker in both sequels to the hit 1973 film Walking Tall, after Pusser himself, who had originally agreed to take over the role, died in an automobile crash. Svenson reprised the role again for the 1981 television series with the same name – making him the highest paid actor in US television at that time.
One of his most famous roles in films was as murder witness-turned-vigilante Michael McBain in the 1976 cult classic Breaking Point. In recent years Svenson has been seen in Quentin Tarantino’s hit films Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds.