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Sven-Ole Thorsen

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 ... See full bio »

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Gladiator Tigris
Hard Target
Hard Target Stephan
The Running Man
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon Mercenary


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  MallBrats (TV Series) (announced)
La Fours
 2017 The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell (TV Series)
- Birgitta & Sven-Ole Thorsen (2017) ... Guest
 2011 Ronal Barbaren
Generalen (voice)
 2009 Kristian (TV Series)
Sven Ole
- Sekten (2009) ... Sven Ole
 2007 Andy Barker, P.I. (TV Series)
Thug #1
- Pilot (2007) ... Thug #1
 2005 Hostage
Hooded Thug Guarding Hostages (uncredited)
 2004 In Enemy Hands
 2003 Timecop: The Berlin Decision (Video)
SS Body Guard (as Sven Ole Thorson)
 2003 The Rundown
Goon (uncredited)
 2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Machine Gun Mongol (uncredited)
 2002 The Sum of All Fears
 2002 Collateral Damage
Bomb Victim (uncredited)
 2002 Hollywood Next 8 Exits (Video short)
The Landlord
 2001 The Gristle
Butcher Boy
 2001 Extreme Honor
Baker's Bodyguard #1
 2001 Route 666
Russian Hitman
 2001 Bandits
Oregon State Prison Guard on Watchtower (uncredited)
 2000 Gladiator
 2000 The Alternate
Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
 1999 End of Days
Thug (uncredited)
 1999 The 13th Warrior
Would Be King
 1999 Facade
General Schweinkopf (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)
 1999 Foolish
 1998 Winchell (TV Movie)
German Man
 1998 Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (Video)
Boris (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1998 Baywatch (TV Series)
Hans Ulpan
- Crash: Part 2 (1998) ... Hans Ulpan
- Crash: Part 1 (1998) ... Hans Ulpan
 1998 Mike Hammer, Private Eye (TV Series)
- The Art of Murder (1998) ... Rolf (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1997 The Guardian (TV Movie)
 1997 The Bad Pack
 1997 Kull the Conqueror
King Borna (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1997 George of the Jungle
Mercenary (as Sven-Ole-Thorsen)
 1997 Baywatch Nights (TV Series)
- Frozen Out of Time (1997) ... Viking
 1996 The Undercover Kid
Terrorist #1
 1996 Bulletproof
Gunman at Motel (uncredited)
 1996 Eraser
Russian Gunman (uncredited)
 1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series)
- Marathon (1996) ... Assassin (uncredited)
 1996 Fox Hunt
Huge man
 1995 The Dangerous
 1995 Mallrats
La Fours (as Sven Thorsen)
 1995 The Viking Sagas
 1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Lars Halverson
- Garbage Ahoy/Goin' (Way) South (1995) ... Lars Halverson (voice)
 1995 The Quick and the Dead
 1995 No Exit (Video)
 1994 A Little Tailor's Christmas Story (Short)
 1994 A Low Down Dirty Shame
Mob Boss Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1994 On Deadly Ground
Otto (as Swen-Ole Thorsen)
 1993 Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (Video)
Doorman (as Sven Thorsen)
 1993 Hard Target
Stephan (as Sven Thorsen)
 1993 Last Action Hero
 1993 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
The Demon
 1993 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Gym Fighter
- Borderline (1993) ... Gym Fighter
 1993 Nowhere to Run
 1992 Nemesis
Cyborg Interrogating Old Woman (uncredited)
 1992 Lethal Weapon 3
Henchman #2
 1992 Dead On: Relentless II (Video)
Mechanic (Patrick Vergano)
 1991 Terminator 2
Mall Security Guard (uncredited)
 1990-1991 The Flash (TV Series)
Omega / Swede / Tanner Transformed
- Alpha (1991) ... Omega
- Good Night, Central City (1991) ... Swede (uncredited)
- Out of Control (1990) ... Tanner Transformed (uncredited)
 1990 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe
Secundus (as Sven Ole-Thorsen)
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Russian COB - Red October
 1989 Captain Power: The Beginning (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
 1989 Pink Cadillac
Birthright Thug
 1988 Twins
Sam Klane
 1988 Red Heat
 1987-1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV Series)
Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis
- Retribution: Part 2 (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- Retribution: Part 1 (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- New Order: Part Two - The Land Shall Burn (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- New Order: Part One - The Sky Shall Swallow Them (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
- Freedom One (1988) ... Lieutenant Michael 'Tank' Ellis (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Overboard
Olaf, Stayton Flunky (uncredited)
 1987 The Running Man
Sven (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Predator
Russian Officer (uncredited)
 1987 Lethal Weapon
Mercenary (as Sven Thorsen)
 1987 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future: Raid on Volcania (Video short)
Tank (as Sven Thorsen)
 1986 The A-Team (TV Series)
- Quarterback Sneak (1986) ... Rolf (as Sven Thorsen)
 1986 Raw Deal
Patrovita's Bearded Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1985 Red Sonja
Bodyguard of Lord Brytag (uncredited)
 1984 Conan the Destroyer
Togra (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1982 Conan the Barbarian
Thorgrim (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
 1977 Pas på ryggen, professor (Russisk) Håndlanger
Show Show Stunts (24 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Self (13 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Starred as himself in a short film in 1971 called "Body Building", directed by Bille August. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Article | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sven Ole-Thorsen | Sven-Ole-Thorsen | Sven Ole Thorsen | Sven Thorsen | Swen-Ole Thorsen | Sven Ole Thorson | Sven-Ole Thorson


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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There's difference between, I think, American movies and European movies, because there are a lot of European countries that get support from the state; the movies are more artistic, they are more based on dialogue, and they are more based on telling a good story. - From featurette on The Gristle (2001) See more »


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 Predator (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. See more »


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