Sven-Ole Thorsen
Danish stunt performer
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Sven-Ole Thorsen is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Sven won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983. Using his stature he often plays imposing giants and villains in his films who are somehow beaten by smaller opponents in a David and Goliath manner, but he has also played heroic characters such as Gunnar the legendary warrior in The Viking Sagas.
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Conan: Lidt for pæn barbarfilm - Scope
Google News - over 5 years
Er Sven-Ole Thorsen med? Nej. Altså højst trekvart point ud af tre mulige, så "Conan the Barbarian" anno 2011 matcher ikke "Conan the Barbarian" anno 1982. Det forventede jeg sådan set heller ikke, eftersom jeg betragter John Milius' 1982-udgave som et
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Story Notes for Conan the Destroyer - AMCtv.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sven-Ole Thorsen was also in Gladiator, where he played a returning champion who faces Russell Crowe. Production designer Pier Luigi Basile later worked on Kull the Conqueror, a Conan spin-off. After this movie, Grace Jones played the vicious Bond girl
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'Ronal el Bárbaro': Chicas, bolas y músculos en 3D - El Séptimo Arte
Google News - over 5 years
Con las voces de Brigitte Nielsen, Sven-Ole Thorsen o Lars Mikkelsen en la VO, 'Ronal el Bárbaro' se centra en la figura del joven, torpe y cobarde Ronal, un bárbaro muy poco bárbaro en el que, cómo no, caerá la responsabilidad de la supervivencia de
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Barbar som eksportsucces - NORDJYSKE
Google News - over 5 years
... da ondskabens fyrste, Volcazar, bortfører hver eneste levende barbar - på nær Ronal. Stemmerne i den danske version af filmen leveres blandt andet af Anders Juul, Preben Christensen, Lars Mikkelsen, Lars Bom, Sven-Ole Thorsen og Gitte Nielsen
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FIGHTING, FANTASY IN 'CONAN THE BARBARIAN'
NYTimes - almost 35 years
John Milius's ''Conan the Barbarian,'' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the body builder-actor, as the character made famous through decades of pulp fiction and comic books, may make money, but it will only be fully realized as a work of art when Woody Allen takes charge and dubs it into Icelandic. Then, perhaps, it will be the laugh riot it has
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sven-Ole Thorsen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2007
    Age 62
    His autobiography Stærk mand i Hollywood (Strong Man in Hollywood) was published on 26 October 2007, and was very well reviewed.
    More Details Hide Details The first printing of the book reportedly sold out in 24 hours. He is known for his frequent appearances in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, like Conan the Barbarian, as the hammer-wielding Thorgrim; The Running Man, as the ultimately sympathetic bodyguard Sven; and in Predator, where he played a one-second role as a Russian military advisor ('Knock Knock'). Some of his other most memorable characters have varied widely, from the gritty boater wearing security guard La Fours in Mallrats, to the unbeaten fighting legend Tigris of Gaul in Gladiator, and the witty Lt. Michael 'Tank' Ellis, Ground Assault Unit in Captain Power, to the menacing alien villain Secundus in Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe, who is always hunting for the Anti-Life Equation without any success. Thorsen has been credited in fifteen Arnold Schwarzenegger movies (twelve as actor, three as stuntman or trainer), making him Schwarzenegger's most frequent collaborator. It began with Conan the Barbarian, when Schwarzenegger brought Thorsen and other of his bodybuilder friends (like Franco Columbu) with him to shoot the movie. Later, when Thorsen moved to the United States, he met Schwarzenegger again while he was acting in the movie Commando. Thorsen helped with some of the stuntwork in that movie, and quickly found work in many of the subsequent Schwarzenegger films.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    Sven-Ole Thorsen lives in Santa Monica in California and had two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Jake and an American Bull Terrier named Cleo (now dead) he won the Danish "Show of Winners" Award of the Year 2006, honouring people who have a special affiliation with dogs.
    More Details Hide Details In his spare time, Thorsen creates wooden sculptures and enjoys art, which he showed in Danish magazine Euroman. He is also famously fond of cigars. Notes
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 50
    In 1995, Thorsen started dating Erica Huff, daughter of the soul-singer Leon Huff.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 45
    Thorsen started dating Grace Jones in 1990, and as of 2007 they have maintained an open relationship.
    More Details Hide Details According to his autobiography, all his romantic relationships, marriages included, have been open relationships since the late 1970s.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    On his fortieth birthday, Anniqa and Sven-Ole Thorsen decided to move from Denmark to the USA, which they did in April 1985. The couple divorced in 1991.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 37
    Thorsen met his second wife, the Swedish circus-artist, snake-charmer, pop-singer and athlete Anniqa (born Anniqa Järle) in the 1970s, when she married his close friend, boxing champion Hans Jørgen Jacobsen; Anniqa and Sven-Ole Thorsen were married in 1982.
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  • 1979
    Age 34
    Thorsen has founded various federations, including The Danish Bodybuilding Federation in 1979 and Cigar Night at Schatzi in Santa Monica, California along with Schwarzenegger.
    More Details Hide Details He has a black belt in Shotokan karate and holds championship titles. Sven-Ole Thorsen is 196 centimetres (6 feet, 5 inches) tall and while appearing in Conan the Barbarian (1982) he weighed 138 kilograms (304 lbs), according to his autobiography (page 24 & 110) from which most of the following information is taken. He has two sons, Michael and Martin, from his first marriage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on September 24, 1944.
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