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Karl Swenson

American actor

Karl Swenson is ...


Born 23 July 1908 in Brooklyn
Died 8 October 1978 in Torrington
Age 70 years, 3 months
Cause myocardial infarction

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Spouse Joan Tompkins
Occupation actor, television actor and film actor

About Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson was a versatile actor who left an indelible mark on American entertainment. Born on July 23, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York, Swenson began his career in theater before transitioning to film and television.

Swenson's early work in theater included roles in productions of "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Merchant of Venice." He made his film debut in 1948's "The Naked City" and went on to appear in over 70 films, including "The Birds," "North by Northwest," and "The Miracle Worker."

In addition to his film work, Swenson was a prolific television actor, appearing in numerous popular shows such as "Gunsmoke," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Andy Griffith Show." He is perhaps best known for his role as Lars Hanson, the father of Little House on the Prairie's Nels Oleson.

Swenson's talent and versatility earned him critical acclaim throughout his career. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of "The Great White Hope" and received an Emmy nomination for his work on "Little House on the Prairie."

Swenson passed away on October 8, 1978, in Torrance, California, at the age of 70. His legacy lives on through his memorable performances and contributions to American entertainment.


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About Death

Swenson died of a heart attack at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Connecticut on October 8, 1978, shortly after filming the episode in which the Little House on the Prairie character Lars Hanson died. He was interred at Center Cemetery in New Milford, Connecticut.

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