Sven-Ole Thorsen (born September 24, 1944) is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor who played an unnamed Russian advisor in the 1987 film Predator, although he was not credited for the role. Other notable films Thorsen has appeared in include Conan the Barbarian (1982), Lethal Weapon (1987), The Running Man (1987), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and Gladiator (2000).

Thorsen won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983.[1] Thanks to his stature, he often plays imposing giants and villains in films who are somehow beaten by smaller opponents in a David and Goliath manner, although he has also played heroic characters such as Gunnar the legendary warrior in The Viking Sagas. His autobiography Stærk Mand i Hollywood (Strong Man in Hollywood) was published in 2007, and was very well reviewed. The first printing of the book reportedly sold out in 24 hours.[2][3] Thorsen is an old bodybuilding partner and good friend of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played Dutch in Predator, and he has appeared in many of Schwarzenegger's films, usually in minor, non-speaking roles.


Year Title Notes
1977 Mind Your Back, Professor
1982 Conan the Barbarian With Arnold Schwarzenegger
1984 Conan the Destroyer With Arnold Schwarzenegger
1985 Red Sonja Uncredited; with Arnold Schwarzenegger
1986 Raw Deal Uncredited; with Robert Davi, Thomas Rosales, Jr. and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1987 Lethal Weapon With Gary Busey, Danny Glover and Steve Kahan
Predator Uncredited
The Running Man With María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura
Overbaord Uncredited
1988 Red Heat With Laurence Fishburne and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Twins With Steve Boyum and Arnold Schwarzenegger
1989 Pink Cadillac
1990 Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe With Jesse Ventura
The Hunt for Red October Directed by John McTiernan
1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day Uncredited; with Michael Biehn,[4] Jenette Goldstein, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gerard G. Williams, directed by James Cameron
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man With William H. Burton, Jr. and Thomas Rosales, Jr.
1992 Dead On: Relentless II With Steve Kahan
Lethal Weapon 3 With Steve Boyum, Danny Glover, Steve Kahan and Henry Kingi
Nemesis Uncredited
1993 Nowhere to Run With William H. Burton, Jr., Henry Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr. and Jean-Claude Van Damme
Last Action Hero With William H. Burton, Jr.Charles Dance, Larry Ferguson, Henry Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme, directed by John McTiernan
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow
Hard Target With William H. Burton, Jr., Lance Henriksen and Jean-Claude Van Damme
1994 On Deadly Ground
A Low Down Dirty Shame Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr., Charles S. Dutton, Henry Kingi and Thomas Rosales, Jr.
1995 The Dangerous With Robert Davi
The Viking Sagas
No Exit
The Quick and the Dead With Lance Henriksen
1996 Fox Hunt
The Undercover Kid
Eraser Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr., Michael Papajohn, Mark Rolston and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Bulletproof Uncredited
1997 Kull the Conqueror
The Bad Pack With Robert Davi
George of the Jungle
1998 Soldier With William H. Burton, Jr., Gary Busey and Carsten Norgaard, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning
1999 Foolish With Thomas Rosales, Jr.
The 13th Warrior Directed by John McTiernan
End of Days Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr., Henry Kingi and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2000 The Alternate Uncredited
Gladiator With Giannina Facio, Tommy Flanagan, Mark Anthony Newman and C. C. Smiff, directed by Ridley Scott
2001 Route 666
The Gristle
Extreme Honor
2002 Hercules
Collateral Damage Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr., Raymond Cruz, Jsu Garcia and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2003 The Rundown Uncredited; with Ewen Bremner, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Eddie Yansick
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Uncredited; with Tommy Flanagan
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision Directed by Steve Boyum
2004 In Enemy Hands
2005 Hostage Uncredited; with William H. Burton, Jr.
2011 Ronal the Barbarian


  • To date, Thorsen has appeared on-screen in no less than thirteen Schwarzenegger movies, including Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Red Sonja, Raw Deal, Predator, The Running Man, Red Heat, Twins, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Last Action Hero, Eraser, End of Days and Collateral Damage. He has also worked behind the scenes as a trainer on several more Schwarzenegger films.

External links[]


  1. http://www.davidhorne-gripmaster.com/strongmanresults.html
  2. En bomstærk mand taler ud - Bøger
  3. Fyens Stiftstidende - NU - Bøger og tegneserier - Stærke sager
  4. Biehn's appearance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day was cut from the theatrical release, but later reinstated in the extended Special Edition