Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Johnsons in:
 • Eternal Valley Memorial Park
 • Newhall
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Tor Johnson
Birth: Oct. 19, 1903
Kalmar kommun
Kalmar lšn, Sweden
Death: May 12, 1971
San Fernando
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. Born in Sweden in 1903. the husky son of Karl J. Johansson and Lovissa Petersson, he became a professional wrestler while in his early teens. Shortening his name to "Tor Johnson", the young man journeyed to the United States and California in 1928. He immediately found work on the wrestling circuit as "The Super Swedish Angel", a large economy size version of the International mat villain, Frenchman Maurice Tillet, who was wrestling in the United States at the time as "The French Angel". In 1934 he made his American film debut in "Kid Millions" with popular comic Eddie Cantor, then, while continuing to wrestle, appeared in over thirty films, including "Man on the Flying Trapeze" with W.C. Fields, "Shadow of the Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy, "Canterville Ghost" with Charles Laughton, "Lost in a Harem" with Abbott & Costello, "Ghost Catchers" with Olsen & Johnson, "Road to Rio" with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, "State of the Union" with Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn, "Alias the Champ" with fellow-grappler Gorgeous George, "The Lemon Drop Kid" with Bob Hope, "The Black Sleep" with Basil Rathbone, John Carradine, and Bela Lugosi, "Carousel" with Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones", and perhaps his most (in)famous film of them all, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" with Bela Lugosi and Vampira, for writer-director Ed Wood. Tor Johnson's television appearances included "You Bet Your Life" with Groucho Marx and George Fenneman, "Peter Gunn" with Craig Stevens and Lola Albright, "The Red Skelton Show" with Red Skelton, and "Bonanza" with Lorne Greene and Michael Landon. In the mid-1960s a mask and special effects company, Don Post Studios, immortalized the "gentle giant" by taking a life mask of the actor-wrestler, and also creating a best-selling commercial "monster mask" of Tor. The four-hundred pounds-plus character actor, in turn, recreated his best-known movie persona - "Lobo" - for a series of personal appearances with the Don Post Studios-Stunt Stars from Screenland Traveling Monster Show, seen at Uni-Mart stores throughout Southern California. In 1969 he retired to his home at 15129 Lakeside Street in Sylmar, a community near Hollywood, adjoining the San Fernando Valley. Plagued by ongoing heart problems most of his life, he passed away at the age of 67, at San Fernando Valley Hospital in San Fernando, California. The cause of his death was Congestive Heart Failure. In 1994, Tor Johnson was portrayed by wrestler George "The Animal" Steele in Tim Burton's motion picture "Ed Wood", with Johnny Depp and Martin Landau. 
Eternal Valley Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Whispering Pines, 177 E
GPS (lat/lon): 34.3629, -118.51009
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Sep 17, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 3574
Tor Johnson
Added by: BrianPOC
Tor Johnson
Added by: A.J. Marik
Tor Johnson
Added by: A.J. Marik
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Thank you....
- Latitia
 Added: Feb. 1, 2017
Been a fan of your film work since I enjoy the black/white B-Movies of my childhood. I have a large collection of your film work. You have been with the greats and I was an union actor also in the last three decades. Now semi-retired. Will visit your grav...(Read more)
- A. G.
 Added: Dec. 27, 2016
45 years
- BigLebo
 Added: Dec. 13, 2016
There are 432 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 143 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service