Tor Johnson

Tor Johnson

According to legend, Tor became close friends with Bela Lugosi and once prevented Lugosi from committing suicide by threatening to throw him out a window!

Due to his enormous weight, he had a habit of breaking toilet seats.

His son Karl Johnson worked as a policeman, but also appeared in a few of his films.

His wife, Greta, reportedly did not care for the horror films he made late in his career. They made him seem to be a monster, quite the opposite of what her husband was off-camera.

Interred at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California, USA, in the Whispering Pines section, #177 E.

Is portrayed by George 'The Animal' Steele in Ed Wood (1994)

Tor once told Forest J. Ackerman that he played 2 different "Lobo" characters; the first was a mute Lobo created by Ed Wood Jr. in "Bride of the Monster" and "Night of the Ghouls"; the second Lobo (Lobo II), who could speak, was a different character created by Mann and Black in "The Unearthly". Tor was proud of the distinction. (Source: Famous Monsters Of Filmland magazine).

Unlike most professional wrestlers, Tor had naturally blond hair. However, in his wrestling and acting days, he kept his head shaved bald to add to his villainous appearance.

When he appeared on the Groucho Marx show "You Bet Your Life" (1950) he revealed his weight was 387 pounds, and his hips were 60", waist 54", chest 62", biceps 22", neck 20".

When speaking of her "Revenge of the Dead" (1959) co-star, actress Valda Hansen said that "Tor was like a big sugar bun."

Wrestled professionally under the names 'Swedish Angel' and 'Super-Swedish Angel'.