Anthony Robert Swanson (5 January 1938 - 18 May 2003) was a Brunanter film and television actor, known for his distinctive raucous voice and his imposing figure, standing 6' 2" (1.88 m).
Swanson made more than forty films and television appearances. He was nominated four times for the Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer, winning the prize once (Boisterous Nights - 1999). Swanson is also remembered for his turbulent relationship with actress Wilma Baker.
Swanson began his acting career in early '60s, usually given uncredited small roles in TV series. In 1965, he appeared in a Monster Hospital episode, gaining more fame.
His film debut came with Where the Ocean meets the Sand (1972), portraying the lead character. Five years later, he played in Antoni Wisnowski's The Escape, receiving many accolades. He played in numerous other movies and TV series, earning many positive critics. In his third work with Wisnowski (Boisterous Nights, 1999), Swanson won the Barker Award for Best Supporting Perfomer.
On 18 May 2003, Swanson was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper, in his home in Koningstad. The autopsy report concluded that he died from heart arrest while sleeping. His last role has been in the successful action movie Let the Pistols Sing.
Swanson married four times and had two children. From 1959 until their divorce in 1963, he was married to actress/singer Sybil Edwards, by whom he had one son. He was married twice, consecutively, to actress Wilma Baker, from 10 March 1967 to 21 February 1970 and from 10 October 1971 to 3 August 1976. They were introduced to each other by Herbert S. Hosen and had a daughter. In late 1970's, he was rumoured to have an affair with married actress Claudia Abbes. In 1981, he married Yolanthe Verbeek, a Hermite model, eleven years younger than him.
|1972||Where the Ocean meets the Sand||Film debut|
|1973||Milk & Mocha|
|1977||Treason||Nominated - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer|
|1981||V for Vengeance||Marcus Lantz|
|1985||Don't Forget the Sergeant||Nominated - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer|
|1988||The Yellow Berbia||Michael|
|1991||A Garden of Miracles||Narrator||Voice only|
|1995||The Eye||The Eye||Nominated - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer|
|1999||Boisterous Nights||One-eyed Jack||Won - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer|
|2001||The Black Tunnel||General Kirsch|
|2002||The Girl with the Scar||Richard|
|Let the Pistols Sing||Leonard Murphy|
|1961||Winter Sonata||Student#1||BR&T||TV debut|
|1965||Monster Hospital||Goran the Gorilla||CBC||One episode|
|1973||Deputy Sheriff||Pat Longarm||CBC||One episode|
|1974||Inspector 64||Henry McDonald||CBC||One episode|