John Karlsen

John Karlsen, sometimes credited as Charles John Karlsen or John Karlson (20 October 1919 5 July 2017), was an actor from New Zealand who was active in cinema between 1958 and 2003. He is best known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), The Black Stallion (1979) and The Sin Eater (2003). In Europe he appeared in mostly Italian films.

John Karlsen
Born(1919-10-20)20 October 1919
Wellington, New Zealand
Died5 July 2017(2017-07-05) (aged 97)
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Other namesJohn Carlsen, Charles John Karlsen, John Karlson
Years active1958—2003
Known forBill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Black Stallion and The Sin Eater

Karlsen was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and launched his career in Europe in the late 1950s.[1]

His filmography includes 80 titles, including several works for television.

Karlsen died on 5 July 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand,[1] at the age of 97.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Lentz, Harris III (September 2017). "John Karlsen, 97". Classic Images (507): 52.
  2. ADIOS A JOHN KARLSEN (1919-2017)
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