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Years active  1962–2004
Name  Ken Swofford

Role  Film actor
Spouse  Barbee Biggs (m. 1958)
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Born  July 25, 1933 (age 82) (1933-07-25) Du Quoin, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation  Actor, voice actor, script writer
Children  Sabrina Swofford, Brendan Swofford, Stephanie Swofford, Meemee Swofford, Stephan Swofford
Parents  Goldie Swofford, Howard Swofford
Movies  Thelma & Louise, Annie, Recess: School's Out, One Little Indian, A Case of Rape
Similar People  Vincent McEveety, Bernard McEveety, Ridley Scott, Sidney J Furie, Chuck Sheetz

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Kenneth C. "Ken" Swofford (born July 25, 1933) is an American film and television actor often cast as villains or policemen.


Between 1962 and 1995, Swofford's film credits included Thelma and Louise, Skyjacked, Black Roses and The Andromeda Strain, while his TV career during the same period was prolific.

He appeared on such television series as Fame, Switch, The Oregon Trail, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Murder, She Wrote, and as a cast member of the mystery series Ellery Queen.

Life and career

Born to Howard and Goldie Swofford on July 25, 1933, Ken Swofford graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1959 with a BS in theater.

In an interview in 1976 the distinctive, red headed actor described the advantages of an acting career as spending more time with his children and having the freedom to do any job. "If you're an actor, you can do anything. I have cleaned carpets, painted houses, worked on loading docks. It didn't bother me, because I could always act and enjoy myself."

He met and married Barbee Biggs in summer stock in 1958; the couple have children. In a Los Angeles Times interview in 1985 titled "Autistic Youth Thrives in Large, Loving Family", the Swoffords discussed bringing up their autistic son Brendan at home.

In 1989, Swofford was convicted of felony drunk driving and sentenced to 28 months in prison, after which he made a comeback and continued to work steadily until his apparently self-imposed retirement in 1995. In 2001, he supplied the voice of the coach in Recess: School's Out, and played Officer White in Teacher's Pet (2004), which was his last role before retiring permanently. He measures 1,84 meters.


  • First to Fight (1967)
  • The Lawyer (1970)
  • The Andromeda Strain (1970)
  • Bless the Beasts and Children (1971)
  • Skyjacked (1972)
  • One Little Indian (1973)
  • The Black Bird (1975)
  • The Domino Principle (1977)
  • S.O.B. (1981)
  • Annie (1982)
  • Bridge Across Time (1985)
  • The Stepford Children (1987)
  • Thelma & Louise (1991)
  • The Taking of Beverly Hills (1991)
  • References

    Ken Swofford Wikipedia

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