North Fork's Blacksmith
name.....Swenson/Svenson aka "The Blacksmith"
How many actors played Nils or was it Niles or Nels?
Was it Swenson/Swensen or was it Svenson?
There were seven different actors who played Nils or
Niles or Nels.
Here is a list of all of the actors who played the
blacksmith and any conflicts in the episodes - to
*Any questions/corrections ~ I sure would
like to hear them!
'Duel of Honor' as Nels Svenson
'The Sister' the Blacksmith's sign reads
- Nels Svenson. (See above)
name him as Blacksmith Nels
This picture and the one above is from 'The
Lucas says his name in 'The Sister' it
sounds like he's saying Niles?
the beginning of the episode
'The Money Gun' Sanderson says....."Care for
a drink Nels/Nils?"
The credits list him as
as Nels in
'The Baby Sitter'
Karl Swenson — 1960
(check out the last name)
Vision' — The credits list him as Svensen
'The Jailbird' — as Chris Mance
think this is where some of the confusion
comes in with the Nils/Niles/Nels Last
name..... Swenson/Svensen ~ This is Nils Svensen
~ Farrier & Veterinarian ~ in this episode Nils
These pictures are from 'The Vision'
— 1960 - 1963
'Dark Day at North Fork' as Nils Swenson
'First Wages' as Nils Swenson
'Honest Abe' as Nils Swenson
'Long Gun from Tucson' as Nils Swenson
'Gunfire' as Nils Swenson
'The Man from Salinas' as Nils Swenson
'The Day a Town Slept' as Nils Swenson
'Quiet Night, Deadly Night' as Nils
'Death Never Rides Alone' as Nils
'I Take This Woman' as Nils Swenson
'The Assailants' as Nils Swenson
'The Anvil Chorus' as Nils Swenson
'Suspicion' as Nils Swenson
'The Sidewinder' as Nils Swenson
'End of the Hunt' as Nils Swenson
'Old Man Running' as Nils Swenson
You would think Nils would know how to spell his
own name, wouldn't you? But then again on
the sign above it reads Nils Swenson.
many times has Joe Higgins appeared on "The
Do you think this breaks any
Joe also appeared in 5
other episodes as a different character.
(25 October 1960) - Bartender
Wyoming Story' - part 1 (7 February 1961) - Rafe
Wyoming Story' - part 2 (14 February 1961) -
Rope for a Tall Man' (28 March 1961) - Henry
(25 April 1961) - Scotty the Stagecoach Driver
'Smoke Screen' as Nels
'Meeting at Midnight' as Nels
'The Martinet' as Swensen
'The Deserter' as Nels
In 'The Deserter' ~ when the Lieutent
comes over to arrest Lucas ~ there is a man
fixing a wagon wheel. It sure looks like
this man. He even has a derby on like
this. No speaking part and no credit
— 1959 - 1961
Treasure of Canyon Town' as Herbert Newman
'Outlaw's Inheritance' as Toomey
'The Raid' as Johannson
'Three Legged Terror' as Blacksmith (1959)
'The Second Witness' as Toomey
*According to the credits in 'The
— Toomey is also a Blacksmith—See Arnold Laven's
comments on this in
Dianna's Blacksmith collage
around The McCain ranch