Magnus Samuelsson

Magnus Samuelsson
Born (1969-12-21) December 21, 1969
Linköping, Östergötland, Sweden
Residence Linköping, Östergötland
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Occupation Strongman, Armwrestling, Actor
Years active 1995-2008
Height 200 cm (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 160 kg (350 lb)
Spouse(s) Kristin Samuelsson
Children David Samuelsson and Sara Samuelsson
Relatives Brother- Torbjörn Samuelsson
Competition record
Representing  Sweden
World's Strongest Man
10th 1995 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1996 World's Strongest Man
3rd 1997 World's Strongest Man
1st 1998 World's Strongest Man
5th 1999 World's Strongest Man
3rd 2000 World's Strongest Man
2nd 2001 World's Strongest Man
10th 2002 World's Strongest Man
4th 2003 World's Strongest Man
3rd 2004 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2006 World's Strongest Man
5th 2007 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2008 World's Strongest Man
Strongman Super Series
2nd 2001 Holland Grand Prix
3rd 2001 Czech Grand Prix
1st 2001 Sweden Grand Prix
1st 2001 Overall Champion
1st 2004 Sweden Grand Prix
3rd 2004/05 Overall
1st 2008 Sweden Super Series
Arnold Strongman Classic
10th 2005 Arnold Strongman Classic
World Muscle Power Championships
3rd 2001
2nd 1996
Europe's Strongest Man
2nd 2000
3rd 2001
Sweden's Strongest Man
1st 1995
1st 1996
1st 1997
1st 1999
1st 2000
1st 2001
1st 2003
1st 2004
1st 2005
World Strongman Challenge
1st 1998
2nd 1999
1st 2001
European Open
3rd 1997
Helsinki Grand Prix
2nd 1998
2nd 2000

Magnus Samuelsson (born December 21, 1969), is a Swedish actor, former strongman and winner of the 1998 World's Strongest Man contest in Morocco. The son of a former Swedish female arm wrestling champion, he has also been ranked among the best arm wrestlers in the world and was a European Arm Wrestling champion prior to becoming a professional strongman.


Samuelsson holds the record for reaching the World's Strongest Man finals 10 times, a feat which he achieved over a 13-year span from 1995–2007. He has also achieved a podium place in WSM on five separate occasions.

In 2001 Samuelsson came second in the inaugural Strongman Super Series. After a year's break, he returned to compete in the 2006 World's Strongest Man but failed to make it past the qualifying rounds due to a back injury. A year later, Samuelsson reached the 2007 finals, eventually finishing in 5th place.

However, after failing to make the finals in the 2008 World's Strongest Man contest, Samuelsson announced his retirement from competition after 14 years competing in the sport. He achieved a 31 podium finish making him one of the all-time most successful strongman competitors. Samuelsson also remains one of only five men to have successfully closed the No.4 Captains of Crush hand-gripper under official conditions.

Torbjörn Samuelsson (Samuelsson' brother) also competed in strongman competitions between 1996–2002, winning Sweden's Strongest Man twice and competing at the World's Strongest Man 2000–2002.

In 1995 Samuelsson accidentally broke the arm of Australian wrestler Nathan Jones during heats of the World's Strongest Man contest in Nassau, Bahamas. The injury occurred because Jones employed the novice technique of side twisting. The action combined with Samuelsson's own body strength resulted in a snapped humerus.[1]


Magnus Samuelsson was offered a role in the film Gladiator, but declined.[2] One of the reasons he declined was that he believed the film was going to be a B movie. The agent who had phoned him to offer the role had told him that he would "fight with swords and so", and also named a couple of actors in the cast, which Magnus Samuelsson did not recognize.[3]

In 2009 Samuelsson won the Swedish version of the television series Dancing with the Stars, beating songwriter Laila Bagge in the final.

Samuelsson plays Gunnar Nyberg, a detective in the 2011 Swedish crime thriller series Arne Dahl. It has also been aired in Germany and UK.

Personal life

Samuelsson lives in Tidersrum in Östergötland. He and his brother, Torbjörn, are both full-time farmers. Throughout his career, he has been supported at every competition by his wife Kristin, a former two-time winner of Sweden's strongest woman. They have one son, David, and one daughter, Sara.

Samuelsson is also an automobile racing enthusiast. In 2010 he competed in Rally Sweden, part of the World Rally Championship, finishing in 35th position out of 55.


Personal Records

Contest History


  1. World's Strongest Arms. DVD. Colin Bryce production
  2. Lindqvist, Anton (12 February 2015). "Magnus Samuelsson: "Arne Dahl är som lumpen"". (in Swedish). Sveriges Television AB. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. Häggström, Andreas (17 January 2009). "Att vara tuff handlar om så mycket annat". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Stockholm: Aftonbladet Hierta AB. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
World's Strongest Man
Preceded by:
Jouko Ahola
First (1998) Succeeded by:
Jouko Ahola
Let's Dance
Preceded by:
Tina Nordström & Tobias Karlsson
Season 4 (2009 with Annika Sjöö)
Succeeded by:
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