Dolph Lundgren

Actor, Producer, Model
Despite being a world-class athlete and a gifted student, Dolph Lundgren received little respect from fans and critics, who dismissed his real-life accomplishments and pigeonholed him as a stiff muscle-bound action ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1957 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (54)

Skin Trade 2015 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Workaholics 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

4Got10 2014 (Movie)

Agent Rooker (Actor)

Ambushed 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Command Performance 2014 (Movie)

Joe Reynolds (Actor)

Direct Contact 2014 (Movie)

Mike Riggins (Actor)

Icarus 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Gunner (Actor)

War Pigs 2014 (Movie)

Captain Hans Picault (Actor)

Battle of the Damned 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hidden Agenda 2013 (Movie)

Jason Price (Actor)

Race to the Scene 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Host

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Sage Mennox (Actor)

The Package 2013 (Movie)

The German (Actor)

Legendary 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stash House 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Expendables 2 2012 (Movie)

Gunner Jensen (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 (Movie)

Andrew Scott (Actor)

Dungeon Siege 2 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

One In the Chamber 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

Gunner Jensen (Actor)

Universal Soldier: Regeneration 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Final Inquiry 2007 (Movie)

Brixos (Actor)

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Russian Specialist 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Detention 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Patrol 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Agent Red 1999 (Movie)

Matt Hendricks (Actor)

The Minion 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Johnny Mnemonic 1995 (Movie)

Street Preacher (Actor)

Men of War 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pentathalon 1994 (Movie)

Eric Brogar (Actor)

The Shooter 1994 (Movie)

Michael Dane (Actor)

Army of One 1993 (Movie)

Santee (Actor)

Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

Andrew Scott (Actor)

Cover-Up 1991 (Movie)

Mike Anderson (Actor)

Showdown in Little Tokyo 1991 (Movie)

Detective Chris Kenner (Actor)

I Come in Peace 1990 (Movie)

Jack Caine (Actor)

Red Scorpion 1989 (Movie)

Red Scorpion (Actor)

The Punisher 1989 (Movie)

Frank Castle--The Punisher (Actor)

Masters of the Universe 1987 (Movie)

He-Man (Actor)

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

Venz (Actor)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

Drago (Actor)

Blackjack (TV Show)

Actor

Bridge of Dragons (TV Show)

Actor

From Hawaii With Love (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Trigger (TV Show)

Actor

Storm Catcher (TV Show)

Actor

Sweepers (TV Show)

Actor

The Peacekeeper (TV Show)

Actor

Tied Up (TV Show)

Actor
Director (3)

Command Performance 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Icarus 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Russian Specialist 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Skin Trade 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pentathalon 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Skin Trade 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Despite being a world-class athlete and a gifted student, Dolph Lundgren received little respect from fans and critics, who dismissed his real-life accomplishments and pigeonholed him as a stiff muscle-bound action star. In reality, the Swede held a master's degree in chemical engineering and studied on three continents while mastering seven languages. But the general public remembered him best as 1980s Soviet monster Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" (1985), real-life cartoon He-Man in "Masters of the Universe" (1987) or Jean-Claude Van Damme's reanimated nemesis in "Universal Soldier" (1992). Linked at one time to the equally striking Grace Jones - who arranged for his cameo in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985) - Lundgren spent most of his career in low-budget action and science fiction films, many of which went straight-to-video. He reclaimed and revitalized his image, however, with a flashy turn in the ultimate action movie, "The Expendables" (2010), directed by friend Sylvester Stallone. Long labeled a second-string action hero, Lundgren's real-life complexity, intelligence and business savvy called for a reappraisal of the actor's potential and for some much-deserved respect that long eluded him.

Relationships

Grace Jones Actor

Companion
Met when she hired him as her bodyguard; lived together in the 1980s Couple co-starred in his screen debut, "A View to a Kill" (1985) No longer together

Karl Lundgren

Father

Ida Lundgren

Daughter
Born April 29, 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden; mother Anette Qviberg-Lundgren

Johan Lundgren

Brother
Older; worked in offshore oil technology

Greta Lundgren

Daughter
Born November 2001 in Stockholm, Sweden; mother Anette Qviberg-Lundgren

Anette Qviberg

Wife
Met in 1990 Lundgren proposed at midnight on New Year's Eve during press tour for "Universal Soldier" (1993) Married Feb. 27, 1994 in Stockholm; honeymooned in Marrakech Couple filed for divorce in March 2011

EDUCATION

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge , Massachusetts
attended on Fulbright scholarship

University of Sydney

Sydney , New South Wales 1982

Royal Institute of Technology

Washington State University

Pullman , Washington

Milestones

2012

Reprised role of Gunnar Jensen in "The Expendables 2"

2010

Cast as drug-addicted assassin Gunnar Jensen alongside an ensemble cast, including Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in "The Expendables"

2010

Guest starred on NBC's "Chuck"; character he played was inspired by "Rocky IV's" Drago

2009

Reteamed with Van Damme in "Universal Soldier: Regeneration"

2007

Wrote, directed and starred in "Missionary Man," which he described as a modern day Western

2005

Directed his second feature "The Mechanik"; also co-wrote and acted

2004

Made a cameo in the British comedy feature "Fat Slags"

2004

Directorial debut, "The Defender"; also starred in film

1999

Played a human killing machine in "Bridge of Dragons"

1996

Served as unofficial TV network lobbyist and official team leader for the U.S. modern pentathlon squad at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA

1996

TV-movie debut, "Silent Trigger" (HBO)

1995

Cast in "Johnny Mnemonic," co-starring Keanu Reeves

1994

Started a theater company called Group of Eight

1994

Met and befriended leading U.S. modern pentathletes Mike Gostigian and Rob Stull while training for role in "Pentathlon"

1994

Feature producing debut (as executive producer), "Pentathlon"; also acted

1994

Moved to NYC; became involved with the Ensemble Studio Theater

1993

Formed production company Thor Pictures

1992

Co-starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in sci-fi action feature "Universal Soldier"; cast as a resurrected cyborg warrior with a necklace of human ears

1987

Released an exercise video entitled "Maximum Potential" based on his own daily workout

1987

First starring role in a film, playing He-Man in "Masters of the Universe"

1986

TV debut, guested on "Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden" on NBC

1985

Feature debut, a walk-on as a KGB agent in "A View to a Kill" (in which Jones played a villain)

1985

Breakthrough feature role as the title character's Soviet nemesis Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV"

1983

Moved to the U.S. to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar

1982

Won the Australian heavyweight division title

1980

Won the European Heavyweight Full-Contact Karate Championship two years in a row

1973

Began training in the martial arts at age 14 (date approximate)

Received a second-degree black belt in karate

Completed basic training with the Swedish Marine Corps as an instructor in hand-to-hand combat and anti-chemical warfare

Met pop singer Grace Jones backstage while doing security at one of her concerts; began dating her and making public appearances together

Worked the door alongside Chazz Palminteri at NYC nightclub The Limelight

Represented Sweden in heavyweight martial arts championships as captain of national karate team

In NYC, met acting coach Warren Robertson who encouraged him to act

Did some modeling with little success; was deemed "a bit too tall and muscular for a model's size 40"

Grew up in Scandanavia and Germany

Bonus Trivia

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Lundgren had an IQ of 160 and earned a Fulbright scholarship to study chemical engineering at MIT.

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