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.