Dolph Lundgren

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Dolph Lundgren

Swedish actor, director, and martial artist add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1957.

Countries: United States (50%), United Kingdom (8%), Reunion (6%)

Main connections: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, The Expendables (2010 film)

Linked to: KGB, University of Sydney, Washington State University, Clemson University

 

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Dolph Lundgren was born in 1957 add something


1970

After graduating from high school with straight As, he spent some time in the United States in the 1970s on various academic scholarships, studying chemistry at Washington State University and Clemson University add something

 

Dolph plays a lone, bible-preaching stranger named Ryder who comes into a small Texas town on his 1970's Harley-Davidson motorcycle to attend the funeral of his good friend J.J., a local Native American carpenter, only to later get mixed up in a series of brawls with a local gang add something


1978

Amidst his years of studying, Lundgren honed his karate skills by training hard in the dojo for five years, attaining the rank of 2nd "dan" black belt in Kyokushin in 1978 add something


1979

He captained the Swedish Kyokushin karate team, and was a formidable challenger at the 1979 World Open Tournament when he was only a green belt add something


1980

Although he had begun lifting weights as a teenager, he cites Sylvester Stallone as the man who got him into serious bodybuilding for a period in the 1980s after arriving in the United States add something

 

During the 1980s, Lundgren had relationships with Jamaican singer Grace Jones and model Paula Barbieri add something

 

He won the European championships in 1980 and 1981, and a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982 add something

 

Lundgren holds a rank of 3rd "dan" black belt in Kyokushin Karate and was European champion in 1980 and 1981 add something


1982

In 1982, Lundgren graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, finishing with the highest results in his class add something


 

He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 add something


1985

Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in "Rocky IV" in 1985 as the imposing Russian boxer Ivan Drago add something


1986

It is the remake of the 1986 Italian film directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel add something


1987

Finally he starred in Hickox's next picture, "Jill Rips", based on a 1987 novel by Scottish writer Frederic Lindsay add something

 

He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 fantasy/science fiction film "Masters of the Universe", and Frank Castle in the 1989 film "The Punisher" add something

 

Lundgren released a workout video on VHS in 1987 called "Maximum Potential" add something

 

He-Man - In 1987 Cannon Films produced a live-action film directed by Gary Goddard, "Masters of the Universe", which featured Dolph Lundgren in the role of He-Man; it was a commercial failure

 

He-Man - In the 1987 live-action feature film, He-Man was played by Dolph Lundgren


1989

Lundgren next starred in Joseph Zito's "Red Scorpion" in 1989, opposite M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T. P. McKenna and Carmen Argenziano add something

 

Mark L. Lester - In 1989 he directed "Class of 1999", a loose sequel to "Class of 1984" and in 1990 he directed cult classic "Showdown in Little Tokyo" starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee


1990

In 1990, Lundgren starred in Craig R. Baxley's sci-fi thriller "I Come in Peace" opposite Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues and Jay Bilas add something

 

In the early 1990s, he appeared in films such "Dark Angel" ; "Showdown in Little Tokyo" , alongside Brandon_Lee; "Universal Soldier" opposite Jean-Claude_Van_Damme; "Joshua Tree" , opposite Kristian Alfonso and George_Segal; "Johnny Mnemonic" , opposite Keanu_Reeves; and "Blackjack" , directed by John Woo add something

 

Mark L. Lester - Then in 1990, he directed the cult classic "Showdown in Little Tokyo" starring Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee


1991

In 1991, Lundgren starred in Manny Coto's action film "Cover Up" opposite Louis Gossett Jr. add something

 

Later in 1991, Lundgren appeared in martial arts action film "Showdown in Little Tokyo" opposite Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tia Carrere add something

 

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - In 1991 he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film "Showdown in Little Tokyo", where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida

 

Brandon Lee - In 1991, he starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the buddy cop action film "Showdown in Little Tokyo"


1992

In 1992, Lundgren starred in one of the biggest blockbusters of the year in the sci-fi action picture "Universal Soldier" directed by Roland Emmerich add something

 

Action film - European action actors such as Belgian-born Jean-Claude Van Damme , Moroccan-born Jean Reno , Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren , Irish-born Colin Farrell , and English-born Jason Statham , appeared in a number of action films in the 1990s and 2000s

 

Ralf Moller - In 1992, he appeared in "Universal Soldier" with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme


 

In 1993, Lundgren starred opposite Kristian Alfonso and George Segal in "Joshua Tree", directed by Academy award and BAFTA-winning stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong add something

 

Kristian Alfonso - In 1993 she starred alongside Dolph Lundgren in the film "Joshua Tree" in which she played a cop abducted by an innocent convict on the run


1994

In 1994 he married Anette Qviberg, a jewellery designer and fashion stylist in Marbella add something

 

Later in 1994, Lundgren appeared in Perry Lang's "Men of War" alongside Charlotte Lewis and B. D. Wong as Nick Gunar, a former Special Ops soldier who leads a group of mercenaries to a treasure island in the South China Sea add something


1995

In 1995, Dolph appeared in Robert Longo's "Johnny Mnemonic", co-starring Keanu Reeves add something

 

Later in 1995, Lundgren appeared in Ted Kotcheff's "The Shooter", known as "Hidden Assassin", an action drama in which he plays Michael Dane, a U.S. Marshall who gets caught up in politics when he is hired to solve the assassination of a Cuban ambassador add something

 

The film was premiered in Japan first on 15 April 1995 and features a previously composed score by Michael Danna, different editing, and more scenes with Lundgren and Japanese star Takeshi Kitano add something

 

The Expendables (2010 film) - This was Dolph Lundgren's first theatrically released film since 1995's "Johnny Mnemonic", and Steve Austin's last theatrical release film until 2013's "Grown Ups 2"


1996

After a long spell performing in direct-to-video films since 1996, 2010 marked his return to theaters with "The Expendables", an on-screen reunion with Stallone, alongside an all-action star cast which included, among others, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke add something

 

In 1996, Lundgren starred in Russell Mulcahy's "Silent Trigger", about a sniper and his female spotter add something

 

The Motion Picture Guide to the films of 1996 said, "in peak condition, Dolph Lundgren leaps trains, kicks the crap out of assailants, and handles a rifle like a pro add something


1997

In 1997, Dolph starred in Frédéric Forestier's "The Peacekeeper", playing Major Frank Cross of the US Air Force and the only man who can prevent the president being assassinated and with the ability to thwart an imposing nuclear holocaust add something

 

The Motion Picture Guide to the films of 1997 said, "this stylish but empty thriller gives square-jawed Dolph Lundgren another shot at straight-to-video immortality" add something


1998

In 1998 he appeared in Jean-Marc Piché's action/supernatural horror film "The Minion" alongside Françoise Robertson Lundgren portrays Lukas Sadorov, a middle eastern templar and member of an order who are charged with guarding the gateway to Hell that, if opened, will unleash all evil add something

 

Later in 1998, Dolph appeared alongside Bruce Payne and Claire Stansfield in "Sweepers" as Christian Erickson, a leading demolition expert and head of an elite team of specialists, trained to disarm mine fields in a humanitarian minesweeping operation in Angola add something

 

Dolph continued training kyokushin karate after leaving his tournament career, when his new career allowed, and eventually graded to 3rd "dan" in July 1998, in the Shinkyokushin organization of Kyokushin karate add something

 

Claire Stansfield - In 1998 she starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the Angolan set film, "Sweepers"

 

Bruce Payne - In 1998, Payne played Cecil Hopper in the film "Sweepers", a Doctor who teams up with Dolph Lundgren's character, Christian Erickson, to disarm mine fields in a humanitarian minesweeping operation in Angola


1999

In 1999 he appeared in Isaac Florentine's "Bridge of Dragons" as a "human killing machine" mercenary named Warchikj alongside Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who Lundgren had previously worked with in the 1991 film "Showdown in Little Tokyo", Valerie Chow, Gary Hudson, John Bennett and Scott L. Schwartz add something


2000

In 2000, Lundgren starred in "The Last Warrior" as Captain Nick Preston under director Sheldon Lettich add something

 

Later in 2000, Dolph appeared in Damian Lee's "Agent Red" , alongside Alexander Kuznetsov, Natalie Radford and Randolph Mantooth add something


2001

In 2001, Lundgren starred in "Hidden Agenda", directed by Marc S. Grenier add something


2002

The Video Guide to 2002 said, "that noise you hear isn't the numerous on-screen explosions but action star Lundgren's career hitting rock bottom add something


2003

In 2003, Lundgren featured in Sidney J. Furie's "Detention", opposite Alex Karzis, Kata Dobó, Joseph Scoren and Anthony J. Mifsud add something

 

Howard Antony - He has appeared twice in the BBC medical drama "Doctors" in 2003 and 2004 and he played the role of Parker in the 2004 film "The Defender" alongside Dolph Lundgren


2004

In 2004 he starred in an unusually high number of films add something

 

In 2004, Lundgren directed his first picture, "The Defender", and subsequently helmed "The Mechanik" , "Missionary Man" , "Command Performance" , and "Icarus" , in which he starred add something


2005

In 2005, Lundgren starred and directed his second picture "The Mechanik" , playing a retired Russian Special Forces hit man Nikolai "Nick" Cherenko caught in the crossfire with Russian mobsters add something

 

One review said "the narrative is laughably stupid" and the DVD and Video Guide to 2005 said, "dull, lightweight, made-for-TV action fully to a satisfying climax" add something

 

The DVD and Video Guide of 2005 described the film as being "possibly one of the worst films ever" add something

 

The DVD and Video Guide to 2005 said, "not very believable but, as usual, it's fun to watch Dolph Lundgren in action add something

 

The film was very poorly received, given its "shoestring budget"; the DVD and Film Guide of 2005 wrote, "low-budget mess stars Dolph Lundgren as a navy special operations commander trying to keep a deadly virus out of the hands of terrorists add something


2006

In 2006, Lundgren played gladiator Brixos in the Italian-made historical/biblical drama, "The Inquiry" , known as "The Final Inquiry", alongside Daniele Liotti, Mónica Cruz, Max von Sydow, F. Murray Abraham and Ornella Muti add something

 

This post apocalyptic movie is set in 2006 in the context of a 9,5-magnitude earthquake which kills millions of people, with Preston leading a motley military patrol on the island to help survivors in the pole shift-affected world add something


2007

In 2007, Lundgren directed and starred in the Mongolia-based action adventure, "Diamond Dogs" add something

 

Later in 2007, Lundgren wrote, directed and starred in "Missionary Man" alongside Charles Solomon Jr. add something


2008

In 2008, Lundgren starred opposite Michael Paré in the direct to video action flick "Direct Contact" add something

 

The film was shot on location in Waxahachie, a southern suburb of Dallas and was produced by Andrew Stevens and it was specially screened at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival add something

 

During an interview on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno in May 2008, "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott said Lundgren had been considered for the part of undefeated fighter Tigris of Gaul in 2000, but was eventually rejected because "as an actor, he just didn't fit in with what we were trying to achieve" add something

 

Filming took place over 5 weeks between August and September 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia add something


 

In 2009, The Dolph Lundgren Scholarship was instituted in his name, which is awarded to the student with the best grades at Ådalsskolan in Kramfors, the school where he himself studied add something

 

Later in 2009, Lundgren directed and starred in the hit-man thriller "Icarus" add something

 

In early May 2009, Lundgren's Marbella home was reportedly broken into by three masked burglars who tied up and threatened Qviberg, but fled when they spotted a family photo and realized that the house was owned by Lundgren add something

 

Mans Zelmerlow - Melodifestivalen 2010 - On 10 November 2009, it was announced that Zelmerlöw would host Melodifestivalen 2010, alongside Dolph Lundgren and Christine Meltzer


2010

In 2010, Lundgren made a guest star appearance on the TV series "Chuck" in the fourth season premiere episode, "Chuck Versus the Anniversary", as Russian spy Marco, with references to "Rocky IV"'s Ivan Drago add something

 

Lundgren was one of three hosts for the 2010 Melodifestivalen, where the Swedish contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest is selected add something

 

The cloak worn by Lundgren in the film is now located in the lobby of the Famous Players Coliseum in Mississauga, Ontario, it was his last theatrical release film until 2010 add something

 

He played a drug-addled assassin alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action film "The Expendables", which opened in theatres on 13 August 2010 add something

 

Retitled in the US and the UK as "The Killing Machine", it opened theatrically in Los Angeles on 10 September 2010, for an exclusive one-week engagement at Laemmele's Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood add something

 

Jet Li - After a one-year hiatus from filmmaking, Jet Li returned to acting in 2010, portraying a mercenary in the film "The Expendables", teaming up with action stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey_Rourke, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture

 

The Expendables 2 - It is a sequel to the 2010 action film "The Expendables", and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck_Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger


2011

Another "Universal Soldier" film began filming in Louisiana on 9 May, 2011 and filming has wrapped on "One in the Chamber" co-starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. add something

 

As of 2011, the Lundgrens are divorced add something

 

In a January 2011 interview with "GQ" he announced he is working on releasing his own range of vitamins and supplements add something

 

He has written an autobiographical fitness book entitled "Fit Forever" being published in Sweden on 9 August 2011, offering tips he learned over the years to work out in various situations add something

 

"The Expendables 2" started principal photography, with Simon West at the helm and Lundgren reprising his role, in late September / early October 2011, and wrapped January 2012 add something

 

Kayden Kross - IMDb.com In September 2011 she picked up the lead role in the film "As Wonderland Goes By", playing the character of Zoe McGraw alongside Dave Legeno and Dolph Lundgren


2012

He reprised his role as Gunner Jensen in "The Expendables 2" in 2012 and the upcoming "The Expendables 3" in 2014 add something

 

J. C. Brandy - She will play in 2012 film "The Package" opposite Stone Cold Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren


2013

Eric Keenleyside - In 2013 he starred in the direct-to-video action film "The Package" alongside "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren


2014

Lundgren's next project as director and star is "Skin Trade", with filming due to begin in 2014 add something

 

On September 9, 2014, Lundgren published "Dolph Lundgren: Train Like an Action Hero: Be Fit Forever ", a book which contains much biographical information of his earlier life and troubles and childhood photographs, and inspiration on maintaining physical fitness as a means of a better quality of life add something


2015

In 2015 Lundgren starred in "Skin Trade", an action drama about human trafficking that he wrote and produced, alongside Tony Jaa and Ron Perlman add something

 

In August 2015, he started filming "Kindergarten Cop 2" in Ontario, Canada, a sequel to the 1990 comedy film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger add something

 

The film received a limited theatrical release, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on August 25, 2015 add something


2016

Bill Bellamy - In 2016, Bellamy played FBI Agent Sanders, the partner of Dolph Lundgren's character, in "Kindergarten Cop 2"


2017

He starred in the music video of Imagine Dragon's Believer, which was released on March 7, 2017 add something

 

On July 21, 2017 Sylvester Stallone announced that Lundgren will reprise his role of Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV" in the upcoming sequel to "Creed" add something

 

Ivan Drago - Stallone on July 21, 2017 confirmed that he had finished writing the script for the sequel to 2015's "Creed", which will see Dolph Lundgren reprising his role as Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV"


2018

In 2018, Lundgren reprised his role of Ivan Drago from "Rocky IV" in "Creed II", the sequel to "Creed" add something