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Dolph Lundgren
Born Hans Lundgren
3 November 1957 (1957-11-03) (age 52)
Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor and director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Annette Qviberg (1994–present)
.Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren on 3 November 1957[1]) is a Swedish actor, director, model, martial artist and a former weightlifter.^ Filmography Biography Worked With Photos Born: November 3, 1959 in Stockholm, Sweden Occupation: Actor Biography: Highly intelligent and extremely well educated -- earning an M.A. at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology and a Fulbright Fellowship at M.I.T. -- Dolph Lundgren is better known for his athletic achievements than his intellectual pursuits.
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^ Even at 51 years old, former Frank Castle and Swedish martial arts actor Dolph Lundgren is still going strong, still making movies.
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^ [For those of you who don't know who Dolph Lundgren is, he is a Swedish movie actor who played He-Man in Masters of the Universe .
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.Well known for his tall stature and level of fitness, at peak, Lundgren stood at 196 centimetres (6 ft 5 in) and weighed 111.5 kilograms (245 lb 13 oz).^ Well known for his tall stature and level of fitness, Lundgren stood around 6 ft 5 inches (195cm) and over 240 pounds at his peak.
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^ Dolph Lundgren's height is 6 ft 3.5 in (192 cm) Peak height was 6 ft 4.25 in (194 cm) Swedish Actor, famous for Rocky 4 and Red Scorpion.
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^ Aug/08 Well this is again one of the very few things in this site that is a bit wrong -Lundgren wasnt only a shade over 6-4 peak.
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.He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the movie action hero stereotype including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, some of whom he has worked with in his career.^ He is an awful actor in some awful movies, and some great movies .
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^ Sylvester Stallone broke his neck filming his new movie.
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^ If only Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean Claude Van Damme were to join, we'd have the greatest action movie cast assembled in cinematic history!
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.Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985 as the imposing Russian boxer Ivan Drago.^ He would take the form of the Russian professional boxer Ivan Drago.
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^ He then landed his breakthrough role in 'Rocky 4' as the now iconic 'Ivan Drago'.
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^ His breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985 as the...
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.Since then, he has starred in more than 40 pictures, all of them in the action film genre.^ Yes, all these past movies have showcased Dolph in his prime, but with his return to bigger films in 2010, it's only fair to show the trailer to 'Command Performance,' the 2009 action flick starring, and directed by, the man himself.
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^ Actually Dolph's getting better and better since he's been directing his own films ("The Defender", "The Mechanik" and "Missionary Man" are little gems of low budget independent action pictures).
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^ Actually in some films even in the early 90s he looked more on the 6'4" than 6'5" even more so in his direct to video films of the 2000s.
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[2] .He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 film Masters of the Universe, and in the early 1990s, appeared in films such as Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), opposite Brandon Lee, Universal Soldier (1992), opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joshua Tree (1993) opposite Kristian Alfonso and George Segal, and Johnny Mnemonic (1995) alongside Keanu Reeves.^ RS: You just did another Universal Soldier movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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^ MFC profile Jean Claude Van Damme is full of shit.
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^ Jean Claude Van Damme is full of shit.
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.The Defender in 2004 marked Lundgren's directorial debut, following up with films such as The Mechanik (2005), Missionary Man (2007), Command Performance and Icarus in which he also starred.^ The Dolphmeister - or Hans as was originally known - has recently directed a couple of films, 'The Defender' and 'The Mechanik'.
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^ His 1984 cinematic debut was a bit part in the James Bond opus A View to a Kill, which co-starred Lundgren 's then-lover Grace Jones .

^ Yes, all these past movies have showcased Dolph in his prime, but with his return to bigger films in 2010, it's only fair to show the trailer to 'Command Performance,' the 2009 action flick starring, and directed by, the man himself.
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Biography

.Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden.^ About me: My real name is Hans Lundgren I was born on November 3, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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^ Born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1957 in Stockholm (Sweden) .

[3] He has two sisters and a younger brother (named Johan) who reside in Sweden.[4]
.Lundgren started as a weightlifter in Stockholm weightlifting club, ranking 3rd in the Sweden Junior national weightlifting championship of 1987. Lundgren holds a 3rd Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Kyokushin karate.^ An accomplished athlete with a second degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, and also involved in swimming, boxing, kickboxing, running, squash and free climbing, he is the leader of the 1996 U.S. pentathlon team, coordinating various planning and promotional activities.

^ About me: My real name is Hans Lundgren I was born on November 3, 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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^ A world-class athlete and winner of several international karate c ompetitions, Lundgren took up martial arts at 14 and is now a 3rd Dan (third degree Black Belt) in Kyokushinkai (full-contact karate) and attends the Swedish Kyokushin camps yearly.
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.He won the European championships in 1980 and 1981 as well as a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982.[5] He was also captain of the Swedish Kyokushin Karate team, and was a formidable challenger at the 1979 World Open Tournament (arranged by the Kyokushin Karate Organization) when he was only a green belt.^ His accomplishments in the sport include being the captain of the Swedish Kyokushin karate team and the winner of the European Heavywei g ht Kyokushin Karate Championship in 1980 and 1981, as well as the Australi an heavyweight division title in 1982.
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^ Sydney, Australia Graduated: 1982 Student status: Alumni Major: Chemical Engineering 1980 to 1982 KTH - Royal Institute of Technology .
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^ An accomplished athlete with a second degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, and also involved in swimming, boxing, kickboxing, running, squash and free climbing, he is the leader of the 1996 U.S. pentathlon team, coordinating various planning and promotional activities.

.June 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] In addition to Kyokushin karate, Lundgren has also studied fencing, boxing, judo, goju-ryu, and taekwondo.^ MFC profile Quick fact: Dolph Lundgren is a former European Kyokushin Kai Karate bare knuckle champion.
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^ Dolph Lundgren is a former European Kyokushin Kai Karate bare knuckle champion.
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.He graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology.^ Sydney, Australia Graduated: 1982 Student status: Alumni Major: Chemical Engineering 1980 to 1982 KTH - Royal Institute of Technology .
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^ Dolph Lundgren attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm...
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^ Q: You attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT - did you actually attend classes there?

.He has a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney (1982).^ After kicking a ton of ass, he earned his masters degree in Chemical Engineering.
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^ Sydney, Australia Graduated: 1982 Student status: Alumni Major: Chemical Engineering 1980 to 1982 KTH - Royal Institute of Technology .
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^ Ya, he must be a real loser compared to TMZ high standards - Dolph Lundgren has a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney (1982), and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 – but quit after two weeks to pursue acting.
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.He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, but quit after two weeks to pursue acting.^ Ya, he must be a real loser compared to TMZ high standards - Dolph Lundgren has a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney (1982), and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 – but quit after two weeks to pursue acting.
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^ Q: You attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT - did you actually attend classes there?

^ Unlike all of his tough-guy contemporaries, Lundgren was also an academic whiz who was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright scholar before being lured to the limelight.
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[6] .He speaks more than five languages: Swedish, English, German, French, Spanish, some Japanese, and some Italian.^ Also speaks some Spanish as he lives in Spain.
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^ In addition to Swedish and English, he speaks German and "a little" French, and some Japanese.

^ Speaks three languages: Swedish English and some German.
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[4]
.Lundgren completed his mandatory military service in Sweden at the Amphibious Ranger School.^ Sweeden, like most mythical European countries, has a mandatory military service.
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.During his service at the elite marine unit (Kustjägarna), he suffered an injury which had him reassigned and separated from his unit.^ After serving in the elite Amphibious Rangers outfit he was seperated from his unit because of an injury.
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.Lundgren was selected to serve as the Team Leader of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team during the Atlanta Games, where he coordinated planning and other details between the team and the United States Olympic Committee.^ Lundgren was selected to serve as the Team Leader of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team during the Atlanta Games, where he coordinated planning and other details between the team and the United States Olympic Committee.
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^ Lundgren also used his celebrity to champion his adopted countrymen as the official team leader of the US modern pentathlon squad at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
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^ He was previously a team leader for the United States modern pentathlon team at the 1996 summer Olympics.
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.He is actively involved in promoting the image of the sport.^ He is actively involved in promoting the image of the sport.
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^ I also think that taking part in sports that involves reaction and adrenaline getting pumped around the body promotes a healthy appearance.
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."Over the past few years, my involvement with modern pentathlon has grown from pure interest to an opportunity to raise the visibility of the sport, increase recruitment of young talent and make sure that this event, originated by the founder of the Olympics, Baron de Coubertin, will remain in the Games," Lundgren has said.^ Lundgren: What happened is I went from the Royal Institute down to the University of Sydney in Australia for my last year of undergraduate work.

^ Stallone with hes HUGE footware is still growing ;) Wait a few more years and he will be taller than both hogan and lundgren...
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^ Lundgren: Yeah - that's what I set out to do a few years ago: to focus a little more on the quality of my life - my own life, instead of the quality of my business and my work.

[7]
.He reportedly has a genius-level IQ of 160,[8] but he himself denies it.^ He is also said to have an IQ on 160, meaning that not only is he the biggest badass ever, but he is also a genius.
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^ But is it true that you have a genius-level IQ? It seems too good to be true for one man to be so very intelligent, talented, athletic, AND fine as hell!
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^ Hi Aimee, No I have a genius level IQ. Whats that?
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Film career

.In 1985, Lundgren made his feature film debut in the James Bond film A View to a Kill with a very minor role as a suited KGB henchman named Venz.^ His imposing physical presence--six feet, five inches of lean muscle, a cruelly handsome visage and hair of gold--made Lundgren a natural for playing cold, implacable villains, most famously the superbly trained, steroid-enhanced Russian boxer Drago in "Roc ky IV" (1985), his feature "debut" (after a walk-on earlier that year as a KGB agent in the limp 007 vehicle "A View to a Kill").
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^ His imposing physical presence--six feet, five inches of lean muscle, a cruelly handsome visage and hair of gold--made Lundgren a natural for playing cold, implacable villains, most famously the superbly trained, steroid-enhanced Russian boxer Drago in "Rocky IV" (1985), his feature "debut" (after a walk-on earlier that year as a KGB agent in the limp 007 vehicle "A View to a Kill").

^ His 1984 cinematic debut was a bit part in the James Bond opus A View to a Kill, which co-starred Lundgren 's then-lover Grace Jones .

.The role was suggested to the producers of the Bond film by his girlfriend at the time, Grace Jones.^ His 1984 cinematic debut was a bit part in the James Bond opus A View to a Kill, which co-starred Lundgren 's then-lover Grace Jones .

^ His 1984 cinematic debut was a bit part in the James Bond opus A View to a Kill , which co-starred Lundgren's then-lover Grace Jones .
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^ Since she was seeing Dolph at the time, she asked one of the producers - probably Albert R. Broccoli because he had the best name - if a role could be found for the striking Swede.
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.Then he beat 5,000 other hopefuls to land the breakthrough role of Ivan Drago, Sylvester Stallone's opponent in Rocky IV (1985).^ Dolph came to fame after his great role as "Ivan Drago", the Russian Opponent of "Rocky Balboa (Slyvester Stallone)" in the movie "ROCKY IV".
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^ His breakthrough film role was as Drago, the automaton-like Russian ring opponent of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV (1985).
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^ He beat out 5000 hopeful aryans for the role of Ivan Drago.
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.As he stated himself, he was initially turned down for the role because he was too tall.^ In impact magazine he revealed that height caused him a problem initially: "I was turned down at my first audition for Rocky 4 for being too tall, I was 6ft 5in and you were supposed to be 6ft 3in maximum.
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^ A better analogy would be Shu Qi's decision to turn down the role of Jen Yu in "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon".
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^ JCVD is moving forward with his production company which is why he turned down the role, that was what I heard and that'll do for me...I can't be arsed with all the bollocks and chinese whispers.
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[9] .In order to improve his physique and athletic abilities for the role of Drago, he trained intensely in bodybuilding and boxing shortly before the film was shot and weighed 245 pounds (111 kg) at his heaviest.^ Stallone later commented that he believed Lundgren had the athletic ability and talent to fight in the professional heavyweight division of boxing.
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^ His breakthrough film role was as Drago, the automaton-like Russian ring opponent of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV (1985).
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^ The weight training was very intense and together with the boxing, I became very cut.
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[2] In an interview with his co-star, Sylvester Stallone said of Lundgren: "During [the filming of] Rocky IV, Dolph had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. John’s Hospital for four days."[10] .Lundgren later fought in a real boxing match against former UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov although he did not win the fight.^ We really didn't have anything like a nutrition plan back then but we did practice carb loading before every fight.
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^ First off I really hope Van Damme goes through with his "kick boxing" fight and gets his head beat in.
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[11]
Lundgren in 1990
.Dolph received his first lead role as the mighty He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987), based on the popular children's Mattel toys.^ Starring: Dolph Lundgren ,  Ben Cross , ( more ) The Defender 2004     Add The Defender to Queue Add The Defender to top of Queue Rocky IV villain and B-movie leading-man Dolph Lundgren takes his first stab behind the camera with this 2004 action flick.

^ When he had eventually consumed enough of the stuff he was ready to play He-Man, Master of the Universe.
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^ Synopsis: Rocky IV villain and B-movie leading-man Dolph Lundgren takes his first stab behind the camera with this 2004 action flick.
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.He starred as a reformed Spetsnaz in Red Scorpion, and then as Marvel Comics character Frank Castle a.k.a.^ Synopsis: This is an adaptation of a popular, violent Marvel Comics series about a character who's a frontier-style vigilante in modern-day urban America.
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^ Dolph Lundgren stars as Frank Castle, once a crusading police officer whose family was murdered by a car bomb planted by the Mob.
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^ Frank Castle Red Scorpion (1989) ....
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The Punisher, in the 1989 film The Punisher. .In the 1990s he starred in action films such as Showdown in Little Tokyo (co-starring Brandon Lee), Universal Soldier (co-starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Roland Emmerich), Joshua Tree (directed by stunt legend Vic Armstrong), Men of War (scripted by John Sayles), Johnny Mnemonic (co-starring Keanu Reeves and directed by artist Robert Longo), Silent Trigger (directed by Russell Mulcahy) and the TV pilot Blackjack (directed by John Woo).^ I read that he's balking at the possibility of co-starring with Van Damme for lack of a good script.
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^ RS: You just did another Universal Soldier movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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^ MFC profile Jean Claude Van Damme is full of shit.
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.In 2004 he made his directorial debut with the films The Defender also co-starring Jerry Springer, and The Mechanik (with Ben Cross).^ He made his directorial debut in 2004 with the film Defender .
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^ The Dolphmeister - or Hans as was originally known - has recently directed a couple of films, 'The Defender' and 'The Mechanik'.
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^ His 1984 cinematic debut was a bit part in the James Bond opus A View to a Kill, which co-starred Lundgren 's then-lover Grace Jones .

.Dolph has three new DVDs available: a historical/biblical film, The Inquiry, which debuted on DVD (February 19, 2008) from Fox Home Entertainment; a Mongolia-based action adventure, Diamond Dogs; and a modern western, Missionary Man, which Lundgren wrote and directed, released on DVD (January 22, 2008) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.^ Although he has spit out some two dozen of these films over the last several years, Lundgren remains not only a fan favorite but also a man of ambition who increasingly writes and directs his own material and strives to maintain his foothold in the world of big-budget, theatrically-released film.
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^ The entertainment career of former karate champion turned action film star Dolph Lundgren has served as a vivid reminder that in Hollywood, fame, success and respect do not necessarily arrive together.
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^ Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the first trailer for the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren movie Universal Soldier: Regeneration today, leaving us caught in a web of awesome.
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.Missionary Man was specially screened at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival.^ "Not exactly a great film, but Dolph is perfect as He-man and the special effects are excellent."
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.Lundgren's latest releases were the direct to video action flick Direct Contact, and Command Performance (released November 3, 2009 in the US) in which he plays a drummer in a rock band forced to face terrorists at a concert.^ Dolph Lundgren Featured Movies Add Command Performance Rate 5 stars Rate 4 stars Rate 3 stars Rate 2 stars Rate 1 star Rate not interested Dolph Lundgren directs and stars in this high-octane thriller as rock drummer Joe, whose band is playing the biggest show of its career in Russia when...
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^ MOVIE TITLE MPAA RELEASE DATE Command Performance 2009   R   Add Command Performance to Queue Add Command Performance to top of Queue Action icon Dolph Lundgre directs and stars in this film that finds the actor cast as a drummer who must become a hero.

^ Justin – I am pretty stoked about tomorrow, we are playing with Times of Desperation, because they are a full force two-piece band.
  • Who'd want to interview Dolph Lundgren? - Dolph Lundgren's MySpace Blog | 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC blogs.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This action thriller, which he also directed, showcases Dolph’s longtime musical talents.^ Action Animation Comedy Cult Documentary Drama Exploitation Horror Martial Arts Musical Sci-Fi & Fantasy Thriller Western .
  • News: Have Your Say: Did Van Damme make a Big Mistake by turning down THE EXPENDABLES? 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC twitchfilm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Lundgren then wrapped his on-screen reunion with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: Regeneration (first released January 7, 2010 in Israel) where he plays Andrew Scott's clone.^ MFC profile Jean Claude Van Damme is full of shit.
  • Van Damme explains why Stallone hung up on him over The Expendables - JoBlo.com 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UMM Did someone forget that Van Damme did a Universal Soldier after Lundgren?
  • Dolph Lundgren Might Join Sly Stallone's Expendables « FirstShowing.net 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jean Claude Van Damme is full of shit.
  • Van Damme explains why Stallone hung up on him over The Expendables - JoBlo.com 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[12]
Lundgren returned to the director's chair with the thriller Icarus, a neo film noir in the spirit of Luc Besson's Leon / The Professional and David Cronenberg's A History of Violence and some inspiration from Johnnie To.[citation needed]

Returning to the big screen

.Lundgren just co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and many others in the action film The Expendables which will be released on August 13, 2010. "The Expendables has a seventy million-dollar budget", says Lundgren,[13] "and it's an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other". This will be his first theatrically released film in fifteen years (in the US) since Johnny Mnemonic (in 1995 also starring Keanu Reeves).^ Sylvester Stallone has stated that the original punching scenes filmed between him and Dolph Lundgren in the first portion of the fight are completely authentic.
  • Rocky IV...Dolph Lundgren...a real baddasss... - Mego Talk 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC megomuseum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Over the course of his illustrious career, the renowned thespian has starred alongside acting giants such as Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore and Keanu Reeves.
  • Introducing...Dolph Lundgren - The Local 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: General]

^ The entertainment career of former karate champion turned action film star Dolph Lundgren has served as a vivid reminder that in Hollywood, fame, success and respect do not necessarily arrive together.
  • Dolph Lundgren - Wiki - Pictures - Videos 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.flixster.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Dolph Lundgren 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.screenrush.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Other

Dolph did a Japanese television commercial for Swatch watches. He played opposite famous small man Danny DeVito. The popular commercial ran on Japanese television for 18 months.
.At a student-interview in Lund, Sweden in July 2007, Dolph claims to have turned down a part in Gladiator a couple of years before it was eventually made.^ I don't think if Dolph Lundgren could pull the part for the movie but I'm not very happy that Van Damme turn down the role,Dolph only does B grade direct to video movies and he will still be working on the direct to DVD movies.
  • Dolph Lundgren Might Join Sly Stallone's Expendables « FirstShowing.net 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.firstshowing.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.July 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] During an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 2008, Gladiator director Ridley Scott disputed this.^ Slavi's Show (Bulgaria: Bulgarian title) - Episode dated 27 May 2008 (2008) TV episode ....
  • Dolph Lundgren 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 Recent movies .
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^ Archives January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 February 2005 January 2005 December 2004 November 2004 October 2004 September 2004 August 2004 July 2004 June 2004 May 2004 .
  • The Superficial - Dolph Lundgren's penis (This is happening.) 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC thesuperficial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

He revealed that Dolph had been considered for the part of undefeated fighter Tigris of Gaul, but was eventually rejected because "as an actor, he just didn't fit in with what we were trying to achieve".[14]
He appeared in various television commercials for a South African based online casino called SilverSands in 2009. In one he is pictured beating up somebody, he then says "I win my fights".[15] Then he is pictured with an attractive woman and he says "I win my girls". Subsequently, he is pictured playing a card game and he then says "I win my games, with SilverSands"
Lundgren is one of three hosts for the 2010 Melodifestivalen, where the Swedish contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest is selected.[16] In the first installation on February 6 Lundgren co-hosted the competition together with comedian Christine Meltzer and performer Måns Zelmerlöw. Lundgren's appearance was hailed by critics and audience, particularly his rendition of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation".[17]

Personal life

During the early 1980s he dated singer Grace Jones. .He has been married to Anette Qviberg, a jewelry designer and fashion stylist, since 1994. The couple live in Marbella, Spain.^ In 1994 he married jewellery designer Anette Qviberg and together they had two daughters.
  • Introducing...Dolph Lundgren - The Local 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: General]

^ Jun/08 dolph lungren was 6-5 in 1994 and he lived a few blocks from me.i havnt seen the guy since 1995.
  • Dolph Lundgren Height - how tall 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.celebheights.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They have two daughters: Ida Sigrid Lundgren (born April 1996) and Greta Eveline Lundgren (born November 2001).^ We have two beautiful daughters, Ida and Greta.
  • Dolph Lundgren - Question and Answers 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.dolphlundgren.com [Source type: General]

^ In 1994 he married jewellery designer Anette Qviberg and together they had two daughters.
  • Introducing...Dolph Lundgren - The Local 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.thelocal.se [Source type: General]

.In January 2009,[13] Lundgren's 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.^ The One Who Knows - May 13, 2009 2:09 PM .
  • The Superficial - Dolph Lundgren's penis (This is happening.) 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC thesuperficial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Todd Brown , January 13, 2010 3:34 PM That's a really interesting video and I can totally see Jean Claude's side of it.
  • News: Have Your Say: Did Van Damme make a Big Mistake by turning down THE EXPENDABLES? 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC twitchfilm.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1987, Lundgren made his entry into the lucrative exercise video with "Maximum Potential", a take-no-prisoners workout based on his own daily regimen.

[8]

Filmography

Actor

Year Title Role Director
1985 A View to a Kill Venz John Glen
Rocky IV Ivan Drago Sylvester Stallone
1987 Masters of the Universe He-Man Gary Goddard
1988 Red Scorpion Lt. Nikolai Rachenko Joseph Zito
1989 The Punisher Frank Castle/The Punisher Mark Goldblatt
I Come in Peace (Dark Angel) Jack Caine Craig R. Baxley
1990 Cover-Up Mike Anderson Manny Coto
1991 Showdown in Little Tokyo Chris Kenner Mark L. Lester
1992 Universal Soldier Sgt. Andrew Scott/GR13 Roland Emmerich
1993 Joshua Tree (Army Of One) Wellman Anthony Santee Vic Armstrong
1994 Sunny Side Up Himself Bettina Speer
Pentathlon Eric Brogar Bruce Malmuth
Men of War Nick Gunar Perry Lang
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Karl Honig (Street Preacher) Robert Longo
The Shooter (Hidden Assassin) Michael Dane Ted Kotcheff
1996 Silent Trigger Waxman (Shooter) Russell Mulcahy
1997 The Peacekeeper Major Frank Cross Frédéric Forestier
1998 The Minion Lukas Sadorov Jean-Marc Piché
Sweepers Christian Erickson Keoni Waxman
Blackjack (TV) Jack Devlin John Woo
1999 Bridge of Dragons Warchild Isaac Florentine
Storm Catcher Jack Holloway Anthony Hickox
Jill Rips (Jill The Ripper) Matt Sorenson Anthony Hickox
2000 The Last Patrol Captain Nick Preston Sheldon Lettich
Agent Red Matt Hendricks Damian Lee
2001 Hidden Agenda Jason Price Marc S. Grenier
2003 Detention Sam Decker Sidney J. Furie
2004 Direct Action Frank Gannon Sidney J. Furie
Fat Slags Randy Ed Bye
Retrograde John Foster Christopher Kulikowski
The Defender Lance Rockford Dolph Lundgren
2005 The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist) Nikolai Cherenko Dolph Lundgren
2006 The Inquiry (The Final Inquiry) Brixos Giulio Base
2007 Diamond Dogs Xander Ronson Shimon Dotan / Dolph Lundgren
Missionary Man Ryder Dolph Lundgren
2008 Direct Contact Mike Riggins Danny Lerner
2009 Command Performance Joe Dolph Lundgren
Universal Soldier: Regeneration Andrew Scott John Hyams
2010 Icarus Edward Genn Dolph Lundgren
The Expendables Gunnar Jensen Sylvester Stallone

Director

Year Movie
2004 The Defender
2005 The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist)
2007 Diamond Dogs (replacement director)
2007 Missionary Man
2009 Command Performance
2010 Icarus

Cultural references

.
  • Dolph Lundgren was satirized in an article by The Onion in 2004, titled "Dolph Lundgren Wins Long, Courageous Battle Against Fame".
  • Metalcore band Will Haven released a song named "Dolph Lundgren" on their album Carpe Diem.
  • Dolph Lundgren was parodied in the August 2008 issue of ToyFare magazine's Twisted ToyFare Theater in which he, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis were members of the Hollwood Cafe's Manly Man of Action Club, which was then initiating new members.^ If Arnold was Swedish, took a triple dosage of the steroids he's taken in his life, and was twice the man that he and Chuck Norris combined would be, it would amount to Dolph Lundgren...'s feces.
    • Flashing-ninja obscurities: Dolph Lundgren 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.escapistmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And before him it was Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Swarschenegger.
    • Flashing-ninja obscurities: Dolph Lundgren 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.escapistmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In fact, if you look closely you can see that it isn't even Sylvester Stallone that's fighting Lundgren.
    • Flashing-ninja obscurities: Dolph Lundgren 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.escapistmagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .A running gag involved Dolph's lack of recent work such as when he attempted to recruit Gerard Butler and mistook the title of "300" to be the number of films Butler had starred in, causing him to gripe, "I've only done 75 and 50 of them were on Sci-Fi."
  • Larry the Cable Guy frequently refers to a supposed similarity between his buttocks and those of Dolph Lundgren as a part of his comedy routine.
  • In The Nanny, Niles refers to C.C. as Dolph Lundgren in the episode "Fashion Show".
  • Dolph Lundgren was mentioned repeatedly in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which originally aired on December 3, 2009. He was chosen as lead actor in the gang's prospective movie, Crime Stinks: The Smell of Penetration (He Nose the Truth), also known as The Fifth Sense: The Sense of Smell, a prequel to The Sixth Sense.^ Instead it's a great Dolph Lundgren movie.
    • I COME IN PEACE/Dark Angel - CHUD Forums 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC chud.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I was with my then girlfriend Grace Jones who starred in the bond film A View To A Kill, and the director offered me a small, really small, part.
    • Dolph Lundgren - Question and Answers 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.dolphlundgren.com [Source type: General]

    ^ That movie was part of my childhood Mr. Lundgren so keep up the good work.
    • Dolph Lundgren - Question and Answers 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC www.dolphlundgren.com [Source type: General]

    .The plot of the movie involved Lundgren, a "super-ripped, super-smart scientist in a mesh tank top," having the ability to smell crime before it happens after receiving facial reconstruction surgery, performing perverse sexual experiments on a young female lab partner, and ultimately throwing his nose into the ocean from a cliff, rejecting his role as the savior of mankind.^ Home Photos Bikinis Gossip Gadgets Movies About Advertise May 12 2009 Dolph Lundgren's penis (This is happening.
    • The Superficial - Dolph Lundgren's penis (This is happening.) 19 January 2010 18:50 UTC thesuperficial.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Lundgren was chosen to be the lead because of his underrated status as an actor, this being due to his "spiky hair, ice cold demeanor and big muscles".

References

  1. ^ "Dolph Lundgren". NNDB. http://www.nndb.com/people/835/000023766/. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Dolph Lundgren Training and Hollywood". [1]. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dolph_lundgren_interview.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1970
  4. ^ a b Questions and answers: Dolph Lundgren
  5. ^ "DOLPH :: Article". DOLPH :: the ultimate guide. http://www.gmrmedia.com/dolph/articles/article13.html. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Dolph Lundgren". Talent Development Resources. http://talentdevelop.com/interviews/dlundgren.html. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  7. ^ "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE7DF113CF933A0575BC0A963958260. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Burglars tie up woman - but flee the house when they realise she's married to action hero actor Dolph Lundgren". The Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1173697/Burglars-tie-woman--flee-house-realise-shes-married-action-hero-actor-Dolph-Lundgren.html?ITO=1490. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  9. ^ "Dolph Lundgren Height - how tall". CelebHeights. http://www.celebheights.com/s/Dolph-Lundgren-22.html. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  10. ^ Mandi Bierly (2006-12-22). "Why 'Rocky IV' is the best fight -- Ever!". http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2006/12/why_rocky_iv_is.html. Retrieved 2009-11-07. "This accident is not in keeping with boxing. Usually this kind of pericardial swelling is the result of head on collisions, when the steering wheel hits you in the chest." 
  11. ^ Fight Tips, 2008-09-27. Video of Dolph Lundgren and Oleg Taktarov Boxing Match. Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
  12. ^ Dolph Lundgren Gets Regenerated
  13. ^ a b "Dolph Lundgren: Direct Contact". SuicideGirls.com. 31 May 2009. http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Dolph+Lundgren%3A+Direct+Contact/. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  14. ^ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, featuring Ridley Scott, May 2008
  15. ^ SLXS
  16. ^ SVT webpage about Melodifestivalen, in Swedish: [2]
  17. ^ [3][4][5][6][7][8]. See the performece at SVT Play.

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Dolph Lundgren
File:Dolph Lundgren by Gage
Lundgren at the San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2010
Born Hans Lundgren
3 November 1957 (1957-11-03) (age 53)
Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor and director
Years active 1985–present
Spouse Annette Qviberg (since 1994); 2 daughters
Website
http://www.dolphlundgren.com/

Hans "Dolph" Lundgren (born 3 November 1957) is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist.

Well known for his tall stature and level of fitness, at peak, Lundgren stood at 196 centimetres (6 ft 5 in) and weighed 111.5 kilograms (245 lb 13 oz). He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the movie action hero stereotype including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, some of whom he has worked with in his career.

Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985 as the imposing Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Since then, he has starred in more than 40 pictures, all of them in the action film genre.[1] He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 film Masters of the Universe, and Frank Castle in the 1989 film The Punisher. In the early 1990s, he also appeared in films such as Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), alongside Brandon Lee, Universal Soldier (1992), opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joshua Tree (1993) opposite Kristian Alfonso and George Segal, and Johnny Mnemonic (1995) opposite Keanu Reeves. 2010 marked his return to theaters with The Expendables, an on-screen reunion with Sylvester Stallone, alongside an all action star cast led by Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Lundgren made his directorial debut with The Defender in 2004, and subsequently helmed The Mechanik (2005), Missionary Man (2007), Command Performance, and Icarus, in which he also starred.

Contents

Early life

Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1957, the son of Brigitta, a languages teacher, and Karl Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government.[2][3][4] He has two sisters and a younger brother.[5] Lundgren was raised in the Lutheran church.[6]

As a teenager he tried judo, Gōjū-ryū and took up Kyokushin karate. Lundgren now holds the rank of 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin. He won the European championships in 1980 and 1981 as well as a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982.[7] He was also captain of the Swedish Kyokushin karate team, and was a formidable challenger at the 1979 World Open Tournament (arranged by the Kyokushin Karate Organization) when he was only a green belt.

He graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology. He has a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney (1982). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983, but he quit after two weeks to pursue acting.[8] He speaks Swedish, English, Spanish, some German, some French, some Japanese, and some Italian.[5] Lundgren completed his mandatory military service in Sweden at the Amphibious Ranger School. During his service at the elite marine unit (Kustjägarna), he suffered an injury which had him reassigned and separated from his unit.[citation needed]

Film career

In 1985, Lundgren made his feature film debut in the James Bond film A View to a Kill playing the very minor role of a suited KGB henchman named Venz. The role was suggested to the producers of the film by his girlfriend at the time, Grace Jones, who was playing a villain in the film. Lundgren then beat 5,000 other hopefuls to land his breakout role as boxer Ivan Drago in 1985's Rocky IV, opposite Sylvester Stallone. As he stated himself, he was initially turned down for the role because he was too tall.[9] In order to improve his physique and athletic abilities for the role of Drago, he trained intensely in bodybuilding and boxing shortly before the film was shot and weighed 245 pounds (111 kg) at his heaviest.[1]

In an interview with his co-star, Sylvester Stallone said of Lundgren: "During [the filming of] Rocky IV, Dolph had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. John's Hospital for four days."[10] Lundgren later fought in a real boxing match against former UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, and lost via decision.[11]

Lundgren received his first lead role as the mighty He-Man in Masters of the Universe (1987), based on the popular children's cartoon. He starred as a reformed Spetsnaz in Red Scorpion, and then as Marvel Comics character Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher, in the 1989 film The Punisher. In the 1990s he starred in action films such as Showdown in Little Tokyo (co-starring Brandon Lee), Universal Soldier (co-starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Roland Emmerich), Joshua Tree (directed by stunt legend Vic Armstrong), Men of War (scripted by John Sayles), Johnny Mnemonic (co-starring Keanu Reeves and directed by artist Robert Longo), Silent Trigger (directed by Russell Mulcahy) and the TV pilot Blackjack (directed by John Woo).

In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the films The Defender also co-starring Jerry Springer, and The Mechanik (with Ben Cross). Lundgren has three new DVDs available: a historical/biblical film, The Final Inquiry, which debuted on DVD (February 19, 2008) from Fox Home Entertainment; a Mongolia-based action adventure, Diamond Dogs; and a modern western, Missionary Man, which Lundgren wrote and directed, released on DVD (January 22, 2008) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Missionary Man was specially screened at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival.[citation needed]

Lundgren's latest releases were the direct to video action flick Direct Contact, and Command Performance (released November 3, 2009 in the US) in which Lundgren, a proficient drummer in real life, plays a drummer in a rock band forced to face terrorists at a concert.[citation needed] He wrapped his on-screen reunion with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: Regeneration (released February 2, 2010 in the US) where he plays Andrew Scott's clone.[12]

Returning to the big screen

Lundgren co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and many others in the action film The Expendables, which opened in theatres on August 13, 2010. "The Expendables has an eighty million-dollar budget", Lundgren stated,[13] "and it's an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other." This was his first U.S. theatrical release in fifteen years - since Johnny Mnemonic in 1995.

Lundgren's newest project, Skin Trade is expected to be released in 2011. Dolph has expressed interest in working with Steven Seagal on this project and with his recent exposure due to The Expendables it is within the realm of possibilities that this film could receive a theatrical release.[14] Dolph has also expressed interest to return for the The Expendables sequel.

Other

After training with the American team for the 1994 movie Pentathlon, Lundgren was selected to serve as the (non-competing) Team Leader of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team during the Atlanta Games, to promote the image of the sport and to coordinate planning and other details between the team and the United States Olympic Committee. "Over the past few years, my involvement with modern pentathlon has grown from pure interest to an opportunity to raise the visibility of the sport, increase recruitment of young talent and make sure that this event, originated by the founder of the Olympics, Baron de Coubertin, will remain in the Games", Lundgren has affirmed.[15]

Lundgren did a Japanese television commercial for Swatch watches. He played opposite famous small man Danny DeVito. The popular commercial ran on Japanese television for 18 months. At a student-interview in Lund, Sweden in July 2007, Lundgren claims to have turned down a part in Gladiator a couple of years before it was eventually made.[citation needed] 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, but was eventually rejected because "as an actor, he just didn't fit in with what we were trying to achieve".[16]

He appeared in various television commercials for a South African based online casino called SilverSands in 2009. In one he is pictured beating up somebody, he then says "I win my fights".[17] Then he is pictured with an attractive woman and he says "I win my girls". Subsequently, he is pictured playing a card game and he then says "I win my poker games, with SilverSands".[18]

Lundgren was one of three hosts for the 2010 Melodifestivalen, where the Swedish contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest is selected.[19] In the first installation on February 6 Lundgren co-hosted the competition together with comedienne Christine Meltzer and performer Måns Zelmerlöw. Lundgren's appearance was hailed by critics and audience, particularly his rendition of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation".[20]

At Comic-Con 2010, Dolph Lundgren and Sylvester Stallone accepted the Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise for Rocky’, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six installments, running from Rocky (November, 21 1976) to Rocky Balboa (December 20, 2006).

Lundgren made a guest star appearance in the popular 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.

Personal life

During the early 1980s, Lundgren dated singer Grace Jones and model Paula Barbieri. He has been married since 1994 to Anette Qviberg, a jewelry designer and fashion stylist. The couple live in Marbella, Spain. They have two daughters: Ida Sigrid Lundgren (born April 29, 1996) and Greta Eveline Lundgren (born November 2001), both born in Stockholm.

In January 2009,[13] 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. The intruders are still at large.[21]

Filmography

Actor

Year Title Role Director
1985 A View to a Kill Venz John Glen
Rocky IV Ivan Drago Sylvester Stallone
1987 Masters of the Universe He-Man Gary Goddard
1988 Red Scorpion Lt. Nikolai Rachenko Joseph Zito
1989 The Punisher Frank Castle/The Punisher Mark Goldblatt
I Come in Peace (Dark Angel) Jack Caine Craig R. Baxley
1990 Cover-Up Mike Anderson Manny Coto
1991 Showdown in Little Tokyo Chris Kenner Mark L. Lester
1992 Universal Soldier Sgt. Andrew Scott/GR13 Roland Emmerich
1993 Army of One (Joshua Tree) Wellman Anthony Santee Vic Armstrong
1994 Sunny Side Up Himself Bettina Speer
Pentathlon Eric Brogar Bruce Malmuth
Men of War Nick Gunar Perry Lang
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Karl Honig (Street Preacher) Robert Longo
The Shooter (Hidden Assassin) Michael Dane Ted Kotcheff
1996 Silent Trigger Waxman (Shooter) Russell Mulcahy
1997 The Peacekeeper Major Frank Cross Frédéric Forestier
1998 The Minion Lukas Sadorov Jean-Marc Piché
Sweepers Christian Erickson Keoni Waxman
Blackjack (TV) Jack Devlin John Woo
1999 Bridge of Dragons Warchild Isaac Florentine
Storm Catcher Jack Holloway Anthony Hickox
Jill Rips (Jill The Ripper) Matt Sorenson Anthony Hickox
2000 The Last Patrol Captain Nick Preston Sheldon Lettich
Agent Red Matt Hendricks Damian Lee
2001 Hidden Agenda Jason Price Marc S. Grenier
2003 Detention Sam Decker Sidney J. Furie
2004 Direct Action Frank Gannon Sidney J. Furie
Fat Slags Randy Ed Bye
Retrograde John Foster Christopher Kulikowski
The Defender Lance Rockford Dolph Lundgren
2005 The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist) Nikolai Cherenko Dolph Lundgren
2006 The Inquiry (The Final Inquiry) Brixos Giulio Base
2007 Diamond Dogs Xander Ronson Shimon Dotan / Dolph Lundgren
Missionary Man Ryder Dolph Lundgren
2008 Direct Contact Mike Riggins Danny Lerner
2009 Command Performance Joe Dolph Lundgren
Universal Soldier: Regeneration Andrew Scott John Hyams
2010 The Expendables Gunnar Jensen Sylvester Stallone
Chuck (TV) Marco Robert Duncan McNeill
Icarus (The Killing Machine) Edward Genn Dolph Lundgren
2011 Skin Trade Dolph Lundgren
Universal Soldier: The New Dimension Andrew Scott John Hyams

Director

Year Movie
2004 The Defender
2005 The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist)
2007 Diamond Dogs (uncredited co-director)
2007 Missionary Man
2009 Command Performance
2010 Icarus (The Killing Machine)
2011 Skin Trade

References

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