Dolph Lundgren
Swedish actor
Dolph Lundgren
Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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The 'Kindergarten Cop 2' Trailer Looks Exactly Like 'Kindergarten Cop'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Don't be surprised if you hear Dolph Lundgren lecturing kids about why his headache is "not a toomah" in "Kindergarten Cop 2." Entertainment Weekly revealed the first trailer for the movie on Tuesday, and it looks exactly like the first movie. The story seems to follow a "tough cop who's given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher." And if that sounds familiar, it's because we copied that from the IMDb synopsis for 1990's "Kindergarten Cop." The biggest difference between the movies seems to be that Lundgren is stepping in for Arnold Schwarzenegger. But don't worry. To help get fans over that shock, we wouldn't be surprised if Lundgren throws in a, "Get to the choppa," or two.    "Kindergarten Cop 2" arrives on DVD and Digital HD May 17. H/T EW Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may ...
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5 Lessons Die Hard</em> Can Teach Us About Storytelling
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Follow ScreenCraft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Die Hard, written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, has stood the test of time as not only one of the best action films in cinematic history, but also as one of the best scripts ever written. ScreenCraft featured it in 10 Scripts to Read Before You Die. The film debuted in 1988, released during a decade in which the action genre was at its highest, having given birth to action icons like Arnold Schwarzenegger (Commando) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo). Those two figures dominated the action genre with the likes of other action stars later in the decade -- Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, ...
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Brackish water floods 'Shark Lake'
LATimes - over 1 year
Dolph Lundgren stars as exotic animal dealer Clint Gray in "Shark Lake." We could end the review there, as that's all you really need to know, but then we wouldn't be able to explain that Clint is holding a shark in a Nevada lake for gangster client Don Barnes (James Chalke). When Clint gets raided...
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Dolph Lundgren explains how he kicks butt
Fox News - almost 2 years
Star of new action thriller 'Skin Trade'
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Dolph Lundgren goes to war with zombies and robots in Battle of the Damned
Monsters and Critics - about 3 years
***image1:left**With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Dolph Lundgren is set to go to war against robots and zombies
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Casting Roundup: Leonardo Dicaprio Becomes President, Kelsey Grammer Becomes Expendable
Bleeding Cool - over 3 years
Leonardo Dicaprio still dreams of Oscar, Aaron Eckhart gives exorcism a shot and Kelsey Grammer is the latest Expendable in today’s roundup. • Remember how loose canon, crazy-eyed Nicolas Cage was courted for The Expendables 3? Well, he passed and we get Frasier Crane instead. Kelsey Grammer is taking the role once earmarked for Cage, that of an ally of the aging action stars crew consisting of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Wesley Snipes. The source claims Grammer has a new tough guy image thanks to his series Boss and an upcoming villain role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, but personally I will never get this out of my head. [Deadline] • Hot on the heels of another success at the box office, horror power player Blumhouse has lined up their next project, Incarnate, set to star Aaron Eckhart. Eckhart will play an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconsc ...
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Dolph Lundgren hosts reality competition ‘Race to the Scene’
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Dolph Lundgren hosts reality competition
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The PhilmGuy’s DVD Review: ‘Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection,’ ‘The Expendables 2’
Ok Magazine - over 4 years
Photo credit:  Courtesy of Lionsgate/Miramax Ancient Aliens: Season 4 — A&amp;E's ridiculous but fascinating series continues to chug along, rounding up its gang of so-called experts who theorize that aliens have been in touch with humans throughout the history of civilization. According to the show’s talking heads, the aliens handed us technology, built us stuff, taught us about how the world works and messed with us at their whims. Some of the evidence is reasonable, but there's an equal amount of ludicrous nonsense there to spoil the good stuff.  Bill &amp; Ted's Excellent Adventure Blu-ray — Keanu Reeves And Alex Winter play a pair of slackers who travel through time at the behest of a mentor from the future (George Carlin) in order to put together the ultimate history presentation that will allow them to pass their classes and avoid military school. One ...
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DVD Review - Stash House (2012)
Flickering Myth - over 4 years
Stash House, 2012. Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez. Starring Dolph Lundgren, Jon Huertas, Briana Evigan and Sean Faris. SYNOPSIS: After moving into their new dream home, a couple discover that the previous owner was a drug tsar and find themselves targeted by professional killers who want to reclaim the stash of drugs. With legendary action producer Joel Silver’s name attached and Dolph Lundgren’s face on the cover, Stash House - coming hot on the heels of the release of The Expendables 2 - should promise plenty of carnage. After Dark Films, a low budget production company from Silver, specialising in action films (and horror), have already released Dragon Eyes with Jean-Claude Van Damme, and have a slew of films coming out with recognisable action names. This is strictly straight to video stuff, even though After Dark (and G2 pictures) released their first wave of actioners in US cinemas for a week earlier this summer. Still with Silvers name on cover and whichever Expendable ...
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Geoff Cox’s DVD guide: The Lucky One, Detention,
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
ZAC Efron is a perfectly decent actor, but he’s finding it difficult to distance himself from those fluffy High School Musical movies. His latest starring vehicle is THE LUCKY ONE (12: Warner), a slick, corny and undemanding rom-com that pushes all the big emotional buttons. Based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook, Dear John), Efron plays Logan, a US marine who attributes several lucky escapes in Iraq to the photo of a mystery woman that he found there. Back in the States, he vows to find out just who his guardian angel is. She turns out to be kennels-owning divorced mum Beth (Taylor Schilling) whose baggage includes a dead marine brother and an obnoxious, bullyboy ex-husband who just happens to be a deputy sheriff. This complex situation is compounded by Logan’s stupid inability to just come right out and tell Beth who he is and why here’s there. Although Schilling marks herself out as an actress to watch, The Lucky One is only mildly diverting and won’t linger long in ...
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Sylvester Stallone says son Sage's death a 'horrible situation'
LATimes - over 4 years
As investigators seek to determine the cause of Sage Stallone's death, his father Sylvester Stallone is speaking out for the first time about his loss. "It's tough. It's very, very tough," Stallone told ABC's "Good Morning America." "It's a horrible situation, but time will hopefully heal and you try to get through it, but it's just something. It's a reality of life."  After his son's death, Stallone canceled all his public appearances for "The Expendables 2." Now, though, "I think it's important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral," he said. The action movie, which opens Friday, features some old friends and industry rivals, including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren. The investigation into Sage Stallone's death remains open until a cause of death is determined, pending tests, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the L.A. County Coroner's office. The LAPD's North Hollywood Divisi ...
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Arnie Happy To Be Back In The Movie Business
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared he is "very happy to be back in the movie business" at the premiere of his new film, The Expendables 2. The Terminator star was joined on the red carpet by co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Jason Statham in London's Leicester Square for the UK premiere of the action extravaganza. Jason Statham gets a helping hand from Usain Bolt at Monday night's premiere of Expendables 2 in London Even with this collective star-wattage, the Americans were outshone by a Jamaican, when the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt turned up on the red carpet, where he pulled his trademark pose, much to the delight of fans. The film marks Schwarzenegger's first major acting role since he stepped down as Governor of California in 2010. The 65-year-old said: "I am very happy. I was very happy to be in the movie business before, I was very happy to be Governor of the great state of California, and I'm very happy now ...
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Would-be Blockbuster 'Total Recall': Forgettable
Burke Patch - over 4 years
In the 1980s and '90s, there was a select group of bodybuilders or athletes-turned-actors including Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme who starred in action flicks of wildly inconsistent quality. The greatest of these actors was Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Moviegoers flocked to see him flex his considerable physical and less-toned acting muscles in classics like Terminator, and shlock like Running Man. The original 1990 release Total Recall was one of his most successful and well-reviewed efforts. Based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," it became a cult favorite for its impressive special effects, largely contributed by famed Hollywood FX bad boy Rob Bottin.  It was Bottin, for example, who came up with the innovative bomb-laden fat lady disguise that many fans of the movie remember. Total Recall went on to win a Special Achievement Award at the Academy Awards, for special effects.  At the time, critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the mos ...
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Stars and Fans Invade San Diego for 43rd Comic-Con International - Part 1
CNN - over 4 years
The 43rd Annual San Diego Comic-Con International took place this past weekend in San Diego, California. Comic-Con, the largest event of its kind in the world, celebrates the popular arts in all their manifestations, including comics, television, movies, painting and novels, over a span of five days, which includes a preview night for special badge holders, press and professionals. The hundreds of panels, screenings, workshops and special events primarily focused on projects related to science fiction, horror, fantasy, action and of course. . . . superheroes. Film and television studios again brought celebrities to the event, such as: The entire cast of the Twilight series, which celebrated the upcoming climax of the series; Jackie Chan, who made his first appearance at Comic-Con to discuss his new film Chinese Zodiac (Armour of God III); Tim Burton, who premiered clips from his new film Frankenweenie; John C. Reilly, the voice behind the title character of the upcoming film Wreck-It ...
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Sylvester Stallone's Son Sage Found Dead In Hollywood Apartment
Business Insider - over 4 years
Sage Moonblood Stallone, the son of the film star Sylvester Stallone, has been found dead in his Los Angeles home after a suspected overdose of pills. The 36 year-old was an aspiring film-maker who also acted in two movies with his father in the 1990s, including his debut as the son of boxer Rocky Balboa in Rocky 5. The celebrity website tmz.com and the New York Post reported that he was believed to have died after an overdose of pills. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that pills were found at his home, but it was unclear if his death was a suicide or accidental. The Los Angeles police department has referred the case to the city coroner's office. Police sad there was no suspicion of criminal activity or foul play. His father returned to Los Angeles from San Diego, where he had been attending the Comic Con convention to promote his new film The Expendables 2 with with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren. "Sylvester Stallone is devast ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dolph Lundgren
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 58
    In February, he filmed a cameo for the Coen brothers' 2016 comedy film Hail, Caesar!, portraying a Soviet submarine captain.
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  • 2015
    Age 57
    In August 2015, he started filming Kindergarten Cop 2 in Ontario, Canada, a sequel to the 1990 comedy film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    More Details Hide Details He portrays Agent Reed, a law enforcement officer who must go undercover as a kindergarten teacher, in order to recover a missing flash drive from the Federal Witness Protection Program. Throughout that year, he starred in a number of other films, including the crime thriller The Good, the Bad and the Dead and the prison film Riot. He is due to star in the Mike Mendez horror thriller Don't Kill It, portraying demon hunter Jebediah Woodley; and in R Ellis Frazier's thriller film Larceny, portraying Jack: a "former operative-turned-professional thief". Although Lundgren never competed as a professional bodybuilder, he has been closely associated with bodybuilding and fitness since his role as Drago in the mid-1980s. Bodybuilding.com said "looking like a man in his 30s rather than his 50s, Lundgren is the poster boy of precise nutrition, supplementation and exercise application that he has practiced for over 35 years." In an interview with them he claims to often train up to six days a week in the gym, usually one-hour sessions completed in the morning, saying that "it's just one hour a day, and then you can enjoy the other 23 hours". 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. Stallone had a lasting influence on his fitness regime and his diet, ensuring that he ate a much higher percentage of protein in his diet and eating 5 or 6 smaller meals a day.
    On 21 January 2015, Lundgren started filming Shark Lake on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a further six weeks of filming in the "Reno-Tahoe area". In the film, he portrays Clint Gray, a black-market dealer of exotic species' responsible for releasing a dangerous shark into Lake Tahoe. Directed by Jerry Dugan, the film's budget was $2 million. On 23 May, War Pigs premiered at the GI Film Festival. In the film, Lundgren co-starred (alongside Luke Goss) as Captain Hans Picault, a French Legionnaire who trains a U.S. Army Infantry group to go behind enemy lines and exterminate the Nazis.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In 2014, Lundgren co-starred opposite Cung Le in the action film Puncture Wounds, and reprised his role as Gunner Jensen for a third time in The Expendables 3.
    More Details Hide Details He then wrote, produced, and starred alongside Jaa and Ron Perlman in Skin Trade, an action thriller about human trafficking. Principal photography started on 2 February 2014 in Thailand, and wrapped in Vancouver, Canada; April the same year. The film received a limited theatrical release, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on 25 August 2015.
  • 2013
    Age 55
    In 2013, Lundgren starred alongside Steve Austin in the The Package.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Jesse Johnson, principal photography wrapped in March 2012, and the film was released on February 9, 2013. For a direct-to-DVD film, The Package was not a financial success. In its first week of release, the film debuted at no. 81; grossing $1,469 at the domestic box office. He starred in a number of other films later that year, including Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon, Battle of the Damned, Ambushed, Blood of Redemption, and the uncompleted comedy-western A Man Will Rise.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    His wife was the "most traumatized", and as of 2011, they are divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Jenny Sandersson.
    The Expendables 2 entered principal photography in late September/early October 2011, with Lundgren reprising his role as Gunner Jensen.
    More Details Hide Details Filming wrapped in January 2012, and it was released by Lionsgate on August 17 later that year.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    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.
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    Lundgren was one of three hosts for the 2010 Melodifestivalen, where the Swedish contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest is selected.
    More Details Hide Details 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". Lundgren played the lead role in Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds, and had supporting roles in Jonas Åkerlund's Small Apartments and a thriller called Stash House. Principal photography for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning began on May 9, 2011 in Louisiana, and filming wrapped on One in the Chamber (co-starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.) around the same time.
    He then 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 August 13, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The film is about a group of elite mercenaries, tasked with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator. It was described by Lundgren as "an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other." This was his first American theatrical release film since 1995's Johnny Mnemonic, (although The Inquiry (The Final Inquiry) and Missionary Man both played theatrically for one week in Dallas and San Diego in December 2007). Film production began on 3 March 2009, with a budget of $82 million. Filming commenced 25 days later in Rio de Janeiro and other locations in Brazil, and later in Louisiana. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was very successful commercially, opening at number one at the box office in the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.
    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 IVs Ivan Drago.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    Later in 2009, Lundgren directed and starred in the hit-man thriller Icarus (retitled in the US and the UK as The Killing Machine).
    More Details Hide Details He plays a businessman named Edward Genn, working for an investment company, who has a shady past as a KGB special agent known as "Icarus". He tries to escape from his past life, but his identity is discovered and he is hunted down, placing the lives of his wife and daughter and himself in jeopardy.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren then reunited with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: Regeneration, where he plays Andrew Scott's clone. The film was released theatrically in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and directly to video in the United States and other parts of the world. Since its release, the film has received better than average reviews for a straight-to-DVD franchise sequel, with film critic Brian Orndorf giving the film a B, calling it "moody, pleasingly quick-draw, and knows when to quit, making the Universal Soldier brand name bizarrely vital once again." Dread Central gave it 3 out of 5 knives, saying "there is almost nothing but solid b-level action until the credits roll." On the negative side, Pablo Villaça said in his review that while he praised Van Damme's performance, he criticized that of Lundgren and described the film "dull in concept and execution".
    Although the film was not a major success, Robert Cettl in his 2009 book Terrorism in American cinema: an analytical filmography, 1960–2008 argues that the film reveals an alarmingly realist insight into US-Middle Eastern politics and terrorism since the 2000s, dealing with an al-Qaeda-esque terrorist organization and the conspiracy theories that some believe the US government is using the Middle East as a cover-up.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    In 2008, Lundgren starred opposite Michael Paré in the direct to video action flick Direct Contact.
    More Details Hide Details He plays the role of Mike Riggins, an imprisoned ex-US Special forces operative in Eastern Europe, who is offered his freedom and money to rescue an American woman, Ana Gale, who has been kidnapped by a ruthless warlord. This was followed by another direct to video film Command Performance (2009), a hostage action drama in which Lundgren, a proficient musician in real life, plays a rock drummer forced to face terrorists at a concert in Moscow. The film co-starred Canadian pop singer Melissa Smith, playing a world-famous pop singer in the film and his own daughter Ida on her screen debut, who played one of the daughters of the Russian president. The story was inspired by a concert Madonna put on for Russian President Vladimir Putin, although Dolph has also likened the pop singer to Britney Spears. Filming took place over 5 weeks between August and September 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia. The film premiered at the Ischia Global Film & Music Festival on 18 July 2009.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    Later in 2007, Lundgren wrote, directed and starred in Missionary Man alongside Charles Solomon Jr..
    More Details Hide Details Described as a "modern western" by Lundgren, He 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. According to Lundgren, it had long been a desire of his to direct a western, having long been a fan of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, yet he did not want to spend the time and money building an old western town and hiring horses, so decided to set it in modern times with a motorbike instead of entering the town on a horse in the manner than Clint Eastwood would. Lundgren's co-writer, Frank Valdez's wife's brother happened to be a notable actor working in Texas and invited Lundgren's team to shoot there. 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.
    In 2007, Lundgren directed and starred in the Mongolia-based action adventure, Diamond Dogs.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren portrays the character of Xander Ronson, a mercenary hired by a group of American fortune hunters to act as their guide and bodyguard, while they search for a priceless Buddhist artifact deep within the Chinese wilderness. They get more than they bargained for, however, as they come face to face with Russian mercenaries also after the artifact. The film, a Canadian-Chinese production, was shot on location in Inner Mongolia.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    In 2006, Lundgren played gladiator Brixos in the Italian-made historical/biblical drama, The Inquiry (L'inchiesta), also known as The Final Inquiry, alongside Daniele Liotti, Mónica Cruz, Max von Sydow, F.
    More Details Hide Details Murray Abraham and Ornella Muti. It is the remake of the 1986 Italian film directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. Set in AD 35 in the Roman Empire, the story follows a fictional Roman general named Titus Valerius Taurus, a veteran of campaigns in Germania, who is sent to Judea by the emperor Tiberius to investigate the possibility of the divinity of the recently crucified Jesus. The film, shot on location in Tunisia and Bulgaria, featured a score from Andrea Morricone, the son of the acclaimed film score composer Ennio Morricone. It premiered at the Capri-Hollywood and the Los Angeles-Italia Film Festival. One reviewer on a website catering for historical movies said of the film, "The Final Inquiry is one of those movies you are glad you ran into. I had such low expectations for this movie, but was glad to have been proven wrong. I know about the negative reviews this movie has gotten and some of the criticism is well deserved while some of it is a bit unfair."
  • 2005
    Age 47
    In 2005, Lundgren starred and directed his second picture The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist), playing a retired Russian Special Forces hit man Nikolai "Nick" Cherenko caught in the crossfire with Russian mobsters.
    More Details Hide Details Sky Movies remarked that The Mechanik is "hardcore death-dealing from the Nordic leviathan" and said that "The Mechanik delivers all the no-nonsense gunplay you'd want of a Friday night".
  • 2004
    Age 46
    In 2004, he starred in an unusually high number of films.
    More Details Hide Details He first appeared opposite Polly Shannon in Direct Action under Sidney J. Furie, portraying Sergeant Frank Gannon, an officer who has spent the last three years on the Direct Action Unit (DAU) task force, fighting gang crime and corruption and after he leaves he is hunted down by former colleagues for betraying the brotherhood. Next he appeared in Ed Bye's Fat Slags, a film adaption of a comic strip The Fat Slags which appeared in the "alternative" British comic Viz. His role was little more than a cameo role alongside Geri Halliwell, Naomi Campbell and Angus Deayton. Reviews of the film were so poor that it remains on the IMDb's Bottom 100 as one of the worst movies ever made. He next appeared in Christopher Kulikowski's science fiction picture Retrograde alongside Gary Daniels and Joe Sagal. It tells the story of "a group of genetically unique people who travel back in time to prevent the discovery of meteors containing deadly bacteria." Shot in Italy, the film received the support of the Film Fund of Luxembourg. Finally he made his directorial debut, replacing Sidney J. Furie who got ill during pre-production, with The Defender, in which he also starred alongside Shakara Ledard and Jerry Springer, who played the President of the United States. Lundgren plays Lance Rockford, the bodyguard of the head of the National Security Agency, Roberta Jones (Caroline Lee-Johnson), in a war on terror.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    In 2003, Lundgren featured in Sidney J. Furie's Detention, opposite Alex Karzis, Kata Dobó and Anthony J. Mifsud.
    More Details Hide Details He portrays a soon to be retired high school history teacher and ex-Special Forces soldier Sam Decker who has one last detention to proctor; he must band together the trouble makers and misfits in detention to defeat a drug ring intent on taking over the school.
  • 2001
    Age 43
    In 2001, Lundgren starred in Hidden Agenda, directed by Marc S. Grenier.
    More Details Hide Details He plays Jason Price, an ex-FBI agent who protects a witness.
  • 2000
    Age 42
    In 2000, Lundgren starred in The Last Warrior as Captain Nick Preston under director Sheldon Lettich. 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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was partly shot in Eilat, Israel. Later in 2000, Dolph appeared in Damian Lee's Agent Red (also known as Captured), alongside Alexander Kuznetsov, Natalie Radford and Randolph Mantooth. The film is set during the Cold War, and is about two soldiers trapped on a submarine with a group of terrorists who plan to use a chemical weapon against the United States. Lundgren's character, Matt Hendricks, must work with his wife, a virologist, to prevent the scenario occurring. After the film was completed, producer Andrew Stevens thought it was too poor to be released and multiple people had to be hired to at least make the film half-competent. 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. This subpar effort sinks to the bottom of the ocean in a tidal wave of cliche." 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".
  • 1999
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He then starred in Storm Catcher alongside Mystro Clark and Robert Miano under director Anthony Hickox, portraying a military pilot who is falsely accused of treason in a plot to overthrow the US Government. He is blackmailed into plotting an attack in which he would bomb Washington with a new jet called the "Storm Catcher" by a renegade general (Miano). Film review dismissed the film and Lundgren's performance as "more Lundgren lunacy". Finally he starred in Hickox's next picture, Jill Rips, based on a 1987 novel by Scottish writer Frederic Lindsay. He portrays Matt Sorenson, a former boxer and San Francisco cop who avenges the brutal death of his younger brother, Michael. Intent on finding his brother's killer, Sorenson infiltrates the powerful inner world of politics, business intrigue and casual sex and sadomasochism. His obsession to discover the killer's identity mounts as a series of other men are found murdered in a similar fashion, and he loses all objectivity and becomes a vigilante. The DVD and Video Guide to 2005 said, "not very believable but, as usual, it's fun to watch Dolph Lundgren in action." Film Review "shuddered" at the concept of the film and remarked that Lundgren "should be a long-forgotten action-star."
  • 1998
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The only thing that can open it is a key which is sought for by the Minion, a demonic spirit that transfers itself into the nearby host body when his previous one is killed off. Awakening in New York City, the Minion tracks down Karen Goodleaf as Lukas arrives to America to protect her and the key. Michael Haag in his book Templars: History and Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons (2009) said, "The budget for this film was $12 million. A pity they did not spend a cent on research (citing that one reference was 600 years out)... Lundgren is a butt-kicking Templar monk with a spiked leather glove whose sacred duty it is to do what the Templars have always done and stop a key that has kept the Anti-christ imprisoned for thousands of years from falling into the right hands." The DVD and Video Guide of 2005 described the film as being "possibly one of the worst films ever".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    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". 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.
    More Details Hide Details The threat is from a terrorist group, which has stolen the President's personal communications computer with the capability of launching the US arsenal to threaten global security. The film co-starred Michael Sarrazin, Montel Williams, Roy Scheider and Christopher Heyerdahl, and was shot on location in Montreal. The film was praised for its exciting action sequences. Doug Pratt described the first half of the film as "excellent" and described Dolph's character as "tenacious", although Robert Cettl wrote "the Peacekeeper trades on the presence of B-movie action star Dolph Lundgren, an actor who never became as popular as his action contemporaries Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal."
  • 1996
    Age 38
    In 1996, Lundgren starred in Russell Mulcahy's Silent Trigger, about a sniper (Lundgren) and his female spotter (played by Gina Bellman).
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren plays a former Special Forces agent who joins a secretive government agency (called "The Agency") as an assassin. The movie takes place in and around an unfinished city skyscraper, shot in Montreal.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He's still a terrific athlete, but shows signs of histrionic mobility here."
    Lundgren trained with the U.S. pentathlon team in preparation for the role, which later led to him being 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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was seen negatively by most critics; Film Review said it was "appallingly acted and monotonous" and Video Movie Guide 2002 described it as a "silly Cold War thriller".
  • 1995
    Age 37
    Later in 1995, Lundgren appeared in Ted Kotcheff's The Shooter, also 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.
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    In 1995, Lundgren appeared in Robert Longo's Johnny Mnemonic, co-starring Keanu Reeves.
    More Details Hide Details The film portrays screenwriter William Gibson's dystopian cyberpunk view of the future with the world dominated by megacorporations and with strong East Asian influences. Reeves plays the title character, a man with a cybernetic brain implant designed to store information. Lundgren plays Karl Honig, a Jesus-obsessed hit man and street preacher who wears a robe and carries a shepherd's staff. The film was shot on location in Toronto and Montreal in 12 weeks, filling in for the film's Newark, New Jersey and Beijing settings. 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. Critical response was negative overall; Roger Ebert said, "Johnny Mnemonic is one of the great goofy gestures of recent cinema, a movie which doesn't deserve one nanosecond of serious analysis." The film was a financial disappointment, grossing $19,075,720 in the domestic American market against its $26m budget. 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.
  • 1994
    Age 36
    In 1994, he married Anette Qviberg, a jewellery designer and fashion stylist in Marbella.
    More Details Hide Details The couple decided they liked Marbella so much that they rented accommodation there for years, before eventually buying a family home there. They have two daughters: Ida Sigrid Lundgren and Greta Eveline Lundgren, both born in Stockholm. Lundgren and Qviberg have cited the reason for living away from Hollywood is that they want to give their children as normal a childhood as possible. In early May 2009, Lundgren's Marbella home was reportedly broken into by three masked burglars who tied up and threatened his wife, but fled when they found a family photo and realized that the house was owned by Lundgren. Lundgren later stated he believed the intruders to be from Eastern Europe and had contacts in Bulgaria investigating them, but to no avail. After the incident, Lundgren's elder daughter, Ida, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder.
    Later in 1994, Lundgren appeared in Perry Lang's Men of War (scripted by John Sayles) 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.
    More Details Hide Details The film was mainly shot in Thailand, with Krabi and Phong Nga making up most of the island scenery. The film was well received by some critics. One author said "Men of War invokes the most vividly remembered fighting in a foreign land of recent Western history. This innovation, associating the muscle image with the Vietnam experience, is carried over into other contemporary muscle films." Another said, "fine performances by an all-star Dolph Lundgren as a mercenary assigned to "convince" a cast in this offbeat and disturbing film."
    In 1994, Lundgren starred in Bruce Malmuth's Pentathlon as an East German Olympic gold medalist pentathlete on the run from an abusive coach (David Soul).
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  • 1993
    Age 35
    In 1993, Lundgren starred opposite Kristian Alfonso and George Segal in Joshua Tree, directed by Academy Award and BAFTA-winning stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren plays Wellman Anthony Santee, a former racecar driver who has turned to hauling exotic stolen cars with his friend Eddie Turner (Ken Foree). One day he is framed by police officer Frank Severance (Segal) for the murder of a highway patrolman, also killing his friend Eddie. Santee is sent to prison after recovering in a prison hospital, but escapes during transfer and takes a female hostage named Rita Marrick (Alfonso) at a gas station, not suspecting that she's a cop. On the run from the law, involving exotic cars and desert scenery, Santee must prove his innocence and prove Severance guilty of being involved in the car ring and for murder. Much of the film was filmed in the Alabama Hills of the Sierra Nevada and the desert of the Joshua Tree National Park of southeast California.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    At the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Van Damme and Lundgren were involved in a verbal altercation that almost turned physical when both men pushed each other only to be separated, but it was believed to have only been a publicity stunt.
    More Details Hide Details Universal Soldier opened in theatres on 10 July 1992, a moderate success domestically with $36,299,898 in US ticket sales, but a major blockbuster worldwide, making over $65 million overseas, which earned the film a total of $102 million worldwide, on a $23 million budget. Despite being a box office hit however, it was not well-received; mainstream critics dismissed the movie as a Terminator 2 clone. Film critic Roger Ebert said, "it must be fairly thankless to play lunks who have to fight for the entire length of a movie while exchanging monosyllabic idiocies", including it in his book I hated, hated, hated this movie.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren (as Sergeant Andrew Scott) and Jean-Claude Van Damme (as Luc Deveraux) play U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War who are sent to secure a village against North Vietnamese forces. However they end up shooting each other dead after Devereaux discovers that Scott has gone insane and has resorted to mutilating the villagers and barbarically cutting off their ears, taking an innocent girl and boy hostage. They are later reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers and sent on a mission as GR operatives.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    Later in 1991, Lundgren appeared in martial arts action film Showdown in Little Tokyo opposite Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tia Carrere.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren plays a police sergeant named Kenner working in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles who is partnered with Johnny Murata (Lee), a Japanese American who are sent to infiltrate the operations of new Japanese drug gang named the Iron Claw manufacturing a lethal methamphetamine while using a local brewery and nightclub as a front for the operation. Along the way, Kenner discovers that Yoshida (Tagawa), the head of the drug gang, is a member of the Yakuza who killed his parents in front of him as a young boy in Japan and the case becomes violent and personal. The film received a mainly negative reception from critics and was criticized for its violence; Vincent Canby of the New York Times described it as "violent, but spiritless." Variety wrote "Lundgren can hold his own with other action leads as an actor and could easily be Van Damme-marketable if only he'd devote as much attention to quality control as he does to pectoral development." David J. Fox of the Los Angeles Times, however, described the film as a "class act".
    In 1991, Lundgren starred in Manny Coto's action film Cover Up opposite Louis Gossett Jr..
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren portrays Mike Anderson, a tough American reporter and US Marine veteran who finds his own life in jeopardy after stumbling across a political cover-up over a Middle Eastern terrorist plan to release toxic gas and kill thousands of people. The primary terrorist group in the film is the fictional group Black October, in reference to Black September. The film was shot in Israel and Lundgren stays at the famous King David Hotel.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    In 1990, Lundgren starred in Craig R. Baxley's sci-fi thriller I Come in Peace (also known as Dark Angel) opposite Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues and Jay Bilas.
    More Details Hide Details Lundgren plays Jack Caine, a tough Houston cop with an inner sensitivity, who does not let the rules of police procedure prevent him pursuing his mission to wipe out the White Boys, a gang of white collar drug dealers who killed his partner while he was waylaid stopping a convenience store robbery. Lundgren said of his role, "What attracted me to Dark Angel is that I get to do more than just action. There's some romance, some comedy, some drama. I actually have some clever dialogue in this one. I get to act. One author said "Universe (1987) or Dark Angel (1990), demonstrates that nature and his Lundgren's hairdresser have suited him perfectly to Nazi genetically engineered baddie roles."
  • 1989
    Age 31
    He next starred in Joseph Zito's Red Scorpion in 1989, opposite M.
    More Details Hide Details Emmet Walsh, Al White, T. P. McKenna and Carmen Argenziano. The plot centers on Lundgren's character Nikolai, a Soviet Spetsnaz-trained KGB agent who is sent to an African country where Soviet, Czechoslovakia and Cuban forces are helping the government fight an anti-communist rebel movement. Nikolai is ordered to assassinate the movement's leader, but eventually turns against his government by switching sides. The film was partly shot in Namibia and it was claimed that Grace Jones joined him during production in Swakopmund, insisting on staying in a $3000 a month villa, even though his new girlfriend at the time was reported to be Paula Barbieri. The film was poorly received and has an 11% "rotten" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen Holden of The New York Times said as follows: "Dolph Lundgren's pectorals are the real stars of Red Scorpion, an action-adventure movie set in the fictional African country of Mombaka. Filmed from below so that one has the sense of peering up at a massive kinetic sculpture, his glistening torso, which over the course of the film is subjected to assorted tortures, is the movie's primary visual focus whenever the action slows down. And since Mr. Lundgren remains stone-faced, rarely speaking except to issue commands in a surprisingly hesitant monotone, his heaving chest actually communicates more emotion than his mumbling lips."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    Lundgren released a workout video on VHS in 1987 called Maximum Potential.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details However, while preparing for the move to Boston, he was spotted in the nightclub he worked at in Sydney and was hired by Grace Jones as a bodyguard, and the two became lovers. Their relationship developed dramatically, and he moved with her to New York City. While living with Grace Jones in her New York City apartment, Lundgren dabbled in modeling at the Zoli Agency but was described as "a bit too tall and muscular for a model's size 40". He earned a living as a bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub The Limelight; housed in a former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, working with Chazz Palminteri. In the daytime, he studied drama at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop and has said that "my time in New York City opened up my adolescent Swedish eyes to a multitude of different people and lifestyles, mostly in the arts. I hung out with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Iman and Steve Rubell, danced at Studio 54, and studied acting with Andie MacDowell and Tom Hulce."
  • 1982
    Age 24
    In 1982, Lundgren graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details During his time in Sydney, he earned a living as a bouncer in a nightclub in the renowned King's Cross area.
  • 1980
    Age 22
    He won the European championships in 1980 and 1981, and a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982.
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    He holds the rank of 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980-81.
    More Details Hide Details While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. They moved together to New York City, where, after a short stint as a model and bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub The Limelight, Jones got him a small debut role as a KGB henchman in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. Lundgren's breakthrough came when he starred in Rocky IV in 1985 as the imposing Soviet boxer Ivan Drago. Since then, he has starred in more than 40 films, almost all of them in the action genre. He portrayed He-Man in the 1987 science fantasy 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 Dark Angel (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Joshua Tree (1993), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), and Blackjack (1998). In 2004, he directed his first film, The Defender, and subsequently directed The Mechanik (2005), Missionary Man (2007), Command Performance (2009), and Icarus (2010), also starring in the latter.
  • 1979
    Age 21
    He captained 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.
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  • 1978
    Age 20
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 1
    Some sources wrongly state 1959 as his year of birth, but Lundgren himself has confirmed it to be 1957.
    More Details Hide Details He has two sisters and an older brother. Lundgren was raised in the Lutheran church. Lundgren claims his father was physically abusive and vented his frustration on his wife and eldest son. He has stated that, during his tirades, his father would call him a "loser", which motivated him later as he grew more ambitious to prove himself. But he also said, "I still love my father, no matter what happened. There are many things about him I still admire. As a child, I was probably too much like him, very stubborn—perhaps that's what he couldn't deal with." He has cited his troubled relationship with his father as the reason he developed a desire to participate in heavy contact sports such as boxing and karate. Lundgren has said that as a child he was insecure and suffered from allergies, describing himself as a runt. As a teenager, he grew up with his grandparents in the community of Nyland, north of Kramfors. He showed a keen interest in drumming and had aspirations to become a rock star. At age seven, he tried judo and Gōjū-ryū. He took up Kyokushin karate at the age of 10, and began training with weights as a teenager. Lundgren is an avid football fan. He supported Everton F.C. when he lived in Europe, but developed more of an interest in international football tournaments (such as the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup) after moving to Los Angeles.
  • 1957
    Born
    Hans Lundgren was born in 1957 in Stockholm to Sigrid Birgitta (née Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government.
    More Details Hide Details He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved to his grandparents' home in Nyland, Ångermanland.
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