He made an intimidating appearance while Drago the Russian boxer in Rocky IV, and starred in The Expendables in 2011. He stood six ft, three inches high and weighted 250 pounds through the entire filming of Experts of the World. His dad abused him literally and known as him a loser, which motivated him to develop strong. Therefore in his youngsters, he been trained in Judo, Kyokushin Karate and additional heavy contact sports activities. He received his level in Chemical Executive from your Royal Institute of Technology. His mom was a vocabulary instructor and his dad was an economist who worked well for the Swedish authorities. He wedded jewelry developer, Anette Qviberg, in 1994. The few separated in 2011. He offers two daughters called Ida and Greta. He experienced an epic boxing match with Sylvester Stallone in Rocky IV.
Full Name Dolph Lundgren
Date Of Birth November 3, 1957
Place Of Birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.96 m
Weight 250 pounds
Profession Movie Actor
Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Royal Institute of Technology, University of Sydney, Washington State University
Movies The Expendables, Rocky IV, Joshua Tree, Red Scorpion, The Punisher, The Expendables 2, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Icarus, Masters of the Universe, The Expendables 3, I Come in Peace, Skin Trade, Kindergarten Cop 2, Silent Trigger, Bridge of Dragons, Command Performance, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Men of War, Direct Contact, Shark Lake, The Mechanik, Missionary Man, One in the Chamber, Universal Soldier, The Good, the Bad and the Dead, A View to a Kill, The Last Warrior, The Defender, Diamond Dogs, Johnny Mnemonic, Battle of the Damned, War Pigs, Stash House, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, The Peacekeeper, The Shooter, Direct Action, Puncture Wounds, The Minion, Small Apartments, Ambushed, Jill Rips, Don't Kill It, The Inquiry, Blood Of Redemption, Hidden Agenda, Sweepers, The Package, In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds, Agent Red, Fat Slags
TV Shows SAF3, Race to the Scene
Star Sign Scorpio
Kyokushinkai Karate: - British Open Champion - 1980, 1981 - Australian Open Champion - 1982 - Swedish Open Champion - 1979, 1980, 1981.
Received an award at the 25th Vimple Awards Ceremony in Russia (and was the first foreigner ever allowed to attend the ceremony, 2006).
In 2009, three burglars broke into Lundgren's house and assaulted his wife. After they saw a family photo with Lundgren and realized that the house belonged to him, they fled immediately.
At 6'5" he is the tallest actor to portray Frank Castle in a live action adaption of the Punisher comics.
Moved back to Los Angeles, California with his girlfriend Jenny Sandersson (2011).
Divided his time between his homes in London, England and Marbella, Spain (2003).
Used to support Everton Football Club when he lived in Europe.
Had a project with acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Zulawski in 1990 entitled "Le Tigre", set during the fall of Dien Bien Phu. Other aborted projects for Lundgren include "Meltdown" to be directed by John Dahl based on a John Carpenter script, and RPM (1998), written and to be directed by Roger Avary (ultimately rewritten and directed by Ian Sharp).
Trained also in Tae Kwon Do for a short period.
Caused a stir in his home country Sweden in the late 1980s when he refused to be interviewed in Swedish, preferring English instead.
Despite mixed reviews to Masters of the Universe (1987), later animated and comic book depictions of the He-Man character, most notably the 2002 remake series by Mike Young Productions, had the He-Man character drawn to resemble Lundgren.
Maintains his own personal website for his fans.
Speaks three languages: English, Swedish and some German. Said to speak Japanese as well, but actually knows only a few phrases. Also speaks some Spanish as he lives in Spain.
Contrary to popular belief was never engaged to Grace Jones, but he did live with her for four years.
(on Johnny Mnemonic (1995)) I enjoyed designing a character which was very different from me. He walked different and talked different, and used body language like a street preacher, and had a wig and a long beard. I remember my agent showing up on set, and he walked up to me and said "Hey, have you seen Dolph Lundgren?" I guess my outfit worked. It was fun. Keanu Reeves was in it, and we had a little fight scene. It was before Speed (1994) came out, so he was only sort-of well-known. But I enjoyed that experience. It was also fun to play a smaller role. It was the first time I played a supporting role and didn't have to carry the movie. It wasn't heavy, I didn't have to work almost every day, and then I was done with my part.
(on landing A View to a Kill (1985)) It was a "right place at the right time" kind of thing. I was there with my girlfriend at the time, Grace Jones. She was in the movie. I was just on the set. I was auditioning for Rocky IV (1985) at the time. But I was hanging out, and someone was missing who hadn't shown up, and the director pointed at me and said "Hey, would you like to be in the movie?" And I said "Yeah. What do I do?" And he said "You have to stand there and point a gun at Christopher Walken. When I tell you to, point the gun and stand there." I guess I hit my mark and didn't screw it up too bad, and the director said "Hey, kid, you have a future in the movies." I didn't know the extent of it, then. It was fun. It was great to watch Chris Walken working - I didn't know anything about acting at the time, but it was interesting to watch him work. It was very unpredictable. I remember during rehearsal, he would not do anything, just mumble. And people were just looking at him like "Jesus, this guy is awful." But when the camera rolled, it was night and day. I remember the actor he was playing opposite being so shocked - just standing there, not knowing what to do. Walken would come at him from every angle: with rage, with this, with that. He was just in shock, like "Wow, what a great actor." That was a great experience. Grace was there too, of course. She beat up a few people, I remember. In front of the camera, anyway.
(on The Punisher (1989)) That was fun. We shot that in Australia - there was a lot of fight training, and they brought in fighters from a dojo in Japan. Since I used to train, talking to those guys was a lot of fun. They didn't really understand about cameras, that it wasn't real, that you didn't need to hit the guy for real. There were two young Japanese fighters, and we had to teach them that you shouldn't kick the other guy in the face with any force. That was also an over-the-top role.
(on Masters of the Universe (1987)) I was just this kid who played this one role, this Rocky role, and was going to follow it up by playing an American hero. It was tough - the opportunity, the expectations. I had fun working on the actual movie. It was very physical, and I was just getting used to being another person, where what people perceive you as being is different than what you actually are. That's what stands out when I think of those years, and when I think of those roles.
[on Hollywood movies over the last 20 years] Hong Kong cinema hit big in the US. That means wires, back-flips, kung fu types, and not too realistic action, where someone gets kicked in the head 40 times and they're still running around. When you see real fights, every kid can see what happens when you get hit in the head once. That's it, it's over. So, that's why I think things are reverting back a little bit. Also CGI came in, and it could make anyone an action star. You didn't have to know karate, you didn't have to know kung fu, you didn't even have to have muscles, because they can enhance everything with a computer. Filmmakers fell in love with that, and then they didn't need the tough guy, the Steve Austin, the Sylvester Stallone. So, you bring in somebody who's just a good actor. That's commendable too, but you lose that special aura of an action star, where the person is closer to the character. I suppose things come round in circles, and the audience got tired of that. And now they're into old-school action again.
[on his directing career] I'm influenced by Clint Eastwood. He's a guy who started as an actor, a television cowboy, one regarded lightweight. He's now a super heavyweight, and he's worked his way there by hard work. He's directed 29, 30 movies, you know. I'm at five. Sylvester Stallone is at 15-20.
I've just tried to play my own game and treat everybody with respect. No matter who they are. That is something I'm proud of and I feel it will always pay off.
I prefer to channel my problems and inner demons through a character. Another persona. That protects me and my family. I can get my frustrations out that way. Nowadays, it's changed. People like to lay their whole life, and all of their own secrets out in front of the world. They make money off of it, and find satisfaction that way. I personally don't believe in that. I think it can be hurtful to yourself and those around you.
[on his role in The Expendables (2010)] I play a mercenary who's part of Sly's team. He's kind of a victim of the violence. He ends up getting fired by Stallone. Later in the picture, some other sinister character trying to get back at Sly and his people, hires me to take him out. Because I need the money, I do it. There's a showdown between me, him and Jet Li.
Hollywood is great for entertaining people, it's a wonderful business but it's make-believe, you must remember that. That's one of the most important things to remember and the distinction in your own life, otherwise people get lost in their own fame, and it makes them unhappy.
It's still a strange experience to me when people come up to me at airports and bring pictures to be signed. It's kind of flattering but one way I like to stay focused is using my training. I can remember what it is like when you spar with somebody and he hits you and you go, "Oops, this is real life!"
Playing He-Man was pretty much my lowest point as an actor, it was a kids movie. How much could I do as an actor when I was running around in swim trunks and chest armor? There was talk of my doing a second one, but I wasn't available, and from what I understand, the whole idea of a sequel fell through.
I usually pick up a scar a movie.
My problem is that people get intimidated by someone big and beautiful like me. They hate to think I can be smart as well.
Action films are an extension of Greek myths which have been around since Homer's "The Iliad". Everybody's life has some mythical quality. You struggle against obstacles, you fight to get to a higher level and there are great loves. With an action film it's just more apparent. That's why people will always love action movies.
I was incredibly shy when I first got into the business, I still am to some extent. I've overcome that shyness through contact sports, but I wanted to find that same confidence interacting with people through acting instead of in the ring.
[in Vanity Fair, 1995] I was a movie star before having the chance to become an actor, so now I'm trying to backtrack.
[in Empire (UK), January, 1996] When I started studying acting in New York, I didn't plan to be an action hero. I just wanted to learn acting because I felt it was something I needed to try to do for myself, to express something, my inner pain, or something I couldn't get out. Then I got caught up taking my shirt off and strapping a machine gun on to shoot people. There wasn't really much acting - you couldn't have done too much with those roles no matter how good you were.