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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 3, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: actor, producer, model, instructor in hand-to-hand combat, bouncer, martial artist, bodyguard

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Despite being a world-class athlete and a gifted student, Dolph Lundgren received little respect from fans and critics, who dismissed his real-life accomplishments and pigeonholed him as a stiff muscle-bound action star. In reality, the Swede held a master's degree in chemical engineering and studied on three continents while mastering seven languages. But the general public remembered him best as 1980s Soviet monster Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" (1985), real-life cartoon He-Man in "Masters of the Universe" (1987) or Jean-Claude Van Damme's reanimated nemesis in "Universal Soldier" (1992). Linked at one time to the equally striking Grace Jones - who arranged for his cameo in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985) - Lundgren spent most of his career in low-budget action and science fiction films, many of which went straight-to-video. He reclaimed and revitalized his image, however, with a flashy turn in the ultimate action movie, "The Expendables" (2010), directed by friend Sylvester Stallone. Long labeled a second-string action hero, Lundgren's real-life complexity, intelligence and business savvy called for a reappraisal of the actor's potential and for some much-deserved respect that long...

Despite being a world-class athlete and a gifted student, Dolph Lundgren received little respect from fans and critics, who dismissed his real-life accomplishments and pigeonholed him as a stiff muscle-bound action star. In reality, the Swede held a master's degree in chemical engineering and studied on three continents while mastering seven languages. But the general public remembered him best as 1980s Soviet monster Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" (1985), real-life cartoon He-Man in "Masters of the Universe" (1987) or Jean-Claude Van Damme's reanimated nemesis in "Universal Soldier" (1992). Linked at one time to the equally striking Grace Jones - who arranged for his cameo in the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985) - Lundgren spent most of his career in low-budget action and science fiction films, many of which went straight-to-video. He reclaimed and revitalized his image, however, with a flashy turn in the ultimate action movie, "The Expendables" (2010), directed by friend Sylvester Stallone. Long labeled a second-string action hero, Lundgren's real-life complexity, intelligence and business savvy called for a reappraisal of the actor's potential and for some much-deserved respect that long eluded him.

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 Legendary (2014)
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 Package, The (2013)
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 Ambushed (2013)
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 Stash House (2012)
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 Small Apartments (2012)
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 Killing Machine (2010)
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 Expendables, The (2010)
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Grew up in Scandanavia and Germany
1973:
Began training in the martial arts at age 14 (date approximate)
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Received a second-degree black belt in karate
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Represented Sweden in heavyweight martial arts championships as captain of national karate team
1980:
Won the European Heavyweight Full-Contact Karate Championship two years in a row
1982:
Won the Australian heavyweight division title
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Completed basic training with the Swedish Marine Corps as an instructor in hand-to-hand combat and anti-chemical warfare
1983:
Moved to the U.S. to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Fulbright Scholar
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In NYC, met acting coach Warren Robertson who encouraged him to act
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Worked the door alongside Chazz Palminteri at NYC nightclub The Limelight
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Did some modeling with little success; was deemed "a bit too tall and muscular for a model's size 40"
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Met pop singer Grace Jones backstage while doing security at one of her concerts; began dating her and making public appearances together
1985:
Feature debut, a walk-on as a KGB agent in "A View to a Kill" (in which Jones played a villain)
1985:
Breakthrough feature role as the title character's Soviet nemesis Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV"
1986:
TV debut, guested on "Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance From Sweden" on NBC
1987:
First starring role in a film, playing He-Man in "Masters of the Universe"
1987:
Released an exercise video entitled "Maximum Potential" based on his own daily workout
1992:
Co-starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in sci-fi action feature "Universal Soldier"; cast as a resurrected cyborg warrior with a necklace of human ears
1993:
Formed production company Thor Pictures
1994:
Met and befriended leading U.S. modern pentathletes Mike Gostigian and Rob Stull while training for role in "Pentathlon"
1994:
Feature producing debut (as executive producer), "Pentathlon"; also acted
1994:
Moved to NYC; became involved with the Ensemble Studio Theater
1994:
Started a theater company called Group of Eight
1995:
Cast in "Johnny Mnemonic," co-starring Keanu Reeves
1996:
Served as unofficial TV network lobbyist and official team leader for the U.S. modern pentathlon squad at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA
1996:
TV-movie debut, "Silent Trigger" (HBO)
1999:
Played a human killing machine in "Bridge of Dragons"
2004:
Made a cameo in the British comedy feature "Fat Slags"
2004:
Directorial debut, "The Defender"; also starred in film
2005:
Directed his second feature "The Mechanik"; also co-wrote and acted
2007:
Wrote, directed and starred in "Missionary Man," which he described as a modern day Western
2009:
Reteamed with Van Damme in "Universal Soldier: Regeneration"
2010:
Guest starred on NBC's "Chuck"; character he played was inspired by "Rocky IV's" Drago
2010:
Cast as drug-addicted assassin Gunnar Jensen alongside an ensemble cast, including Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in "The Expendables"
2012:
Reprised role of Gunnar Jensen in "The Expendables 2"
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Education

Washington State University: Pullman , Washington -
Royal Institute of Technology: -
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
University of Sydney: Sydney , New South Wales - 1982

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Grace Jones. Singer, actor. Worked together in Lundgren's screen debut, "A View to a Kill" (1985).
wife:
Anette Qviberg. Fashion stylist, jewelry designer. Swedish; met 1990; Lundgren proposed at midnight New Year's Eve during press tour for "Universal Soldier" (1993); married 1994 in Stockholm; honeymooned in Marrakech.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Johan Lundgren. Older; worked in offshore oil technology.
daughter:
Ida Sigrid Lundgren. Born April 29, 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden; mother Anette Qviberg-Lundgren.

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