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Also Known As: Casper Robert Van Dien Died:
Born: December 18, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Milton, Florida, USA Profession: actor, bartender, lifeguard

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Though often relegated to small screen movies or straight-to-video releases, actor Casper Van Dien had a breakout performance as the star of director Paul Verhoeven's surprise hit sci-fi action thriller "Starship Troopers" (1997). Previous to that, Van Dien appeared in a recurring capacity on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) before landing his first prominent feature role in "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus" (1995). He essayed a solid leading performance in "James Dean: Race with Destiny" (1997), which when coupled with his "Starship Troopers" role cemented him as a rising star to watch. Unfortunately, most Van Dien watchers were disappointed with his string of subsequent B-movie projects like "Tarzan and the Lost City" (1998), "Modern Vampires" (1999) and "Shark Attack" (HBO, 1999). Following a supporting role in the studio release, "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), Van Dien again returned to the shadows with below-the-radar fare and even tried to recapture old glory in the straight-to-DVD release "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" (2008). Despite numerous disappointments following his promising breakthrough, Van Dien nonetheless remained a performer worthy of his fans' affection. ...

Though often relegated to small screen movies or straight-to-video releases, actor Casper Van Dien had a breakout performance as the star of director Paul Verhoeven's surprise hit sci-fi action thriller "Starship Troopers" (1997). Previous to that, Van Dien appeared in a recurring capacity on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) before landing his first prominent feature role in "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus" (1995). He essayed a solid leading performance in "James Dean: Race with Destiny" (1997), which when coupled with his "Starship Troopers" role cemented him as a rising star to watch. Unfortunately, most Van Dien watchers were disappointed with his string of subsequent B-movie projects like "Tarzan and the Lost City" (1998), "Modern Vampires" (1999) and "Shark Attack" (HBO, 1999). Following a supporting role in the studio release, "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), Van Dien again returned to the shadows with below-the-radar fare and even tried to recapture old glory in the straight-to-DVD release "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" (2008). Despite numerous disappointments following his promising breakthrough, Van Dien nonetheless remained a performer worthy of his fans' affection.

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 Army Dog (2016)
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 Patient Killer (2015)
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 Sleeping Beauty (2014)
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 500 MPH Storm (2013)
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 Noobz (2013)
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 Assumed Killer (2013)
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 Fugitive at 17 (2012)
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1993:
Played the role of Ty Moody on the ABC daytime drama, "One Life to Live"
1995:
Had prominent role in "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus"
1998:
Starred opposited Jane March in "Tarzan and the Lost City"
2000:
Co-starred in the action film, "Cutaway"
2005:
Appeared with his wife Catherine Oxenberg in the Lifetime reality show, "I Married a Princess"
2006:
Co-starred with Oxenberg in the drama series "Watch Over Me" on MyNetworkTV
2008:
Reprised the role of Johnny Rico in the direct to DVD film, "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder"
2008:
Appeared in three episodes of USA Network's "Monk" as Lt. Albright
2011:
Starred in action comedy "Born To Ride"
2012:
Starred opposite Caity Lotz in horror film "The Pact"
2012:
Co-starred in thriller "Shiver"
2012:
Appeared as himself in video game comedy "Noobz"
2013:
Starred in crime thriller "Assumed Killer"
2015:
Directed and starred in thriller "Patient Killer"
2015:
Starred in action-adventure fantasy "Avengers Grimm"
2015:
Appeared in TV movie "Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf"
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Education

Admiral Farragut Military Academy: St. Petersburg , Florida -
Florida State University: Tallahassee , Florida - 1986 - 1988

Notes

"Tom Cruise is only five-eight. I'm five-ten . . . I haven't had to go whine, 'Give me more money' or anything like that to anybody because I can do it myself, I'm my own man." --Casper Van Dien in MOVIELINE, March 1997

"I'm not into the froufrou kind of stuff. I've had my fair share of partying and being out there and doing all that crazy stuff and it was fun and I had a blast and I'm over that." --Van Dien in MOVIELINE, March 1997

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wife:
Carrie Mitchum. Actor. Met in 1992; married in 1993; separated in 1997; divorced; granddaughter of actor Robert Mitchum; father, Christopher Mitchum.
wife:
Catherine Van Dien. Actor. Born in 1961; daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia; has child from previous relationship; briefly married to producer Robert Evans in 1998; married on May 8, 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada; separated in summer 2001 just prior to birth of their daughter; reportedly reconciled in November 2001.

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father:
Casper Robert Van Dien. Retired naval commander. Born c. 1932.
mother:
Diane Can Dien.
half-sister:
Debbie Van Dien.
sister:
Sudi Van Dien. Medical supply buyer.
sister:
Kristin Van Dien. Massage therapist.
son:
Casper Robert Mitchum Van Dien. Born September 23, 1993; mother, Carrie Mitchum.
daughter:
Grace Van Dien. Born c. 1996; mother, Carrie Mitchum.
daughter:
Maya Van Dien. Born on September 20, 2001; mother, Catherine Oxenberg.
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