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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.Born on Dec. 18, 1968...

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.

Born on Dec. 18, 1968 in Ridgefield, NJ, Van Dien was raised by his father, Casper Sr., a former fighter pilot and naval commander, and his mother, Diane, a retired nursery school teacher. Because of his father's career in the U.S. Navy, Van Dien's family moved around quite a bit, making stops in such far flung locales as Okinawa, Japan and Florida before finally settling in Ridgewood, NJ when he was four years old. When he was 16, Van Dien attended the Admiral Farragut Military Academy in St. Petersburg, FL, before moving on to Florida State University, only to drop out after two years. Van Dien soon made the move to Los Angeles with the intention of pursing an acting career and began landing parts on shows like "Saved by the Bell" (NBC, 1989-1993) and in features like "The Color of Evening" (1994). Following roles in the syndicated series "Dangerous Women" (1991) and the short-lived drama "Freshman Dorm" (CBS, 1992), he moved to New York City and landed a role as Ty Moody on the daytime soap opera, "One Life to Live" (ABC,1968-2013), which he played for a year.

Returning to Hollywood in 1994, Van Dien graduated to primetime soaps and scored his first big notice playing the recurring role of Griffin Stone, who dated Donna (Tori Spelling) with unfulfilling results on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). He next had his first prominent feature role, playing King Tal in "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus" (1995), before returning to television for the small screen movies "The Colony" (ABC, 1996) and "Nightscreen" (NBC, 1997). Van Dien delivered a convincing turn as 1950s icon James Dean opposite real-life wife Carrie Mitchum - granddaughter of Robert Mitchum - in the indie biopic "James Dean: Race With Destiny" (1997). That same year, Van Dien separated from Mitchum at a time when he finally earned his breakout role playing Johnny Rico, the unwitting soldier who unearths the ability to lead a group of soldiers against an army of large insects trying to destroy Earth in "Starship Troopers" (1997), directed by Paul Verhoeven. Polarizing due to its satirical use of fascist imagery, "Starship Troopers" was nonetheless a surprise hit that spawned direct-to-video sequels. Meanwhile, Van Dien solidified his status as a rising star and went on to swing from a vine as Lord Greystoke in the little seen "Tarzan and the Lost City" (1998) before portraying a hip vampire in the horror/dark comedy hybrid "Modern Vampires" (1999).

In the made-for-cable "Shark Attack" (HBO, 1999), Van Dien played a marine biologist who travels to South Africa to investigate a series of attacks, only to discover something more sinister. He next starred in the panned and long-forgotten biblical thriller "The Omega Code" (1999), which also starred future second wife Catherine Oxenberg, before making a supporting appearance opposite Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" (1999). Van Dien returned to regular series work on the short-lived primetime soap, "Titans" (NBC, 2000-01), which was canceled after only 13 episodes, but he did keep busy appearing in features like the skydiving action thriller "Cutaway" (2000) and the straight-to-video horror flick "Python"(2001). Returning to military-themed roles, Van Dien was a Navy commander in the straight-to-video release "Danger Beneath the Sea" (2002) and an Army captain fighting in Vietnam in "Under Heavy Fire" (HBO, 2003). Following roles in television movies like "Skeleton Man" (Syfy, 2005), "Officer Down" (Lifetime, 2005) and "Slayer" (Syfy, 2006), he starred on the limited serial "Watch Over Me" (MyNetwork TV, 2006-07) before returning to his breakthrough role of Johnny Rico for the straight-to-video "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder" (2008). Following a recurring role as a detective on "Monk" (USA, 2002-09), Van Dien went against type to appear in the holiday comedy "The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation" (ABC Family, 2010).

Van Dien went on to work extensively in small, often direct-to-video films, including starring roles in the comedy-drama "Born To Ride" (2011), horror thriller "The Pact" (2012), and crime drama "Shiver" (2012). Following a gently self-mocking appearance as himself in video game comedy "Noobz" (2012), Van Dien starred in the disaster flick "500 MPH Storm" (2013) and serial-killer drama "Assumed Killer" (2013). The following year, he co-wrote, directed, and co-starred in "Sleeping Beauty" (2014), starring his daughter Grace Van Dien and wife Catherine Oxenberg. He remained in the director's chair for the thriller "Patient Killer" (2014), and starred in the science-fiction horror drama "June" (2015).

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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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1995:
Had prominent role in "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus"
1993:
Played the role of Ty Moody on the ABC daytime drama, "One Life to Live"
1998:
Starred opposited Jane March in "Tarzan and the Lost City"
2000:
Co-starred in the action film, "Cutaway"
2008:
Reprised the role of Johnny Rico in the direct to DVD film, "Starship Troopers 3: Marauder"
2005:
Appeared with his wife Catherine Oxenberg in the Lifetime reality show, "I Married a Princess"
2008:
Appeared in three episodes of USA Network's "Monk" as Lt. Albright
2006:
Co-starred with Oxenberg in the drama series "Watch Over Me" on MyNetworkTV
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"
2000:
Featured on Aaron Spelling's short-lived NBC drama, "Titans"
1992:
Co-starred in the CBS drama "Freshman Dorm"
1999:
Played Brom von Brunt in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"
1997:
Landed breakthrough role of Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers"
1994:
Played a love interest to Tori Spelling's character on "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1997:
Played the title role in "James Dean: Race With Destiny"
2013:
Starred as Johnny Cage in video game adaptation "Mortal Kombat: Legacy"
2014:
Directed and co-wrote "Sleeping Beauty," starring daughter Grace Van Dien and wife Catherine Oxenberg
2015:
Cast as John Boutell in several episodes of sitcom "Con Man"
2017:
Co-starred with Danny Trejo in action comedy "All About the Money"
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Education

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

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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