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      Dolph Lundgren

      Dolph Lundgren

      Highest Rated: 93% Don't Kill It (2016)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1957

      Birthplace: Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

      Dolph Lundgren became a beloved action star in the 1980s, but his path to stardom was not always so clear. Born in Spanga, Sweden in 1957, Lundgren took an interest in martial arts as a child as a means of coping with his sometimes troubled relationship with his father. He took up judo and Gōjū-ryū at age seven and karate at age 10, and later began lifting weights as a teenager. However, after graduating from high school, Lundgren pursued a decidedly academic path, moving to the United States to study chemical engineering at Washington State University and Clemson University on an academic scholarship before returning to Sweden to complete his degree at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Lundgren then moved to Sydney, Australia, where he completed a master's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Sydney. However, during the course of his higher education, Lundgren continued studying martial arts, competing as the captain of Sweden's Kyokushin karate team at the 1979 World Open Tournament, winning the European championships in 1980 and 1981, and winning a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982. In addition to both his academic and extra-curricular interests, Lundren also earned money working as a bouncer at a Sydney nightclub. He was on the job after recently finishing his master's degree and receiving a Fulbright scholarship to continue his graduate studies at Boston's Massachusetts Institute of Technology when he met up-and-coming singer and model Grace Jones. She hired him as a bodyguard in addition to the two beginning a romantic relationship, and Lundgren opted to forgo his academic plans, instead moving with Jones to New York. There, he found a new job as a bouncer-working alongside fellow future on-screen actor Chazz Palminteri at famous nightclub the Limelight-and began working occasionally as a model. Soon, Jones helped Lundgren audition for a small role in her upcoming film, the James Bond movie "A View to a Kill" (1985). He won the bit part and made his debut as a KGB operative in the movie. He found the process of filming to be surprisingly rewarding, and quickly decided to audition for another role, that of antagonist Ivan Drago opposite Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming sequel "Rocky VI" (1985). Lundgren beat out 5000 other hopefuls to win the role, which proved to be his breakout. He continued acting even after his relationship with Jones came to an end in 1986, starring in cult favorite "Master of the Universe" (1987) and as comic book character "The Punisher" (1989). Lundgren's interests in bodybuilding and martial arts helped suit him to roles in action movies and he continued this throughout the 90s, co-starring with Jean Claude Van Damme in "Universal Soldier" (1992) and Keanu Reeves in "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995), as well as in the 2000s, starring in films like "The Defender" (2004) and "Direct Contact" (2009). While these later films were less prestigious, Lundgren's career entered another upswing when he appeared with several other top-tier action stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the ensemble hit "The Expendables" (2010). He returned for "The Expendables 2" (2012) and "The Expendables 3" (2014) during this period, in addition to appearing in movies like the crime dramedy "War Pigs" (2015) and in a six-episode arc on the popular series "Arrow" (CW, 2012-). In 2018, Lundgren reprised the role of Ivan Drago for the acclaimed latter-day spin-off "Creed II" (2018) and also appeared as King Nereus in the superhero blockbuster "Aquaman" (2018). The following year found him starring in the action thriller "The Tracker" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Don't Kill It poster Don't Kill It Castle Falls poster Castle Falls Creed II poster
      Creed II
      Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago poster
      Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago
      The Expendables 2 poster
      The Expendables 2
      Aquaman poster Aquaman Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning poster
      Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
      The Expendables poster
      The Expendables

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom King Nereus (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Expendables 4 Gunnar Jensen (Character) - 2023
      33% 38% Operation Seawolf Captain Hans Kessler (Character) - 2022
      31% 31% Section 8 Tom Mason (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      70% 89% Minions: The Rise of Gru Svengeance (Voice) $369.5M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Out Fighting Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 64% Seal Team Dolph (Voice) - 2021
      88% 43% Castle Falls Richard Ericson (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 2021
      No Score Yet 38% Pups Alone Victor (Character) - 2021
      80% No Score Yet Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago Drago (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 0% Hard Night Falling Michael Anderson (Character),
      Producer
      - 2019
      0% 27% Acceleration Vladik (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 9% The Tracker Aiden Hakansson (Character),
      Producer
      - 2019
      65% 73% Aquaman King Nereus (Character) $335.0M 2018
      83% 80% Creed II Ivan Drago (Character) $115.7M 2018
      0% 25% Black Water Marco (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 5% Dead Trigger Kyle Walker (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 40% Stopping Traffic Self - 2017
      No Score Yet 18% Larceny Jack (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 11% Altitude Matthew Sharpe (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 45% Welcome to Willits Derek (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 44% Female Fight Club Holt (Character) - 2016
      29% 24% Kindergarten Cop 2 Agent Reed (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2016
      93% 39% Don't Kill It Jebediah Woodley (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2016
      No Score Yet 28% Riot William (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 27% 4Got10 Bob Rooker (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 15% Shark Lake Clint Gray (Character),
      Producer
      - 2015
      No Score Yet 20% War Pigs Captain Picault (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 80% The Real Miyagi Self - 2015
      29% 30% Skin Trade Nick Cassidy (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $1.2K 2014
      31% 48% The Expendables 3 Gunner Jensen (Character) $39.3M 2014
      No Score Yet 14% Puncture Wounds Hollis (Character),
      Producer
      - 2014
      No Score Yet 7% Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon Harker (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 16% Battle of the Damned Max Gatling (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2013
      No Score Yet 11% Ambushed Maxwell (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 17% Blood of Redemption Axel (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 24% The Package The German (Character) $1.3K 2013
      30% 41% Small Apartments Dr. Sage Mennox (Character) - 2012
      56% 34% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Andrew Scott (Character) $5.2K 2012
      No Score Yet 21% Stash House Andy Spector (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2012
      No Score Yet 29% One in the Chamber Aleksey Andreev (Character) - 2012
      67% 67% The Expendables 2 Gunnar Jensen (Character) $85.0M 2012
      No Score Yet 17% In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds Granger (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 23% Icarus Edward Genn/Icarus (Character),
      Director
      - 2010
      42% 64% The Expendables Gunnar Jensen (Character) $103.0M 2010
      No Score Yet 34% Universal Soldier: Regeneration Andrew Scott (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 28% Command Performance Joe (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      No Score Yet 20% Direct Contact Mike Riggins (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 13% Diamond Dogs Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 27% Missionary Man Ryder (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 2007
      No Score Yet 34% The Inquiry Brixos (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 46% The Mechanik Nikolai Cherenko (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 2005
      No Score Yet 40% Direct Action Sgt. Frank Gannon (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 33% The Defender Lance Rockford (Character),
      Director
      - 2004
      No Score Yet 16% Fat Slags Randy (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 8% Retrograde Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 19% Detention Sam Decker (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 27% Agent Red Cpt. Matt Hendricks (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 29% Hidden Agenda Jason Price (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Cpt. Matt Hendricks (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 19% The Last Warrior Nick Preston (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 23% Sweepers Christian Erickson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 43% Bridge of Dragons Warchild (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 22% Storm Catcher Major Jack Holloway (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 11% Jill Rips Matt Sorenson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 15% Fallen Knight Sadorov (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 27% Blackjack Jack Devlin (Character) - 1998
      0% 19% The Peacekeeper Maj. Frank Cross (Character) - 1997
      20% 32% Silent Trigger The Shooter (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 22% Hidden Assassin Michael Dane (Character) - 1995
      18% 31% Johnny Mnemonic Street Preacher (Character) $16.7M 1995
      No Score Yet 44% Men of War Nick Gunar (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 23% Pentathlon Eric Brogar (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 50% Army of One Wellman Anthony Santee (Character) - 1994
      34% 46% Universal Soldier Andrew Scott (GR13) (Character) $35.4M 1992
      No Score Yet 17% Cover-Up Mike Anderson (Character) - 1991
      33% 51% Showdown in Little Tokyo Sgt. Chris Kenner (Character) $1.0M 1991
      36% 46% I Come in Peace Det. Jack Caine (Character) $4.0M 1990
      25% 33% The Punisher Frank Castle (Character) - 1990
      17% 36% Red Scorpion Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (Character) $3.5M 1989
      22% 41% Masters of the Universe He-Man (Character) $16.3M 1987
      37% 79% Rocky IV Drago (Character) $125.4M 1985
      37% 40% A View to a Kill Venz (Character) - 1985

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
      86% 62% Arrow Konstantin Kovar (Guest Star) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
      90% 91% Chuck Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 63% Family Guy Captain Ivan Drago (archive footage) (Guest Voice) 2010