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
Creed II
The Expendables 2
Aquaman
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
The Expendables
Rocky IV
A View to a Kill

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom King Nereus (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Expendables 4 Gunnar Jensen (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Minions: The Rise of Gru Svengeance (Voice) - 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pups Alone Victor (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet 0% Hard Night Falling Michael Anderson (Character),
Producer
- 2019
0% 15% Acceleration Vladik (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Power of Grayskull Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 11% The Tracker Aiden Hakansson (Character),
Producer
- 2019
0% 26% Black Water Marco (Character) - 2018
83% 79% Creed II Ivan Drago (Character) $115.7M 2018
65% 74% Aquaman King Nereus (Character) $335.0M 2018
No Score Yet 12% Altitude Matthew Sharpe (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 40% Stopping Traffic Self - 2017
No Score Yet 7% Larceny Jack (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 5% Dead Trigger Kyle Walker (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 46% Welcome to Willits Derek (Character) - 2016
93% 38% Don't Kill It Jebediah Woodley (Character) - 2016
29% 24% Kindergarten Cop 2 Agent Reed (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2016
No Score Yet 44% Female Fight Club Holt (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 36% Riot William (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 80% The Real Miyagi Self - 2015
No Score Yet 27% 4Got10 Bob Rooker (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 16% Shark Lake Clint Gray (Character),
Producer
- 2015
No Score Yet 20% War Pigs Captain Picault (Character) - 2015
25% 31% Skin Trade Nick Cassidy (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
$1.2K 2014
No Score Yet 14% Puncture Wounds Hollis (Character),
Producer
- 2014
32% 48% The Expendables 3 Gunner Jensen (Character) $39.3M 2014
No Score Yet 15% Blood of Redemption Axel (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 7% Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon Harker (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 23% The Package The German (Character) $1.3K 2013
No Score Yet 16% Battle of the Damned Max Gatling (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2013
No Score Yet 12% Ambushed Maxwell (Character) - 2013
30% 41% Small Apartments Dr. Sage Mennox (Character) - 2012
56% 34% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Andrew Scott (Character) $5.2K 2012
67% 67% The Expendables 2 Gunnar Jensen (Character) $85.0M 2012
No Score Yet 29% One in the Chamber Aleksey Andreev (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 21% Stash House Andy Spector (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2012
No Score Yet 17% In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds Granger (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 24% Icarus Edward Genn/Icarus (Character),
Director
- 2010
42% 64% The Expendables Gunnar Jensen (Character) $103.0M 2010
No Score Yet 20% Direct Contact Mike Riggins (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 28% Command Performance Joe (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 2009
No Score Yet 34% Universal Soldier: Regeneration Andrew Scott (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 35% The Inquiry Brixos (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 45% The Mechanik Nikolai Cherenko (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 2005
No Score Yet 17% Fat Slags Randy (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 34% The Defender Lance Rockford (Character),
Director
- 2004
No Score Yet 9% Retrograde Unknown (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 40% Direct Action Sgt. Frank Gannon (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 19% Detention Sam Decker (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captured Cpt. Matt Hendricks (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 29% Hidden Agenda Jason Price (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 26% Agent Red Cpt. Matt Hendricks (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 19% The Last Warrior Nick Preston (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 24% Sweepers Christian Erickson (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 23% Storm Catcher Major Jack Holloway (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 42% Bridge of Dragons Warchild (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 11% Jill Rips Matt Sorenson (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 16% 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
19% 31% Johnny Mnemonic Street Preacher (Character) $16.7M 1995
No Score Yet 44% Men of War Nick Gunar (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 50% Army of One Wellman Anthony Santee (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 23% Pentathlon Eric Brogar (Character) - 1994
35% 46% Universal Soldier Andrew Scott (GR13) (Character) $35.4M 1992
33% 51% Showdown in Little Tokyo Sgt. Chris Kenner (Character) $1.0M 1991
No Score Yet 18% Cover-Up Mike Anderson (Character) - 1991
28% 32% The Punisher Frank Castle (Character) - 1990
33% 45% I Come in Peace Det. Jack Caine (Character) $4.0M 1990
17% 36% Red Scorpion Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (Character) $3.5M 1989
17% 40% Masters of the Universe He-Man (Character) $16.3M 1987
40% 75% Rocky IV Drago (Character) $125.4M 1985
38% 40% A View to a Kill Venz (Character) - 1985

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2018
No Score Yet 43% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018
86% 62% Arrow Konstantin Kovar (Guest Star) 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet SAF3 John Eriksson (Character) 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Race to the Scene Host 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
90% 91% Chuck Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Captain Ivan Drago (archive footage) (Guest Voice),
Guest
2010