[137] Directed by Jerry Dugan, the film's budget was $2 million. Cover-Up, as Mike Anderson 2. Contact Sports and Weightlifting. Schwartz. "[42] One author said "Universe (1987) or Dark Angel (1990), demonstrates that nature and his [Lundgren's] hairdresser have suited him perfectly to Nazi genetically engineered baddie roles. However, after finding Lundgren’s family photo and realizing that they were in Lundgren’s house, they fled. He holds the rank of 4th dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980–81. In August 2015, he started filming Kindergarten Cop 2 in Ontario, Canada, a straight-to-video sequel to the 1990 comedy film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was often physically abused by his father while growing up. "[67] Another said, "fine performances by an all-star Dolph Lundgren as a mercenary assigned to "convince" a cast in this offbeat and disturbing film."[68]. Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. After graduating from high school with straight As, Dolph Lundgren went to the Washington State University where he studied chemical engineering for a year. After a long spell performing in direct-to-video films since 1995, Lundgren returned to Hollywood in 2010 with the role of Gunnar Jensen in The Expendables, alongside Sylvester Stallone and an all-action star cast. [40], In 1990, Lundgren starred in Craig R. Baxley's sci-fi thriller I Come in Peace (also known as Dark Angel) opposite Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley, Matthias Hues and Jay Bilas. One review said "the narrative is laughably stupid" and the DVD and Video Guide to 2005 said, "dull, lightweight, made-for-TV action fully to a satisfying climax". Also in 2014, he co-starred in Skin Trade, an action thriller about human trafficking he co-wrote and produced. He had his big break with the film Rocky IV (1985), playing Russian boxer Ivan Drago, a role he reprised in Creed II (2018). "[21] He weighed 235 pounds (107 kg) – 245 pounds (111 kg) during filming,[21] but in the film he was billed at 261 pounds (118 kg); one publisher said of Drago, "He's a hulking 261 pounds of merciless fighting machine, the best that Soviet science & medicine can create". [105] Lundgren's co-writer, Frank Valdez's wife's brother happened to be a notable actor working in Texas and invited Lundgren's team to shoot there. Swedish actor Lundgren made the announcement that he was engaged to Norwegian personal trainer Emma Krokdal, 24, on Instagram this month. Masters of the Universe, as He-Man1988 1. This post apocalyptic movie is set in 2006 in the context of a 9.5-magnitude earthquake which kills millions of people, with Preston leading a motley military patrol on the island to help survivors in the pole shift-affected world. Although Lundgren has never competed as a professional bodybuilder, he has been closely associated with bodybuilding and fitness since his role as Drago in the mid-1980s. Dolph used to work 6 days a week with each session lasting for at least an hour. [76] The only thing that can open it is a key which is sought by the Minion, a demonic spirit that transfers itself into the nearby host body when his previous one is killed off. He graduated from high school and joined Washington State University and then Clemson University. The story was inspired by a concert Madonna put on for Russian President Vladimir Putin, although Dolph has also likened the pop singer to Britney Spears. [151] Although he had begun lifting weights as a teenager, he cites co-star Sylvester Stallone as the man who got him into serious bodybuilding for a period in the 1980s after he arrived in the U.S.[151] Stallone had a lasting influence on his fitness regimen and diet, ensuring that he ate a much higher percentage of protein and split his food intake between five or six smaller meals a day. [152] He wrote an autobiographical fitness book, Train Like an Action Hero: Be Fit Forever, published in Sweden (by Bonnier Fakta) on 9 August 2011, offering tips he learned over the years to work out in various situations (with a busy schedule and a lot of traveling). [99] Next Lundgren made a cameo in Ed Bye's Fat Slags, alongside Geri Halliwell, Naomi Campbell and Angus Deayton. [citation needed] He captained the Swedish Kyokushin karate team, and was a formidable challenger at the 1979 World Open Tournament (arranged by the Kyokushin Karate Organization) when he was only a green belt. The film co-starred Michael Sarrazin, Montel Williams, Roy Scheider and Christopher Heyerdahl, and was shot on location in Montreal. Action star Dolph Lundgren has been mercilessly mocked on social media after announcing his engagement to 24-year-old personal trainer Emma Krokdal. [citation needed], In 2005, Lundgren starred and directed his second picture The Mechanik (The Russian Specialist), playing a retired Russian Special Forces hit man Nikolai "Nick" Cherenko caught in the crossfire with Russian mobsters. I was shell-shocked for years from the mind-boggling and daunting experience of being a student-athlete from tiny Sweden suddenly having to live up a new action-star persona. At the age of 7, he started taking Gōjū-ryū and judo training. "[25] Lundgren later fought in a real boxing match against former UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov, and lost via decision. Dolph often credits Sylvester Stallone for improving his eating habits and making him a serious bodybuilder. After appearing in Rocky IV, Lundgren portrayed He-Man in the 1987 science fantasy film Masters of the Universe, Lt. Rachenko in Red Scorpion (1988) and Frank Castle in the 1989 film The Punisher. Dolph has three siblings. Roger Moore, in his last performance as James Bond, once memorably said, "Dolph is larger than Denmark". Retitled in the US and the UK as The Killing Machine, it opened theatrically in Los Angeles on 10 September 2010, for an exclusive one-week engagement at Laemmele's Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood. The film was well received by some critics. "[72] The film was a financial disappointment, grossing $19,075,720 in the domestic American market against its $26m budget. The film was partly shot in Namibia and it was claimed that Grace Jones joined him during production in Swakopmund, insisting on staying in a $3000-a-month villa, even though his girlfriend at the time was reported to be Paula Barbieri. [33] A pre-fame Quentin Tarantino worked as a production assistant on the shoot. Dolph was whisked off to the United States from where he completed his final thesis. SEE ALSO: Dolph Lundgren Stays Fit, Focused. [91] His obsession to discover the killer's identity mounts as a series of other men are found murdered in a similar fashion, and he loses all objectivity and becomes a vigilante. [16] While Dolph was completing a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering on an exchange program with the University of Sydney in Australia, Grace Jones spotted him at a dance club and hired him as a bodyguard. As a child, I was probably too much like him, very stubborn—perhaps that's what he couldn't deal with. Fox of the Los Angeles Times, however, described the film as a "class act", and some retrospective critics find it to be entertaining for its genre. Since its release, the film has received better than average reviews for a straight-to-DVD franchise sequel, with film critic Brian Orndorf giving the film a B, calling it "moody, pleasingly quick-draw, and knows when to quit, making the Universal Soldier brand name bizarrely vital once again. Dolph Lundgren - Biography. Dolph Lundgren, 62, claims personal trainer fiancée, 24, who's the same age as his daughter has 'changed his life' and they're a 'perfect match' Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren … He is not a heavy drinker but he has ceded that he does love tequila and cocktails. Her beau with 38 years of an age gap, got down on one knee during their trip to Sweden. Workout 1: Perform each pair of exercises as a superset. Hans Lundgren was born on 3 November 1957 in Spånga, the son of Sigrid Birgitta (née Tjerneld; 1932–1992), a language teacher, and Karl-Hugo Johan Lundgren (1923–2000), an engineer (M.Sc) and economist (MBA) for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. He has also been featured in print adverts for The Man’s Diamond: The Gift of Success campaign that was launched by Diamond Information Center. Dolph Lundgren’s age is 63. His height is 1.96 m and weight is 113 kg. HE ALMOST KILLED STALLONE. "[112] Dread Central gave it 3 out of 5 knives, saying "there is almost nothing but solid b-level action until the credits roll. [144] He starred in the music video of Imagine Dragon's Believer, which was released on 7 March 2017. Lundgren was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. [64] The film was seen negatively by most critics; Film Review said it was "appallingly acted and monotonous"[65] and Video Movie Guide 2002 described it as a "silly Cold War thriller". His wife was the "most traumatized",[161] and as of 2011[update], they are divorced. Anette Qviberg : (Dolph Lundgren’s Ex-Wife) Bio, Age, Net Worth, Daughters, & Divorce. Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He participated in a real boxing match against former UFC fighter Oleg Taktarov. [54][57][58][59] Film critic Roger Ebert said, "it must be fairly thankless to play lunks who have to fight for the entire length of a movie while exchanging monosyllabic idiocies", including it in his book I hated, hated, hated this movie. Scroll below to learn details information about Dolph Lundgren's salary, estimated earning, lifestyle, and Income reports. Birthday. [90] Finally he starred in Hickox's next picture, Jill Rips, based on a 1987 novel by Scottish writer Frederic Lindsay. His birthplace was Spanga, but he migrated to Nyland Angermanland when he was 13. [68], Later in 1998, Dolph appeared alongside Bruce Payne and Claire Stansfield in Sweepers as Christian Erickson, a leading demolition expert and head of an elite team of specialists, trained to disarm mine fields in a humanitarian minesweeping operation in Angola. The film co-starred Canadian pop singer Melissa Smith, playing a world-famous pop singer in the film and his own daughter Ida on her screen debut, who played one of the daughters of the Russian president. Lundgren received a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in the early 1980s and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. [30] Lundgren was criticized for being too wooden as a leading man, and it was dismissed as "a glossy fantasy starring monosyllabic Dolph Lundgren". [162][163] Lundgren became engaged to a Norwegian personal trainer Emma Krokdal in June 2020. Ever since Dolph Lundgren announced his engagement on social media, critics flooded the post pointing out how his fiancee Krokdal looks 'like his daughter'. However, he later dropped out to pursue an acting career. The 62-year-old Rocky IV star shared the happy news on Instagram on June 17, posting a photo of the happy couple with the caption, "Something very special happened here in Sweden. At the age of seven, Dolph tried his first contact sport – judo. She was married to Lundgren in 1994 and raised two daughters with him before deciding to separate in 2011. He holds a 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin karate, and was European champion in 1980-81. [citation needed] During his time in Sydney, he earned a living as a bouncer in a nightclub in the renowned King's Cross area. Showdown in Little Tokyo, as Sgt. "[68] Film Review "shuddered" at the concept of the film and remarked that Lundgren "should be a long-forgotten action-star. Awakening in New York City, the Minion tracks down Karen Goodleaf as Lukas arrives to America to protect her and the key. Facts About Dolph Lundgren #1 He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering. Dolph Lundgren became a beloved action star in the 1980s, but his path to stardom was not always so clear. "[48] David J. We boxed for an hour and a half, practiced the fight choreography, and did bag work and abs. A versatile Hollywood figure, Dolph wears multiple hats in the entertainment industry as an actor, film director, and martial artist. Dolph had ample experience to prepare himself for Rocky IV’s strenuous fight sequences. Stockholm , Sweden. By 1978, he had managed to attain the rank of 2nd dan black belt in Kyokushin. Jones convinced him to leave the university and move to New York City to be with her and begin acting, where, after a short stint as a model and bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub The Limelight, Lundgren got a small debut role as a KGB henchman in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. In the first installation on 6 February, Lundgren co-hosted the competition together with comedian Christine Meltzer and performer Måns Zelmerlöw. [66], Later in 1994, Lundgren appeared in Perry Lang's Men of War (scripted by John Sayles) alongside Charlotte Lewis and BD Wong as Nick Gunar, a former Special Ops soldier who leads a group of mercenaries to a treasure island in the South China Sea. Hans Lundgren (/ˈlʌndɡrən/, Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵ̌nːdɡreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957),[1] better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren later stated he believed the intruders to be Eastern European and had asked contacts in Bulgaria to investigate them, but to no avail. Chris Kenner1992 1. [71] The film was premiered in Japan first on 15 April 1995 and features a previously composed score by Michael Danna, different editing, and more scenes with Lundgren and Japanese star Takeshi Kitano. By the age of 10, he was taking Kyokushin karate classes. "[116] This was his first American theatrical release film since 1995's Johnny Mnemonic, (although The Inquiry (The Final Inquiry) and Missionary Man both played theatrically for one week in Dallas and San Diego in December 2007). [16] While living with Jones in her New York City apartment, Lundgren dabbled in modeling at the Zoli Agency but was described as "a bit too tall and muscular for a model's size 40". Andrew Scott / GR131993 1. [6] He earned a living as a bouncer at the Manhattan nightclub The Limelight; housed in the former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, working with Chazz Palminteri. [155] The couple decided they liked Marbella so much that they rented accommodation there for years, before eventually buying a family home there. [108], Lundgren resides in Los Angeles, California. [citation needed] In 1982, Lundgren graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney. "[36], Lundgren then starred as Marvel Comics character Frank Castle (a.k.a. He portrays Matt Sorenson, a former boxer and San Francisco cop who avenges the brutal death of his younger brother, Michael. [127] He starred in a number of other films later that year, including Legendary, Battle of the Damned, Ambushed, and Blood of Redemption. Film production began on 3 March 2009, with a budget of $82 million. [117] Filming commenced 25 days later in Rio de Janeiro and other locations in Brazil, and later in Louisiana. [26] Lundgren has highlighted the premiere of Rocky IV at Westwood Movie Theatre as the moment which changed his life, remarking, "I walked in to a Westwood movie theater as Grace Jones' boyfriend and walked out ninety minutes later as the movie star Dolph Lundgren. If you continue to use HealthyCeleb.com, we will assume that you are happy with it. This marked the beginning of what New York Magazine has described as Lundgren's "comeback. A pity they did not spend a cent on research (citing that one reference was 600 years out) ... Lundgren is a butt-kicking Templar monk with a spiked leather glove whose sacred duty it is to do what the Templars have always done and stop a key that has kept the Anti-christ imprisoned for thousands of years from falling into the right hands.". 7, he got admission at the domestic box office inches tall and muscular to become a rock as. 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