Dolph Lundgren

66, from Stockholm, Sweden

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Biography

Hans Lundgren (born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in 1985, when he starred in Rocky IV as the imposing Soviet boxer Ivan Drago. Since then, he has starred in more than 69 films, almost all of them in the action genre.

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. He holds the rank of 4th dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980–81. While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. He received a Fulbright scholarship to MIT and moved to Boston. 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.

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. Throughout the 1990s he appeared in films such as I Come in Peace (1990), Cover Up (1991), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Universal Soldier film series (1992, 2009, 2012), Joshua Tree (1993), Pentathlon (1994), Men of War (1994), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), The Shooter (1995), Silent Trigger (1996), The Peacekeeper (1997), and Blackjack (1998). In 2004 he directed his first film, The Defender, and subsequently directed The Mechanik (2005), Missionary Man (2007), Command Performance (2009), and Icarus (2010), also starring in all of them.

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. He reprised his role in The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Expendables 3 (2014). Also in 2014, he co-starred in Skin Trade, an action thriller about human trafficking he co-wrote and produced. He reprised his role of Ivan Drago in Creed II (2018), and is due to reprise his role as Gunner Jensen in The Expendables 4. He appears in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017), playing the protagonist's son Gil as an adult, and in Aquaman (2018), playing the father of Mera. He also had a recurring role in the fifth season of Arrow.

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Timeline

2024Aged 67

  • Poster for Wanted Man

    Travis Johansen

2023Aged 66

  • Poster for Jean-Claude van Damme: Karate King

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for The Best Man

    Anders

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    Major Chase Anderson

  • Poster for Expend4bles

    Gunner Jensen

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    Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

  • Poster for Showdown at the Grand

    Claude Luc Hallyday

  • Poster for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

    King Nereus

2022Aged 65

  • Poster for Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Svengeance (voice)

  • Poster for Section 8

    Tom Mason

  • Poster for Operation Seawolf

    Hans Kessler

2021Aged 64

  • Poster for Seal Team

    Dolph (voice)

  • Poster for The Making of 'Rocky vs. Drago'

    Ivan Drago (archive footage)

  • Poster for Pups Alone

    Victor von Manure

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    Richard Ericson

2019Aged 62

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    Aiden Hakansson

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    Vladik

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    Self

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    Michael Anderson

2018Aged 61

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    Marco

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    Ivan Drago

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    King Nereus

2017Aged 60

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    Holt

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    Sharpe

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    Kyle Walker

  • Poster for Sharknado 5: Global Swarming

    Mature Gil Shepard

  • Poster for Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

    Self - Actor

  • Poster for Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking

    Self

2016Aged 59

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    Submarine Commander (uncredited)

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    Agent Reed

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    Jebediah Woodley

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    Derek

2015Aged 58

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    Self

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    Dolph Lundgren

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    Captain Hans Picault

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    Bob Rooker

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    William

  • Poster for Shark Lake

    Clint Gray

  • Poster for From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues

    Self

2014Aged 57

  • Poster for Puncture Wounds

    Hollis

  • Poster for The Expendables 3

    Gunner Jensen

  • Poster for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    Self - Actor

  • Poster for Skin Trade

    Nick Cassidy

  • Poster for The Making of The Expendables 3

    Self

2013Aged 56

  • Poster for Days of Reckoning: The Making of Universal Soldier 4

    Self

  • Poster for Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon

    Harker

  • Poster for Battle of the Damned

    Max Gatling

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    Maxwell

  • Poster for Blood of Redemption

    Axel

2012Aged 55

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    Dr. Sage Mennox

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    Andy Spector

  • Poster for The Expendables 2

    Gunner Jensen

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    Aleksey Andreev

  • Poster for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    Andrew Scott

  • Poster for The Package

    The German

  • Poster for Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes

    Himself

2011Aged 54

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    Granger

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    Self

2010Aged 53

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    Edward Genn / Icarus

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    Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (archive footage)

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    Gunner Jensen

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    archival footage

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    Self

2009Aged 52

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    Mike Riggins

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    Self

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    Joe

  • Poster for Universal Soldier: Regeneration

    Andrew Scott

  • Poster for Family Guy Presents: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side

    Ivan Dragon (voice)

2007Aged 50

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    Xander Ronson

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    Brixos

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    Ryder

2006Aged 49

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    Self / Ivan Drago

2005Aged 48

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    (Unknown)

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    Nikolai Cherenko

2004Aged 47

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    Randy

  • Poster for Universal Soldier: A Tale of Two Titans

    Himself

  • Poster for Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of 'Universal Soldier'

    Himself

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    John Foster

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    Lance Rockford

2003Aged 46

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2001Aged 44

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2000Aged 43

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    Matt Sorenson

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    Nick Preston

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    Matt Hendricks

1999Aged 42

  • Poster for Bridge of Dragons

    Warchild

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    Major Jack Holloway

1998Aged 41

  • Poster for Blackjack

    Jack Devlin

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    Lukas Sadorov

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    Christian Erickson

1997Aged 40

  • Poster for The Peacekeeper

    Frank Cross

1996Aged 39

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    Waxman

1995Aged 38

  • Poster for Johnny Mnemonic

    Street Preacher

  • Poster for The Shooter

    Michael Dane

1994Aged 37

  • Poster for Sunny Side Up

    Dolph Lundgren

  • Poster for Pentathlon

    Eric Brogar

  • Poster for Men of War

    Nick Gunar

1993Aged 36

  • Poster for Joshua Tree

    Wellman Anthony Santee

1992Aged 35

  • Poster for Universal Soldier

    Andrew Scott / GR13

1991Aged 34

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    Mike Anderson

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    Sgt. Chris Kenner

1990Aged 33

  • Poster for Dark Angel

    Det. Jack Caine

1989Aged 32

  • Poster for The Punisher

    Frank Castle / The Punisher

1988Aged 31

  • Poster for Red Scorpion

    Lt. Nikolai Rachenko

1987Aged 30

  • Poster for Masters of the Universe

    He-Man

  • Poster for Dolph Lundgren: Maximum Potential

    Himself

1986Aged 29

  • Poster for The Making of Captain EO

    Self

1985Aged 28

  • Poster for A View to a Kill

    Venz

  • Poster for Rocky IV

    Ivan Drago

Year unknown