Dolph Lundgren is an actor from Sweden, born in 1957, often viewed as "the poor man's Arnold Schwarzenegger
" (but is no less of a Mr. Fanservice
). He has studied chemical engineering and has a master's degree of it.
He also practices karate and was the European and Australian karate champion, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He is usually seen as a Genius Bruiser
and is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.
Lundgren's first foray in the film industry was a minor role in A View to a Kill
as a KGB mook, Venz, who has two seconds of screentime. He got this role thanks to his then-girlfriend Grace Jones. After that, he got his breakthrough role in Rocky IV
as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, which launched his career in action movies.
Lundgren's first starring role was in the Live-Action Adaptation
of Masters of the Universe
as He-Man in 1987, whose fight against Skeletor is taken to Earth. This was followed by Rambo
-esque Red Scorpion
in 1988, where he plays a Soviet special ops soldier who is sent to assignment in Africa but ultimately turns against his own after witnessing the atrocities they have committed. After that he was cast in the comic book film The Punisher
in 1989, where he played the titular vigilante and got bad press for not wearing the iconic skull shirt
After The Eighties
, Lundgren gradually disappered from the conscious of the movie-going audiences but is still making action movies.
Some people consider him proof that the axiom "All other factors in a fight being equal, the biggest guy wins", especially after watching him knock Jet Li on his butt in The Expendables
True fact: a bunch of burglars broke into his house and tied up his wife in 2009
. Luckily, before they got to anything serious they saw a family photo and realized they had just tied up Dolph Lundgren's wife,
which was in itself enough reason for them to let her go and run away very quickly. Fortunately for them, he wasn't home at the time, or he would have chased them with his He-Man sword.
Other notable films:
- I Come in Peace (1990) in which he plays a Cowboy Cop Jack Caine who is put against drug-addicted alien. Also known as Dark Angel.
- Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991). In this movie he fights Shang Tsung, makes love to Relic Hunter and his penis size is praised by Eric Draven. Truly, a chain of feats that can only be pulled by one and only Dolph Lundgren.
- Universal Soldier (1992), where he and Jean-Claude Van Damme play feuding Vietnam vets who after death are re-used in military's experimental UniSol project, which then goes haywire when the two start remembering who they were in the past.
- Army of One (1993) in which he plays Wellman Santee, who is escaping the law and must clear his name. He drives a Cool Car, kills a warehouseful of Asians and makes love to Hope Brady along the way. Also known as Joshua Tree.
- Johnny Mnemonic (1995) in which he plays a Church Militant street preacher who is after the titular hero.
- Bridge of Dragons (1999) in which he plays a guy called Warchild and fights Shang Tsung again. Titular bridge doesn't appear in the movie at all.
- Detention (2003) in which he plays a Badass Teacher who inspires bunch of detention students while battling violent criminals in Die Hard On A High School.
- Fat Slags (2004) in a quick appearance as Randy.
- Missionary Man (2007), a modern-day western in which he wrote, directed and played a tequila-drinking, shotgun-toting, motor-biking, bible-reading vigilante out to save a town from a gang of Hell's Angels that may or may not have shot him dead some time in the past.
- The Expendables (2010), where he plays Gunnar Jensen, who is the Sixth Ranger Psycho Party Member of a mercenary team consisting of Rocky Balboa, Danny the Dog, Frank Martin, Cmdr. Warren Fuller and Chris Rock's dad. And they're all presumably working for Lt. John McClane, who was just transferred to the CIA.