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->''"When I started studying acting in New York, I didn't plan to be an action hero. I just wanted to learn acting because I felt it was something I needed to try to do for myself, to express something, my inner pain, or something I couldn't get out."''


Hans "Dolph" Lundgren (born 3 November 1957) is an actor from Sweden, often viewed as "the poor man's Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160 (which ''is'' genius level), as well as his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]

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Hans "Dolph" Lundgren (born 3 November 1957) is an actor from Sweden, often viewed as "the [[PoorMansSubstitute poor man's man's]] Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160 (which ''is'' genius level), as well as his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]



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 ''Film/TheExpendables''.

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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 Creator/JetLi on his butt in ''Film/TheExpendables''.


* ''Film/{{Aquaman}}'' (2018), where he plays King Nereus.


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* ''Film/{{Aquaman|2018}}'' (2018), where he plays King Nereus.


* ''Film/Sharknado5GlobalSwarming'' (2017), where he plays the FutureBadass version of the hero Fin Shepard's son Little Gil. He briefly reprises this role in ''Film/TheLastSharknadoItsAboutTime'' (2018).

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* ''Film/Sharknado5GlobalSwarming'' (2017), where he plays the FutureBadass version of the hero Fin Shepard's son Little Gil. He briefly reprises this role in ''Film/TheLastSharknadoItsAboutTime'' (2018).


* ''Film/{{Aquaman}}'' (2018), where he plays King Nereus, Orin/Aquaman's rival claiming Mera as his own wife.

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* ''Film/{{Aquaman}}'' (2018), where he plays King Nereus, Orin/Aquaman's rival claiming Mera as his own wife.Nereus.


True fact: a bunch of [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/5224797/Thieves-flee-after-breaking-into-Dolph-Lundgrens-Spanish-home.html 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 ''[[OhCrap they had just tied up Dolph Lundgren's wife.]]'' This was in itself enough reason for them to let her go and run away very quickly, thus also saving some wear and tear on the he-man sword.

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True fact: a bunch of [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/5224797/Thieves-flee-after-breaking-into-Dolph-Lundgrens-Spanish-home.html 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 ''[[OhCrap they had just tied up Dolph Lundgren's wife.]]'' This was in itself enough reason for them to let her go and run away very quickly, thus also saving some wear and tear on the he-man He-Man sword.


* ''Film/Sharknado5GlobalSwarming'' (2017), where he plays the FutureBadass version of the hero Fin Shepard's son Little Gil.

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* ''Film/Sharknado5GlobalSwarming'' (2017), where he plays the FutureBadass version of the hero Fin Shepard's son Little Gil. He briefly reprises this role in ''Film/TheLastSharknadoItsAboutTime'' (2018).


At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappeared from the consciousness of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''. He also featured prominently in the music video for {{Music/ImagineDragons Imagine Dragons'}} single ''Believer''.

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At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappeared from the consciousness of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''. He also featured prominently in the music video for {{Music/ImagineDragons [[Music/ImagineDragons Imagine Dragons'}} Dragons']] single ''Believer''.


At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappeared from the consciousness of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''.

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At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappeared from the consciousness of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''.
''Film/{{Aquaman}}''. He also featured prominently in the music video for {{Music/ImagineDragons Imagine Dragons'}} single ''Believer''.

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* ''Film/CreedII'' (2018), where he reprises the role of Ivan Drago.


Lundgren's first foray in the film industry was a minor role in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' as a KGB mook, Venz, who has two seconds of screentime. He got this role thanks to his then-girlfriend Creator/GraceJones. After that, he got his breakthrough role in ''Film/RockyIV'' as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, which launched his career in action movies.

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Lundgren's first foray in the film industry was a minor role in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' as a KGB mook, Venz, who has two seconds of screentime. He got this role thanks to his then-girlfriend Creator/GraceJones. After that, he got his breakthrough role in ''Film/RockyIV'' as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, which launched his career in action [[ActionGenre action]] movies.


Lundgren's first foray in the film industry was a minor role in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' 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 ''Film/RockyIV'' as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, which launched his career in action movies.

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Lundgren's first foray in the film industry was a minor role in ''Film/AViewToAKill'' as a KGB mook, Venz, who has two seconds of screentime. He got this role thanks to his then-girlfriend Grace Jones.Creator/GraceJones. After that, he got his breakthrough role in ''Film/RockyIV'' as the Russian boxer Ivan Drago, which launched his career in action movies.


Dolph Lundgren is an actor from Sweden, born in 1957, often viewed as "the poor man's Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160 (which ''is'' genius level), as well as his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]

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Dolph Hans "Dolph" Lundgren (born 3 November 1957) is an actor from Sweden, born in 1957, often viewed as "the poor man's Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160 (which ''is'' genius level), as well as his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]


Dolph Lundgren is an actor from Sweden, born in 1957, often viewed as "the poor man's Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160, as well has his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]

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Dolph Lundgren is an actor from Sweden, born in 1957, often viewed as "the poor man's Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger" (but is no less of a MrFanservice). He has won European and Australian karate championships, as well as represented the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics in pentathlon. He may be one of the best RealLife examples of HiddenDepths, as despite being famous for playing DumbMuscle characters, [[GeniusBruiser he has a master's degree in chemical engineering.]] He is rumoured to have a genius-level IQ, but he denies it.[[note]]In the commercials for ''Brain Games'' on the National Geographic channel he mentions that he has an IQ of 160, 160 (which ''is'' genius level), as well has as his master's degree in chemical engineering.[[/note]]



Lundgren's first starring role was in the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' as He-Man in 1987, whose fight against Skeletor is taken to Earth. This was followed by ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''-esque ''Film/RedScorpion'' 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 ''[[Film/ThePunisher1989 The Punisher]]'' in 1989, where he played the titular vigilante and got bad press for not wearing the [[ClothesMakeTheLegend iconic skull shirt]].

At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappered from the conscious of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''.

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Lundgren's first starring role was in the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' as He-Man in 1987, whose fight against Skeletor is taken to Earth. This was followed by ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''-esque ''Film/RedScorpion'' in 1988, where he plays a Soviet special ops soldier who is sent to on an 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 ''[[Film/ThePunisher1989 The Punisher]]'' in 1989, where he played the titular vigilante and got bad press for not wearing the [[ClothesMakeTheLegend iconic skull shirt]].

At about the mid 90's, Lundgren gradually disappered disappeared from the conscious consciousness of the movie-going audiences but remained active doing smaller DTV movies. After his time in ''Film/TheExpendables'' along with an AllStarCast, he had something of a CareerResurrection, including prominent roles in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''Film/{{Aquaman}}''.



* ''Film/IComeInPeace'' (1990) in which he plays a CowboyCop Jack Caine who is put against drug-addicted alien. Also known as ''Dark Angel''.

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* ''Film/IComeInPeace'' (1990) in which he plays a CowboyCop Jack Caine Caine, who is put against a drug-addicted alien. Also known as ''Dark Angel''.



* ''Film/MenOfWar'' (1994), where he plays Nick Gunnar, a Swedish mercenary that is hired along with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to coerce the inhabitants of a remote island to give a greedy MegaCorp the rights to exploit their natural resources... only to pull a HeelFaceTurn after finding out that they're after more than natural resources. Cue our Swedish badass almost single-handedly decimating an army of [[{{Mooks}} hired goons]] with a friggin' [[Videogame/MetalSlug RAWKET LAWNCHAIR]].

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* ''Film/MenOfWar'' (1994), where he plays Nick Gunnar, a Swedish mercenary that who is hired along with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to coerce the inhabitants of a remote island to give a greedy MegaCorp the rights to exploit their natural resources... only to pull a HeelFaceTurn after finding out that they're after more than natural resources. Cue our Swedish badass almost single-handedly decimating an army of [[{{Mooks}} hired goons]] with a friggin' [[Videogame/MetalSlug RAWKET LAWNCHAIR]].



* ''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 [[spoiler: may or may not have shot him dead]] some time in the past.

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* ''Missionary Man'' (2007), a modern-day western in which he wrote, directed and played a tequila-drinking, shotgun-toting, motor-biking, bible-reading Bible-reading vigilante out to save a town from a gang of Hell's Angels that [[spoiler: may or may not have shot him dead]] some time in the past.



* ''Film/TourDePharmacy'' (2017), where he plays an Austrian cyclist ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping with a Swedish accent]]) who reflect on his past steroid use (it's a comedy).

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* ''Film/TourDePharmacy'' (2017), where he plays an Austrian cyclist ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping with a Swedish accent]]) who reflect reflects on his past steroid use (it's a comedy).


* ''Film/TourDePharmacy'' (2017), where he plays an Austrian cyclist (with a Swedish accent) who reflect on his past steroid use (it's a comedy).

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* ''Film/TourDePharmacy'' (2017), where he plays an Austrian cyclist (with ([[OohMeAccentsSlipping with a Swedish accent) accent]]) who reflect on his past steroid use (it's a comedy).

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