As he wasn’t comfortable with the monologues written for Frank Castle in. [159][160] After the incident, Lundgren's elder daughter, Ida, suffered from PTSD. His wife was the "most traumatized",[161] and as of 2011[update], they are divorced. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. SEE ALSO: Dolph Lundgren Stays Fit, Focused. [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". 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.". [33] Lundgren and Qviberg cited the reason for living outside Hollywood was to give their children as normal a childhood as possible. Known for his legendary Rocky IV movie, Lungren released an engagement photo last week with Krokdal, who works as a personal trainer, on Instagram. 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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. Birthday. [73] Later in 1995, Lundgren appeared in Ted Kotcheff's The Shooter, an action drama in which he plays Michael Dane, a U.S. Marshall who gets caught up in politics when he is hired to solve the assassination of a Cuban ambassador. Lundgren later stated he believed the intruders to be Eastern European and had asked contacts in Bulgaria to investigate them, but to no avail. Lundgren's breakthrough came in 1985, when he starred in Rocky IV as the imposing Soviet Union boxer Ivan Drago. April Apr 29, 1996 ( age 24) Birthplace. In 2003, Lundgren featured in Sidney J. Furie's Detention, opposite Alex Karzis, Kata Dobó and Anthony J. Mifsud. A world-class athlete, Lundgren took up martial arts at the age of 14. 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. Lundgren said of his role, "What attracted me to Dark Angel is that I get to do more than just action. [78] The film was praised for its exciting action sequences. In 1986, Dolph Lundgren made his first TV show appearance on the French TV show, C’est encore mieux l’après-midi. The film co-starred Michael Sarrazin, Montel Williams, Roy Scheider and Christopher Heyerdahl, and was shot on location in Montreal. Lundgren was born in 1957 on 3rd November to Sigrid Birgitta and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren. [6][better source needed]. Amidst his years of studying, Lundgren honed his karate skills by training hard in the dojo for five years, attaining the rank of 2nd dan black belt in Kyokushin in 1978. [76] The movie takes place in and around an unfinished city skyscraper, shot in Montreal. [117] Filming commenced 25 days later in Rio de Janeiro and other locations in Brazil, and later in Louisiana. [6] His father died in 2000. But as an adult, his spiritual and religious beliefs aren’t clear. In 2018, Lundgren reprised his role of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV in Creed II, the sequel to Creed. Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish-born actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and martial artist. [93] After the film was completed, producer Andrew Stevens thought it was too poor to be released and multiple people had to be hired to at least make the film half-competent. The film was well received by some critics. [9][10][11] He has two sisters, Katarina and Annika and a younger brother Johan. Dolph Lundgren was born as Hans Lundgren in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. The film was directed by Mark Goldblatt, with a screenplay by Boaz Yakin. "[39] Whilst criticizing the film's storyline and acting, Time Out magazine concluded the film was "destructive, reprehensible, and marvelous fun". [97][98], In 2004, he starred in an unusually high number of films. Lundgren plays Lance Rockford, the bodyguard of the head of the National Security Agency, Roberta Jones (Caroline Lee-Johnson), in a war on terror. [90] Finally he starred in Hickox's next picture, Jill Rips, based on a 1987 novel by Scottish writer Frederic Lindsay. At the age of 7, he started taking Gōjū-ryū and judo training. You have entered an incorrect email address! [69] Reeves plays the title character, a man with a cybernetic brain implant designed to store information. 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. The film was released theatrically in the Middle East and Southeast Asia and directly to video in the United States and other parts of the world. [104] Later in 2007, Lundgren wrote, directed and starred in Missionary Man alongside Charles Solomon Jr.. 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. He was often physically abused by his father while growing up. However, he later dropped out to pursue an acting career. [33] A pre-fame Quentin Tarantino worked as a production assistant on the shoot. [6][12] He showed a keen interest in drumming and had aspirations to become a rock star. Principal photography for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning began on 9 May 2011 in Louisiana, and filming wrapped on One in the Chamber (co-starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.) around the same time. This marked the beginning of what New York Magazine has described as Lundgren's "comeback. Universal Soldier, as Sgt. Swedish actor Lundgren made the announcement that he was engaged to Norwegian personal trainer Emma Krokdal, 24, on Instagram this month. [144] He starred in the music video of Imagine Dragon's Believer, which was released on 7 March 2017. [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. While in Sydney, he became a bodyguard for Jamaican singer Grace Jones and began a relationship with her. 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. Jack Caine1991 1. Described as a "modern western" by Lundgren,[105] He plays a lone, Bible-preaching stranger named Ryder who comes into a small Texas town on his 1970's Harley-Davidson motorcycle to attend the funeral of his good friend J.J., a local Native American carpenter, only to later get mixed up in a series of brawls with a local gang. "[21], In a January 2011 interview with GQ he announced he was working on releasing his own range of vitamins and supplements. [115] He plays a businessman named Edward Genn, working for an investment company, who has a shady past as a KGB special agent known as "Icarus". He became famous for the roles in Hollywood action movies.Dolph was born in the suburb of the Swedish capital, in the small town of Spånga. Red Scorpion, Lt. Nikolai Rachenko1989 1. In its first week of release, the film debuted at no. The film was shot in Israel. - Something really special happened here in Sweden, Lundgren revealed. [45] Lundgren plays a police sergeant named Kenner working in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles who is partnered with Johnny Murata (Lee), a Japanese American who are sent to infiltrate the operations of new Japanese drug gang named the Iron Claw manufacturing a lethal methamphetamine while using a local brewery and nightclub as a front for the operation. Andrew Scott / GR131993 1. "[149] Also that year, Lundgren co-starred in the DC Extended Universe film Aquaman, from director James Wan, as the underwater king Nereus. [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. Dolph Lundgren has appeared in the TV commercials for the following –. [94] The film was very poorly received, given its "shoestring budget"; the DVD and Film Guide of 2005 wrote, "low-budget mess stars Dolph Lundgren as a navy special operations commander trying to keep a deadly virus out of the hands of terrorists. Action star Dolph Lundgren, 62, who announced his engagement to a personal trainer 38 years his junior, has been hit with cheeky comments confusing his fiance for his daughter. When he is at his holiday home in Marbella, he hits the Qi Sport Gym in Puerto Banús for his workouts. In the first installation on 6 February, Lundgren co-hosted the competition together with comedian Christine Meltzer and performer Måns Zelmerlöw. Read on to know their love story By Alakananda Bandyopadhyay Published on : 21:27 PST, Dec 27, 2020. [145] In August 2017, he portrayed the future version of Gil Shepard in the Syfy film Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. The primary terrorist group in the film is the fictional group Black October, in reference to Black September. [155] The couple decided they liked Marbella so much that they rented accommodation there for years, before eventually buying a family home there. The Motion Picture Guide to the films of 1996 said, "in peak condition, Dolph Lundgren leaps trains, kicks the crap out of assailants, and handles a rifle like a pro. Chris Kenner1992 1. Lundgren's appearance was hailed by critics and audience, particularly his rendition of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation". He also struggled with insecurity. If you continue to use HealthyCeleb.com, we will assume that you are happy with it. Bodybuilding.com said, "Looking like a man in his 30s rather than his 50s, Lundgren is the poster boy of precise nutrition, supplementation and exercise application that he has practiced for over 35 years. The Punisher was filmed in Sydney, Australia and also featured Louis Gossett, Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori, and Barry Otto. Facts About Dolph Lundgren #1 He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering. [69][70] The film was shot on location in Toronto and Montreal in 12 weeks, filling in for the film's Newark, New Jersey and Beijing settings. [19], However, he eventually beat 5,000 other hopefuls to land his breakout role opposite Stallone, Carl Weathers, and Brigitte Nielsen. He had his big break with the film Rocky IV (1985), playing Russian boxer Ivan Drago, a role he reprised in Creed II (2018). [citation needed] In 1982, Lundgren graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney. And since Mr. Lundgren remains stone-faced, rarely speaking except to issue commands in a surprisingly hesitant monotone, his heaving chest actually communicates more emotion than his mumbling lips. 1985 1. Then, at the age … 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". He first appeared opposite Polly Shannon in Direct Action under Sidney J. Furie, portraying Sergeant Frank Gannon, an officer who has spent the last three years on the Direct Action Unit (DAU) task force, fighting gang crime and corruption and after he leaves he is hunted down by former colleagues for betraying the brotherhood. At the age of seven, Dolph tried his first contact sport – judo. They get more than they bargained for, however, as they come face to face with Russian mercenaries also after the artifact. 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). [83] In the event his son is killed and he discovers that mines are being planted during the war to kill people in the area. A versatile Hollywood figure, Dolph wears multiple hats in the entertainment industry as an actor, film director, and martial artist. [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). He starred alongside Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox. Filming wrapped in January 2012, and it was released by Lionsgate on 17 August later that year.[110]. [138][139] He portrays Agent Reed, a law enforcement officer who must go undercover as a kindergarten teacher, in order to recover a missing flash drive from the Federal Witness Protection Program. [105] The film was shot on location in Waxahachie, south of Dallas and was produced by Andrew Stevens and it was specially screened at the 2008 AFI Dallas Film Festival. A few months later, he switched to Gōjū-ryū. [121][122][123][124][125], Lundgren played the lead role in Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds, and had supporting roles in Jonas Åkerlund's Small Apartments and a thriller called Stash House. Swedish actor and filmmaker Dolph Lundgren attracted a lot of limelight along with criticisms after engagement with fitness trainer fiancee Emma Krokdal, 24, who is 39 years his junior. The film, a Canadian-Chinese production, was shot on location in Inner Mongolia. Later, he got enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Although it is based on the Marvel Comics character, the film changes many details of the original comic book origin and the main character does not wear the trademark "skull". Dolph Lundgren socialized with his ex-girlfriend for nearly ten years.Swedish Hollywood star Dolph Lundgren, 62, recently got engaged to 24-year-old Emma Krokdal. Masters of the Universe, as He-Man1988 1. Anette Qviberg is the ex-wife of popular Swedish actor, filmmaker, chemical engineer graduate, and martial artist – Dolph Lundgren. [citation needed], In 2007, Lundgren directed and starred in the Mongolia-based action adventure, Diamond Dogs. 24, Are Engaged: When Is The Wedding? [44], Later in 1991, Lundgren appeared in martial arts action film Showdown in Little Tokyo opposite Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tia Carrere. During rehearsals for … How love blossomed for couple despite 40-year age gap. At the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Van Damme and Lundgren were involved in a verbal altercation that almost turned physical when both men pushed each other only to be separated, but it was believed to have only been a publicity stunt. He had auditioned for the role of Hagen in. His concentration … He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. Lundgren's character, Matt Hendricks, must work with his wife, a virologist, to prevent the scenario occurring. The DVD and Video Guide to 2005 said, "not very believable but, as usual, it's fun to watch Dolph Lundgren in action. Workout 1: Perform each pair of exercises as a superset. [151] He cites dead lifting and squats as the best exercises for muscle building. Moreover, he has received a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology based in Sweden. Her beau with 38 years of an age gap, got down on one knee during their trip to Sweden. However, after finding Lundgren’s family photo and realizing that they were in Lundgren’s house, they fled. Ever since Dolph Lundgren announced his engagement on social media, critics flooded the post pointing out how his fiancee Krokdal looks 'like his daughter'. Emma Korkdal & Dolph Lundgren: Dating, Engaged, Wedding. He plays Jason Price, an ex-FBI agent who protects a witness. [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 was mainly shot in Thailand, with Krabi and Phong Nga making up most of the island scenery. He cites a better quality of life as having inspired him to maintain his physical fitness. [103] Set in AD 35 in the Roman Empire, the story follows a fictional Roman general named Titus Valerius Taurus, a veteran of campaigns in Germania, who is sent to Judea by the emperor Tiberius to investigate the possibility of the divinity of the recently crucified Jesus. [127] He starred in a number of other films later that year, including Legendary, Battle of the Damned, Ambushed, and Blood of Redemption. #3 He was the first actor cast for the science fiction fantasy film Masters of the Universe (1987). Lundgren tried out for the role, but as he himself has stated, he was initially turned down because he was too tall. [105][106], In 2008, Lundgren starred opposite Michael Paré in the direct to video action flick Direct Contact. [101] Finally he made his directorial debut, replacing Sidney J. Furie who got ill during pre-production, with The Defender, in which he also starred alongside Shakara Ledard and Jerry Springer, who played the President of the United States. When he is living in Los Angeles, Dolph usually works out at the Equinox gym. In early May 2009, Lundgren's Marbella home was reportedly broken into by three masked burglars who tied up and threatened his wife, but fled when they found a family photo and realized that the house was owned by Lundgren. "[113] On the negative side, Pablo Villaça said in his review that while he praised Van Damme's performance, he criticized that of Lundgren and described the film "dull in concept and execution".[114]. He plays the role of Mike Riggins, an imprisoned ex-US Special forces operative in Eastern Europe, who is offered his freedom and money to rescue an American woman, Ana Gale, who has been kidnapped by a ruthless warlord. 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. Dolph was whisked off to the United States from where he completed his final thesis. [107][108] Filming took place over 5 weeks between August and September 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria and Moscow, Russia. He has stated that, during his tirades, his father would call him a "loser", which motivated him later as he grew more ambitious to prove himself. [49][50][51][52], In 1992, Lundgren starred in one of the biggest blockbusters of the year in the sci-fi action picture Universal Soldier directed by Roland Emmerich. In 1985, Dolph made his theatrical film debut in the James Bond movie, A View to a Kill. [27][28] It is referred to as a "flop" by Variety magazine,[29] and has a 13% "rotten" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. He focusses on eating a lot of protein throughout the day and splits his daily dietary intake into five or six small meals. [68][87], In 1999, he appeared in Isaac Florentine's Bridge of Dragons as a "human killing machine" mercenary named Warchild alongside Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who Lundgren had previously worked with in the 1991 film Showdown in Little Tokyo, Valerie Chow, Gary Hudson, John Bennett and Scott L. Film review dismissed the film and Lundgren's performance as "more Lundgren lunacy". [6] He would later quit studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after two weeks to pursue acting. – Dolph Lundgren. Before working out, he analyzes how he is feeling physically, what kind of schedule he has for that day, and whether he has any niggling injuries. There are many things about him I still admire. Dolph has three siblings. The two workouts below, provided by Dolph Lundren, represent his current resistance-training routine for developing functional strength and power and optimizing recovery. Dolph Lundgren is an actor, film director, screenwriter and producer from Sweden. To improve his physique and athletic abilities, he trained intensely in bodybuilding and boxing for five months before the film was shot. He often used to call him a loser, which made Dolph very ambitious while growing up. In the film, Lundgren co-starred (alongside Luke Goss) as Captain Hans Picault, a French Legionnaire who trains a U.S. Army Infantry group to go behind enemy lines and exterminate the Nazis. However they end up shooting each other dead after Devereaux discovers that Scott has gone insane and has resorted to mutilating the villagers and barbarically cutting off their ears, taking an innocent girl and boy hostage. It co-stars and Jean-Claude Van Damme in the fifth collaboration between both actors as well as the first time they appear together as on-screen allies.[146][147]. "[6] He has cited his troubled relationship with his father as the reason he developed a desire to participate in heavy contact sports such as boxing and karate. Rocky IV, as Ivan Drago1987 1. 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