Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren; 3.11.1957)
Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, known for his work in films like The Expendables and Rocky 4. He is also a martial artist and has spent time working as a director on his own productions.
Dolph Lundgren: Net Worth
In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth reported that Dolph Lundgren had a net worth of 15 million USD.
Dolph Lundgren: Childhood
Dolph Lundgren was born Hans Lundgren to Sigrid Birgitta - a language teacher - and Karl John Hugo Lundgren - an engineer and economist for the Swedish Government - in Stockholm, Sweden.
Due to an abusive upbringing from his father, Lundgren was inspired to vent his frustration through high-contact sports like boxing and karate. He also worked hard through high school, leaving with straight As.
He went on to earn a degree in Chemistry from Washington State University, before serving a compulsory two years in the Swedish army. After this, he studied at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. By 1978, he achieved a black belt in karate.
Lundgren completed a master's degree in chemical engineering at The University of Sydney with the highest marks of any member of his class. Lundgren earned a Fullbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, however he was spotted working as a bouncer by singer Grace Jones and was subsequently hired to be her bodyguard. The two fell in love during this period.
Dolph Lundgren: Career
When Grace Jones received the role of May Day in the James Bond film A View to a Kill, she persuaded Dolph Lundgren to try for a part in the film. He ended up briefly playing a KGB agent in the film.
From here, Lundgren decided that he preferred acting to chemical engineering, and pursued the role of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985). He was turned down, due to his height, but later got the part anyway, going on to star alongside Sylvester Stallone. In 1987, Lundgren played the lead role in Masters of the Universe, although the film was panned by audiences and critics alike.
In 1992, Lundgren starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in Roland Emmerick's Universal Soldiers. Despite its success at the box office, critics like Roger Ebert responded negatively to it. In 2004, Lundgren made his directorial debut with The Defender, which he also starred in. This began a slew of action movies which Lundgren acted in and directed, all of which have earned moderate success.
In 2010, Lundgren reunited with Stallone in The Expendables, a film based on the high-octane action movies Lundgren has inhabited for the majority of his career. Lundgren returned in 2012 and 2014 to reprise his role as Gunner Jensen in the series.
Dolph Lundgren: Personal life
In the 1980s, Lundgren dated singer and Bond Girl, Grace Jones, before later dating Paula Barbieri. He married Anette Qviberg in 1994 and the couple have two children. In 2011, they divorced from each other.