Dolph Lundgren Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 21 Apr, 2021
Facts of Dolph Lundgren
Date of Birth: 1957 , November-3
Age: 64 years old
Birth Nation: Sweden
Height: 6 Feet 5 Inch
Name Dolph Lundgren
Birth Name Hans Lundgren
Nick Name Dolph
Father Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren (1923-2000)
Mother Sigrid Birgitt (1932-1992)
Nationality Swedish
Birth Place/City Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor, Martial Artist, Filmmaker
Net Worth $18 million
Salary N/A
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color Fair
Shoe Size 12 (US)
Weight in KG 115
Famous for Rocky IV as Ivan Drago
Affair with Jenny Sandersson
Girlfriend Emma Krokdal (fiancee)
Married Twice
Married to Anette Qviberg
Children 2
Divorce Peri Momm (m. 1991- div. 1992), Anette Qviberg (m. 1994- div. 2011)
Education Washington State University, Clemson University, University of Sydney
Awards Marshall Trophy for Best Actor; Fantastic Lantern
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Movies Rocky IV (1985), Masters of the Universe (1987), The Punisher (1989), Title Year Functioned as Notes Director Producer Writer Actor Role A View to a Kill 1985 No No No Yes Venz Cameo Rocky IV 1985 No No No Yes Cpt. Ivan Drago Masters of the Universe 1987 No No No Yes He-Man Red Scorpion 1988 No No No Yes Lt. Nikolai Petrovitch Rachenko The Punisher 1989 No No No Yes Frank Castle / The Punisher Direct-to-video I Come in Peace 1990 No No No Yes Det. Jack Caine Cover Up 1991 No No No Yes Mike Anderson Direct-to-video Showdown in Little Tokyo 1991 No No No Yes Sgt. Chris Kenner Universal Soldier 1992 No No No Yes Sgt. Andrew Scott / GR13 Joshua Tree 1993 No No No Yes Wellman Anthony Santee Direct-to-video Sunny Side Up 1994 No No No Yes Himself Cameo Pentathlon 1994 No Yes No Yes Eric Brogar Direct-to-video Men of War 1994 No No No Yes Nick Gunar Direct-to-video Johnny Mnemonic (1995), The Mechanik (2005), The Expendables film franchise (2010, 2012, 2014), Creed II (2018), Aquaman (2018)
TV Show SAF3 (2013-14), Arrow (2016-17)
Siblings 3
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For some, acting is a dream since a young age but for Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren, it became a rousing journey he sought into while pursuing martial arts & studying Chemical Engineering. The 1980 & 1981 European Heavyweight Karate Champion made on-screen debut & instantly became famous for imposing Soviet boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985). And ever since, the filmmaker & martial artist records 86 acting credits & counting.

Most of Lundgren's film genre includes action with notable works in Universal Soldier (1992), Johnny Mnenomic (1995), The Defender (2004), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009), The Expendables film series, Creed II (2018), and Aquaman (2018). The father of 2 two was married but has since divorced & currently in a relationship with his 38-year junior fiancee.

How Old Is Dolph Lundgren In 2021? His Height?

Born on November 3, 1957, in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden, Lundgren's birth name is Hans Lundgren. His mother Sigrid Birgitt (1932-1992) worked as a language teacher while his father Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren (1923-2000) was an economist for the Swedish government and an engineer. 

Raised in Spanga alongside his sisters: Katarina and Annika, and a younger brother Johan, he moved to his grandparents' home in Nyland, Ångermanland at the age of 13. A Swedish by nationality, the Marshall Trophy-winning actor is mostly based in Los Angeles currently.

As of April 2021, Dolph Lundgren is 63 years old and has a towering height of 6 feet 5 inches (196 cm).

Martial Arts Enthusiast and Studied Chemical Engineering Before Fame 

By the age of 7, Lundgren took up judo and GōjÅ«-ryÅ«; before practicing  Kyokushin karate at 10 years old & began liftings weight as a teenager that brought in him a great physique.

The third-degree black belt (third Dan) in Kyokushinkai Karate earned martial arts acclaim even more after he became Australian Heavyweight Karate Champion (in 1982) and European Heavyweight Karate Champion (1980-81). He cites that his grudge against his father who often called him 'loser' gave an inspiration.

After high school graduation with straight A's, the Stockholm native went to study Chemical Engineering on a scholarship at Washington State University and Clemson University, between 1975 & 1976. But in the late 70s, he enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology in his hometown & graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Then he attended the University of Sydney, Australia on a scholarship and obtained a Masters's Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982. As for a fact, Lundgren was also awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

How Dolph Lundgren Came Into Acting Industry?

It was an influence of his relationship with Jamaican model, singer & actress Grace Jones that would eventually pull Lundgren into Hollywood. While studying in Sydney, he was hired by Jones as her bodyguard & soon they fell in love, as a result, the duo moved to New York City.

The future star of The Punisher dabbled in modeling at the Zoli Agency, however, his extremely large & muscular physique became an issue to pursue a career as a model then. So, he would work as a bouncer in Manhattan nightclub The Limelight, while also studying drama at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop in the daytime.

Reportedly, Dolph Lundgren even quit his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after two weeks to pursue acting.

CAPTION: Lundgren as Ivan Drago in the 1985 film Rocky IV SOURCE: The Telegraph

In 1985, he saw an on-screen debut in a minor role as Venz in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. The same year, the Swedish-born got a career breakthrough after portraying Ivan Drago in the American sports drama Rocky IV (1985) opposite Sylvester Stallone; which also starred Talia Shire, Burt Young & Carl Weathers.

It was not an easy job for Lundgren to beat 5,000 other hopefuls for the role of Ivan Drago. In fact, he was first turned down citing that he was too tall & later earned the role but went through intense bodybuilding & boxing to justify the character.

Notable Film Works In 'The Expendables' & 'Aquaman'

Thanks to his buffed physique & wide fame through the movie Rocky IV, he got the lead role as He-Man in the film Masters of the Universe (1987). And then as the title cast in The Punisher (1989).

Until the 2000s, it followed Lundgren's film works in I Come in Peace (1990), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Joshua Tree (1993), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Silent Trigger (1996), The Peacekeeper (1997), The Minion (1998), Bridge of Dragons (1999) and Storm Catcher (1999).

After notable Direct-to-DVD films: The Defender (2004) and The Mechanik (2005), the actor earned wide acclaim as Gunner Jensen in The Expendables (2010) which became a box-office success with $274 million collections.

Later, he would work in its sequel The Expendables 2 (2012) and The Expendables 3 (2014) sharing the screen the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture & Steve Austin.

CAPTION: Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables 2 alongside Terry Crews and Rand Couture SOURCE: The Daily Beast

Moreover, after recurring works in TV series SAF3 (2013-14) and Arrow (2016-17), he would again appear as Ivan Drago in the 8th installment of the Rocky film franchise, Creed II (2018).

Moreover, in 2018, the Fantastic Lantern Award-winning actor was cast as King Nereus in the DC Comics' superhero-based film Aquaman. The film co-starring Jason Momoa (as Aquaman/Arthur Curry), Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe & Patrick Wilson became a hit with the box-office collection of $1.148 billion. 

What Is Lundgren Doing Currently?

According to IMDB, the Swedish actor & filmmaker is busy with a bunch of upcoming projects. Currently, in his 60s, Lundgren is set to star in the films: Castle Falls (2022), Malevolence (2022)Wanted Man, and Nordic Light; he is also director & producer of these movies.

He would voice Svengeance in Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022), while his film Pups Alone is completed is yet to get a release date. It is announced that the Rocky IV star would play George Cochrane in Without You I'm Nothing.

Father Of Two With Ex-Wife- Who Is Dolph Lundgren Currently Dating?

Born Hans Lundgren, and professionally famous as Dolph married twice but has divorced with both as of 2021. Firstly, he was in a marital relationship with Peri Momm; they reportedly married in 1991 but parted ways after a year. 

Then on February 27, 1994, Lundgren exchanged vows for the second time; with wife Anette Qviberg, a jewelry designer and fashion stylist from Marbella. As reported, the duo liked Marbella so much that they rented an accommodation property there before buying a property in the area.

The chemical engineer & martial artist-turned-actor together with his wife Qviberg welcomed 2 children; both daughters: Ida Sigrid Lundgren (born April 29, 1996) and Greta Eveline Lundgren (born November 30, 2001).

CAPTION: The Expendables actor Dolph Lundgren and his ex-wife Anette Qviberg are parents to 2 daughters from their 7 years of marriage SOURCE: Pinterest

However, after 7 years of marriage, they divorced in 2011. Then, from 2011 to 2017, he was dating Jenny Sandersson. 

In addition to that, his past relationships (even prior to marriage) include a brief romance with Jamaican singer & actress Grace Jones and American model Paula Barbieri in the 80s. 

Jones and Lundgren met in a club and shortly after, she shired the latter as her bodyguard which then turned into a relationship until they broke up in 1986.

Lundgren Is Currently Engaged- Name Of His Fiancee?

The Expendables actor currently lives with his fiancee Emma Krokdal, a Norwegian personal trainer. The duo first went public about their relationship in January 2020, and following a few months, they announced their engagement via Instagram in June 2020.

Despite the fact that Lundgren is 38 years senior to Emma (24 years old as of 2020 fall)- the same age as his eldest daughter Ida with ex-wife Anne, he never took age gap as a hindrance.

CAPTION: Lundgren and his girlfriend-turned-fiancee Emma Krokdal got engaged in mid-2020; she is 38 years junior to the actor SOURCE: [email protected]

Time & often, Dolph Lundgren shares photos with his lover Emma on his Instagram (@dolphlundgren) with over 2.3 million followers. His Twitter account (@Dolph_Lundgren) has more than 231.2K followers.

How Much Is Net Worth Of Dolph Lundgren?

Ever since appearing as the Rocky IV main antagonist in 1985, Lundgren is active in the acting industry as an actor & has now established himself as a director & producer too. Throughout the career journey, the Chemical Engineer who sought passion in on-screen career records 86 acting credits that bestowed him with a huge fortune.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Dolph Lundgren has a net worth of $18 million as of 2021. Not to mention that most of his earnings came through works in films:

  • The Shooter (1995)- $3 million
  • The Peacekeeper (1997)-  $2.5 million
  • Blackjack (1998)- $2 million
  • Retrograde (2004)- $1 million

Moreover, as a part of acclaimed movies such as the Rocky franchise, The Expendables franchise, and Aquaman, he could have possibly pocketed the 7-digit figure payroll as well.

CAPTION: Dolph Lundgren house in Hollywood Hills bought in 2018 for $3.9 million SOURCE: Dirt

Lundgren resides in Los Angeles, California, where he owns a 5,230 square feet pad in Hollywood Hills, which he bought in 2018 for $3.9 million. The 4-bedroom and 6-bathroom property with black-and-white color palette, tile floors & French doors was put into the market at the asking price of $4.25 million in September 2020, a slash from the previous tag of $4.465 million in 2019.