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 GÅjÅ«-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 Ma s sachusetts 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 Ma s sachusetts Institute of Technology after two weeks to pursue acting.
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.
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).
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.
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 pa s sion 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.
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.
by Bchrome, 13 Mar, 2016