Hans Lundgren also known as Dolph Lundgren is a famous Swedish actor, film producer, screenwriter and martial artist. Lundgren has appeared in over 40 films and is best known for his works in such popular films as ‘Rocky IV’, ‘Universal Soldier’ and ‘The Expendables’. He made his directorial debut in 2004 when he directed British-German. The film, ‘The Defender’. He then directed several other films including ‘Missionary Man’, which was screened at the ‘AFI Dallas Film Festival’ in 2008.
Lundgren has also appeared in several television shows including Superhero TV Series, ‘Arrow’. He has also won the ‘Marshall Trophy for Best Actor’ in the year 1985 for his work in ‘Rocky IV.’ As a martial artist, he holds a black belt in ‘Kyokushin’ karate and won the European Championships in 1980 and 1981. Lundgren has been closely associated with fitness and bodybuilding and has also authored a book titled ‘Train Like an Action Hero: Be Fit Forever’.
Apart from showcasing his acting skills in dramatic and direct-to-video films, Lundgren has also showcased his skills in various television series throughout his acting career.
However, after appearing in a television film called “Blackjack” in 1998, Lundgren did not return to the small screen until 2010, when he played Marco in the detective-drama television series, “Chuck”.
In 2013, he played the role of John Erickson in 12 episodes of the action-drama television series, ‘SAF 3’, also known as ‘Rescue 3’.
He had a recurring role in the American superhero television series from 2016 to 2017. Played the role, ‘Arrow.’ The series, in which he played Konstantin Kovar, is based on a DC Comic character named ‘Green Arrow’.
In 2017, he played an older version of John Cena’s character Gustav Dieters in the mock television film Tour de Pharmacy. Starring Orlando Bloom, Andy Samberg and Freddie Highmore, the film premiered on HBO.
In the same year, he also appeared as a boxer in the music video for ‘Believe’, which was directed by Matt Eastin. IMDB
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Dolph was born Hans Lundgren in Spanga, Sweden, on November 3, 1957. While his mother Sigrid Birgitta worked as a teacher, his father Carl Johann Hugo Lundgren worked for the Swedish government as an economist and engineer.
Dolph began practicing martial arts such as judo and Gōjū-ryū at the age of seven. He learned ‘Kyokushin’ karate when he was 10 years old and started lifting weights in his early teens.
After spending his childhood in Spanga, Dolph moved to Nyland, Angermannland, at the age of 13 to live with his grandparents.
After completing high school, Lundgren moved to the United States and enrolled himself at ‘Washington State University’ and then ‘Clemson University’ to study chemical engineering.
In the late 70s, he returned to Sweden as he had to serve essentially one year in the ‘Swedish Marine Corps’. He then obtained his chemical engineering degree from the ‘Royal Institute of Technology,’ Stockholm.
Apart from focusing on his education, Lundgren was also honing his karate skills during his college years.
He was the captain of the Swedish karate team, which was part of the 1979 ‘World Open Tournament’. After winning the European Championship for two consecutive years, he moved to Australia in the early 80s, where he won a heavyweight tournament in 1982.
He received his master’s degree from the ‘University of Sydney’ the same year. During his stay in Sydney, he worked as a bouncer in one of the popular nightclubs to take care of his expenses.
While working in a nightclub, he was noticed by the famous Jamaican-American singer and supermodel, Grace Beverly Jones, who hired him as his bodyguard.