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Dolph Lundgren net worth:
$15 Million

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Dolph Lundgren Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Hans Lundgren, to give him the birth name, was born on 3rd November, 1957 in Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden. Dolph is a well known martial artist, actor and director, and belongs to the generation of actors who created action heroes in the cinema, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and other famous actors. He has been active in the cinema industry since 1983.

Wonder whether Lundgren is rich? It has been estimated that the overall amount of his net worth is as high as $14 million, with the reported sources of wealth being martial arts, acting and directing.

Dolph Lundgren Net Worth $14 Million

Speaking about his childhood Lundgren admits that his father was prone to violence that led him to take up such sports as karate and boxing as a hobby, as well as Kyokushin karate and training with weights. After graduating from high school, Dolph continued his undergraduate studies in the USA, graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Chemistry. Later, he returned to Sweden and graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. Throughout his studies, he continued practicing martial arts and took part in various championships. He won the European championship of Kyokushin Karate which significantly increased his net worth. Afterwards, he studied at the University of Sydney where he earned his master’s degree. While studying in Australia, Lundgren worked as Grace Jones’ body guard until they fell in love with each other and moved to the USA.

Lundgren debuted with a small role in the James Bond film series “A View to a Kill” (1985) directed by John Glen. Immediately, he landed the role of Ivan Drago in the film “Rocky IV” (1985) which brought him worldwide recognition as well as adding much to his wealth. Afterwards, he created many roles of super heroes including characters in the films “Masters of the Universe” (1987), “The Punisher” (1989), “Universal Soldier” (1992), “Johnny Mnemonic” (1995), “Storm Catcher” (1999), “The Last Warrior” (2000), and “Detention” (2003). His roles in above mentioned films not only made him famous and easily recognized, but also rich.

Furthermore, Dolph Lundgren not only appeared as the main star of the film “The Defender” (2004), but debuted as the director of the film. In this manner he worked with the following films: “The Mechanik” (2005), “Diamond Dogs” (2007), “Missionary Man” (2007), “Command Performance” (2009) and “Icarus” (2010). However, since 2010 he has only played roles in films, this way increasing his net worth. Lately, the most successful roles he landed in the films “The Expendables” (2010), “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (2012) and “Blood of Redemption” (2013). Currently, he is working on the upcoming film “Skin Trade”. Altogether, Dolph has appeared in over 60 films.

Even though Dolph is a popular, notable for his roles actor, he isn’t one of those who can boast having loads of awards. Lundgren won Marshall Trophy and Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema.

Dolph Lundgren has been married only once, to the designer Anette Qviberg, though he had long term relationships with the model Paula Barbieri and singer Grace Jones. He married Anette in 1994 and they have two daughters. However, their marriage ended in 2011. Currently, Dolph is dating Jenny Sandersson.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Mnemonic1995Street Preacher
Men of War1994Nick Gunar
Pentathlon1994Eric Brogar
Army of One1993Wellman Anthony Santee
Universal Soldier1992Andrew Scott GR13
Showdown in Little Tokyo1991Sgt. Chris Kenner
Cover-Up1991Mike Anderson
I Come in Peace1990Det. Jack Caine
The Punisher1989Frank Castle
Red Scorpion1988Lt. Nikolai Rachenko
R.P.G. II1988ShortLifeguard
Maximum Potential1987VideoDolph Lundgren
Masters of the Universe1987He-Man
Rocky IV1985Drago
A View to a Kill1985Venz
Black Water2018filmingMarco
Nordic Light2018announced
Runes2018pre-production
Wanted Man2018announcedTravis Johansen
Without You I'm Nothing2018announcedGeorge Cochrane
Altitude2017/IcompletedSharpe
Broken Sidewalk2017TV Series post-production
Dead Trigger2017post-productionKyle Walker
Tour De Pharmacy2017TV Movie post-production
Malchishnik2016completedNatasha's Husband
Ai Noom Gangnamabandoned
Arrow2016-2017TV SeriesKonstantin Kovar
Larceny2017Jack
Welcome to Willits2016Derek
Female Fight Club2016Holt
Don't Kill It2016Jebediah Woodley
Kindergarten Cop 22016Reed
Hail, Caesar!2016Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Sanjay and Craig2015TV SeriesDolph Lundgren
Riot2015/IWilliam
Shark Lake2015/IClint Gray
4Got102015Bob Rooker
War Pigs2015Captain Hans Picault
Workaholics2015TV SeriesDolph Lundgren
Skin Trade2014Nick Cassidy
The Expendables 32014Gunner Jensen
SAF32013-2014TV SeriesJohn Eriksson
Puncture Wounds2014Hollis
Blood of Redemption2013Axel
Ambushed2013Maxwell
Race to the Scene2013TV SeriesDolph Lundgren - Host
Battle of the Damned2013Max Gatling
Legendary2013Harker
The Package2013/IThe German
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning2012Andrew Scott
The Expendables 22012Gunner Jensen
The Expendables 2 Videogame2012Video GameGunner Jensen (voice)
One in the Chamber2012Aleksey Andreev
Stash House2012Andy Spector
Small Apartments2012Dr. Sage Mennox
In the Name of the King: Two Worlds2011Granger
Chuck2010TV SeriesMarco
The Expendables2010Gunner Jensen
Melodifestivalen 20102010TV Mini-SeriesDolph Lundgren - Host
The Killing Machine2010/IEdward Genn Icarus
Universal Soldier: Regeneration2009Andrew Scott
Command Performance2009Joe
Direct Contact2009Mike Riggins
Missionary Man2007Ryder
Diamond Dogs2007Xander Ronson
The Final Inquiry2006Brixos
The Russian Specialist2005Nikolai Cherenko
The Defender2004Lance Rockford
Retrograde2004John Foster
Fat Slags2004Randy
Direct Action2004Sgt. Frank Gannon
Detention2003Sam Decker
Hidden Agenda2001Jason Price
Agent Red2000Cpt. Matt Hendricks
The Last Patrol2000Nick Preston
Jill Rips2000Matt Sorenson
Storm Catcher1999Major Jack Holloway
Bridge of Dragons1999Warchild
Sweepers1998Christian Erickson
The Minion1998Lukas Sadorov
Blackjack1998TV MovieJack Devlin
The Peacekeeper1997Major Frank Cross
Silent Trigger1996Shooter
Hidden Assassin1995Michael Dane

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nordic Light2018producer announced
Wanted Man2018producer announced
Without You I'm Nothing2018producer announced
Don't Kill It2016producer
Kindergarten Cop 22016executive producer
Shark Lake2015/Iproducer
Skin Trade2014producer
Puncture Wounds2014producer
Ambushed2013producer
Battle of the Damned2013executive producer
Stash House2012executive producer
Diamond Dogs2007executive producer
Pentathlon1994executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nordic Light2018announced
Wanted Man2018announced
The Killing Machine2010/I
Command Performance2009
Missionary Man2007
Diamond Dogs2007uncredited
The Russian Specialist2005
The Defender2004

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wanted Man2018screenplay / story announced
Skin Trade2014screenplay / story
Command Performance2009screenplay
Missionary Man2007screenplay
The Russian Specialist2005story
Maximum Potential1987Video

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melodifestivalen 20102010TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes
Command Performance2009performer: "Breakdown", "Girl"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Unsafe Place: Making 'Men of War'2016Video documentary short special thanks
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014Documentary our deepest appreciation

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Evening Urgant2016TV SeriesHimself
Eye on Entertainment2016TV SeriesHimself
The Punisher: Vengeance Is His - Interview with Dolph Lundgren2016VideoHimself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
'Men of War': Interview with Dolph Lundgren2016Video documentary shortHimself
När & Fjärran2016TV SeriesHimself
Gumball 3000 med Erik och Mackan2015TV SeriesHimself
Skin Trade: A Look at Director Ekachai Uekrongtham2015Video documentary shortHimself
Skin Trade: Behind the Action, Fighting You Can Believe2015Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Skin Trade'2015Video documentary shortHimself
Inside MMA2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
Gomorron2015TV SeriesHimself
The Real Miyagi2015DocumentaryHimself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package2014Video shortHimself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3'2014Video documentaryHimself
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Unscripted2014TV SeriesHimself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
GeekRockTV2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009-2014TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHimself - CIA chief
Cinerockom2014TV SeriesHimself - Lifetime Award Winner
Le grand journal de Canal+2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Puncture Wounds: Behind the Scenes2014Video documentary shortHimself
Battling the Damned2014Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Scenes: Legendary 3D2014Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Scenes: Ambushed2013Video documentary shortHimself
Blood of Redemption: Behind the Scenes2013Video documentary shortHimself
Top Gear USA2013TV Series documentaryHimself
A Look Back at 'Dark Angel'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Fox and Friends2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
How to Be Today's Action Hero2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Revealed2013TV SeriesHimself
The Punisher: Gag Reel2013Video documentary shortHimself
A Look Back at 'Joshua Tree'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Small Apartments: Behind the Scenes2013Video documentaryHimself
The Jonathan Ross Show2013TV SeriesHimself
'Rescue 3' Promo Reel2013Video shortHimself
Days of Reckoning: The Making of US42013Video documentaryHimself
Unscripted2013TV SeriesHimself
Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes2012Video documentary shortHimself
Berg flyttar in2012TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Stash House: Behind the Scenes2012Video documentary shortHimself
Reel Junkie2012TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
One in the Chamber: Behind the Scenes2012Video documentary shortHimself
KTLA Morning News2012TV SeriesHimself
Comic Con 2012 Live2012TV MovieHimself
Hath No Fury: Dolph Lundgren and the Road to Red Scorpion2012Video documentary shortHimself
Red Scorpion: On-Set Behind the Scenes Footage2012Video documentary shortHimself
Renegade Royalty2012Video documentary shortHimself
The Eric Andre Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Sabrina Parisi Awards & Fashion Facts2012TV SeriesHimself
Red Scorpion: All Out of Bullets2012Video documentary shortHimself
Behind the Scenes of 'In the Name of the King: Two Worlds'2011Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Action: 'The Expendables'2011Video shortHimself
AdamLive2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself
Before the Battle: The Making of' 'The Expendables'2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Expendables: Comic Con Panel2010Video documentaryHimself
Gylne tider2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables'2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
GMTV2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2010TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Icarus'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Universal Soldier Regeneration: Behind the Lines2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Jace Hall Show2010TV SeriesHimself
DI: Digital Intermediate2010Video documentary shortHimself
Making 'Command Performance'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Skavlan2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making of 'Direct Contact'2009Video documentary shortHimself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Direct Your Own Damn Movie!2009Video documentaryHimself
Richard & Judy2008TV SeriesHimself
Robins2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shouto na Slavi2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Diamond Dogs'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Making of 'The Inquiry'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Eurosport Buzz2007TV SeriesHimself
The Opponents2006Video documentary shortHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Making of 'The Mechanik'2006Video documentary shortHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Godnatt, Sverige2005TV SeriesHimself
A Day in the Life2005TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'The Defender'2004Video documentary shortHimself
A Tale of Two Titans2004Video documentary shortHimself
Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of 'Universal Soldier'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Making of 'Direct Action'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Detention: An Afta' Skool Special2004Video documentary shortHimself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself
Graham Norton: For Your Pleasure2002VideoHimself
So Graham Norton2001TV SeriesHimself
Hidden Agenda: Behind the Scenes2001Video documentary shortHimself
+ de cinéma2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
Making of 'The Last Patrol'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Making of 'Blackjack'1998Video shortHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Ciné61995-1996TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1995TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Johnny Mnemonic'1995TV Short documentaryHimself
Gottschalk Late Night1994TV SeriesHimself
Nulle part ailleurs1994TV SeriesHimself
Sunny Side Up1994Himself
The Big Breakfast1993TV SeriesHimself
The Word1992TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?1987-1992TV SeriesHimself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard1992TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Universal Soldier'1992TV Short documentaryHimself
Hollywood Stuntmakers1991TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1990TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself
The Dame Edna Experience1989TV SeriesHimself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1989TV SeriesHimself
ABCD Nuls1989TV SeriesHimself - Pleurnisher
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Sunday, Sunday1989TV SeriesHimself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
C'est encore mieux l'après-midi1986-1987TV SeriesHimself
Nightlife1987TV SeriesHimself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1986TV SpecialHimself
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous1986TV Series documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance from Sweden1986TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1986TV SeriesHimself
Das aktuelle Sportstudio1986TV Series documentaryHimself
From Hawaii with Love1986TV MovieHimself - Judge
Formel Eins1983TV Series documentaryHimself (1989)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Punisher : Violence Down Under - Interview with Mark Goldblatt2016Video documentary shortFrank Castle
Coffee Time me ta Asteria tou Leo2016TV Mini-Series documentaryDrago
An Unsafe Place: Making 'Men of War'2016Video documentary shortNick Gunar
'Punisher' vu par Mark Goldblatt2016Video documentary shortHimself / Frank Castle
7 Days in Hell2015TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Jodorowsky's Dune2013DocumentaryHe-Man
Red Scorpion: Assignment Africa with Jack Abramoff2012Video documentary shortNikoläi Rachenko
Red Scorpion: Scorpion Tales with Tom Savini2012Video documentary shortHimself / Nikolaï Rachenko
Red Scorpion: Music with Muscles2012Video documentary shortNikoläi Rachenko
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesHe-Man
'Commando d'élite': Portrait de Dolph Lundgren2010Video documentary shortHimself / Joe
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010DocumentaryLt. Nikolai Rachenko
Family Guy2009TV SeriesCaptain Ivan Drago
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesIvan Drago
Rocky Balboa2006Captain Ivan Drago (uncredited)
Master of Desaster: Roland Emmerich - eine Hollywoodkarriere1998TV Movie documentaryAndrew Scott / GR13 (uncredited)
The Postman1997Andrew Scott (uncredited)
Rocky V1990Ivan Drago (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Lifetime Achievement Diamond AwardCineRockom International Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardRocky IV (1985)
2007Fantastic LanternMálaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema
1985Marshall TrophyNapierville Cinema FestivalBest Actor (Meilleur Comédien)Rocky IV (1985)

TitleSalary
Retrograde (2004)$1,000,000
Blackjack (1998)$2,000,000
The Peacekeeper (1997)$2,500,000
The Shooter (1995)$2,500,000 - $3,000,000

#Fact
1Kyokushinkai Karate: - British Open Champion - 1980, 1981 - Australian Open Champion - 1982 - Swedish Open Champion - 1979, 1980, 1981.
2Received an award at the 25th Vimple Awards Ceremony in Russia (and was the first foreigner ever allowed to attend the ceremony, 2006).
3In 2009, three burglars broke into Lundgren's house and assaulted his wife. After they saw a family photo with Lundgren and realized that the house belonged to him, they fled immediately.
4At 6'5" he is the tallest actor to portray Frank Castle in a live action adaption of the Punisher comics.
5Moved back to Los Angeles, California with his girlfriend Jenny Sandersson (2011).
6Divided his time between his homes in London, England and Marbella, Spain (2003).
7Used to support Everton Football Club when he lived in Europe.
8Had a project with acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Zulawski in 1990 entitled "Le Tigre", set during the fall of Dien Bien Phu. Other aborted projects for Lundgren include "Meltdown" to be directed by John Dahl based on a John Carpenter script, and RPM (1998), written and to be directed by Roger Avary (ultimately rewritten and directed by Ian Sharp).
9Trained also in Tae Kwon Do for a short period.
10Caused a stir in his home country Sweden in the late 1980s when he refused to be interviewed in Swedish, preferring English instead.
11Worked as a bouncer in New York City with Chazz Palminteri.
12Used to do most of his own stunts, but nowadays only does about half of them as he is getting older.
13Auditioned for a role in the sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
14Was a candidate for the role of the Phantom/Kit Walker when Lee Falk's comic strip hero "The Phantom" was optioned for a film adaptation during the 1980s and early 1990s.
15Was photographed at the 'Factory' in the early 1980s by Andy Warhol and photographer Christopher Makos.
16Served in the Swedish Marine Corps.
17Despite mixed reviews to Masters of the Universe (1987), later animated and comic book depictions of the He-Man character, most notably the 2002 remake series by Mike Young Productions, had the He-Man character drawn to resemble Lundgren.
18Maintains his own personal website for his fans.
19Speaks three languages: English, Swedish and some German. Said to speak Japanese as well, but actually knows only a few phrases. Also speaks some Spanish as he lives in Spain.
20Contrary to popular belief was never engaged to Grace Jones, but he did live with her for four years.
21Plays the drums.
22Was reportedly interested in the role of Ben Richards in The Running Man (1987), which eventually went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
23He was the first actor cast for the science fiction fantasy film Masters of the Universe (1987).
24Sports natural blonde hair in all his films, save for The Punisher (1989), I Come in Peace (1990) and Small Apartments (2012) where it is dyed jet black.
25Obtained his third degree black belt (third Dan) in Kyokushinkai Karate in Stockholm, Sweden, after a four to five months training with his former teacher Brian Fitkin. [July 1998]
26Was one of the last celebrities modeling for photographer Victor Skrebneski, notably for a Chicago International Film Festival poster.
27Has two daughters with his ex-wife Anette: Ida Sigrid Lundgren (born April 29, 1996) and Greta Eveline Lundgren (born November 30, 2001).
28Rumor had it that he announced his retirement from acting to spend more time with his family, but Lundgren denied it a few months later while filming the movie Detention (2003). [April 2002]
29Born in 1957, but claims birthdate of 1959.
30Australian Heavyweight Karate Champion in 1982.
31European Heavyweight Karate Champion in 1980-1981.
32Was once a bodyguard for Grace Jones.
33He married Anette Qviberg in Stockholm, Sweden.
34Holds a master's degree in chemical engineering. Was offered a Fulbright scholarship to study at MIT.
35Was team leader for the United States modern pentathlon team at the 1996 summer olympics.

#Quote
1(on Johnny Mnemonic (1995)) I enjoyed designing a character which was very different from me. He walked different and talked different, and used body language like a street preacher, and had a wig and a long beard. I remember my agent showing up on set, and he walked up to me and said "Hey, have you seen Dolph Lundgren?" I guess my outfit worked. It was fun. Keanu Reeves was in it, and we had a little fight scene. It was before Speed (1994) came out, so he was only sort-of well-known. But I enjoyed that experience. It was also fun to play a smaller role. It was the first time I played a supporting role and didn't have to carry the movie. It wasn't heavy, I didn't have to work almost every day, and then I was done with my part.
2(on landing A View to a Kill (1985)) It was a "right place at the right time" kind of thing. I was there with my girlfriend at the time, Grace Jones. She was in the movie. I was just on the set. I was auditioning for Rocky IV (1985) at the time. But I was hanging out, and someone was missing who hadn't shown up, and the director pointed at me and said "Hey, would you like to be in the movie?" And I said "Yeah. What do I do?" And he said "You have to stand there and point a gun at Christopher Walken. When I tell you to, point the gun and stand there." I guess I hit my mark and didn't screw it up too bad, and the director said "Hey, kid, you have a future in the movies." I didn't know the extent of it, then. It was fun. It was great to watch Chris Walken working - I didn't know anything about acting at the time, but it was interesting to watch him work. It was very unpredictable. I remember during rehearsal, he would not do anything, just mumble. And people were just looking at him like "Jesus, this guy is awful." But when the camera rolled, it was night and day. I remember the actor he was playing opposite being so shocked - just standing there, not knowing what to do. Walken would come at him from every angle: with rage, with this, with that. He was just in shock, like "Wow, what a great actor." That was a great experience. Grace was there too, of course. She beat up a few people, I remember. In front of the camera, anyway.
3(on The Punisher (1989)) That was fun. We shot that in Australia - there was a lot of fight training, and they brought in fighters from a dojo in Japan. Since I used to train, talking to those guys was a lot of fun. They didn't really understand about cameras, that it wasn't real, that you didn't need to hit the guy for real. There were two young Japanese fighters, and we had to teach them that you shouldn't kick the other guy in the face with any force. That was also an over-the-top role.
4(on Masters of the Universe (1987)) I was just this kid who played this one role, this Rocky role, and was going to follow it up by playing an American hero. It was tough - the opportunity, the expectations. I had fun working on the actual movie. It was very physical, and I was just getting used to being another person, where what people perceive you as being is different than what you actually are. That's what stands out when I think of those years, and when I think of those roles.
5[on Hollywood movies over the last 20 years] Hong Kong cinema hit big in the US. That means wires, back-flips, kung fu types, and not too realistic action, where someone gets kicked in the head 40 times and they're still running around. When you see real fights, every kid can see what happens when you get hit in the head once. That's it, it's over. So, that's why I think things are reverting back a little bit. Also CGI came in, and it could make anyone an action star. You didn't have to know karate, you didn't have to know kung fu, you didn't even have to have muscles, because they can enhance everything with a computer. Filmmakers fell in love with that, and then they didn't need the tough guy, the Steve Austin, the Sylvester Stallone. So, you bring in somebody who's just a good actor. That's commendable too, but you lose that special aura of an action star, where the person is closer to the character. I suppose things come round in circles, and the audience got tired of that. And now they're into old-school action again.
6[on his directing career] I'm influenced by Clint Eastwood. He's a guy who started as an actor, a television cowboy, one regarded lightweight. He's now a super heavyweight, and he's worked his way there by hard work. He's directed 29, 30 movies, you know. I'm at five. Sylvester Stallone is at 15-20.
7I've just tried to play my own game and treat everybody with respect. No matter who they are. That is something I'm proud of and I feel it will always pay off.
8I prefer to channel my problems and inner demons through a character. Another persona. That protects me and my family. I can get my frustrations out that way. Nowadays, it's changed. People like to lay their whole life, and all of their own secrets out in front of the world. They make money off of it, and find satisfaction that way. I personally don't believe in that. I think it can be hurtful to yourself and those around you.
9[on his role in The Expendables (2010)] I play a mercenary who's part of Sly's team. He's kind of a victim of the violence. He ends up getting fired by Stallone. Later in the picture, some other sinister character trying to get back at Sly and his people, hires me to take him out. Because I need the money, I do it. There's a showdown between me, him and Jet Li.
10Hollywood is great for entertaining people, it's a wonderful business but it's make-believe, you must remember that. That's one of the most important things to remember and the distinction in your own life, otherwise people get lost in their own fame, and it makes them unhappy.
11It's still a strange experience to me when people come up to me at airports and bring pictures to be signed. It's kind of flattering but one way I like to stay focused is using my training. I can remember what it is like when you spar with somebody and he hits you and you go, "Oops, this is real life!"
12Playing He-Man was pretty much my lowest point as an actor, it was a kids movie. How much could I do as an actor when I was running around in swim trunks and chest armor? There was talk of my doing a second one, but I wasn't available, and from what I understand, the whole idea of a sequel fell through.
13I usually pick up a scar a movie.
14My problem is that people get intimidated by someone big and beautiful like me. They hate to think I can be smart as well.
15Action films are an extension of Greek myths which have been around since Homer's "The Iliad". Everybody's life has some mythical quality. You struggle against obstacles, you fight to get to a higher level and there are great loves. With an action film it's just more apparent. That's why people will always love action movies.
16I was incredibly shy when I first got into the business, I still am to some extent. I've overcome that shyness through contact sports, but I wanted to find that same confidence interacting with people through acting instead of in the ring.
17[in Vanity Fair, 1995] I was a movie star before having the chance to become an actor, so now I'm trying to backtrack.
18[in Empire (UK), January, 1996] When I started studying acting in New York, I didn't plan to be an action hero. I just wanted to learn acting because I felt it was something I needed to try to do for myself, to express something, my inner pain, or something I couldn't get out. Then I got caught up taking my shirt off and strapping a machine gun on to shoot people. There wasn't really much acting - you couldn't have done too much with those roles no matter how good you were.
19[Arnold Schwarzenegger] is my role model since he is successful but, as an actor, he is not [my role model]. I prefer Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford. They, too, started as "beefcakes" but have since established themselves as acknowledged actors.

#Trademark
1Deep resonant voice
2Square jaw and bold blue eyes
3Towering height and muscular physique
4Spinning back kick

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