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Dolph Lundgren net worth:
$15 Million

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Dolph Lundgren Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

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
Nordic Light 2017 announced
Broken Sidewalk 2017 TV Series post-production
Altitude 2017/I completed Sharpe
Dead Trigger 2017 post-production Kyle Walker
Runes 2017 pre-production
Tour De Pharmacy 2017 TV Movie post-production
Wanted Man 2017 announced Travis Johansen
Without You I'm Nothing 2017 announced George Cochrane
Malchishnik 2016 completed Natasha's Husband
Welcome to Willits 2016 completed Derek
Larceny 2016 completed Jack
Ai Noom Gangnam delayed
Arrow 2016-2017 TV Series Konstantin Kovar
Female Fight Club 2016 Holt
Don't Kill It 2016 Jebediah Woodley
Kindergarten Cop 2 2016 Reed
Hail, Caesar! 2016 Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Sanjay and Craig 2015 TV Series Dolph Lundgren
Riot 2015/I William
Shark Lake 2015/I Clint Gray
4Got10 2015 Bob Rooker
War Pigs 2015 Captain Hans Picault
Workaholics 2015 TV Series Dolph Lundgren
Skin Trade 2014 Nick Cassidy
The Expendables 3 2014 Gunner Jensen
SAF3 2013-2014 TV Series John Eriksson
Puncture Wounds 2014 Hollis
Blood of Redemption 2013 Axel
Ambushed 2013 Maxwell
Race to the Scene 2013 TV Series Dolph Lundgren - Host
Battle of the Damned 2013 Max Gatling
Legendary 2013 Harker
The Package 2013/I The German
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 2012 Andrew Scott
The Expendables 2 2012 Gunner Jensen
The Expendables 2 Videogame 2012 Video Game Gunner Jensen (voice)
One in the Chamber 2012 Aleksey Andreev
Stash House 2012 Andy Spector
Small Apartments 2012 Dr. Sage Mennox
In the Name of the King: Two Worlds 2011 Granger
Chuck 2010 TV Series Marco
The Expendables 2010 Gunner Jensen
Melodifestivalen 2010 2010 TV Mini-Series Dolph Lundgren - Host
The Killing Machine 2010/I Edward Genn Icarus
Universal Soldier: Regeneration 2009 Andrew Scott
Command Performance 2009 Joe
Direct Contact 2009 Mike Riggins
Missionary Man 2007 Ryder
Diamond Dogs 2007 Xander Ronson
The Final Inquiry 2006 Brixos
The Russian Specialist 2005 Nikolai Cherenko
The Defender 2004 Lance Rockford
Retrograde 2004 John Foster
Fat Slags 2004 Randy
Direct Action 2004 Sgt. Frank Gannon
Detention 2003 Sam Decker
Hidden Agenda 2001 Jason Price
Agent Red 2000 Cpt. Matt Hendricks
The Last Patrol 2000 Nick Preston
Jill Rips 2000 Matt Sorenson
Storm Catcher 1999 Major Jack Holloway
Bridge of Dragons 1999 Warchild
Sweepers 1998 Christian Erickson
The Minion 1998 Lukas Sadorov
Blackjack 1998 TV Movie Jack Devlin
The Peacekeeper 1997 Major Frank Cross
Silent Trigger 1996 Shooter
Hidden Assassin 1995 Michael Dane
Johnny Mnemonic 1995 Street Preacher
Men of War 1994 Nick Gunar
Pentathlon 1994 Eric Brogar
Army of One 1993 Wellman Anthony Santee
Universal Soldier 1992 Andrew Scott GR13
Showdown in Little Tokyo 1991 Sgt. Chris Kenner
Cover-Up 1991 Mike Anderson
I Come in Peace 1990 Det. Jack Caine
The Punisher 1989 Frank Castle
Red Scorpion 1988 Lt. Nikolai Rachenko
R.P.G. II 1988 Short Lifeguard
Maximum Potential 1987 Video Dolph Lundgren
Masters of the Universe 1987 He-Man
Rocky IV 1985 Drago
A View to a Kill 1985 Venz

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nordic Light 2017 producer announced
Wanted Man 2017 producer announced
Without You I'm Nothing 2017 producer announced
Kindergarten Cop 2 2016 executive producer
Shark Lake 2015/I producer
Skin Trade 2014 producer
Puncture Wounds 2014 producer
Ambushed 2013 producer
Battle of the Damned 2013 executive producer
Stash House 2012 executive producer
Diamond Dogs 2007 executive producer
Pentathlon 1994 executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nordic Light 2017 announced
Wanted Man 2017 announced
The Killing Machine 2010/I
Command Performance 2009
Missionary Man 2007
Diamond Dogs 2007 uncredited
The Russian Specialist 2005
The Defender 2004

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wanted Man 2017 screenplay / story announced
Skin Trade 2014 screenplay / story
Command Performance 2009 screenplay
Missionary Man 2007 screenplay
The Russian Specialist 2005 story
Maximum Potential 1987 Video

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melodifestivalen 2010 2010 TV Mini-Series performer - 2 episodes
Command Performance 2009 performer: "Breakdown", "Girl"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Unsafe Place: Making 'Men of War' 2016 Video documentary short special thanks
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary our deepest appreciation

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself
C'est encore mieux l'après-midi 1987 TV Series Himself
Nightlife 1987 TV Series Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 TV Special Himself
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Royal Command Performance from Sweden 1986 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1986 TV Series Himself
Das aktuelle Sportstudio 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
From Hawaii with Love 1986 TV Movie Himself - Judge
Formel Eins 1983 TV Series documentary Himself (1989)
Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex-Trafficking 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Eye on Entertainment 2016 TV Series Himself
The Punisher: Vengeance Is His - Interview with Dolph Lundgren 2016 Video Himself
Home & Family 2016 TV Series Himself
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Himself
När & Fjärran 2016 TV Series Himself
Gumball 3000 med Erik och Mackan 2015 TV Series Himself
Skin Trade: A Look at Director Ekachai Uekrongtham 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Skin Trade: Behind the Action, Fighting You Can Believe 2015 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Skin Trade' 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Inside MMA 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
Gomorron 2015 TV Series Himself
The Real Miyagi 2015 Documentary Himself
The Expendables 3: New Blood - Stacked and Jacked 2014 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables 3: The Total Action Package 2014 Video short Himself
The Making of 'The Expendables 3' 2014 Video documentary Himself
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Unscripted 2014 TV Series Himself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Himself
GeekRockTV 2014 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2014 TV Series Himself
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series Himself - CIA chief
Cinerockom 2014 TV Series Himself - Lifetime Award Winner
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Puncture Wounds: Behind the Scenes 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Battling the Damned 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Behind the Scenes: Legendary 3D 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Behind the Scenes: Ambushed 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Blood of Redemption: Behind the Scenes 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Top Gear USA 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
A Look Back at 'Dark Angel' 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
Fox and Friends 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
How to Be Today's Action Hero 2013 TV Mini-Series Himself
Revealed 2013 TV Series Himself
The Punisher: Gag Reel 2013 Video documentary short Himself
A Look Back at 'Joshua Tree' 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Small Apartments: Behind the Scenes 2013 Video documentary Himself
The Jonathan Ross Show 2013 TV Series Himself
'Rescue 3' Promo Reel 2013 Video short Himself
Days of Reckoning: The Making of US4 2013 Video documentary Himself
Unscripted 2013 TV Series Himself
Gods of War: Assembling Earth's Mightiest Anti-Heroes 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Berg flyttar in 2012 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Stash House: Behind the Scenes 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Reel Junkie 2012 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
One in the Chamber: Behind the Scenes 2012 Video documentary short Himself
KTLA Morning News 2012 TV Series Himself
Comic Con 2012 Live 2012 TV Movie Himself
Hath No Fury: Dolph Lundgren and the Road to Red Scorpion 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Red Scorpion: On-Set Behind the Scenes Footage 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Renegade Royalty 2012 Video documentary short Himself
The Eric Andre Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Sabrina Parisi Awards & Fashion Facts 2012 TV Series Himself
Red Scorpion: All Out of Bullets 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Behind the Scenes of 'In the Name of the King: Two Worlds' 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Biography 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Action: 'The Expendables' 2011 Video short Himself
AdamLive 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Conan 2011 TV Series Himself
Before the Battle: The Making of' 'The Expendables' 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The Expendables: Comic Con Panel 2010 Video documentary Himself
Gylne tider 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables' 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
GMTV 2010 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself
Loose Women 2010 TV Series Himself
Making of 'Icarus' 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Universal Soldier Regeneration: Behind the Lines 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The Jace Hall Show 2010 TV Series Himself
DI: Digital Intermediate 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Making 'Command Performance' 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Skavlan 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Making of 'Direct Contact' 2009 Video documentary short Himself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue 2008-2009 TV Series Himself
Attack of the Show! 2009 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
Direct Your Own Damn Movie! 2009 Video documentary Himself
Richard & Judy 2008 TV Series Himself
Robins 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Shouto na Slavi 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
Making of 'Diamond Dogs' 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Making of 'The Inquiry' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Eurosport Buzz 2007 TV Series Himself
The Opponents 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Durch die Nacht mit... 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Making of 'The Mechanik' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Godnatt, Sverige 2005 TV Series Himself
A Day in the Life 2005 TV Series Himself
Making of 'The Defender' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
A Tale of Two Titans 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of 'Universal Soldier' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Making of 'Direct Action' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Detention: An Afta' Skool Special 2004 Video documentary short Himself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself
Graham Norton: For Your Pleasure 2002 Video Himself
So Graham Norton 2001 TV Series Himself
Hidden Agenda: Behind the Scenes 2001 Video documentary short Himself
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
Making of 'The Last Patrol' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Making of 'Blackjack' 1998 Video short Himself
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Ciné6 1995-1996 TV Series Himself
This Morning 1995 TV Series Himself
Making of 'Johnny Mnemonic' 1995 TV Short documentary Himself
Gottschalk Late Night 1994 TV Series Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 1994 TV Series Himself
Sunny Side Up 1994 Himself
The Big Breakfast 1993 TV Series Himself
The Word 1992 TV Series Himself
Wetten, dass..? 1987-1992 TV Series Himself
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard 1992 TV Series Himself
Making of 'Universal Soldier' 1992 TV Short documentary Himself
Hollywood Stuntmakers 1991 TV Series Himself
Wogan 1990 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Himself
The Dame Edna Experience 1989 TV Series Himself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches 1989 TV Series Himself
ABCD Nuls 1989 TV Series Himself - Pleurnisher
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Sunday, Sunday 1989 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Punisher : Violence Down Under - Interview with Mark Goldblatt 2016 Video documentary short Frank Castle
Coffee Time me ta Asteria tou Leo 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Drago
An Unsafe Place: Making 'Men of War' 2016 Video documentary short Nick Gunar
'Punisher' vu par Mark Goldblatt 2016 Video documentary short Himself / Frank Castle
7 Days in Hell 2015 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Rocky IV: le coup de poing américain 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Jodorowsky's Dune 2013 Documentary He-Man
Red Scorpion: Assignment Africa with Jack Abramoff 2012 Video documentary short Nikoläi Rachenko
Red Scorpion: Scorpion Tales with Tom Savini 2012 Video documentary short Himself / Nikolaï Rachenko
Red Scorpion: Music with Muscles 2012 Video documentary short Nikoläi Rachenko
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series He-Man
'Commando d'élite': Portrait de Dolph Lundgren 2010 Video documentary short Himself / Joe
Casino Jack and the United States of Money 2010 Documentary Lt. Nikolai Rachenko
Family Guy 2009 TV Series Captain Ivan Drago
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Ivan Drago
Rocky Balboa 2006 Captain Ivan Drago (uncredited)
Master of Desaster: Roland Emmerich - eine Hollywoodkarriere 1998 TV Movie documentary Andrew Scott / GR13 (uncredited)
The Postman 1997 Andrew Scott (uncredited)
Rocky V 1990 Ivan Drago (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Lifetime Achievement Diamond Award CineRockom International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Rocky IV (1985)
2007 Fantastic Lantern Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema
1985 Marshall Trophy Napierville Cinema Festival Best 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
1 Kyokushinkai Karate: - British Open Champion - 1980, 1981 - Australian Open Champion - 1982 - Swedish Open Champion - 1979, 1980, 1981.
2 Received an award at the 25th Vimple Awards Ceremony in Russia (and was the first foreigner ever allowed to attend the ceremony, 2006).
3 In 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.
4 At 6'5" he is the tallest actor to portray Frank Castle in a live action adaption of the Punisher comics.
5 Moved back to Los Angeles, California with his girlfriend Jenny Sandersson (2011).
6 Divided his time between his homes in London, England and Marbella, Spain (2003).
7 Used to support Everton Football Club when he lived in Europe.
8 Had 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).
9 Trained also in Tae Kwon Do for a short period.
10 Caused a stir in his home country Sweden in the late 1980s when he refused to be interviewed in Swedish, preferring English instead.
11 Worked as a bouncer in New York City with Chazz Palminteri.
12 Used to do most of his own stunts, but nowadays only does about half of them as he is getting older.
13 Auditioned for a role in the sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
14 Was 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.
15 Was photographed at the 'Factory' in the early 1980s by Andy Warhol and photographer Christopher Makos.
16 Served in the Swedish Marine Corps.
17 Despite 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.
18 Maintains his own personal website for his fans.
19 Speaks 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.
20 Contrary to popular belief was never engaged to Grace Jones, but he did live with her for four years.
21 Plays the drums.
22 Was reportedly interested in the role of Ben Richards in The Running Man (1987), which eventually went to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
23 He was the first actor cast for the science fiction fantasy film Masters of the Universe (1987).
24 Sports 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.
25 Obtained 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]
26 Was one of the last celebrities modeling for photographer Victor Skrebneski, notably for a Chicago International Film Festival poster.
27 Has two daughters with his ex-wife Anette: Ida Sigrid Lundgren (born April 29, 1996) and Greta Eveline Lundgren (born November 30, 2001).
28 Rumor 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]
29 Born in 1957, but claims birthdate of 1959.
30 Australian Heavyweight Karate Champion in 1982.
31 European Heavyweight Karate Champion in 1980-1981.
32 Was once a bodyguard for Grace Jones.
33 He married Anette Qviberg in Stockholm, Sweden.
34 Holds a master's degree in chemical engineering. Was offered a Fulbright scholarship to study at MIT.
35 Was 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.
7 I'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.
8 I 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.
10 Hollywood 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.
11 It'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!"
12 Playing 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.
13 I usually pick up a scar a movie.
14 My problem is that people get intimidated by someone big and beautiful like me. They hate to think I can be smart as well.
15 Action 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.
16 I 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
1 Deep resonant voice
2 Square jaw and bold blue eyes
3 Towering height and muscular physique
4 Spinning back kick

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