DOLPH LUNDGREN (Gunner Jensen) was born and raised in an academic middle-class family in Stockholm, Sweden. Despite an early interest in playing the drums and clowning around in high school comedies, Dolph decided to follow in his father's and older brother's cerebral footsteps and pursue an engineering degree. After having completed his military service in the Swedish Marine Corps, Dolph enrolled in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, studying the same subject as his older brother: Chemical Engineering. He attended both Washington State University and Clemson University in South Carolina, studying Chemistry. He graduated from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, completing his Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering on an exchange program with the University of Sydney in Australia. Graduating at the head of his class, Dolph was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, one of the world's top engineering schools.
That same year, young PhD student Dolph met exotic singer Grace Jones, fell in love and decided to move to New York City to take up modeling to make some extra cash. 'A bit too muscular for a model's size 40', Dolph was to begin at MIT a few months later. On a friend's advice: 'Hey man, you look like you should be in the movies....' So this is where it all began.
His motion picture debut came in the James Bond feature A VIEW TO A KILL in 1985.
However, it was Dolph's memorable performance in ROCKY IV later that year that definitely got him noticed worldwide. After a nine-month audition process among 5,000 hopefuls, Dolph was cast by writer-director Sylvester Stallone as his fearsome Russian opponent, Captain Ivan Drago. Dolph grit his teeth and managed to build quite a career as an international action-hero and has since starred in more than thirty feature films.
Throughout the years, Dolph has always stayed close to the martial arts: "Karate and physical fitness have kept me reasonably sane in a very tough and sometimes inhuman business." In 1997 Dolph was awarded his third degree black belt by the World Karate Organization in Tokyo. Dolph's other athletic accomplishments include being the captain of the Swedish National Karate Team and the individual champion of the Swedish, European and Australian Heavyweight Full Contact Divisions. In addition to his Karate expertise, Dolph was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the Team Leader of the U.S. Olympic Pentathlon Team during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
As well as being a seasoned actor, Dolph has directed five feature films. His production company Thor Pictures is currently developing several projects in which he will produce, star and direct. His latest directing project is a feature he co-wrote and directed, COMMAND PERFORMANCE produced by Avi Lerner and NuImage Films. "Years of experience in front of the camera does give me a certain edge in my favorite part of directing: working with the actors," Dolph says.
Dolph is also a founding member of 'Group of Eight' an off-Broadway theatre group started in 1994. "I'm currently speaking to a Swedish director about doing stage in Sweden. It would be a first on two fronts: a full-length stage play and also in Swedish. All my acting so far has been in English and performing in my native 'emotional language' would be very exciting."
In February 2009 Dolph co-starred with fellow action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER - REGENERATION, a sequel to the film that paired the two European actors in the 90's.
Shortly after ROCKY IV, Dolph released his workout video, MAXIMUM POTENTIAL. He is currently working on a fitness book for men. In addition to the book, Dolph is also developing a personalized organic brand of vitamins and supplements, as well as a men's skin care product line.
Regarding THE EXPENDABLES Dolph says, "It's been terrific to work with Sly again and he has created very colorful character for me. A real acting challenge."
Dolph Lundgren is married to Anette Qviberg-Lundgren, an interior decorator and fashion stylist. The couple, along with their two daughters, currently resides in London and Marbella, Spain.