Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish movie star who gained most of his popularity through the role of Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” – The Russian Boxing Machine. Some of his other prominent roles include ‘Masters of the Universe’ and ‘Universal Soldier’.
While most of his other films are not exactly global blockbusters, Lundgren has had a colorful career, starring in more than 40 films and starring superstars like Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Dolph has also directed 7 films herself.
His first acting appearance was a minor role in “James Bond: A View to Kill” where he played a KGB agent. However, it’s no surprise that the one that made him popular was the role of Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV”, a film considered by most fans to be the best in the Rocky series.
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A lot of people don’t know this, but Dolph really injured Stallone while filming “Rocky IV”. During rehearsals, Sylvester kept asking Dolph to hit him as hard as possible.
Given the size of this man, we can all assume how big a mistake that was. He hit Stallone in the chest area so hard that the actor’s heart began to swell enormously.
It was so bad that Stallone even had to spend five days in intensive care.
Due to his incredible physique, Dolph has generally landed parts of soldiers, boxers, and various types of fighters throughout his acting career.
What probably comes as no surprise is that the actor was also an elite ranger in the Swedish army and has a black belt in Kyokushin karate.
But his resume doesn’t stop there – he was also a pentathlon leader, professional model and a personal bodyguard for Grace Jones.
Interesting fact, while he was working for Grace, the young singer was actually the one who convinced him to pursue an acting career. Who knows, if it weren’t for the beautiful model, Apollo Creed would still be alive.
Dolph Lundgren IQ
In Hollywood, we tend to overlook the other characteristics of actors and actresses and focus mainly on their good looks. However, there are those like Dolph who are known for much more than just their beauty.
For instance, Dolph Lundgren is actually a real genius, with an IQ of 160. This puts his name right next to the most famous neurosurgeons, scientists and college professors who fall into the genius IQ category of over 140.
Dolph holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a full scholarship from MIT.
He is also fluent in 7 languages: English, French, Swedish, German, Spanish, Japanese and Italian.
The actor also studied in the United States for some time and often went on various academic scholarships to expand his knowledge. He attended Clemson University in South Carolina and then attended Washington State University.
He received his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982 and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston in 1983.
Today, Dolph occasionally does some work for the Swedish government and helps with certain things related to chemical engineering.
While this is all super impressive, it reminds us not to judge celebrities by their covers.
Dolph isn’t the only celebrity genius; he is joined by Shakira, Madonna, James Woods, Reggie Jackson, Matt Damon, Steve Martin, Ashton Kutcher, Quentin Tarantino and many more global superstars.