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Dolph Lundgren in support of Sweden’s Sigtuna Boarding School

By: Mark Cerulli
Published:
2015-02-27
In conjunction with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, Sweden’s prestigious Sigtuna School held a mixer at the upscale Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. FSWL was invited because the guest of honor was Bond alumni Dolph Lundgren, whose daughter was a student at the school.

Dolph Lundgren Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
Since his debut in A View to a Kill (1985), Lundgren has had an enviable career in a notoriously fickle industry. His films were always entertaining and Dolph gave every role his all, including Rocky IV celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which made him an international icon – a spot he’s held ever since! In addition to the timeless Universal Soldier (a personal favorite), which Lundgren pretty much stole whenever he was onscreen, he’s also made a (huge) number of action films all over the world. His old Rocky foe, Sylvester Stallone, tapped him for all three Expendables films (I, II and III) - proving action heroes don’t fade away; they just get stronger...

In a courtyard full of attractive Swedes, Lundgren easily stood out. Up close, he looks amazing, still tan and fit, with an easy smile. When he walks into a room, you know it. During a brief chat, I mentioned he looked as good as he did in 1985. The star replied, “Well… maybe 1987.”

Dolph Lundgren Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
When he addressed the crowd, Mr. Lundgren mentioned that he had originally studied chemical engineering [at Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and University of Sydney in Australia] before getting into showbiz. (“Picking up a machine gun” as he put it.) He also spoke about the difficulties of a celebrity father finding proper schooling for his kids, especially when he is on location for months at a time. When his daughter had educational issues at a private school in Spain, he hunted around for a school that could teach and nurture her – and the Sigtuna School was the perfect solution! Her grades improved and he was happy with the results. Then he turned the microphone over to his stunning daughter Ida, who spoke about her experiences as Lundgren watched with a smile – proof that even the toughest of action heroes has a soft spot when it comes to their kids.

For more information about Dolph Lundgren, visit the official website.

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on James Bond DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.
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