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Van Dien in STARSHIP TROOPERS.

About Casper Van Dien (1968 –)

Casper Van Dien was born in Ridgefield, New Jersey, on December 18, 1968. Casper Robert Van Dien, Jr., is the son of Diane (née Morrow), a retired nursery school teacher, and father Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr., a retired U.S. Navy Commander and fighter pilot. The name Casper is a family tradition, given to the eldest son of his family for more than 11 generations.

While growing up, Van Dien was often referred to as "Ken doll" due to his good looks.

When Van Dien was older, his family moved to Florida, where he enrolled at the St. Petersburg branch of the Admiral Farragut Military Academy, graduating 3rd in command. Next, he went to Florida State University in Tallahassee but never graduated.

Later, he moved to Los Angeles, where he landed a number of small parts in various television series and movies. Two early breaks were recurring roles on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live, and the prime time drama, Beverly Hills, 90210.

In 1997, Van Dien starred in the James Dean biopic JAMES DEAN: RACE WITH DESTINY. It wasn't long after that he had the breakthrough role of Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's STARSHIP TROOPERS ; 1997. This directly led to his being cast as Tarzan, in TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY; (1998). He is the 20th Tarzan for Warner Brothers.

Other films include THE OMEGA CODE; (1999), along with his wife Catherine Oxenberg, and THE VECTOR FILE; (2002) (TV), also starring India Oxenberg. Next came Tim Burton's SLEEPY HOLLOW; (1999), with Johnny Depp.

In 1998, Van Dien was nominated for Favorite Male Newcomer in the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

Van Dien was married to Carrie Mitchum, (the granddaughter of Robert Mitchum); from 1993 to 1997. They have two children, Casper "Cappy" Robert Mitchum Van Dien and Caroline "Gracie" Dorothy Grace Van Dien.

On May 8, 1999, he married actress Catherine Oxenberg. Van Dien and Oxenberg have two children: Maya;(born September 20, 2001) and Celeste Alma; (born October 3, 2003).

They are celebrity ambassadors for the non-profit organization Childhelp.

They appeared in their own reality series, I Married a Princess, which aired on the Lifetime Television in the United States and on LIVINGtv in the United Kingdom.

Casper Van Dien's notable movie credits include...

PARTNERS (2000)
PYTHON (2000)
CUTAWAY (2000)
ROAD RAGE (2000)
WINDFALL (2001)
CHASING DESTINY (2001)
UNDER HEAVY FIRE (2001)
DANGER BENEATH THE SEA (2001)
THE VECTOR FILE (2002)
BIG SPENDER (2003)
PREMONITION AKA THE PSYCHIC ( USA title) (2004)
MAIDEN VOYAGE (2004)
SKELETON MAN (2004)
DRACULA 3000 (2004)
STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: Marauder (2008)
BORN TO RIDE (2010)
ASSUMED KILLER (2013)
PATIENT KILLER (2014)
HIGHER MISSION (2014)
MUCHO DINERO (2015)

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Casper Van Dien in TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY (1998) .

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Casper Van Dien in STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997).