Casper Van Dien

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Casper Van Dien

Van Dien in May 2012.
BornCasper Robert Van Dien, Jr.
(1968-12-18) December 18, 1968 (age 43)
Milton, Florida, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Oxenberg (1999–present; 2 children)
Carrie Mitchum (1993–1997; divorced; 2 children)
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Casper Van Dien

Van Dien in May 2012.
BornCasper Robert Van Dien, Jr.
(1968-12-18) December 18, 1968 (age 43)
Milton, Florida, U.S.
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Catherine Oxenberg (1999–present; 2 children)
Carrie Mitchum (1993–1997; divorced; 2 children)

Casper Robert Van Dien, Jr. (born December 18, 1968) is an American actor.


Early life

Van Dien was born and grew up in Milton, Florida, the son of Diane (née Morrow), a nursery school teacher, and Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr., a U.S. Navy Commander and fighter pilot.[1] There is a long military tradition in Van Dien's family. Aside from his father, his grandfather was a Marine during World War II. Van Dien is descended from an old Dutch family long settled in the New York area; his other heritage includes Swedish, French, English, and Native American.[2]

The street on which Van Dien grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Van Dien Avenue, was named after his great great grandfather.[3] In high school, Van Dien was often referred to as "Ken doll" due to his good looks, and got into many fights for that reason.[4] Later he was described as a "perfect life-sized Ken doll."[5] When Van Dien was older, his family moved to Florida, where he enrolled at the St. Petersburg campus of the Admiral Farragut Academy,[4] graduating 3rd in command. Next, he went to Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Moving to Los Angeles, Van Dien 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. Keen to expand his acting talents, Van Dien took a bit part in the video game, Wing Commander IV.

Van Dien starred in the 1997 James Dean biopic James Dean: Race with Destiny. Soon after, he got the breakthrough role of Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's 1997 science fiction action film Starship Troopers. This directly led to his being cast as Tarzan in Tarzan and the Lost City (1998).[6] Van Dien next played Brom von Brunt in Tim Burton's 1999 film Sleepy Hollow, a reworking of the classic Washington Irving tale.

In 2000 Van Dien appeared in Cutaway as well as Aaron Spelling's short-lived NBC prime time soap Titans with Yasmine Bleeth, John Barrowman, Perry King and Victoria Principal. He filmed several scenes as Patrick Bateman in 2002's The Rules of Attraction, the character that Christian Bale had played in 2000's American Psycho. However, the scenes wound up on the cutting room floor.

In 2008 Van Dien returned to the role of Rico in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a direct-to-video sequel to Starship Troopers.

Personal life

Van Dien was married to Carrie Mitchum (granddaughter of Robert Mitchum) from 1993 to 1997. They have two children, Casper "Cappy" Robert Van Dien III and Caroline Dorothy Grace "Gracie" Van Dien, of whom Van Dien holds full custody. Van Dien had co-starred with Robert Mitchum in James Dean: Race with Destiny.

Van Dien met actress Catherine Oxenberg, who is 7 years his senior, during the filming of the 1999 TV movie The Collectors, and they soon worked together again in the 1999 thriller The Omega Code. On May 8, 1999 they married in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2005 the couple appeared in their own reality series, I Married a Princess, which aired on the Lifetime Television channel[7] in the United States, LIVINGtv in the United Kingdom and Lifestyle You in Australia; Oxenberg's mother is Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. During the 2006-2007 TV season, Van Dien and Oxenberg co-starred in the American drama series Watch Over Me on MyNetworkTV.

Van Dien and Oxenberg have two daughters, Maya (born September 20, 2001) and Celeste Alma (born October 3, 2003). Oxenberg and Van Dien are celebrity ambassadors for the non-profit organization Childhelp.[8]


1984Revenge of the NerdsROTC Javelin Thrower (uncredited)
1997Casper: A Spirited BeginningBystanderVideo
1997Starship TroopersJohnny Rico
1998Tarzan and the Lost CityTarzan
1998Casper Meets WendyCrewcut HunkVideo
1999Omega Code, TheThe Omega CodeGillen Lane
1999Sleepy HollowBrom Van Brunt
2000SanctimonyTom Gerrick
2008Starship Troopers 3: MarauderColonel Johnny Rico
2009Through the Air to Calais or the Wonderful Cruise of Blanchard's BalloonDr. John JeffriesShort film
2011ShiverDet. Sebastian Delgado
2011Born to RideMike Callahan
2012Malibu DaysShort film
2012Pact, TheThe PactBill Creek
2012Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter SequelsJames K. PolkShort film
2012noobzCasper Van DienCompleted
2012Christmas TwisterEthanPost-production
2013Mucho DineroKurtPost-production
2013Assumed MemoriesSam MorrowPost-production
1990Menu for MurderLife GuardTV movie
1991Saved by the BellStudent (uncredited)Episode: "Pipe Dreams"
1991Dangerous WomenBrad Morris1 episode
1992Freshman DormZack Taylor5 episodes
1992Life Goes OnEpisode: "Udder Madness"
1993-1994One Life to LiveTyler 'Ty' MoodyTV series
1994Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanJesseEpisode: "Cattle Drive: Part 1"
Episode: "Cattle Drive: Part 2"
1994Beverly Hills, 90210Griffin Stone7 episodes
1995P.C.H.RandyTV movie
1995Silk StalkingsRoger BarrowsEpisode: "I Know What Scares You"
1995Married with ChildrenEric WatersEpisode: "Blonde and Blonder"
1996Backroads to VegasAdamTV movie
1996Lethal OrbitTom CorbettTV movie
1996Night Eyes Four: Fatal PassionRoyTV movie
1996Wing Commander IV: The Price of FreedomConfed Redshirt #3 (voice)Video game
1996Beastmaster: The Eye of BraxusKing TalTV movie
1996Colony, TheThe ColonyTV movie
1997Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsJake MillerEpisode: "Heart's Desire"
1997NightScreamTeddy Johnson / Ray Ordwell JrTV movie
1997James Dean: Race with DestinyJames DeanTV movie
1998Modern VampiresDallasTV movie
1998On the BorderJake BarnesTV movie
1999Shark AttackSteven McKrayTV movie
1999Collectors, TheThe CollectorsA.K.TV movie
1999Thrill SeekersTom MerrickTV movie
2000PartnersAxelTV movie
2000PythonBart ParkerTV movie
2000Road RageJim TravisTV movie
2000CutawayDelmiraTV movie
2001Chasing DestinyBobby MoritzTV movie
2000-2001TitansChandler Williams14 episodes
2001Going BackCapt. RamseyTV movie
2001Tracker, TheThe TrackerConnor SpearsTV movie
2001Danger Beneath the SeaCommander Miles SheffieldTV movie
2002Vector File, TheThe Vector FileGerryTV movie
2003Big SpenderEddie BurtonTV movie
2003WindfallAce LoganTV movie
2004Skeleton ManStaff Sgt. OberronTV movie
2004What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?Romantic Moritz (uncredited)Documentary
2004Rock Me, BabyMichaelEpisode: "Love at First Flight"
2004Dracula 3000Capt. Abraham Van HelsingTV movie
2005Hollywood FliesZachTV movie
2005Starship TroopersGeneral John Rico (voice)Video game
2005Maiden VoyageKyle ConsidineTV movie
2005Personal EffectsChris LockeTV movie
2005Fallen Ones, TheThe Fallen OnesMatt FletcherTV movie
2005Officer DownOfficer Philip HallowsTV movie
2005PremonitionJack BarnesTV movie
2006MeltdownTomTV movie
2006Curse of King Tut's Tomb, TheThe Curse of King Tut's TombDanny FreemontTV movie
2006SlayerHawkTV movie
2006-2007Watch Over MeAndre Forester64 episodes
2008Aces 'N' EightsLuke RiversTV movie
2008Mask of the NinjaJack BarrettTV movie
2008MonkLt. Steven AlbrightEpisode: "Mr. Monk Is Underwater"
2009MonkLt. Steven AlbrightEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the End: Part 1 & 2"
2009One Hot SummerLuther SimmondsTV movie
2010Turbulent SkiesTomTV movie
2010Laugh Track Mash-upsJamesEpisode: "Coopin' with Mr. Levy"
2010Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas VacationRandy McGovernTV movie
2012Lake EffectsAsh HensonTV movie
2012Fugitive at 17Spencer OliphantTV movie
2012Femme FatalesEpisode: "One Man's Death"
2012Baby's First ChristmasKyleTV movie, post-production

TV work

1991Dangerous WomenBrad Morris
1992Freshman DormZack Taylor
Life Goes OnGuest Star"Udder Madness" (episode)
1993–1994One Life to LiveTy Moody
1994Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanJesse"The Cattle Drive" (episode)
Beverly Hills, 90210Griffin Stone
Married with ChildrenEric"Blonde and Blonder" (episode)
1995Silk StalkingsJeff Chadwick"I Know What Scares You" (episode)
1997The Outer LimitsJake Miller"Heart's Desire" (episode)
2000–2001TitansChandler Williams
2004Rock Me BabyMichael"Love at First Flight" (episode)
2005I Married a PrincessHimself
PremonitionJack Barnes
2006Watch Over MeAndre
2008Chelsea LatelyHimself
2008–2009MonkLt. Albright"Mr. Monk Is Underwater"
"Mr. Monk and the End (Part One)"
"Mr. Monk and the End (Part Two)"


  1. ^ "Sarasota studio brings actor Casper Van Dien home". Retrieved November 13, 2010. Sarasota Herald Trubune, November 13, 2010
  2. ^ Casper Van Dien: Cast in conflict
  3. ^ Staff. "Tarzan of Tarzana", Daily News of Los Angeles, April 22, 1998. Accessed September 22, 2011. "When I was growing up in Ridgewood, NJ, we lived on Van Dien Avenue, which was named after my great-great-great grandfather."
  4. ^ a b People Magazine interview November 13, 2000
  5. ^ Casper Van Dien bio at
  6. ^ Tarzan and the Lost City official site Michael Lake, producer
  7. ^ Ramin Setoodeh (July 11, 2012). "What Happened to Big-Screen Hunk Casper Van Dien?". The Daily Beast.
  8. ^ Celebrity Ambassadors - Retrieved August 6, 2008.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Wolf Larson
Actors to portray Tarzan
Succeeded by
Alex D. Linz / Tony Goldwyn