Casper Robert Van Dien, Jr. (born December 18 1968, in or Ridgefield, New Jersey) is an American actor, best known for his role as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers and most recently as bodyguard Andre in My Network TV's Watch Over Me.
Casper grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey. His mother is a retired nursery school teacher, and his father a retired U.S. Navy pilot. There is a long military tradition in Van Dien's family. Besides his father, his grandfather was a marine during World War II. Van Dien is a descendant of an old Dutch family long settled in the New York area; his other heritage includes Swedish, French, English and Native American. When he was older, his family returned 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, enrolling in pre-med. Looking for college electives, he began taking theater classes. Soon acting began to overshadow...
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Danger Beneath the Sea is a thriller TV movie released in 2001.The story revolves around an American nuclear attack submarine named the USS Lansing which, after a North Korean nuclear missile test goes wrong, is cut off from communications. After detecting radioactivity in the air and believing the world to be at nuclear war, the Executive Officer on board the vessel takes command of the ship from the Captain and prepares to fire the submarine's nuclear missiles at targets in Russia. Some members of the crew don't believe this scenario and join with the Captain to take back control of the ship, while a second American Submarine is given the task of hunting down and destroying the Lansing before it can start a real war.In the end the Captain is successful in regaining control of the vessel and preventing the ship's missiles from being launched. After then having to outmanouvre the vessel tasked with destroying the Lansing, the Captain surfaces in a Russian harbour and uses a mobile...,
Python (2000) is a made-for-TV horror movie directed by Richard Clabaugh. The film features several cult favorite actors, including William Zabka of The Karate Kid fame, Wil Wheaton, Jenny McCarthy, Keith Coogan, Robert Englund (best known for his role as Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films), and Sean Whalen, forever memorable as the character with the unintelligible, peanut-butter-impeded answer in the "Who shot Alexander Hamilton?" Got Milk? commercial.
The film concerns a genetically engineered snake that pursues and eats people. It includes the classic Final Girl scenario evident in films like Friday the 13th. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California and Malibu, California.
Python was followed by two sequels: Python II (2002) and Boa vs. Python (2004), both also made-for-TV films.
The crew of a plane flying at night gets nervous when the mysterious cargo it is carrying starts making noises and shifting. When one of the crew opens the crate to take a...,
Sleepy Hollow (1999) is an historical horror film directed by Tim Burton, interpreting the legend of The Headless Horseman and based loosely around the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The film was written by Andrew Kevin Walker (based on the Washington Irving story) and retooled by Tom Stoppard. It starred Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, and was scored by Tim Burton stalwart, Danny Elfman. Principal photography took place at Leavesden Film Studios in the UK, although portions of the film's opening (featuring a dialogue-free Martin Landau cameo) were actually shot in New York State, not far from the actual town of Sleepy Hollow.
Though not a critical smash, the film opened to generally positive reviews and was a  reasonable financial success, leading Warner Brothers executives to offer Burton the Planet of the Apes remake in its wake. Sleepy Hollow received the 1999 Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
In 1799, young constable Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) is...,
Shark Attack is a 1999 television film directed by Bob Misiorowski and starring Casper Van Dien and Ernie Hudson. The film is about a marine biologist that searches for some answers about the shark that killed one of his friends.The film was followed by two direct-to-video sequels, Shark Attack 2 in 2001, and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon in 2002....
Tarzan and the Lost City is a 1998 American action movie and adventure film directed by Carl Schenkel. It stars Casper Van Dien, Jane March and Steven Waddington.
The screenplay by Bayard Johnson and J. Anderson Black is loosely based on the Tarzan stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The original music score is composed by Christopher FrankeTagline:A new Tarzan for a new generation.In 1913, on the night before Jane Porter's wedding to John Clayton, Lord Greystoke (also known as Tarzan), her bridegroom receives a disturbing vision of his childhood homeland in peril. Much to Jane's distress, Clayton leaves for Africa to help. The educated explorer Nigel Ravens is seeking the legendary city of Opar, to plunder its ancient treasures. But then Jane decides to follow her fiancé, and he must protect her while trying to stop Ravens and his men.
Starship Troopers is a 1997 film directed by Paul Verhoeven, written by Edward Neumeier, and starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards. The movie is loosely based on the novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.
Starship Troopers tells the story of an interplanetary war between Earth and colonies of large insect-like aliens in the twenty-third century. It focuses on the experiences of Juan "Johnny" Rico (Van Dien), one of three friends who sign up to the military one year before Earth declares war on the aliens.
The film opens to a futuristic television viewing sequence. The news is dominated by an ongoing war with the aliens, called Arachnids or Bugs due to their appearance. A one year flashback takes the scene to the posh Buenos Aires high school of a young man named Juan "Johnny" Rico (Van Dien). History teacher Mr Rasczak (Michael Ironside) forcefully quizzes his students about the efficacy of "naked force" in dispute resolution, and the need for civic...,
Casper Van Dien was born in Milton, Florida, Santa Rosa County