Casper Robert Van Dien, Jr. (born December 18, 1968) is an American actor.
Van Dien was born and grew up in Milton, Florida. He is descended from an old Dutch family long settled in the New York area; his other heritage includes Swedish, French, English, and Native American.
Van Dien grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Florida. Moving to Los Angeles, Van Dien landed a number of small parts in various television series and movies. Two early breaks were recurring roles as Ty Moody in 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). Van Dien next played Brom von Brunt in Tim Burton’s 1999 film, Sleepy Hollow.
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.
In 2008 Van Dien returned to the role of Rico in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a direct-to-video sequel to Starship Troopers.
Van Dien is also replacing Matt Mullins as the new Johnny Cage for the second season of the YouTube web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Present at FACTS: 2015