He is the 6th Casper in his family (his son is the 7th). His father was a Navy commander/pilot; both his grandfathers were in the military, one as a Marine infantryman, the other as a naval doctor. He attended Florida's Admiral Farragut Academy, graduating third in command of his class. He went to Florida State in 1988. There he became interested in acting and moved to Los Angeles. He landed many different TV series parts. "Griffin Stone" in "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) and "Ty Moody" in "One Life to Live" (1968). His son, Cappy Van Dien, was born in September of 1993; his daughters, Grace Van Dien, in 1996, Maya Van Dien on September 20th 2001 and Celeste Van Dien on Oct 3rd 2003. His movie credits have included the title role in James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) (TV), the lead (Johnny Rico) in Paul Verhoeven's hit science-fiction adventure, Starship Troopers (1997). He became the 20th screen Tarzan in the Warner Bros. Village Roadshow film Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). He then starred in The Omega Code (1999) with his wife Catherine Oxenberg and the The Vector File (2002) (TV) also starring India Oxenberg. Next came Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999) with Johnny Depp.IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <email@example.com>
Casper grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey on Van Dien Avenue (Named after his great great Grandfather). When he and his family moved to Florida, he attended Admiral Farragut Academy where he graduated third in command. Later, he attended Florida State University. He then moved LA to pursue an acting career where he found success in many different series and television movies. His breakthrough role was as the lead in Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece Starship Troopers (1997). Sony/Touchstone Picture's "Starship Troopers" was one of the most talked about films of 1997 and has had a huge cult following. He was also in Tim Burton's critically acclaimed film Sleepy Hollow (1999), which is based on the classic Washington Irving story of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) and the Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken). In this film by Paramount Pictures, Casper starred as Brom van Brunt, a suitor of Katrina vanTassel (Christina Ricci). Van Dien starred as "Lord of the Jungle" in the Warner Bros. film Tarzan and the Lost City (1998). Other film credits include Big Spender (2003) (TV) with Graham Green, James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) (TV) with Robert Mitchum, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2006) (TV) for Hallmark Entertainment and the Surprise hit The Omega Code (1999) with his wife Catherine Oxenberg. Catherine and Casper have worked together on several different projects including a TV series they produced and starred together in for Lifetime Television called "I Married a Princess" (2005). They have formed a company together with a unique vision to produce socially responsible, quality family entertainment with the intention of uplifting and transforming people.IMDb Mini Biography By: Casper's Manager
|Catherine Oxenberg||(8 May 1999 - present) 2 children|
|Carrie Mitchum||(1993 - 1997) (divorced) 2 children|
He has encountered a number of coincidences with his name during his life: when he was young, his family lived on Van Dien Avenue; he played James Dean (the name Dean is a derivative of Van Dien), Starship Troopers (1997), which he starred in, was filmed in Casper, Wyoming; and the character he played in Sleepy Hollow (1999) was named Van Brunt and, apparently, the Van Brunts are distant relatives of the Van Diens.
Dislocated his finger during a fight scene in Sleepy Hollow (1999).
Chipped two teeth in Starship Troopers (1997) when he was on the back of a "tanker" bug.
Given title "Sexiest Soap Star" from People Magazine. [November 2000]
Casper grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey, coincidentally on Van Dien Ave. The street itself is named for a relative.
Daughter, Maya Van Dien, born in L.A. [20 September 2001]
Daughter, Grace Van Dien, born Oct 15th 1996
Step-daughter, India Oxenberg, born June 7th 1991.
His son Cappy Van Dien is named Casper. Every first born son of the family is named Casper. His son is the 7th.
He is the 20th Tarzan.
His mother is an Interfaith Minister, nurse, teacher, sailing instructor, and has been married to Casper's father for over 40 years. She married both of Casper's sisters to their husbands.
He has 3 sisters. Sudi Van Dien is 2 years older and Kristin is 2 years younger. Debbie is his half sister who is 14 years older.
Grew up living on the same block as actor Robert Sean Leonard. They raced each other in go-carts down Bobby's (Robert's) street.
He was a published poet at 17 years old.
He played the trumpet for 7 years. (played the bugle for taps and reveille during boot camp for Starship Troopers)
One grandfather, Casper Anson Van Dien, served in the Marine Corps in WWI. The other Grandfather, William Burnel Morrow, served in the Navy in WWII. His father (Casper Robert Van Dien, Sr.) served in the Navy as a Pilot.
Graduated from "Admiral Farragut Academy" as Operations Officer (3rd in command) in 1988.
Was an extra in a couple of episodes of "Saved by the Bell" (1989).
Mark Twain is his great great great uncle.
Filmed some scenes as Patrick Bateman in The Rules of Attraction (2002) that were cut from the final film.
Was considered for the role of Corporal Upham in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
I bounce off four walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because I only sleep those four hours a day.
We make a lot of mistakes for women, and we'll always do it again.
|Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)||$500,000.00|
|Shark Attack (1999) (TV)||$750,000.00|
|The Omega Code (1999)||$500,000.00|
|Going Back (2001) (TV)||$800,000.00|
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