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He first appears in the film Rocky IV , in which he is the main antagonist and rival of Rocky Balboa. He also appears in the film Creed II , in which he serves as the trainer to his son Viktor. He is portrayed by Swedish actor and real-life martial artist Dolph Lundgren.
This month marks the 35 th anniversary of Rocky IV , the greatest sports movie ever made in which the intangible idea of communism is defeated by boxing. The plot follows Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone as he basks in his glorious wealth alongside his friend and former rival Apollo Creed Carl Weathers , who is enjoying his retirement as a boxing legend. However, when a Russian ubermensch named Ivan Drago Dolph Lundgren arrives in America to challenge Rocky, Apollo takes it as a personal insult and challenges Drago himself to an exhibition match in Las Vegas. Ignoring the advice of both Rocky and pretty much everyone else around him, Apollo comes out of retirement to fight Drago, only to get beaten literally to death in the opening seconds of the 2 nd round.