By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT
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London’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that ’80s action star — and our favorite comeback story waiting to happen — Dolph Ludgren foiled an armed robbery attempt without even being at the scene of the crime. His picture was enough to scare the perpetrators.

The paper says that a trio of armed and masked robbers busted into Lundgren’s villa near Marbella, Spain, and tied up his wife, terrorizing her into forking over cash and jewelry at knife-point. But after noticing a family photo of the brawny 6’5″ karate black belt in one of the home’s bedrooms, they realized that they’d bitten off more than they wanted to chew and fled the scene. Lundgren’s wife, jewelry designer Anette Qviberg, called her husband in tears and he raced back home. The police are still looking for the attackers in the sunny, glitzy seaside area that is also home to such loaded luminaries as Simon Cowell and Antonio Banderas.

Lundgren, the blonde and chiseled Swedish muscleman who played Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV (“I must break you!”), costarred with Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1992’s Universal Soldier, and has cranked out scads of straight-to-DVD action flicks over the past decade. He’ll turn 52 in November. He also holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering, attended M.I.T. on a Fulbright, and has a reported IQ of 160. He is currently starring in Sylvester Stallone’s action flick, The Expendables.

Wouldn’t you flee, too?

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