Actor Casper Van Dien — aka Johhny Rico in Starship Troopers — is appearing at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay, Dec. 10-11. The new event, which will celebrate cosplayers of all ages in a festive fashion, features actors, voice actors and comic artists, as well as a roster of the nation’s top cosplayers.
Van Dien is at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay both days and is available for photographs and autographs (prices announced at the convention).
Tickets are available ($30 single day, $45 weekend pass) and retailer applications are still being accepted
Our Favorite Van Dien Characters
In anticipation of Van Dien stars as Johnny Cage in this critically acclaimed TV short based on the hit video gamean Van Dien stars as Johnny Cage in this critically acclaimed TV short based on the hit video game Van Dien’s appearance at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay, Florida Comic Cons, a news media website that covers conventions and cosplayers in The Sunshine State, posted a blog that ranks its 8 favorite Van Dien characters. Below is a preview of the blog, which includes more character info and videos.
Favorite Character Number 1
JohNny Rico in Starship Troopers
Johnny Rico is the main protagonist of the cult film. An expert in everything he does, Johnny Rico is the kind of guy you want on your team!
Favorite Character Number 2
Brom Van Brunt in Sleepy Hollow
An antagonist in the hauntingly delightful Sleepy Hollow, Brom is in love with main love interest Katrina, portrayed by Christina Ricci!
Favorite Character Number 3
John Boutell in Con Man
A wise cracking bartender, John Boutell is the viewer surrogate in Vimeo series Con Man. The show features meta commentary on form Sci-Fi heroes, an ironic not missed based on Van Dien’s role in Starship Troopers.
Favorite Character Number 4
Tarzan in Tarzan and the Lost City
The vine swinging hunk comes to life in this live action adaptation of the classic story. Fun fact- this was the first Tarzan film to be entirely shot on location in Africa!
Favorite Character Number 5
Cyclops in Deadpool the Musical 2- Ultimate Disney Parody
The viral parody musical features Van Dien as a stern Cyclops. The musical, while very NSFW, leaves us in stitches every time!
Favorite Character Number 6
Johnny Cage in Mortal kombat: Legacy
Van Dien stars as Johnny Cage in this critically acclaimed TV short based on the hit video game
Favorite Character Number 7
Griffin Stone in Beverly Hills 90210
As a hunky partying frat bro, Van Dien brings a little bit of everything to this Beverly Hills 90210 character. While he’s quick to make us love the character, Van Dien’s acting chops really shine in this role as we see the character make a heel turn mid season!
Meet Casper Van Dien at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay
You’ll have the chance to meet Casper Van Dien at Holiday Cosplay Tampa Bay 2022 on December 10-11 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.