Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 1

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 20 May 2013 | updated - 10 Feb 2017 | Public

"Wait a minute! Haven't I seen this list before?"

In 2009, I used to begin compiling a cumulative list of genuine martial artists who also appeared in movies, accompanied by trivia. About two years later, an IMDb user pasted my entries into this format to create a clone list (he wasn't the first: a user on the Action Fans forum did the same thing).

"Why should I check out this list if I've seen the other one?"

Better and more up-to-date information. I regularly revised the Amazon lists, and as a result have more current entry and trivia information.


This is a list of legitimate martial artists appearing in movies, accompanied by the styles they practice(d), the recognition they've received for them, and individual trivia.


  • the performer must be an actual practitioner of a martial art; simply portraying martial artists in film, no matter how well or how often, is not enough
  • the martial art(s) in question must be able to be identified and verified by a source other than hearsay
  • individual accomplishments (e.g. tournaments won, belts held) must likewise be verifiable
  • Mixed Martial Arts, Tai Chi, and weapons-based styles can only be credited if the person in question practices another style as well (I reserve the right to make exceptions)
  • Kickboxing is considered a martial art
  • Tae Bo, boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics are not considered martial arts
  • styles incorporating firearms usage (e.g. Systema) are not considered


NOTE: a lot of the trivia listed here did originally come from IMDb pages, but I've only included information I was able to verify from other sources as well.


**Though I have done my utmost to ensure that all information below is factual and up-to-date, I may have made mistakes and therefore make no claims about this list's infallibility**


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1. Cynthia Rothrock

Actress | Cui hua kuang mo

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Cui hua kuang mo (1993), Honor and Glory (1993) and Above the Law (1986).

Tang Soo Do (8th Dan), Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan), Kenpo, Eagle Claw, Wushu, Northern Shaolin, Pai Lum (5-time World Karate Champion; AKA & NKC Champion; Long Beach International, Battle of Atlanta, Diamond Nationals, Fort Worth Pro Am & California Superstars Nationals/Internationals Champion; Black Belt & Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the only world champion in weapons & forms competition to win the title five times consecutively


2. Karen Sheperd

Stunts | Mystery Men

Karen Sheperd is an American actress in film, television and theatre. Her recurring guest-star role as "The Enforcer" on television's "Hercules, The Legendary Journeys", opposite Kevin Sorbo, received the highest ratings ever for the entire series. Karen recently appeared on "Criminal Minds" with ...

Shotokan Karate, Kajukenbo, Wun Hop Kuen (7th Dan; 2-time US Open Karate Champion; 2-time Diamond Nationals Champion; 2-time West Coast Nationals Champion; Battle of Atlanta, AKA Grand Nationals & US Black Belt Champion; WKC Gold medalist; Black Belt & Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was the first female Grand Champion of the US Open Karate tournament


3. Loren Avedon

Actor | The King of the Kickboxers

After graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1980, while attending college Loren Avedon signed up at the Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do Karate school in Los Angeles. He received his first "break" while training late one night at the Karate school. Producer Roy Horan was looking for an actor/martial ...

Hapkido (8th Dan), Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan)

Trivia: gained his initial film roles as a result of producers calling his master's dojo in need of extras


4. Biao Yuen

Actor | Bai ga jai

Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as ...

Wing Chun, Judo, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: attended the Peking Opera Academy alongside Jackie Chan, Corey Yuen, and Sammo Hung


5. Billy Blanks

Actor | The Last Boy Scout

Muscular African American sports star, actor, media identity and inventor of the phenomenally popular "Tae Bo" fitness system, derived from his extensive martial arts training. Blanks was born in Eerie, Pennsylvania in 1955 amongst humble backgrounds and grew up as one of 15 children, battling ...

Karate, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan; 7-time PKL Champion; US Olympic Team captain; Karate Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is also an amateur boxing, and a former Massachusetts Golden Gloves Champion and Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions


6. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria ...

Hapkido, Northern Shaolin, Tae Kwon Do, Bak Mei, Wing Chun (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: holds the Guinness World Record for "most stunts performed by a living actor"


7. Shin'ichi Chiba

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as lethal "fists for hire" trouble shooter, Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi, starring in the phenomenally popular and ultra violent "The Street Fighter" series of action films. Sonny Chiba wasn't a graceful, fluid fighter like screen icon Bruce Lee...

Goju-Ryu & Kyokushin Karate (2nd & 4th Dan), Ninjutsu (4th Dan), Judo (2nd Dan), Shorinji Kenpo (1st Dan), Kendo (1st Dan)

Trivia: trained extensively for the 1964 Olympic Gymnastics team but never participated due to an injury


8. Mark Dacascos

Actor | Le pacte des loups

Mark Dacascos was born on February 26, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mark Alan Dacascos. He is known for his work on Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Only the Strong (1993) and Drive (1997). He has been married to Julie Condra since January 5, 1998. They have three children.

Wun Hop Kuen (2-time Long Beach International Champion; 2-time Hamburg Karate Champion), Chin Na, Shui Jao, Capoeira, Karate, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, Wushu, Muay Thai

Trivia: won his first international martial arts tournament at age 9

Best seen in DRIVE

9. Jason David Frank

Actor | Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in the long-running family television show Power Rangers. He is the voice of Emissary in Transformers: Titans Returns and brings Bloodshot to life in the highly-anticipated project Ninjak vs.the Valiant Universe. Always one looking for ...

Karate (7th Dan; World Karate Union, AKKFF & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Toso Kune Do (founder), Muay Thai (MTIA Gold medalist), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-0)

Trivia: his Rising Sun Karate studio has received awards from the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the Educational Funding Company


10. Matthias Hues

Actor | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Matthias Hues was born on Valentine's Day in Waltrop, Germany, to the late Dr. Josef Hues and Maria Humperdinck Hues who still resides in Germany. Maria is the niece of Engelbert Humperdinck, composer of the opera Hansel and Gretel.

Matthias was very involved in sports from an early age on. By the ...

Karate, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Judo

Trivia: standing 6'5" and weighing 250 pounds in his prime, Hues has often needed to do his own stunts because there weren't many stuntmen as large as him


11. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

Wing Chun, Judo, Hapkido

Trivia: the distinctive scar on his upper lip is the result of a legitimate Kowloon street fight


12. Tony Jaa

Actor | Ong-bak 3

Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts at the local ...

Muay Boran, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo

Trivia: was inspired to take up acting roles when his friends doubted his prospects as a stuntman

Best seen in TOM YUM GOONG

13. Shô Kosugi

Actor | Ninja Assassin

Easily the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze, Kosugi was a proficient martial artist & skilled weapons performer which was highlighted in his several starring roles.

Kosugi grew up as the youngest child and only son of a Tokyo fisherman, and began his martial arts ...

Ninjutsu (All Japan Karate Champion), Judo, Xing Yi Quan, Tae Kwon Do, Shito-Ryu, Shindo Jinen-Ryu & Shotokan Karate, Kendo

Trivia: became a national martial arts champion at age 18


14. Lorenzo Lamas

Actor | Grease

Lorenzo Fernando Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actors Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas. His father was Argentinian and his mother was American, of Norwegian descent. Lorenzo was raised in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1968, his family moved to New York. He attended ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Karate, Kenpo, Jujitsu

Trivia: has appeared in over 700 episodes of different TV shows


15. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Yee Chuen Tao (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: received most of his martial arts training from his father's student, Dan Inosanto

Best seen in RAPID FIRE

16. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

Wing Chun (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Jeet Kune Do (founder), Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Silat, Tai Chi, Choy Li Fut, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Hung Gar, Hapkido, Wushu, Muay Thai

Trivia: his physical feats included performing 50 reps of one-armed chin-ups, performing push-ups with only one thumb and index finger, and landing a 3-foot punch in 0.05 seconds


17. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

Wushu (5-time Chinese National Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Bagua Zhang, Tai Chi, Xing Yi Quan, Zui Quan, Tang Lang Quan, Ying Zhao Quan

Trivia: an impressed Richard Nixon jokingly requested Li be his personal bodyguard after watching him perform in the United States at age 11; Li replied he'd rather use his skills to protect the people of China

Best seen in HERO

18. Chia-Hui Liu

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Chia-Hui Liu was born on August 22, 1951 in Guangdong, China as Jin-Hsi Shin. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).

Hung Gar

Trivia: used to skip school as a youth to attend martial arts practice


19. Dolph Lundgren

Actor | Rocky IV

Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...

Kyokushin & Goju-Ryu Karate (3rd Dan; 3-time Swedish National Open Champion; 2-time EKC Champion; British & Australian National Open Champion; Swedish National Team captain), Tae Kwon Do, Judo

Trivia: was the former personal bodyguard of Grace Jones, whom he lived with for four years

Best seen in THE PUNISHER

20. Johnny Nguyen

Actor | Tom yum goong

Johnny left Vietnam at the age of 8, uncertain of what destination lied ahead. As a boy, he already loved Hong Kong cinema. Johnny would soon start training in martial arts and now has over 18 years of experience in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Japanese Aikido. Johnny is now also an expert in Wushu, which ...

Wushu (Pan-American Gold medalist; US National Team member), Lien Feng Kwon, Tae Kwon Do, Vovinam, Tai Chi, Aikido

Trivia: is the grandson of Nguyễn Lộc, the founder of Vovinam

Best seen in THE REBEL

21. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

Tang Soo Do (10th Dan; 6-time WPKC Champion; 2-time Winter Nationals Champion; IKF, ATC, USA Pro Team & AAKC Champion; Black Belt & WKU Hall of Fame entry), Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan), Chun Kuk Do (founder), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt), Shito-Ryu & Shotokan Karate, Kenpo, Judo, Hapkido, Jujitsu

Trivia: at the time of his certification in 1997, he was the first westerner to attain the 8th Dan in Tae Kwon Do


22. Richard Norton

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

A powerful screen presence, Richard Norton wins the applause of international audiences with his engaging ability to play either the hero or the heavy. Rare versatility and focused work ethic have enabled him to build an expanding library of almost 100 film and television titles. The disciplines ...

Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (4th degree black belt), Zen Do Kai (8th Dan; co-founder), Chun Kuk Do (5th Dan), Judo, Aikido, Muay Thai

Trivia: was formerly a bodyguard, having personally protected the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks

Best seen in MY LUCKY STARS

23. Simon Rhee

Stunts | Inception

Simon Rhee is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hap Ki Do. He is a World-Class Martial Artist known for his beautiful kicks and incredible forms, and is a many-time Grand Champion of the tournament circuit. Karate Illustrated noted that, "Simon Rhee has the ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Hapkido (4th Dan), Wing Chun

Trivia: began his martial arts training as a child, following a bout with meningitis

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST

24. Phillip Rhee

Producer | Best of the Best

Phillip Rhee is a master martial artist, actor and filmmaker best known for creating the "BEST of the BEST" film franchise with his producing partner and mentor Peter E. Strauss (Executive VP and Mandalay Pictures) and Frank Giustra, a Canadian Billionaire and founder of Lions Gate. The first "Best...

Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan), Hapkido (3rd Dan), Kendo (1st Dan), Wing Chun

Trivia: is a senior instructor at the Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do academy

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST

25. Ho-Sung Pak

Actor | Lesser of Three Evils

Korean-American born Ho Sung-Pak is best known for two accomplishments in martial arts. A wushu champion, Ho was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1991. His first accomplishment was that he played both Liu Kang and Shang Tsung in the video game that started a fad and 2 movies, Mortal ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin & Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Lama Pai (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a member of the PKL and NASKA organizational bodies

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

26. Tak Sakaguchi

Actor | Versus

It seems that right at birth, Tak Sakaguchi was bound to be a force to be reckoned with. From an early age, he exhibited excellent motor skills and cat-like reflexes; putting these skills to use and excelling in martial arts such as Judo and boxing. Surprisingly, even with his stunning looks and ...

Bājíquán, Shaolin Kenpo, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: was an underground street fighter prior to his film career

Best seen in VERSUS

27. Steven Seagal

Actor | Exit Wounds

Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome (often with ponytail) action star who burst onto the martial arts film scene in 1988 in the fast-paced Warner Bros. film Above the Law (1988).

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical ...

Aikido (7th Dan; Black Belt, Martial Arts & HMAIS Hall of Fame entry), Kendo, Kenjutsu, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Escrima

Trivia: was the first U.S. citizen to operate a martial arts dojo in Japan

Best seen in ABOVE THE LAW

28. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Robin Shou is the fourth child of a Shanghai tailor and homemaker. His family moved to the US in 1971. Their first home in Los Angeles was a 2 bedroom apartment near Olympic and Vermont, today known as Koreatown.

Shou didn't start attending martial arts classes until he was 19. He took Kenpo (Karate...

Wushu (Chinese National Gold & Silver medalist; Chinese National Team member), Kenpo

Trivia: pursued acting in the U.S. after becoming exasperated with his limited choice of roles in Hong Kong

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT

29. Wesley Snipes

Actor | Blade

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Maryann (Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that the theater was to be his career. He attended the High School ...

Shotokan Karate (5th Dan), Hapkido (2nd Dan), Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 12

Best seen in BLADE

30. Jeff Speakman

Actor | The Perfect Weapon

Jeff Speakman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he became a All-American springboard diver in high school. He broke records in his school's district and conference all without ever having a coach. Determined to go to college, he worked for six years and graduated with honors from ...

Kenpo (8th, 4th & 2nd Dan under different masters; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Goju-Ryu Karate (7th Dan)

Trivia: is the founder of the AKKS karate organization, currently operating 50 schools internationally


31. Jason Statham

Actor | Crank

Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...

Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a former member of British National Diving Team, having place 12th in the '92 World Championships


32. Tak-Hing Kwan

Actor | Huang Fei Hong hu zhao hui qan ying

When he was 13 years old, he joined an entertainment troupe on tour of Singapore. During these years he began to study performing. In 1932 he debuted in the film "Gor Nui Ching Chiu" ("Sentimental Song of Companions' Tide") playing a bit part, shot in San Francisco (USA). Soon he came back to Hong ...

White Crane, Hung Gar

Trivia: portrayed the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hung over 70 times in film; Wong's surviving wife gave her approval by declaring he looked exactly like her late husband

Best seen in THE SKYHAWK

33. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Team

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was ...

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate (Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Silver medalist; WAKO Team Champion; Belgium National Team member)

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Claude Goetz

Best seen in BLOODSPORT

34. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (3rd Dan), Kobudo, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, Tae Kwon Do (US Open & North American Open Champion)

Trivia: has trained in the martial arts with Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez, Bobby Lowe, Shokei Matsui, Jean-Claude Van Damme, James Lew, Don Wilson, Peter Cunningham, Billy Blanks, Gene LeBell, and Joe Lewis

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE

35. Jeff Wincott

Actor | The Night Of

Jeff was born in Toronto, Canada and attended Ryerson University for Theatre.

He worked on stage in Anne Of A Thousand Days, Play It Again Sam, Romeo and Juliet and in the Toronto Premier of Martin Sherman's play Bent.

He moved to New York to study with Stella Adler, Michael Kahn, and Eli Rill.


Shotokan Karate (5th Dan; Ontario Open & North American Open Champion), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan)

Trivia: once thwarted a mugging in New York City with his younger brother, Michael Wincott


36. Michael Worth

Actor | Killing Cupid

Born in Philadelphia, Michael came from a line of German sailors on one side and American Delaware Indians on the other. As a 10 year old Michael directed his first film entitle The Tire. It was shot with a super-8 camera his mother bought him. He continued making short films into his late teens. ...

Tang Soo Do (1st Dan), Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, Judo, Northern Shaolin, Wing Chun, Escrima

Trivia: studied the martial arts under and was an assistant instructor of Jerry Poteet

Best seen in US SEALS 2

37. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man


Early Life

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.


Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Judo (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Wushu, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: trained for two years with the Beijing Wushu Team

Best seen in IP MAN

38. Bolo Yeung

Actor | Bloodsport

Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular ...

Wing Chun, Tai Chi

Trivia: is a former Chinese National Powerlifting Champion

Best seen in BLOODSPORT

39. Scott Adkins

Actor | Doctor Strange

Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar ...

Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wushu, Krav Maga

Trivia: is a PKA-certified Kickboxing instructor

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3

40. John Barrett

Actor | Gymkata

John Barrett was born on April 30, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Gymkata (1985), Steel Dawn (1987) and An Eye for an Eye (1981).

Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan; MAI Champion)

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Chuck Norris


41. Daniel Bernhardt

Actor | John Wick

Daniel Bernhardt was born on the 31st August 1965 in Worblaufen, Bern in Switzerland. After finishing high school, he studied architectural design for four years and graduated in Bern. At the same time he opened a martial arts school with his brother. After completing his studies, Daniel moved to ...

Kickboxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: was discovered by producer Mark DiSalle while filming a martial arts-themed commercial for Versace jeans alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme

Best seen in BLOODSPORT II

42. David Bradley

Actor | American Ninja 4: The Annihilation

David Bradley was born on October 2, 1953 in Texas, USA as Brad Simpson. He is an actor and writer, known for American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990), American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) and American Samurai (1992).

Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Iaido, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu

Trivia: his birth name is Brad Simpson


43. Michael Chaturantabut

Actor | The Time Machine

Mike Chat as his friends call him, represents a new wave of Kung Fu, with over 14 years of experience, combining Okinawan Shorei-Ryu as a 4th degree black belt, Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Wushu, Kickboxing, yoga, ballet, dance and acrobatics. Mike was inducted in the World martial Arts Hall of Fame in ...

Shorei-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kickboxing (ISKA, WAKO, NASKA & US Grand Open Champion; Black Belt & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the co-creator Xtreme Martial Arts and owner of the XMA brand


44. Ching-Ying Lam

Actor | Bai ga jai

Ching-Ying Lam was born on December 27, 1952 in Shanghai, China, the third of six children. He attended Shun Yi Association Elementary School in Hong Kong for 2 years. He later attended the Chun Chau Drama Society to learn Peking Opera, where he portrayed female roles and did stunt-doubling for ...

Wing Chun

Trivia: was rumored to be rivals with Sammo Hung, though Hung carried the urn during his funeral in 1997

Best seen in MR. VAMPIRE

45. Keith Cooke

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Keith Cooke is a man of many qualities, accomplished in the arts of Wushu, Tae Kwon Do and Karate.

He started his WuShu training in 1973, under Roger Tung. In 1980 he went to China and he trained for 5 hours a day and entered the competition circuit in 1983. He immediately gained a second place in ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Karate (5-Time US Open Champion; Budweiser National & Atlantic World Team member; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the founder of the Keith Cooke Studio and the Champion Martial Arts school of Los Angeles

Best seen in CHINA O'BRIEN

46. Doo-hong Jung

Stunts | Bereullin

Doo-hong Jung was born on December 14, 1966 in South Korea. He is known for his work on Bereullin (2013), Beterang (2015) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: became the youngest Korean action director in history at age 25


47. Leo Fong

Actor | Runaway Killer

Fong was born in the Xinhui district of the city of Jiangmen, located in the province of Canton, China in 1928. At the age of five, he arrived in Seattle, Washington with his parents and siblings, where they were detained for a time, as was common with immigrants from Asia. Upon being released in ...

Wei Kuen Do (founder), Judo, Escrima, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu, Choy Lay Fut, Sil Lum, Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Tang Soo Do, Karate

Trivia: was a personal friend of Bruce Lee, whose formation of Jeet Kune Do he influenced with his boxing techniques

Best seen in LOW BLOW

48. Sheng Fu

Actor | Na Zha

Born Chang Fu-Sheng to a wealthy family on October 20th, 1954, in Hong Kong. His English adopted name was Alexander. He was the ninth of 11 siblings. He was considered his father's favorite. Unlike the rest of his family, he showed little interest in academic and had no desire to try his hand in ...

Judo, Karate

Trivia: lived in what was Bruce Lee's Hong Kong residence and died almost exactly ten years after Lee's own death


49. Bryan Genesse

Actor | Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target

Bryan Genesse was born on March 20, 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Bryan V. Genesse. He is known for his work on Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1998), Bad Guys (2000) and The Alternate (2000). He has been married to Brooke Theiss since June 18, 1994. They have two children.

Hung Gar, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

Trivia: studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under John Machado


50. Yasuaki Kurata

Actor | Jing wu ying xiong

Yasuaki Kurata was born on March 20, 1946 in Ibaraki, Japan. He is an actor and producer, known for Jing wu ying xiong (1994), Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) and Dang kou feng yun (2017).

Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Dan), Judo (3rd Dan), Aikido (2nd Dan), Kendo

Trivia: is the operator of the Kurata Action stunt club


51. Jang Lee Hwang

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

Hwang Jang-Lee is the ultimate bootmaster. Known for his powerful and deadly kicks on screen as well as off, Hwang has a reputation as the Lord of the Superkickers. Born in Japan, Hwang's family moved back to their native Korea, where at the age of 14, Hwang began taking the national martial art of...

Tae Kwon Do (9th Dan), Tang Soo Do

Trivia: reportedly killed a knife fighter in self-defense with a single roundhouse kick


52. Dragon Lee

Actor | Shen wei san meng long

Dragon Lee was born in 1940 in North Korea as Mun Kyong-sok. He is an actor, known for Shen wei san meng long (1980), Wit's End (1971) and Secret Ninja (1982).


Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Grandmaster Hwang In-Shik


53. Eric Lee

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Eric started his training with his father after dinner. The martial art was Choi Li Fut. At that time, everybody practiced Kung Fu. Eric Lee was inspired by the black and white series Won Duck Hing.

Eric and his family moved to California and at the age of 15 his formal martial arts training started...

Wun Hop Kuen (7th Dan), Kajukenbo (9th degree black belt), Jeet Kune Do, Northern & Southern Shaolin, Choy Lay Fut, Tai Chi, Chin-Na, Judo, Wing Chun, Hung Gar (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the recipient of two Golden Fist Awards


54. Jason Scott Lee

Actor | Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, Jason Scott Lee was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Hawaii from the age of two. His interest in acting began while studying in high school. It blossomed further when he enrolled in Fullerton College, where he studied under acting coach Sal Romeo. His ...

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Jerry Poteet


55. Siu-Lung Leung

Actor | Kung fu

Born in Hong Kong in 1948, 'Bruce' Leung Siu-Lung was the eldest of twelve brothers (which included stuntman/martial arts actor/action choreographer 'Tony' Leung Siu-Hung) and he obtained his martial arts training from his father at the Cantonese Opera. He also learned different forms of Karate and...

Gōjū-Ryū Karate, Wing Chun

Trivia: was boycotted in Hong Kong after he advertised his films in mainland China


56. Alexander Rei Lo

Actor | Hong men jue e zhe

Alexander Lo won the Taiwan 1978 Tae Kwan do championship, and got into the movie business after his older brother Tong Lung introduced him to director Robert Tai, with whom he most frequently collaborated. Alexander worked on many films about Ninjas, such as Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987), Ying zi jun ...

Tae Kwon Do (Taiwan National Champion)

Trivia: frequently collaborated with kickboxer Eugene Thomas


57. Angela Mao

Actress | Enter the Dragon

Angela Mao was born as Mao Ching Ying in 1950 as the third of eight children to a family of entertainers for the Peking Opera House. She had a successful career as a Chinesa Opera actress, where her flexibility and martial arts first developed. She was discovered by film producer Raymond Chow who ...

Hapkido (3rd Dan), Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is the survivor of a mugging, having successfully fought off an attacker while walking home

Best seen in LADY KUNG FU

58. Kurt McKinney

Actor | No Retreat, No Surrender

Kurt McKinney originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of 21 he was already a black belt in taekwondo and an amateur kickboxing champion. He decided to become an actor and moved to Hollywood. He would go on to star in the 1985 film No Retreat, No Surrender as the lead. The film, one ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kickboxing (record: 1-0)

Trivia: reportedly turned down roles in martial arts movies for fear of being typecast


59. Jalal Merhi

Producer | Expect to Die

Jalal Merhi is recognized worldwide as a premiere action-film producer / director after successfully delivering over 20 films worldwide within a decade, and numerous short film projects. Born in Brazil from to Lebanese parents, Jalal emigrated to Canada to study and eventually built an extension of...

Shotokan Karate (2nd Dan), Tae Kwon Do, Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar (Canada Cup Classic Champion)

Trivia: was a professional jeweler prior to his film career

Best seen in TIGER CLAWS

60. Matt Mullins

Stunts | Divergent

From his humble beginnings of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Matt Mullins has risen to become world renown in martial arts, and as a star in the CW4Kids show "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight".

With 5 martial art world titles in hand, Matt moved from Naperville, IL to Hollywood and quickly began ...

Shōrei-Ryū Karate (5th Dan; 6-time NASKA Champion; 5-time AKA Champion; 5-Time WKC Champion), Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the leader of the Sideswipe performance team


61. Gerald Okamura

Actor | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Born in Hilo, Hawaii in 1940. Gerald started Martial Arts with Judo in 1953. He has practiced Kendo, Aikido, Taekwondo, and he is currently a 5th degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo (his sensei was the late Jimmy H. Woo). Gerald is a designer of various types of weaponry that have been featured in...

San Soo, Judo, Kendo, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has been featured four times on the cover of Inside Kung Fu Magazine


62. Yukari Ôshima

Actress | Lik wong

Daughter of a Chinese woman, who spent her childhood in Nishi Ku (Fukuoka City). When she was in elementary school, her parents divorced and she went to live with her mother, who ran a little restaurant. Being a child she practiced karate in junior high school, represented Kyushu in several ...

Gōjū-Ryū Karate (Japan National Champion), Hung Gar

Trivia: was inspired to enter the film business by watching Sing Lung's YOUNG MASTER

Best seen in IRON ANGELS

63. Cyril Raffaelli

Stunts | Banlieue 13

Cyril Raffaelli was born on April 1, 1974. He is known for his work on District B13 (2004), District 13: Ultimatum (2009) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

Shotokan Karate, Wushu

Trivia: has trained in gymnastics at l'École de cirque Annie Fratellini since age 14

Best seen in DISTRICT B13

64. Siu-Wong Fan

Actor | Lik wong

Siu-Wong Fan was born in Hong Kong in 1973, the son of 1970s kung fu film actor Mei-Sheng Fan. At the age of 14, Siu-Wong traveled to Xushou on the request of his father to take up martial arts because he was virtually a toothpick. There, Siu-Wong studied gymnastics, kung fu, and taekwondo. Fan ...

Tae Kwon Do, Northern Shaolin, Eagle Claw, Cho Chiao, Nanqhuan, Tai Chi, Bak Mei

Trivia: began his martial arts training at the urging of his father, who was concerned about his son's frailty

Best seen in RIKI-OH

65. Keith Vitali

Actor | Revenge of the Ninja

Started his martial arts career at the University Of South Carolina in 1971 and in only two years, earned his 1st degree Black Belt. Competed in regional tournaments and major events throughout the world. Was World Karate Champion and US National Karate Champion for 3 consecutive years. (1978-1980)...

Tae Kwon Do (WKC & PKA Champion; Officials Karate's Legion Of Honor, Diamond Nationals, Official Karate & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was named one of the top ten point fighters of all time by Black Belt Magazine


66. Tomisaburô Wakayama

Actor | Kozure ôhkami - ko wo kashi ude kashi tsu

Tomisaburô Wakayama was born on September 1, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan as Masaru Okumura. He was an actor and producer, known for Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972), Shogun Assassin (1980) and Black Rain (1989). He died on April 2, 1992 in Kyoto, Japan.

Judo (4th Dan), Kenpo, Iaido, Kendo, Bo-Jutsu

Trivia: came from a family of Kabuki performers, but abandoned theater to teach Judo professionally

Best seen in LONE WOLF AND CUB

67. Jing Wu

Actor | Zhan lang

Born in Beijing China in 1974, he was sent to train at Beijing Wushu Academy when he was 6 years old as both his Father and Grandfather were also Martial artists. In 1995 he was spotted by Yuen Woo-Ping who had come to the academy to look for a martial artist for the film Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi ...

Wushu (Chinese National Champion; Chinese National Team member)

Trivia: was "discovered" by director Yuen Woo-ping

Best seen in FATAL CONTACT

68. Marko Zaror

Actor | Alita: Battle Angel

Marko Zaror Aguad (Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean martial arts action star and fight choreographer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. His career began as a young boy with a passion for martial arts and fighting, inspired by Bruce Lee. At the age of six he started training himself, and ...

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: began training himself in martial arts at age 6

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3

69. Wenzhuo Zhao

Actor | Su Qi-er

Wenzhuo Zhao was born on April 10, 1972 in Ning'an, Heilongjiang, China. He is an actor, known for Su Qi-er (2010), Green Snake (1993) and Yingxiong Zheng Chengong (2002).

Wushu (3-time Chinese National Champion; Harbin Provincial Team member), Tai Chi

Trivia: had qualified as a member of China's National Wushu Team but pursued his career in film instead

Best seen in TRUE LEGEND

70. Rob Van Dam

Self | W.W.E. 24

He was trained by the Original Sheik, Ed Farhat, who was one of pro-wrestling's classic and greatest bad guys. Even though their styles are quite different (Sheik being a wild hardcore-style brawler, known for throwing fire, cutting his opponent's forehead's up with foreign objects like a pencil, ...

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Aikido, Kendo, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the inventor of the "Van Dam Lift," an officially-sanctioned exercise in which a dumbbell is raised while performing the splits


71. Jon Agro

Stunts | Top Dog

Jon Agro is known for his work on Top Dog (1995), Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993) and Sidekicks (1992).


Trivia: has appeared in four movies with Don "the Dragon" Wilson


72. Michael Bernardo

Actor | Batman & Robin

Michael Benardo started his martial arts training at the age of 8. His parents put him on to Judo, to gain self confidence, and from there he became interested in Karate at the same school. Michael trained at four schools and got his black belt from Richard Kim in California.

At the age of 17, he ...

Judo, Karate (7th Dan; 7-time Canadian National Champion; IAKSA Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the president of the World Kickboxing Council of Canada

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

73. Brett Gold

Actor | Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

Brett Gold is an actor, known for Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993).

Karate (4th Dan)

Trivia: currently operates a martial arts school with Dave Bierley, Bob Burbidge, J. Phillips, and Gary Ruskin


74. Roger Lacombe

Actor | Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

Roger Lacombe is an actor, known for Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993) and Karate for Kids: Easy Instruction and Exercise (1992). He is married to Michelle Simon. They have two children.

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan)

Trivia: currently teaches the martial arts in Westlake Village, California


75. Kazja

Actor | Future War

Kazja was born as Greg Patschull. He is known for his work on Future War (1997), Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993) and Entre el poder y el deseo (1993). He was previously married to Apollonia Kotero.

Kapu Kuialua (10th degree black belt), Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: formerly owned a martial arts school in San Paulo


76. William Zabka

Actor | The Karate Kid

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He has been married to Stacie Zabka since 2008.

Tang Soo Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Pat E. Johnson

Best seen in THE KARATE KID

77. Thomas Ian Griffith

Actor | The Karate Kid Part III

Thomas Ian Griffith was born on March 18, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas Joseph, was a college professor and his mother, Mary Ann, was a dance teacher. Griffith trained as an opera singer in New York City with Metropolitan Opera star Delia Rigal. He attended the College of the ...

Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Jun Chong


78. Chona Jason

Actress | The Time Machine

Chona Jason was born on March 7, 1963 in Hilo, Hawaii, USA. She is known for her work on The Time Machine (2002), Ghosts of Mars (2001) and Dragon Fury (1995).

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Karate (1st Dan), Hapkido, Kendo, Iaido, Kickboxing, Jujitsu

Trivia: is also proficient with the nunchakus


79. Chuck Jeffreys

Stunts | Twelve Monkeys

Born William Charles Jeffreys (III) on July 23, 1958 in Washington, D.C., Chuck Jeffreys found his interest in the martial arts at the age of 8 and started training in Western Boxing and Tae Kwon Do. He began training in Northern (Tien Shan Pai) Shaolin Kung fu in the early 70s. He was well known ...

Tae Kwon Do, Northern Shaolin, Wushu, Changquan, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Pentjak Silat, Nan Chuan, Chin-Na

Trivia: is the creator of the Liberated Martial Arts and Combattitude fitness programs

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

80. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's ...

Shorin-Ryu Karate

Trivia: was also a pro tennis player


81. Michele Krasnoo

Actress | Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Michele Krasnoo was born on July 1, 1974 in Culver City, California, USA. She is known for her work on Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994), Full Contact (1993) and Death Match (1994). She is married to Stephen Lax. They have three children.

Tang Soo Do (5th Dan; 6-time NBL Champion; 2-time NASKA Champion; NBL Hall of Fame entry), Shorin-Ryu Karate (1st Dan), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Wushu

Trivia: is a 4-time NBL Competitor of the Year

Best seen in KICKBOXER 4

82. Elodie Yung

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Elodie Yung was born in Paris, France, of Cambodian and French descent. She grew up in Seine-saint-Denis, in Le Bourget, where she practiced karate and obtained her black belt. She graduated from University of La Sorbonne in Paris and has a law degree. She then decided to study acting at London ...

Karate, Wushu

Trivia: is also trained in swordplay

Best seen in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION

83. Tamiko Brownlee

Stunts | John Carter

Born and raised in San Antonio, TX to a Japanese mother and South African father. Tamiko grew up doing taekwondo and participated in various sports - volleyball, softball, gymnastics and dance. She's always loved martial arts and has trained in muay thai, northern shaolin kung fu, wushu and boxing.


Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Northern Shaolin, Wushu

Trivia: also practices boxing


84. Billy Smith

Stunts | Lincoln

Billy Smith is known for his work on Lincoln (2012), Pandemic (2016) and Angie Tribeca (2016).

Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Tiger, Snake & White Dragon Kung Fu, Okinawa-Te Karate

Trivia: is the head instructor of the Yan Ji White Dragon System


85. Michael Sinclair Walter

Stunts | Thor

Michael Sinclair Walter Born November 16, 1953 youngest of four children oldest sister died on June 30 2014, and he lost his Mother to lung cancer on thanksgiving night 2006, Father , Sister , and Brother still alive living back east in Maryland High Ranking Martial Artist for 49 years Sifu in JKD ...

Jeet Kune Do, Karate, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo

Trivia: is a certified Jeet Kune Do instructor


86. Robert Samuels

Actor | Secret War

Robert Samuels is known for his work on Secret War (2003), Beast: Chronicles of Parker (2016) and Seven Mummies (2006).

Hung Gar

Trivia: was the first African-American member of the Hong Kong Stuntman's Association

Best seen in BURGER COP

87. Yi Tao Chang

Actor | Shen wei san meng long

Yi Tao Chang is an actor, known for Shen wei san meng long (1980), The Blazing Ninja (1973) and Return to the 36th Chamber (1980).

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan), Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: formerly taught Tang Soo Do to U.S. Army personnel

Best seen in DRAGON ON FIRE

88. Chris Balualua

Stunts | The Fate of the Furious

Chris Balualua is known for his work on The Fate of the Furious (2017), Office Uprising (2018) and Into the Badlands (2015).

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a former member of the Ernie Reyes World Action Team

Best seen in BLACK SALT

89. Vidyut Jammwal

Actor | Force

Given his elaborate expertise in the martial arts especially the ancient form called Kalaripayattu (which he's trained in since he was all of 4 years old), Vidyut has committed himself to creating a platform for action and stunts in world cinema. His first Bollywood outing Force (a remake of the ...

Kalaripayattu, Kolthari, Angathari

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 3

Best seen in COMMANDO

90. Andrew Dasz

Actor | Stunt Games

Gustavo Andres Rilo Lacquaniti was born on May 29th, 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Going by the name Andrew Dasz, he began training in Tae Kwon Do (ITF) at the age of 10 after being inspired by watching Chuck Norris on TV. His studies continued on in 1993, where he practiced Ving Tsun Kung Fu ...

Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Hung Kuen, Aikido, Mantis Tong Long, Chin Na, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor


91. Steven Dasz

Actor | Stunt Games

Steven Dasz was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started Tae Kwoon Do training when he was ten years old and soon after joined tournaments. In 1992 Steven initiated his training in Japanese martial arts "Ninjitsu" and "Aikido" and participated in competitive gymnastics. Two years after, ...

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Ninjutsu, Wing Chun

Trivia: claims Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Kurt McKinney as his idols

Best seen in STUNT GAMES

92. Halder Gomes

Producer | Cine Holliúdy

Halder Gomes is a producer and director, known for Cine Holliúdy (2012), O Shaolin do Sertão (2016) and As Mães de Chico Xavier (2011).

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt)

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Andre Lima

Best seen in SUNLAND HEAT

93. Charles Bronson

Actor | C'era una volta il West

The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky), ...

Gosuku-Ryu Karate

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Tak Kubota

Best seen in THE MECHANIC

94. Rick Avery

Stunts | The Dark Knight

Rick Avery is a Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, Actor, Director, Helicopter Pilot, and Aerial Coordinator, with over 500 feature film, television and commercial credits, including; "Men in Black 2/3", "Captain America", Four Batman Movies", "Ant man","Get Smart", "American Sniper", "Titanic", "The ...


Trivia: is the former owner of Rick Avery's Kenpo Karate school in Santa Barbara

Best seen in LIONHEART

95. Noomi Rapace

Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for ...

Kickboxing, Muay Thai

Trivia: trained in martial arts for seven months in preparation for the "Millennium" trilogy


96. Johnny Yong Bosch

Actor | Bleach: Burîchu

Johnny Yong Bosch was born on January 6, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Jay Bosch. He is known for his work on Bleach: Burîchu (2004), Akira (1988) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995). He has been married to Amy Bosch since March 21, 2003. They have two children.

Northern Shaolin, Jujitsu

Trivia: auditioned for his role in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS after being alerted to a newspaper advertisement by his martial arts instructor, Master James Clark

Best seen in BROKEN PATH

97. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Blue Hawaii

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: studied under Ed Parker and Bruce Lee

Best seen in KID GALAHAD

98. Steve Cardenas

Actor | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Steve has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu Jitsu studio in Burbank Ca called Force Balance BJJ.

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; 2-time Copa Pacifica Silver medalist; US National Gold & Bronze medalist; Pro Gear Open Gold medalist; PJJNG Silver medalist)

Trivia: has been teaching the martial arts since age 16


99. Wolfgang Stegemann

Stunts | Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Wolfgang Stegemann was born on March 16, 1974 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018), The Mummy (2017) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016).

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Kyokushin & Shotokan Karate (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Aikido, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a member of the Perfect Action Stunt Team

Best seen in THE CHALLENGE

100. Bruce Locke

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Conquest

Born and raised in Oregon. Bruce Locke was originally not a martial artist and yet is known for some of the action characters he has portrayed.

He played tennis in college and was nationally ranked. He is a single digit handicap golfer and active on the charitable celebrity golf circuit in between ...


Trivia: was trained in the martial arts by Master Bill Ryusaki