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James Lew

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1976). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts ... See full bio »
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 2014 The Art of Fighting (pre-production)
Master Ferrer
 2014 American Bistro (post-production)
Angry Man #1
 2014 Black Salt (Short) (post-production)
Abbot Xiao
 2014 Blunt Force
Capt. Rusch
 2014 Elwood (Short)
Big O
 2013 The Drive (Short)
 2013 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
- Triangles (2013) ... Mosura
 2013 Legacy of the Tengu
 2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Chinese Leader
 2012 Sleeping Dogs (Video Game)
Sifu Kwok (voice)
 2012 Conan (TV Series)
Benihana Chef ("NCAA Mascots That Should Never Dunk Contest!" segment)
- Cheap Applause from the Best Audience in the World (2012) ... Benihana Chef ("NCAA Mascots That Should Never Dunk Contest!" segment) (uncredited)
 2011 Feast of Fury (Short)
 2011 Let Lorenzo (Short)
Interior Design Older Partner
 2010 Chuck (TV Series)
Anad Chenerad
- Chuck Versus Phase Three (2010) ... Anad Chenerad
 2010 Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (Video)
Shang Tsung (uncredited)
 2010 Fight Science (TV Series)
- Stealth Fighters (2010)
 2010 Taken by Force
 2009 Ballistica
Chinese Guard #1
 2009 Three Bullets (Short)
The Boss
 2009/I Angel of Death
Tommy (as Jimmy Lew)
 2009 The Carbon Copy
 2009 The Honeysting (Short)
Fan Lei
 2009 Tea and Remembrance (Short)
 2007 The Maxwell Multiple Climax (Video short)
Black Belt
 2006 The Circuit III: Final Flight (Video)
'Spider' Webb
 2006 The Hitman Chronicles
 2006 18 Fingers of Death! (Video)
Buford Lee
 2006 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
ND Man #1
- Deviant (2006) ... ND Man #1
 2005 Today You Die (Video)
Ming's Gang #3
 2005 Eve (TV Series)
- Kung Fu Divas (2005)
 2005 Shira: The Vampire Samurai (Video)
 2004 Fist of Iron Chef (Short)
Chinese Chef Wong
 2004 The Perfect Party
 2003 Sin
Leo Thamaree
 2003 Paris
Mr. Fue
 2003 Chapter 21 (Short)
 2003 Robbery Homicide Division (TV Series)
Det. Peter Yang
- Absolute Perfection (2003) ... Det. Peter Yang
 2002 Outside the Law
Cho Sung
 2002 Frasier (TV Series)
Security Guard
- War of the Words (2002) ... Security Guard
 2002 Alias (TV Series)
Quan Li
- The Coup (2002) ... Quan Li
 2001 Rush Hour 2
Triad Gangster (uncredited)
 2001 The Amanda Show (TV Series)
- Penelope Meets Neeko (2001) ... Neeko
 2000 Traffic
DEA Agent - CalTrans
 2000 Deep Core
Lou Chang
 2000 Gedo (Video)
 2000 Once and Again (TV Series)
Master Kim
- Cat-in-Hat (2000) ... Master Kim
 1999 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (TV Series)
The Warrior
- Facing the Past (1999) ... The Warrior
 1999 Clubland
Lipton T's Sidekick
 1998 Weird Science (TV Series)
- Genie Junior (1998) ... Bossman
 1998 Lethal Weapon 4
Freighter's Captain
 1998 NightMan (TV Series)
- Devil in Disguise (1998) ... Wong
 1998 Babylon 5 (TV Series)
Bloodhound Teep #1
- Strange Relations (1998) ... Bloodhound Teep #1
 1998 Boogie Boy
 1998 The Replacement Killers
 1997 High Voltage
 1997 The Girl Gets Moe
 1997 Raven: Return of the Black Dragons (TV Movie)
Black Dragon - henchman
 1996 Assault on Dome 4 (TV Movie)
Quaid, Windham Henchman
 1996 Robo Warriors
 1996 Escape from L.A.
Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
 1996 Balance of Power
Shinji Takamura
 1996 Night Hunter
Tom Cutter
 1996 Nowhere Man (TV Series)
Thug with knife
- Forever Jung (1996) ... Thug with knife
 1996 Fox Hunt
Kung Fu Lew
 1995 Johnny Mnemonic: The Interactive Action Movie (Video Game)
Virtual Samurai (voice)
 1995 The Immortals
Asian Man
 1995 Deadly Games (TV Series)
Benihana Chef
- The End of the Jackal (1995) ... Benihana Chef
 1995 Midnight Man
Prince Samarki
 1995 Ballistic
 1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
 1994 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
- Tiger's Eye (1994) ... Tiger
 1994 Cage II
 1994 Timecop
Knife #1
 1994 Red Sun Rising
 1994 The Shadow
 1994 Ring of Steel
Asian Fighter
 1993-1994 Space Rangers (TV Series)
Karlat / Alien
- The Trial (1994) ... Karlat
- Banshies (1993) ... Alien (uncredited)
 1993 Double Switch (Video Game)
Thug Leader
 1993 Private Wars (Video)
 1993/I Showdown
Hit Man
 1993 Undercover Blues
Novacek's Man
 1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux
Kick Boxer Opponent
 1993 American Ninja 5
 1993 Renegade (TV Series)
- Samurai (1993) ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
 1993 Ulterior Motives
Yakuza #5
 1992 Mission of Justice
 1992 Roseanne (TV Series)
Male Instructor
- Stand on Your Man (1992) ... Male Instructor
 1992 Raven (TV Series)
Black Dragon
- Return of the Black Dragon (1992) ... Black Dragon
 1992 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Movie Villain #2
- The Five Fingers of Ben (1992) ... Movie Villain #2
 1991 Do or Die
 1991 Night of the Warrior
Hector Sabatei
 1991 The Perfect Weapon
 1990 Guns
Ninja #1
 1990 China Cry: A True Story
Kickboxer Instructor
 1990 Martial Law (Video)
Tong Member
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
- The Szechuan Dragon (1990) ... Cambodian
 1989 Savage Beach
Agent #1
 1989 Ninja Academy
Ninja Trainer
 1989 Aftershock
Mr. James
 1988 Action Jackson
Martial Arts Instructor
 1988 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Tong #3
- China Moon (1988) ... Tong #3
 1986 Big Trouble in Little China
Chang Sing #1
 1985 Three's a Crowd (TV Series)
- A Star Is Born (1985) ... Soundman
 1985 L.A. Streetfighters
 1985 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Ton Li
- Outcall (1985) ... Ton Li
 1984 Killpoint
Nighthawk's Gunman #1
 1983 Going Berserk
Kung Fu Fighter
 1977 Big Time
Karate Instructor
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Alternate Names:

James Jene Fae Lew | Jimmy Lew


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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He is highly trained in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, and he is also expert in Western boxing and Submission Grappling. See more »


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