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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 November 1972Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nickname Dr. No
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David No started in the film industry while studying Physiotherapy at University. Although he completed his degree, his involvement in the industry never waned. His first attraction was acting, which he has studied for many years at various institutions including the esteemed NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, and the Ivana Chubbuck studios in Los Angeles. Like many actors in Australia, he has had his fair share of guest and walk-on roles in various TV serials, but his niche was his physical ability.

No's parents both taught martial arts. In fact, his father (Ke-Hyung No) was responsible for establishing taekwondo in Australia and his mother (Robin Marchment) was the first ever female black-belt. No himself would go on to represent Australia in both Judo and taekwondo. This martial arts ability has seen him work with some of the best in the field on project like: Jackie Chan's Mr Nice Guy, the Mel Gibson / Jet Li produced Invincible; and The Matrix Reloaded and Enter the Matrix video game.

As a martial arts actor, No explored the stunt world further gaining his stunt qualifications and working in all aspect of stunt work including: Body Control, Heights, Fire, Animals, water, and vehicles. His specialties would become fighting, wire-work, and precision driving.

No started making films under his own company Furious Films. His talents as a screenwriter and action director quickly became known, and Furious Films started writing screenplays for other companies. They won the annual pitching competition at SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia) and their projects were launched at the Cannes Film Market.

Due to his Korean heritage, No also became involved with the Korean film Industry. First as an actor and model for their commercials, but later due to his knowledge of "Eastern vs Western" filmmaking, he was then asked to produce. He has now shot Korean productions all around the world and has worked with the biggest names in the Korean Industry.

During this period, No has maintained and cultivated his skills as Actor, Producer, stuntman and Action Director - often fulfilling each of these roles in a single project. This may sound impossible, but the uniqueness of No's skill set and his diligence to the art of filmmaking, has allowed him to master many areas.

No finally pulled on the director's hat for his own film Forged. This film is the culmination of all his various skills and exudes a particular style and perspective refreshing to the genre. It has played the International film festival circuit solidly, picking up Best Director; several Best Films, Best Costume, Best Music and a cinematography award.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: YG Kim

Trivia (14)

Australian Taekwondo Team (1995)
Australian Judo Team (1992)
Taekwondo instructor
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1997)
Qualified Stunt Actor
Son of Ke-Hyung No who established taekwondo in Australia, and Robin Marchment who is the highest ranking female in Australia.
Got his breakthrough with a one on one fight with Jackie Chan in "A Nice Guy"
Also Line-Produces Korean Film, TV and commercial productions throughout the world.
7th Dan Black Belt (Taekwondo).
In 2002, line produced and action directed a Korean TVC starring Jackie Chan.
Nominated for Male Performer of the Year at the 2007 Action on Film International Film Festival, amongst other nominations and awards for his movie Forged.
Won "Best Film (Action & Suspense)" at the 2007 Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival for his film Forged. Also won the "Best Kick-Ass Fight" Audience Award.
Won "Best Short Film" at the 2007 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.
Won Best Director for his film "Forged" at 2007 Big Bang Film Festival (Philadelphia).

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