Actor/Martial Artists

by shaunalexanderrb | created - 29 May 2011 | updated - 08 May 2012 | Public

1. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

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.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

Wushu, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) trained for two years with the Beijing Wushu Team

2. Scott Adkins

Actor | Boyka: Undisputed IV

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, Jujitsu (black belts in all styles), Kickboxing, Wushu, Krav Maga as a young man, he built and regularly bowed to a shrine dedicated to Bruce Lee

3. 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 (Hong Kong Boxing Champion; 2-time Long Beach International Karate Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Jeet Kune Do (founder) despite his amazing physical capabilities, Lee only had five years of professional martial arts training

4. 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 former Chinese National Powerlifting Champion

5. 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), Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, Judo was the body model for Charlton Heston for the "Planet of the Apes" re-issue poster

6. Jeff Wincott

Actor | Original Pilot

Jeffrey Wincott (born May 8, 1956) is a Canadian actor and martial artist best known for his Gemini Award-nominated lead role in the television series Night Heat.

Wincott was also the star of several martial arts films in the 1990s. In 1996 he was named one of the "Martial Arts Movie Stars of the ...

Shotokan Karate (5th Dan; Ontario Open & North American Open Champion), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan) once thwarted a mugging in New York City with his younger brother, fellow actor Michael Wincott

7. Don Wilson

Actor | Batman Forever

Don "The Dragon" Wilson is considered the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kick-boxing championships, among them the WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight ...

Kickboxing (3-time WKO Champion; WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO, KICK, IKF, ISKA, & FCR World Light Heavyweight Champion; record: 72-5-2; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Pai Lum, Goju-Ryu Karate producer Roger Corman “arranged” a fight between Wilson and Jean-Claude Van Damme when Van Damme claimed to hold a title occupied by Wilson; Van Damme consequently came clean

8. 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, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu (black belts in all styles; 26 titles including US Open and North American Open) has trained in martial arts since age 8

9. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Impact

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 ...

Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing (European PKA Middleweight Champion; member of Belgium National Team; record: 18-1), Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai after being sued for injuring an actor on the set "Cyborg", he has often insisted his fight scenes be filmed outside of America to avoid legal trouble

10. Jerry Trimble

Actor | Heat

Jerry Trimble was born in Newport, Kentucky. At age 14 he was inspired by the late Bruce Lee and began studying the Korean art of Taekwon-Do. In six months he began teaching the art. At 15 Jerry earned the rank of first-degree black belt and became the number one point fighter in the Midwest U.S. ...

Kickboxing (Southeast & United States Champion; PKA & PKC Light/Welterweight Champion; Kentucky State Champion; record: 36-2), Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan) is officially one of the fastest kickers in the world, with a hook kick clocking 118 MPH

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

12. 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 ...

Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu former member of British National Diving Team; he placed 12th in the '92 World Championships

13. 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, Tae Kwon Do on hiatus from filmmaking to study Buddhism at a temple in Surin, Thailand

14. Gary Daniels

Actor | The Expendables

Action film star Gary Daniels was a real-life kick-boxing champion. With rugged good-looks, a muscular build and a charming personality, it was a natural for him to move from the world of fighting to that of acting.

Born Gary Edward Daniels on May 9, 1963 in Woking, Surrey, England, Daniels was a ...

Kickboxing (WKBA Champion & PKA Light Heavyweight Champion; record: 22-4), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Sillum Wong Gar Kune, Muay Thai, Karate, Aikido, Judo was disqualified three times from Tae Kwon Do tournaments in England for knocking out his opponents

15. 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; captain of Swedish Karate Team; 5-time Swedish/British/Australian Open Champion), Tae Kwon Do, Judo former personal bodyguard of Grace Jones, whom he lived with for four years

16. 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 the distinctive scar on his upper lip is the result of a legitimate street fight in Kowloon

17. 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 after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

Karate, Hapkido, Judo, Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) does not feint blows in his movies; his onscreen opponents are often required to wear padding on account of Chan hitting them in earnest

18. 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 (Chinese National Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Baguazhang, Tai Chi, Xingyiquan, Zui Quan, Tang Lang Quan an impressed Richard Nixon jokingly requested Li be his personal bodyguard after watching him perform in the United States at age 11

19. Steven Seagal

Actor | On Deadly Ground

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 Hall of Fame entry), Kenjutsu, Karate, Judo was the first American to operate a dojo in Japan

20. 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 (6th Dan), Tae Kwon Do, Eagle Claw, Wushu, Northern Shaolin, Pai Lum (black belts in all disciplines; 5-time World Champion in Weapons & Forms; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) remains the only Weapons & Forms Champion to win the title 5 years in a row

21. 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 (7th Dan; 7-time PKL World Karate Champion; Karate Hall of Fame entry; captain of US Olympic Karate Team) creator of the Tae-Bo exercise program

22. 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 World Karate Champion; record: 183-10-2; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan), Chun Kuk Do (founder), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (1st degree black belt) one of only eight Americans to achieve an 8th degree black belt or higher in Tang Soo Do

23. 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; Italian & European Kung Fu and Karate Champion), Chin Na, Shui Jao, Capoeira won his first international tournament at only 9 years of age

24. 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 attended the Peking Opera Academy alongside Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung

25. 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 ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Hapkido (8th Dan) his initial film roles were the result of producers calling his master's dojo in need of extras

26. 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) received most of his martial arts training from Dan Inosanto, often considered his father's best student

27. 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), Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (4th degree black belt), Zen Do Kai (co-founder, 5th Dan), Chun Kuk Do (5th Dan), Judo, Aikido, Muay Thai a former "bodyguard to the stars", having personally protected the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks

28. 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

29. Phillip Rhee

Actor | 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 (Former Chairman of Lions Gate) and Frank Giustra, a Canadian Billionaire and founder of Lions Gate. The first "Best of ...

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

30. 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; member of Professional Karate League & North American Karate Association) was filmed as the model for the characters of Liu Kang and Shang Tsung in the "Mortal Kombat" video game

31. 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 was delayed at the gym on September 11, 2001, while his NYC home was destroyed; had he been home at the time, he presumably would have died

32. 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, and 2nd Dan under different masters; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Goju-Ryu Karate (7th Dan) founder of the AKKS karate organization, currently operating 50 schools internationally

33. 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 (International Forms Champion; former member and Gold & Silver medalist of Chinese National team; 4-time Traditional Forms Grand Champion), Kenpo ceased studying Kenpo and began studying Wushu at a young age after seeing a demonstration and declaring "This is Chinese!"

34. 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 was a well-known underground street fighter prior to his film career

35. Johnny Nguyen

Actor | Tom yum goong

Johnny left Vietnam at the age of 8, uncertain of what lied ahead. As a boy, he already loved Hong Kong cinema. Johnny would 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 he does for over ...

Wushu (member of US National Team; Pan-American Form & Sword Gold medalist), Lien Feng Kwon, Tae Kwon Do, Vovinam, Tai Chi, Aikido is the grandson of Nguyễn Lộc, the founder of Vovinam

36. 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), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978).

Hung Gar used to skip school as a youth to attend martial arts training

37. 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 (black belts in all styles) has appeared in over 630 episodes of different TV shows, among them "Falcon Crest", "The Bold and the Beautiful", and "Renegade"

38. 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, Kendo performed motion capture for the main character in the "Tenchu: Stealth Assassins" video game

39. Matthias Hues

Actor | Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

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 ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kickboxing standing 6'5 and weighing 250 pounds in his prime, Hues has often needed to do his own stunts in movies for the simple fact that there aren't many stuntmen as large as him

40. Olivier Gruner

Actor | Nemesis

Olivier Gruner was born on August 2, 1960 in Paris. His father was a successful surgeon with his own surgery practice. One of his brothers also became a surgeon and his younger brother became an engineer. When he was 18 years old, he joined the Marine Nationale, volunteering for their Commando ...

Kickboxing (French National Champion; World Middleweight Champion), Shotokan Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu France's first-ever national champion in kickboxing

41. 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), Kenpo (1st Dan), Kendo (1st Dan) trained extensively for the 1964 Olympic Gymnastics team, but never participated due to a hip injury

42. 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 & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Toso Kune Do (founder), Muay Thai (MTIA gold medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 4-0) was scheduled to fight boxer Ron McMasters in 2007, but opted out when told that he would not be able to use MMA techniques

43. Rob Van Dam

Actor | 3-Headed Shark Attack

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

44. 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), Yingxiong Zheng Chengong (2002) and Once Upon a Time in China V (1994).

Wushu (Harbin team member; National Chinese Junior, All-Around & Martial Arts Champion), Tai Chi qualified to be a member of China's national team but pursued his career in show business instead

45. 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, Karate has stunt-doubled for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

46. 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 (former assistant coach of Beijing team; Chinese National Champion) is a big fan of Akira Toriyama's "Dragon Ball" comics

47. Tomisaburô Wakayama

Actor | Kozure Ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru

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 came from a family of Kabuki performers, but abandoned theater prior to his film career to teach Judo professionally

48. Keith Vitali

Actor | Superfights

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)...

Karate (3-time World Karate/US National Champion; PKA National Champion; Officials Karate's Legion Of Honor; Diamond Nationals & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) was named one of the top ten fighters of modern times by Black Belt Magazine

49. Benny Urquidez

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Benny Urquidez was raised in a very athletic family. His mother was a professional wrestler and his father a professional boxer, with all of his siblings black belts. He has earned black belts in nine different martial arts and trained in other styles.

The Jet decided to pursue full-contact karate ...

Kickboxing (8-time WKA Champion; record: 58-0; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Ukidokan Karate (founder), Judo, Kajukenbo, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama, White Crane kung fu, Jujutsu, Aikido remains the longest-reigning world champion of all professional sports in modern history

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

51. 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 ...

Kajukenbo, Wun Hop Kuen (US Open Karate Grand Champion; US Black Belt Forms Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; WKC Gold medalist) was the first female Grand Champion of the US Open Karate tournament

52. 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 has trained in gymnastics at l'École de cirque Annie Fratellini since he was 14

53. 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 Women's Champion) was inspired to enter the film business by watching Sing Lung's "Young Master"

54. 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 Doo (5th Dan), Judo, Kendo, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do also a Hollywood weapons designer; his creations have been featured in more than twenty movies

55. 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 (4th Dan; 5-time WKA World Champion) is the leader of XMA performance team Sideswipe

56. 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 Grand Champion) nicknamed "Beirut's Steven Seagal"

57. 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 turned down future martial arts roles in "No Retreat, No Surrender 2" and "American Ninja 3" for fear of being typecast and uncertainty about the filming locations"

58. 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 made headlines in Hong Kong when she successfully defended herself against a mugger while walking home

59. 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 (1978 Taiwan National Champion) frequently collaborated with kickboxer Eugene Thomas

60. Kathy Long

Actress | Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Kathy Long was kick-boxing first "sex Symbol". The Mia St. John of kick-boxing. Looked more like a blond surfer girl from southern California then a champion kick-boxer. Dominated women's kick-boxing in the 1980s. Retired with a 18-1 kick-boxing record. Fought briefly as a professional boxer with ...

Kickboxing (5-time ISKA/WKA Champion; record: 18-1), Muay Thai was Michelle Pfeiffer's stunt double for the fight scenes in "Batman Returns"

61. 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 his career suffered a blow when he traveled to mainland China to promote his movies, which was viewed as disrespectful by his Hong Kong fans, who in turn stopped supporting his work

62. Joe Lewis

Actor | Jaguar Lives!

Blond, muscular, tall, handsome, and the greatest heavyweight point-fighter and kick-boxer of the 1960s and 70s, Joe Lewis coined the phrase,"American Kickboxing". He fought in the first kick-boxing heavyweight title fight in 1970. Had one of the greatest point-fighting careers in history. Lewis is...

Kickboxing, Shorin-Ryu Karate (10th Dan; WPKC World Heavyweight Champion; US National Black Belt Kata & Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion; record: 14-4), Jeet Kune Do won the first "official" martial arts tournament; upon victory, he received $1, making him the first "official" international champion

63. 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 trained under former Bruce Lee student Jerry Poteet

64. 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. At the age of 15 his formal martial arts training started. Now he trained some Wing Chun and ...

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) co-founder of World Blackbelt, "the world's first international internet martial arts community"

65. 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).

Hapkido trained under Grandmaster Hwang In-Shik

66. 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) killed a self-proclaimed "knife expert" in self-defense following an argument with a single roundhouse kick

67. 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).

Karate (5th Dan), Judo (3rd Dan), Aikido (2nd Dan), Kendo is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League

68. Bryan Genesse

Actor | Bad Guys

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

Hung Gar, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai trained in Jiu-Jitsu by John Machado

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

70. 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 ...

Wi Kuen Do (founder), Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Choy Lay Fut, Tae Kwon Do is also an amateur boxer, with a record of 18-7

71. 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), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and RED 2 (2013).

Tae Kwon Do was the youngest Korean action/martial arts director in history at age 25

72. 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 (WAKO World Champion in Forms & Weapons, 5-time US World/Open Karate Grand Champion), Tae Kwon Do, Karate is of Scottish and Japanese ancestry

73. Dale Cook

Actor | Blood Ring

Dale Cook was born on November 24, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor, known for Blood Ring (1991), Blood Ring 2 (1995) and Eternal Fist (1992).

Karate (7th Dan), Kickboxing (WKA & UK Super Middleweight Champion) is a coach in the World Combat League

74. Billy Chow

Actor | Shu dan long wei

Billy Chow was born on August 24, 1958 in Canada. He is an actor, known for High Risk (1995), Chao ji xue xiao ba wang (1993) and Qi ji (1989).

Kickboxing (2-time WKA Super Welterweight Champion) was born and raised in China

75. 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 was rumored to be rivals with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung; Hung, however, carried the urn at his funeral in 1997

76. 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 in Weapons & Forms; Black Belt & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry) co-creator Xtreme Martial Arts

77. 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 Samurai (1992) and American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989).

Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Iaido, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu his birth name is Brad Simpson

78. Daniel Bernhardt

Actor | Atomic Blonde

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 was discovered by producer Mark DiSalle whilst filming a martial arts-themed commerical for Versace jeans alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme

79. 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; 15-time Canadian/North American Forms, Weapons & Fighting Champion, 4-time American Middleweight Fighting Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) began teaching the martial arts at age 17

80. John Barrett

Stunts | Steel Dawn

John Barrett was born on April 30, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Steel Dawn (1987), An Eye for an Eye (1981) and Missing in Action (1984).

Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan; MAI Junior Karate Champion) trained under Chuck No

81. Hakim Alston

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Hakim Alston is a kick boxing champion with over 20 years of martial arts experience including Karate and a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His skills brought him to be a member of the USA Karate Team from 1984-1990. His brother Shah Alston is also a great fighter.

After being a great champion...

Kickboxing (ISKA, WKC, PKL, NASKA & WUKO Champion/Gold medalist), Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; member of US National Karate Team) is 6'8", making him officially one of the tallest kickboxers to compete professionally

82. Taimak

Actor | The Last Dragon

Taimak was born on June 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Taimak Guarriello. He is known for his work on The Last Dragon (1985), Dreamers (1999) and Repeat Offenders: Jamais Vu (2011).

Gōjū-Ryū Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu

83. Kariim Ratcliff

Actor | The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie

Kariim Ratcliff was born in Brooklyn, New York to Levester and Ida Ratcliff. Kariim's early interest in the martial arts led him to an acting career. Growing up in Bedford Stuyvesant, the middle child of ten, his seven brothers showed great ability in basketball, while Kariim showed no interest, ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Kemet-Jitsu (co-founder)

84. Scott Coker

Stunts | Surf Ninjas

Scott Coker is the founder and CEO of the Mixed Martial Arts company Strikeforce (2009). His career in combat sports begun as a student of acclaimed martial artist and fight choreographer Ernie Reyes Sr.. Coker earned a 5th degree Taekwondo black belt and became an original member of Reyes' West ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Muay Thai

85. Christine Rodriguez

Stunts | Batman & Robin

Mrs. Bannon-Rodriguez is one of the leading female martial artists. Her skills took her to be a WAKO Champion and member of Team Paul Mitchell. She has a 4th degree black belt in Oki-Ryu Kempo and Wushu.

Her champion stats are: 1997 KRZ Magazine's Number #1 Fighter of the '90s, 1995 WAKO-PRO World ...

Oki-Ryu Kempo (4th Dan; 4-time WAKO Champion), Wushu

86. Gokor Chivichyan

Stunts | The Kingdom

Gokor grew up on the streets as an aggressive child beating up others. When Gokor was 5 years old a studio owner invited Gokor to train at his place in wrestling, and Gokor turned out to be a natural. Within one year, Gokor would begin training in SamBo for at least 4 hours a day.

In 1971 Gokor ...

Sambo (2-time Armenian Junior National Champion), Judo, Muay Thai

87. Simon Kim

Actor | Exit Wounds

Simon Kim is known for his work on Exit Wounds (2001), X-Men (2000) and Batman & Robin (1997).

Tae Kwon Do

88. James Kim

Stunts | The Day After Tomorrow

James Kim is known for his work on The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Bulletproof Monk (2003) and X-Men (2000).

Tae Kwon Do

89. Rebekah Chaney

Actress | Reach Me

Rebekah Chaney made her directorial and writing debut with the critically-acclaimed short Waste Land, starring noted film actor and Academy Award nominee Ryan O'Neal. Waste Land garnered several awards--in the Boston International Film Festival, Action on Film Festival Long Beach, and the Salento ...

Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan)

90. Michael Matsuda

Actor | 18 Fingers of Death!

Michael Matsuda's training began in 1968 in Judo. Michael enrolled a Hung Gar Gung Fu school in 1974. Two years later he transferred to the main school headed by Vernon Rieta. Later Paulie Zink also joined the class and became friends with Michael.

When Paulie began teaching Monkey Kung Fu, Michael ...

Judo, Hung Gar, Tai Shing Pek War

91. Daneya Mayid

Actor | Boogie Town

Dan was born in Queens, New York. His mother BettyAnn Fazio was a Queens native and of Italian descent. His father Supujana Mayid was born in Bankok, Thailand and moved to New York when he was only sixteen years old. Dan's acting career started when he was discovered by Don "The Dragon" Wilson in ...

Kenpo (3rd Dan)

92. Rick Yune

Actor | Die Another Day

Rick Yune was born on August 22, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Richard Yun. He is an actor and producer, known for Die Another Day (2002), Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and The Fast and the Furious (2001).

Tae Kwon Do qualified for the Tae Kwon Do Olympic trials at age 19

93. Pan Pan Yeung

Actress | Chor Lauheung

Born in Hong Kong of Shanghai and Sechuan parents. Started martial arts and Chinese opera training when she was 4 year-old, and later at the Fan Kok Fa opera academy. Learned different styles from top masters, including Lee Kwan Hung, of Choy Lay Fatt kung fu; Dan Inosanto of jeet kune do; western ...

Choy Lay Fut, Jeet Kune Do, Karate frequently performed over 30 kung fu movements for indivudal shots in her fight scenes

94. Jason Yee

Actor | The Girl from the Naked Eye

Jason Yee is an actor, director and producer who transitioned from an acclaimed career as a professional martial artist. He was born and raised in Boston's inner city by his single mom and grandparents. In his early 20s Jason won numerous martial arts championships and became the first American to ...

Sanshou (Unified Super-Middleweight Sanshou Champion; Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry), Wushu (Beijing Free Fighting Champion) has trained Al Lorieux, Marvin Perry, Rudi Ott, Josh Bartholomew, Albert Pope, and Mike Norman

95. Casanova Wong

Actor | Tong tian lao hu

Casanova Wong was born in 1945 in Seoul, South Korea as Yong-ho Kim. He is known for his work on The Master Strikes (1980), Sadaetonguimun (1978) and Wu zhi zhan she li zi (1979).

Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun a champion in the South Korean army circuits, he often trained in icy rivers during winter to build up his phyical endurance

96. Robert Wall

Actor | Enter the Dragon

Robert Wall was born on August 22, 1939 in California, USA. He is known for his work on Enter the Dragon (1973), The Way of the Dragon (1972) and Game of Death (1978). He has been married to Lillian Prescott since November 16, 1968. They have two children.

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; 1970 PKC Champion; PKA Hall Of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Okinawa-Te & Shorin-Ryu Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu victim of a false rumor stating that his 'broken bottle scene' with Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon" was unscripted and that he was intending to kill Lee

97. Dominiquie Vandenberg

Stunts | Mortal Kombat

Starring in the award winning indie film The Honorable (2002) served to win Vandenberg the lead role in a series of Timex spots for director Tim Burton. Shortly afterward he was hired to train and teach Leonardo Di Caprio in antique knife fighting techniques for Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York ...

Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai served in the French Foreign Legion Special Forces for five years

98. Michael Treanor

Actor | 3 Ninjas

Michael Treanor was born on April 17, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for 3 Ninjas (1992) and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate was discovered for his first film role while attending martial arts class as a youth

99. Tao-Liang Tan

Actor | Shao Lin men

Tao-Liang Tan was born in 1947 in Pusan, Korea. He is an actor and producer, known for Shao Lin men (1976), Breathing Fire (1991) and Zui hou yi kou qi (1985).

Tae Kwon Do (Korean National Champion) former martial arts trainer to Yuen Biao

100. Lingfeng Shangguan

Actress | Ma lu xiao ying xiong

Lingfeng Shangguan was born on October 10, 1949 in Pin-Tong, Taiwan as Hui Tai-Mei. She is an actress, known for Ma lu xiao ying xiong (1973), Bons baisers de Hong-Kong (1975) and Wu lin long hu dou (1970).

Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do (black belts in all styles) was honored by Hong Kong audiences with the proclamation that while "Bruce Lee is the dragon, Polly is the phoenix"



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