Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 4

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 12 Jun 2013 | updated - 19 Oct 2017 | Public

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

In 2009, I used Amazon.com 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.

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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.

Qualifications:

  • 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


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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.

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**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. Marjean Holden

Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Actress, stunt woman, and martial artist Marjean Holden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Vail, Colorado. She started acting from the age of 9, well being from the family of entertainers, she already knew her profession. As a youngster, she showed multiple skills in her school plays,...

Wun Hop Kuen

Trivia: prefers to do her own stunts

Best seen in BALLISTIC

2. Michael Dudikoff

Actor | Platoon Leader

Michael Dudikoff was born on October 8, 1954 in Redondo Beach, California, USA as Michael Joseph Stephen Dudikoff. He is an actor, known for Platoon Leader (1988), American Ninja (1985) and Bachelor Party (1984). He has been married to Belle since September 18, 2004. They have three children.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Aikido

Trivia: studied with Rorian Gracie

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA 2

3. Blake Bahner

Actor | Caged Fury

Blake Bahner was born on February 14, 1959. He is an actor, known for Caged Fury (1990), General Hospital (1963) and Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (1989).

Karate (WKF Champion)

Trivia: is an Aquarius

Best seen in BLACK BELT II

4. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure over the years cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker ...

Judo

Trivia: left home after fighting back when her father struck her for wearing lipstick

Best seen in THE AVENGERS

5. Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle

Stunts | Child's Play

Director/Producer Lauro Chartrand has followed an unusual path into his film career. It's not surprising that Lauro has been a prominent figure in the world of action films since 1989 when he transitioned from Martial Arts competitor and instructor into the world of cinema. Being mentored through ...

Karate, Aikido, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo

Trivia: is a member of the Bullseye Stunts Team

Best seen in NINJA TURTLES: THE NEXT MUTATION

6. Bren Foster

Actor | The Last Ship

Australian actor Bren Foster started acting in high school. His mother was of Cypriot heritage and his father of English/Irish heritage. After High school Bren studied Film and Video production, but felt the need to move toward his artistic development as an actor.Bren then traveled to New York to ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; Blitz Hall of Fame entry), Hapkido (1st Dan), Hwa Rang Do (1st Dan), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a former Australian national bodybuilding champion

Best seen in FORCE OF EXECUTION

7. Dian Hristov

Stunts | Assassin's Creed

Dian Hristov is known for his work on Assassin's Creed (2016), Hellboy (2019) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017).

Judo (record: 8-11)

Trivia: is the former personal stunt double and stand-in for Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren

Best seen in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION

8. Professor Toru Tanaka

Actor | Last Action Hero

Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ...

Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu, Judo

Trivia: was also a college football player, an Army sergeant, a martial arts instructor, a professional boxer (record: 3-2), and pro wrestler with the then-WWWF, winning 4 tag team championships

Best seen in THE PERFECT WEAPON

9. Cynthia Khan

Actress | Eternal Fist

After studying Chinese and jazz dance from elementary school, at 17 years old Yeung won a national contest to find new talents, organized by the Taiwainese TV, and shortly after she made several appearances on TV and a bit part in the Taiwanese film of 1985 "Taipei Story", directed by Yang De-Chang...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: claims that she does not enjoy performing action scenes; a stunt wherein she had to run on top of a moving vehicle resulted in her having nightmares for weeks

Best seen in IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4

10. Jourdan Lee

Actor | Point of Entry

Jourdan Lee is an actor and writer, known for Point of Entry (2010), Tekken (2010) and Imagine That (2009).

Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: in 2010, was reportedly one of only two certified stunt performers in Australia

Best seen in THE LAST EVE

11. Lauren Mary Kim

Stunts | Furious Seven

Lauren Mary Kim is the faceless action hero that brings adrenaline to films and television. Lauren has a strong handle on acting, combat training, and stunt work. She is known for her work on Star Trek (2009), Furious 7 (2015) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and recently doubled as ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Muay Thai

Trivia: is a former NBA dancer

Best seen in BACKLASH

12. Kristin Kreuk

Actress | EuroTrip

Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber Secondary School. Although she did some stage work in school, she ...

Karate (purple belt)

Trivia: also practices gymnastics

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN LI

13. Mike Lambert

Stunts | The Bourne Ultimatum

Mike had a wish to be a stuntman since he was a kid growing up with television programs such as The A-Team and martial arts movies. Mike got involved with martial arts at the age of 13. He started practicing Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and Kickboxing, and went to compete. Talented as he is he won many ...

Karate, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association

Best seen in UNLEASHED

14. David Lea

Actor | Nothing to Lose

Dave lea started training in martial arts in his early teens. He traveled the world learning from some of the greatest martial art teachers he could find, including Dan Inosanto who trained under Bruce Lee, and Joseph Cheng of Wing Chun fame. Also studied with Grand Master Leong Swee Lun of Shaolin...

Shotokan Karate, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, Wing Chun, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: is also a Hollywood stunt instructor

Best seen in BATMAN

15. Sayed Najem

Stunts | Attack Force

Sayed Najem was born on February 28, 1970 in Lebanon. He is known for his work on Attack Force (2006), The True Story of Troy (2004) and Hard Luck (2006).

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Olympic Silver medalist; 4-time Pan-Am Champion)

Trivia: trained Hayden Christensen in martial arts in preparation for THE CLONE WARS

Best seen in ATTACK FORCE

16. Dustin Nguyen

Actor | Huyen thoai bat tu

Dustin Tri Nguyen, after moving to the US from Vietnam in 1975, went on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's premiere Asian-American actors coming out of the martial arts world, having starred on such hit TV shows as "21 Jump Street," "Seaquest DSV," "VIP," as well as feature films like MAN ...

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: was jobless for approximately four years because he refused to accept poor film roles based only on martial arts performances

Best seen in 3 NINJAS KICK BACK

17. David William No

Stunts | Altered Carbon

David Will No is a man not only with a unique look but also with a unique set of skills. While studying physiotherapy at university, David was asked to star in The Huntsman. That short film garnered the attention of action fans around the world and was featured in several magazines. John Woo and ...

Tae Kwo Do, Judo

Trivia: is the son of Australian martial arts pioneers Ke-Hyung No and Robin Marchment

Best seen in THE MATRIX RELOADED

18. Chris Penn

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, ...

Karate

Trivia: was friends with kickboxer Don 'the Dragon' Wilson, whom he co-starred in four movies with

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST

19. Jhoon Rhee

Actor | Tai quan zhen jiu zhou

Jhoon Rhee was born on January 7, 1932 in Asan, Korea as Jhoon Goo Rhee. He was an actor, known for Tai quan zhen jiu zhou (1973), The Curse of the Dragon (1993) and Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Mania (1992). He was married to Theresa Chun and Han Soon Hahm. He died on April 30, 2018 in Arlington, ...

Tae Kwon Do (10th Dan; Black Belt & Taekwondo Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the founder of the Congressional Tae Kwon Do Club; in 1975, he hosted nationally-aired Democrat vs. Republican sparring matches

Best seen in WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES

20. Ted Jan Roberts

Actor | Milk

Ted Jan Roberts was born on September 24, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Theodore Jan Roberts. He is an actor and producer, known for Milk (2008), Hollywood Safari (1997) and Tiger Heart (1996).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: formerly taught the martial arts at the USA Freestyle Karate school in San Diego

Best seen in A DANGEROUS PLACE

21. Antonio Sabato Jr.

Actor | The Big Hit

Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on February 29, 1972 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio G. Sabato Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Hit (1998), Shark Hunter (2001) and General Hospital (1963). He was previously married to Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes and Tully Jensen.

Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing

Trivia: also practices boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling

Best seen in HIGH VOLTAGE

22. Catya Sassoon

Actress | Tuff Turf

Daughter of English hair stylist Vidal Sassoon and American actress Beverly Adams, she was born and lived her tender years in Manhattan, New York, then in Los Angeles, California.

At 14, she dropped out of Beverly Hills High School to pursue a modeling career in New York, due to the persuasion of ...

Karate (WKA Champion)

Trivia: was also a model and a rock singer

Best seen in ANGELFIST

23. Kenn Scott

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Kenn Scott was born as Kenneth Scott Troum. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) and Adventures of Johnny Tao (2007).

Karate

Trivia: has a degree in Film and Television Production

Best seen in SHOWDOWN

24. Bo Svenson

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

An award winning and highly versatile actor and writer - and a member of the Oscar Academy since 1985, Bo has worked with over 100 Academy Award winners/nominees including Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood.

After Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and "Inglourious Basterds", the latter Tarantino's ...

Judo (4th Dan; USJA & US Armed Forces Far East Champion; Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame entry), Karate, Aikido

Trivia: is a former bodyguard to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Best seen in BREAKING POINT

25. Antony Szeto

Director | Wushu

Antony Szeto is an award winning film director based in Hong Kong. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, a specialist in action, he has amassed tremendous experience behind the camera. On top of co-directing and being shoot director for various films, he directed Hong Kong's first CGI ...

Wushu (Australian National Team member)

Trivia: has a Master's Degree in Business Administration

Best seen in AMERICAN SAMURAI

26. Sven-Ole Thorsen

Actor | Gladiator

Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards......

Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is also a bodybuilder, having won Denmark's "Verdens Stærkeste Mand" competition

Best seen in DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY

Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Dux-Ryu Ninjutsu

Trivia: formerly was Bruce Willis' personal stunt double

Best seen in LIONHEART

28. Will Yun Lee

Actor | Altered Carbon

Will Yun Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Jung Ja Lee and Soo Won Lee, who had recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the tough Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: won an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Berkley, based on his martial arts abilities

Best seen in ELEKTRA

29. Louis Paquette

Stunts | X-Men: Days of Future Past

A Quebec-born actor, stunt performer and fight choreographer now residing in Toronto ON. Louis trained in martial arts from the age of ten. He fell in love with the stage while in private school and went on to study Actuarial Sciences at Laval University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Wing Chun, Capoeira, Shotokan Karate (green belt), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido

Trivia: is the co-founder of the Team Ryouko stunt team

Best seen in DEATH WARRIOR

30. Kessarin Ektawatkul

Actress | Kerd ma lui

Kessarin Ektawatkul is an actress, known for Born to Fight (2004), Pirate of the Lost Sea (2008) and Muay Thai Giant (2008).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a model

Best seen in BORN TO FIGHT

31. Steve Blackman

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Steve Blackman was born on September 28, 1963 in Annville, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WrestleMania XIV (1998) and Survivor Series (1997).

HONORARY ENTRY

Isshin-Ryu & Shotokan Karate, Kenpo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: was ranked #70 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 2001 list

32. Robert Baker

Actor | Jing wu men

Amongst martial arts film fans, Robert Baker's claim to fame was portraying the Russian strong man / martial artist named "Petrov" in the cult Bruce Lee movie Fist of Fury (1972) (aka "The Chinese Connection" aka "Fist of Fury"). Baker was a student in Lee's martial art fighting style (Jeet Kune Do...

Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Karate, Kenpo, Kajukenbo

Trivia: was a friend and frequent guest of Bruce Lee, who referred to him as his bodyguard

Best seen in THE CHINESE CONNECTION

33. Nijel

Stunts | China O'Brien

Nijel Binns, also known as "Nijel", Nigel Binns, and Nijel BPG was born in Battersea, England on July 1,1956. In addition to his work as an actor and a stuntman, Nijel is an accomplished portrait sculptor and martial arts practitioner. He is also the author of three books and multiple magazine ...

Kenpo

Trivia: is also a sculptor and author, having sculpted the bronze "Mother of Humanity" in 1996 and having co-written "Championship Kenpo" in 1983, among other works

Best seen in CHINA O'BRIEN

34. Art Camacho

Stunts | The Chemist

Award-winning action film Director/Fight choreographer/stunt performer Art Camacho has a vast experience in the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and gravitated towards stunts and Directing. His studio releases include Sony Pictures "Half Past Dead 2", "Assassin X" and ...

Wun Hop Kuen (4th degree black belt), Karate, San Soo, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a member of the Martial Arts History Museum's board of directors

Best seen in TIGER HEART

35. Vincent Cassel

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

Capoeira

Trivia: speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian

Best seen in BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF

36. Han Jae Ji

Actor | He qi dao

Han Jae Ji was born in 1936 in Andong, Korea. He is an actor, known for Hapkido (1972), Bruce Lee and I (1973) and Nu zi tai quan qun ying hui (1975).

Sin Moo Hapkido (founder), Sam Rang Do

Trivia: trained the bodyguards of the Korean President Park Chung Hee in martial arts

Best seen in LADY KUNG FU

37. Roongtawan Jindasing

Actress | Kill 'em All

Roongtawan Jindasing is an actress, known for Kill 'em All (2012) and Raging Phoenix (2009).

Judo

Trivia: is a 22-time 1st place winner in bodybuilding competitions, including the WBPF Championships, Asian Championships, and Mr. Thailand Championships

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX

38. Jillian Kesner

Actress | The Student Body

Sunny, dynamic and beautiful slender blonde actress Jillian Kesner was born on August 9, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia and grew up primarily in Denver, Colorado. Her father was a Navy officer. Jillian received a B.A. in business from a Colorado university in 1967. In 1969 Kesner moved to Los Angeles...

Karate

Trivia: she and her husband pieced together footage the latter shot for Orson Welles' unfinished film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, which they intended to eventually release

Best seen in OPERATION COBRA

39. Conan Lee

Actor | Lethal Weapon 4

Conan Lee was born in 1959 in Hong Kong as Lloyd Hutchinson. He is known for his work on Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Pacific Rim (2013) and Repo Men (2010).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Northern Shaolin, Wing Chun

Trivia: is the founder of the "Realistic Fist" fighting style

Best seen in NINJA IN THE DRAGON'S DEN

40. Julian Lee

Actor | Dragon and the Hawk

Julian Lee was born in South Korea where he began his training in the martial arts very young to overcome his shyness. At the age of 14, he became the Gold medalist of the first Korean National (Junior) Taekwondo Championship organized by Chang Hun Ryu, aka General Choi Hong Hi (founder of ...

Tae Kwon Do (Korean National Junior Gold medalist; Korean All Star Team member)

Trivia: is the former director of the US National Tae Kwon Do Team, leading them to 2nd place during the 9th World Championships

Best seen in DRAGON AND THE HAWK

41. James Lew

Stunts | Luke Cage

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 (1979). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John ...

Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Southern Shaolin, Muay Thai, Escrima, Bak Mei, Wushu, White Lotus & Southern Dragon Kung Fu, Fu Jow Pai, Shen Quan, Choy Lay Fut, Bai He Quan, Bao Quan (US Karate Champion; Martial Arts History Museum & Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was such a dominant competitor during his tournament career that promoters would ask him not to attend their programs because his success intimidated and kept other competitors away

Best seen in BALANCE OF POWER

42. Zee Lo

Actor | Deadly Bet

Born and raised in China, Dr. Zee Lo started his martial arts training with his grandfather at the age of 5. As a teenager, he grew up practicing Tai Chi Chuan, Wing Chun, Choy Li Fat, and Northern Shaolin and Western Boxing. After coming to America for college in the early 80's, Dr. Zee Lo started...

Jeet Kune Do, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Choy Lay Fut, Northern Shaolin

Trivia: is a certified practitioner of Oriental medicine and acupuncture

Best seen in THE DEADLY CURE

43. Vincent Lyn

Actor | Fei ying gai wak

Forever winning in Chinese is Yong Sheng. Vincent Lyn was born to a Chinese father and a British mother. His English name is Sir Vincent Raymond Percival Lyn. Vincent is the kind of individual whom you instinctively know when you meet him that he is someone worth finding out more about and the more...

Ling Gar, Kickboxing, Tai Chi (Action Martial Arts, Black Belt & US Kido Federation Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: in his autobiography, Jackie Chan listed his fight with Lyn in OPERATION CONDOR as among his very favorites

Best seen in OPERATION CONDOR

44. Steven McMichael

Stunts | X-Men

Steven McMichael was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. At the age of 19 he joined the US Marine Corps and graduated Platoon Honorman - yes, he was a Hollywood Marine. He was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, where he served in the Presidential Color Guard. Steven served in Operation Desert Storm (1991)...

Wushu, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira

Trivia: is a survivor of a broken neck

Best seen in BLADE: TRINITY

45. John Miller

Actor | Zong heng tian xia

John Miller is an actor, known for Honor and Glory (1993), Undefeatable (1993) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).

Hung Fut (NACMAF Champion)

Trivia: crafted several of his own weapons to be used in competition when traditional models kept breaking during his rigorous training

Best seen in UNDEFEATABLE

46. Michael Miller

Actor | Knock Off

After taking up Taekwondo & Hapkido in his native Australia, martial artist/stuntman and action actor Michael Miller found a steady diet of both American and Asian action movies inspired his training and his eventual relocation to Hong Kong in the early 1990s.

Miller quickly found work as an actor/...

Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido

Trivia: is a former member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association

Best seen in KNOCK OFF

47. Brad Morris

Stunts | Gor

Brad Morris knows exactly when he was first bitten by the acting bug. At age six, he went to see "Dr. No" at a theater in his hometown of Johannesburg. Sean Connery's screen debut as James Bond so mesmerized the boy that he decided, right then, that acting would be his dream job. But first, there ...

Kickboxing

Trivia: pursued acting as a means to find (or be found by) his children, who had been taken out of the country as infants by their mother

Best seen in AMERICAN KICKBOXER 1

48. Daniel O'Neill

Stunts | Ultraviolet

Daniel O'Neill is a British born Martial Arts Action Actor, known mainly for his role as 'Dan' in Bangkok Adrenaline and for his role as the Fixer in the movie 'Fixer'. After watching many Hong Kong action movies as a child, Daniel became very fond of Jackie Chan and saw him as a role model. Daniel...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Muay Thai, Capoeira

Trivia: moved to Hong Kong on his 19th birthday to pursue a career in stuntwork, modeling, and acting

Best seen in BANGKOK ADRENALINE

49. Kim Penn

Actress | The Ultimate Warrior

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, she is a former undefeated kumite fighter and 1988 World Karate Champion. She participated in state, national, and international tournaments, receiving the Most Outstanding Competitor Award at the World Karate Championships in Japan. Her martial arts skills also ...

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Wushu, Shaolin Eagle Claw (WKC Champion)

Trivia: is the director of Signal 8 Security in China and Hong Kong

Best seen in FUN AND FURY

50. Roddy Piper

Actor | They Live

Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before ...

Judo

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Gene LeBell

Best seen in TERMINAL RUSH

51. Bobbie Phillips

Actress | Solar Eclipse: Depth of Darkness

Bobbie Phillips is an actress, animal advocate, and a true Chameleon (1998); both on screen and off. Bobbie has portrayed a variety of characters in various genres throughout her career. Widely recognized for her award winning role as sexy entomologist, Dr. Bambi Berenbaum on The X-Files: War of ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was trained in martial arts by Billy Blanks while filming TC 2000

Best seen in CHAMELEON 3

52. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

Shorinji Kenpo, Kyokushin Karate, Kendo

Trivia: studied stuntwork under Sonny Chiba

Best seen in NINJA IN THE DRAGON'S DEN

53. Kentaro Seagal

Actor | Desu toransu

Kentaro Seagal was born on October 3, 1975 in Osaka, Japan. He is an actor, known for Death Trance (2005), Pî-Pî kyodai (2001) and Seamless: Kidz Rule (1999). He has been married to Tze, Yin since 2005. They have one child.

Aikido (4th Dan), Kenjutsu (1st Dan)

Trivia: is the founder of the Tenshin Aikido Club

Best seen in DEATH TRANCE

54. Iko Uwais

Actor | Serbuan Maut 2: Berandal

Iko Uwais was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Maisyaroh and Mustapha Kamaluddin. His grandfather, H. Achmad Bunawar, was a master of silat, an Indonesian traditional martial art, and founded a silat school. Iko himself has been learning silat since he was 10 years old. He became National Champion in...

Pentjak & Berantai Silat

Trivia: is a former student of Persatuan Pentjak Silat Indonesia

Best seen in THE RAID

55. Françoise Yip

Actress | AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

At an early age Francoise passed on an opportunity to study in music and chose to persue a degree in Political Science. It was during those years, Francoise started with modeling. That career didn't last long, but she did get the opportunity to star with Jackie Chan in Rumble in the Bronx. For her ...

Wushu

Trivia: is a student of Bruce Fontaine

Best seen in ROMEO MUST DIE

56. Wah Yuen

Actor | Kung fu

Wah Yuen was born on September 2, 1950 in Hong Kong, China as Kai Chi Yung. He is known for his work on Kung Fu Hustle (2004), The Iceman Cometh (1989) and The Way of the Dragon (1972).

Wushu, Jeet Kune Do, Hung Gar, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: venerated by Jackie Chan for his ability to imitate any martial arts movement presented to him

Best seen in KUNG FU HUSTLE

57. César Carneiro

Actor | The Quest

Mestre Cesar started taking Capoeira at the age of 9. He trained with Mestre Carlinhos for 2 years. Than he trained with Mestre Alabama and finally became a Mestre himself. Cesar participated in many tournaments and became part of "Bale Folklorica Da Bahia", a privileged group. One year later he ...

Capoeira

Trivia: appeared in his film roles while touring the United States with the Oba-Oba performance group

Best seen in SHOOTFIGHTER 2

58. Winston Ellis

Actor | The Dark Knight

Winston Ellis was born as Winston George Ellis. He is known for his work on The Dark Knight (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

Shaolin Eagle Claw

Trivia: is the co-founder of Bedrin Media

Best seen in TECHNO WARRIORS

59. Habby Heske

Actor | The Quest

Habby Heske has been involved with Martial Arts for over 25 years. He started Judo when he was 10 years old and 3 years later he started boxing at the P.C.Y.C (Police and Citizens Youth Club) in Kensington. Not long after he started boxing he became friends with Gary Childs, a black belt in Karate....

Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ Sydney Gold medalist; Australian Open Gold & Silver medalist), Zen Do Kai (5th Dan), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts (South Pacific Shootwrestling Champion)

Trivia: has over 250 students and over a dozen amatuer and professional fighters in his stable

Best seen in THE QUEST

60. Kitao Koji

Actor | The Quest

Kitao Koji was born on August 12, 1963 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for The Quest (1996), Fighting Fist (1992) and Pride 1 (1997).

Sumo (JSA record: 348-184-24), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-2)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler, having been a WAR Six-Man Tag Team Champion

Best seen in THE QUEST

61. Azdine Nouri

Actor | The Quest

Azdine Nouri is an actor, known for The Quest (1996).

Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Ninjutsu

Trivia: five years prior to appearing alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in THE QUEST, had met Van Damme during a martial arts gala

Best seen in THE QUEST

62. Jen Sung

Stunts | Rush Hour 2

Jen Kuo Sung, whose father hails from Shanghai, China and mother who is one quarter aboriginal Taiwanese, was born and raised in Taiwan till he reached his teens. As a child, he was besotted with Bruce Lee after sneaking into a cinema to watch Bruce's The Big Boss and has been a student of kung fu ...

Muay Thai

Trivia: also practices fencing, boxing, and wrestling

Best seen in THE QUEST

63. Abdel Qissi

Actor | Lionheart

Imposingly large, 6' 2" Abdel Qissi was born in Morocco on 20 January 1960 and he is best known for playing some of the leading bad guys to Jean-Claude Van Damme.

He grew up in Brussels, where he was trained in boxing at sports center in Ixelles, there he also met Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme, ...

Savate

Trivia: is the brother of Michel and Youssef Qissi

Best seen in The QUEST

64. Takis Triggelis

Actor | Batman & Robin

Born in 1964, in Athens, Takis grew up in Munich. At a young age he already knew that martial arts were his passion. He trained in Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Thai Boxing.

When he was 28, he traveled to Los Angeles to work as a personal trainers. He worked with many celebrities, including martial ...

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the creator of the Q-Power training system

Best seen in THE QUEST

65. Peter Wong

Actor | Bulletproof Monk

Peter Wong is known for his work on Bulletproof Monk (2003), 16 Blocks (2006) and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007).

Wushu, Sanshou, Wing Chun

Trivia: is a member of the Sunny Tang Martial Arts Center

Best seen in THE QUEST

66. Brandon Gaines

Actor | Superfights

A 3rd degree karate black belt, Brandon Gaines starred only in one film! Before his only major movie role, Brandon was an instructor who did a tape called Karate for Kids 2. In 1994, after a worldwide search was done, he was chosen to star in the Seasonal Films production of "Superfights". In the ...

Karate (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, appearing on the KARATE FOR KIDS DVD

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

67. Kelly Gallant

Actress | TC 2000

Kelly Gallant is an actress, known for TC 2000 (1993), Superfights (1995) and Talons of the Eagle (1992).

Isshin-Ryu Karate

Trivia: was praised by fellow martial artist Chuck Jeffreys for her superior kicking ability

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

68. Cliff Lenderman

Actor | Superfights

Cliff Lenderman is an actor, known for Superfights (1995), Darkdrive (1997) and American Shaolin (1991).

Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: founded the Lenderman Academy of Martial Arts in Tacoma, Washington

Best seen in AMERICAN SHAOLIN

69. Brian Ruth

Actor | Superfights

Brian Ruth is an actor, known for Superfights (1995).

Goju-Ryu Karate

Trivia: operates the Olympic Karate studio in Louisville, Kentucky

Best seen in SUPERFIGHT

70. Ron Succarotte

Actor | Superfights

Ron Succarotte was born on June 13, 1972 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Superfights (1995), Bloodmoon (1997) and Manhattan Chase (2000).

Northern & Southern Shaolin, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Zui Quan, Wushu, Chin Na

Trivia: created the Chinese competition and demonstration forms for the Millennium Training program

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

71. Eric Bischoff

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Eric Bischoff was born on May 27th, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in radio, television and film. He ran a successful construction company and pitched low-level marketing ideas ...

HONORARY ENTRY

Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: to date, Bischoff's World Championship Wrestling was the only pro wrestling organization to financially surpass Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation

72. Oleg Prudius

Stunts | John Wick: Chapter 2

Oleg Prudius was born on April, 27, 1979 in Ukraine, SSR, of the USSR (now Ukraine). He grew up in the old Soviet Union with a love for sports and everything martial arts. He started at an early age competing in Sambo and Judo, which he immediately dominated and the rest of the country took notice....

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing, Sambo (USA Open & USKBA Grappling Champion), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a former member of the Ukrainian National Football Team

73. Peter Senerchia

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Peter Senerchia was born on October 11, 1967 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993) and WWF Livewire (1997). He is married to Theresa Smith. They have one child.

HONORARY ENTRY

Judo

Trivia: refused to undergo surgery to treat a broken neck, and cured himself in a year utilizing only rest and physical therapy

74. Yoshihiro Tajiri

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Yoshihiro Tajiri was born on September 29, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for WWE SmackDown Live (1999), WWE NXT (2010) and Cruiserweight Classic: CWC (2016). He is married to Tomoe Tajiri.

HONORARY ENTRY

Kickboxing

Trivia: owns and operates the Wrestling New Classic organization in Japan

75. Sedina Balde

Actor | Unleashed

Born and raised in Paris, spent years in Canada, Seydina BALDÉ, has worshipped his passion for the movie industry since his childhood. Indeed he started at the age of 10, to attend theatrical classes and managed to be noticed while performing. Seydina begins his career in the industry as a stunt, ...

Karate (WKC Silver [2x] & Bronze medalist; EKC Gold [3x], Silver & Bronze [3x] medalist)

Trivia: nicknamed "the black pearl of karate"

Best seen in UNLEASHED

76. Laurent Buson

Producer | Die Fighting

Laurent Buson was born on November 10, 1978 in Paris, France. He is known for his work on Die Fighting (2014), Pharaoh (2015) and Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope (2014).

Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Changquan

Trivia: studied at the Shaolin Monastery and the Shichahai Sports School in China

Best seen in MERANTAU

77. Chien Sun

Actor | Wu du

Chien Sun was born on January 26, 1955 in Taiwan. He is known for his work on Five Deadly Venoms (1978), The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) and Bastard Swordsman (1983).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a veteran of the Taiwan military

Best seen in THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

78. George Chung

Producer | Hawkeye

George Chung is a producer and director, known for Hawkeye (1988), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and Call to Cosplay (2014).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kickboxing, Wushu, Kenpo, Kobudo (3-time Battle of Atlanta Champion; 3-time LAMA Champion; 2-time Diamond Nationals Champion; US Grand Open, PKA, NKC & Fort Worth Pro Am Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the first male competitor to have been nationally ranked highest in both forms and weapons in the same year

Best seen in FIGHT TO WIN

79. Jeff Riddle

Actor | Sumo Joe

Jeff Riddle is an actor, known for Sumo Joe (2010).

Sumo

Trivia: competes in and referees American Sumo wrestling

Best seen in SUMO JOE

80. Ryan White

Actor | Sumo Joe

Ryan White is an actor, known for Sumo Joe (2010).

Sumo

Trivia: competes in Sumo wrestling as a middleweight

Best seen in SUMO JOE

81. Andrea VanEpps

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Andrea VanEpps was born in Salem, Oregon, but as a toddler she moved with her family to a small town in Montana where she was first introduced to the stage and all of the physical activities that shaped her future in entertainment.

As small as the town may have been it had a lot to offer. She ...

Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo

Trivia: trained under Geo Corvera, Arnold Chon, Chad Stahelski, Koby Azarly, and Esteban Cueto

Best seen in SHADOWS IN PARADISE

82. Masashi Odate

Actor | The Last Samurai

Masashi Odate is an actor and producer, known for The Last Samurai (2003), The Wolverine (2013) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006).

Kyokushin Karate, Kendo

Trivia: also studies boxing and wrestling

Best seen in FALCON RISING

83. Kimberly Estrada

Actress | Hawaii Five-0

Kimberly Estrada is an American actress known for playing a wide range of roles, from professional boxer to vixen. Estrada is an ethnic blend of primarily Chinese, Spanish and Native descent and has an extensive background in martial arts and combat including Shaolin Kempo, Jeet Kun Do Kung Fu, ...

Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kun Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shaolin Kenpo

Trivia: studied under Dave Lea and Ed Monaghan

Best seen in DISTURBANCE

84. Lee Lollio

Actor | The Shadow Boxer

Lee Lollio is an actor, stuntman, producer and also filmmaker originally from Detroit, MI who is now based in southern California. He has worked predominately in action and thriller films playing complex characters doing all his own stunts and stunt riding, which makes him very appealing for films ...

Isshin-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Aikido, Bagua Zhang, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Zu Wei Zhu, Escrima, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Bokator, Silat, Wei Kuen Do, Bo Jin Do (founder)

Trivia: is a certified instructor of Leo Fong's Wei Kuen Do and Chi Fung

Best seen in THE SHADOW BOXER

85. Simon Northwood

Actor | Code 8

Simon Northwood considers himself to be a well-travelled and adaptable individual. He was born in Wimbledon, England. His family moved between the United States and Canada before settling down in Burlington, Ontario in 1980. With his father being a Carnival Cruise Director for over 20 years, ...

Wado-Kai Karate (4th Dan; Canadian National Team member)

Trivia: trained under the Wado-Kai Karate Federation of Canada

Best seen in LOST GIRL

86. Fabien Garcia

Stunts | Die Fighting

Fabien Garcia is known for his work on Die Fighting (2014), Drained World (2015) and Duel (2007).

Jujitsu, Vo Viet Dao, Wushu

Trivia: studied at the Shaolin Monastery and the Shi Cha Hai Sports School

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING

87. Didier Buson

Actor | Die Fighting

Didier Buson is an actor and composer, known for Die Fighting (2014), Duel (2007) and Brothers Forever (2008).

Wushu

Trivia: is the co-founder of the martial arts Z Team

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING

88. Andre McCoy

Stunts | The Matrix

Andre McCoy was born in Seville, Spain. He is known for his work on The Matrix (1999), The One (2001) and The Matrix Reloaded (2003).

Capoeira

Trivia: also studied animation and comic illustration

Best seen in TKO

89. Harrison Snider

Actor | When the Cobra Strikes

Harrison Snider is an actor and producer, known for Black Cobra (2012), Conviction (2016) and The Final Day of Intoxication (2008).

Tae Kwon Do (4th & 2nd Dan under different masters; CKA Champion; WKA National Team member)

Trivia: is the owner and operator of the Helix Martial Arts studio of Colorado

Best seen in BLACK COBRA

90. Luxia Jiang

Actress | Hong hai xing dong

Luxia Jiang is an actress, known for Operation Red Sea (2018), True Legend (2010) and Legend of the Naga Pearls (2017).

Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: is the chief trainer of CCTV's "Practical Ladies Self-Defense" program

Best seen in NINJA MASTERS

91. Ernest Miller

Actor | The Wrestler

Ernest Miller was born on January 14, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Ernest Clifford Miller. He is known for his work on The Wrestler (2008), Blood and Bone (2009) and WWE SmackDown Live (1999).

Kickboxing, Karate (3-time WKF Champion; Rhode Island Invitational Champion; Bluegrass National Champion; ISKA Champion; Atomic Freestyle Champion)

Trivia: taught Karate to WCW owner Eric Bischoff

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE

92. Ken Lo

Actor | Rush Hour

Ken Lo was born on March 19, 1957 in Laos as Kenneth Lo Wai-Kwong. He is known for his work on Rush Hour (1998), Police Story 4: First Strike (1996) and Shinjuku Incident (2009). He was previously married to Suk Yin Lai.

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: was Jackie Chan's personal bodyguard

Best seen in DRUNKEN MASTER II

93. Renata Pimentel

Actress | Sunland Heat

Renata Pimentel is known for her work on Sunland Heat (2004).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; IBJJF Gold & Silver medalist)

Trivia: is ranked by the IBJJF as the 30th best Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the women's black belt division

Best seen in SUNLAND HEAT

94. Dean Williams

Stunts | He Who Dares

Dean Williams is known for his work on He Who Dares (2014), Enter the Cage (2016) and Jessie.

Kickboxing, Capoeira

Trivia: is a regional instructor for the PKA

Best seen in GREEN STREET 3

95. Kazu Patrick Tang

Actor | Unleashed

Kazu Patrick Tang is known for his work on Unleashed (2005), The Meg (2018) and District B13 (2004).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former member of the C.A.S.C.A.D.E. demonstration team

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX

96. Gui DaSilva-Greene

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

Gui DaSilva-Greene is known for his work on Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Deadpool (2016).

Capoeira

Trivia: also practices boxing and gymnastics

Best seen in POWER/RANGERS

97. Jansen Panettiere

Actor | The Perfect Game

Jansen Panettiere was born on September 25, 1994 in Palisades, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Hero (2009), Major Crimes (2012) and The Last Day of Summer (2007).

Krav Maga, Capoeira

Trivia: also practices fencing and wrestling

Best seen in THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

98. Jessie Bayani

Stunts | Divergent

Jessie Bayani is known for his work on Divergent (2014), Dogfight (2013) and Assignment 47 (2009).

Wushu, Karate

Trivia: is also proficient with Chinese weapons

Best seen in DOGFIGHT

99. Devin Reeve

Actor | Cross Wars

Born and raised in Atlanta, Devin Reeve began his acting career at the early age of 10, when he was cast as Oliver Twist in a theatre production of Oliver. Over the next 8 years Reeve would continue provide is acting talents in many Atlanta based productions including; theatre, live events and ...

Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 11

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS

100. Sergio Kato

Stunts | Only the Strong

Sergio Kato is an Brazilian/American actor. Sergio moved around a lot to many countries. He also has attended several acting trainings. Has done quite a lot in a short time. He has also been a fashion model, ballet dancer, and finally of course, actor. He got the audition for his first role as "...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt)

Trivia: also practices fencing

Best seen in STUNT GAMES



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