Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 3

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 27 May 2013 | updated - 10 months ago | 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. Zoë Bell

Stunts | Grindhouse

As an established and extremely talented stunt double and actress, Zoe Bell has made a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication, skills, and focus.

Zoe Bell was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She has a background in gymnastics and martial...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: began her stunt career after she acquired the phone number of an injured stuntman being treated at her father's emergency room

Best seen in ANGEL OF DEATH

2. Daniel Pesina

Actor | Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning

Born 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, Danny Pesina has been studying martial arts since 1972. He began his formal training with Master Guo Jianhua in 1989 studying both external and internal Wushu. He has also studied under many other Chinese living instructors including Hu Jianqiang (the former Chinese ...

Wushu, Bagua Zhang (AAU & NASKA Champion)

Trivia: has studied under Masters Guo Jianhua, Hu Jianqiang, Zhu Bao Jian, and Lin Jianhua

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS

3. Katalin Zamiar

Actress | Mortal Kombat II

Born 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. She holds 3 black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Goju Karate and Shorin Ryu Karate with 21 years of experience in martial arts and 14 years of experience with boxing. She has the title 'Sifu', and is a national and international fitness presenter. She's a certified trainer ...

Shorin-Ryu & Goju-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a writer for sports and fitness publications, including Black Belt Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness, and Chicago Boxing

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS

4. Bradley James Allan

Stunts | Solo: A Star Wars Story

BRAD ALLAN: Born with an inherent fascination of all things Chinese, Brad Allan started studying martial arts, boxing, gymnastics and Chinese circus arts from the age of 10 years. At age 15 years, Brad met two of China's greatest wushu athletes Liang Chang Xing and Tang Lai Wei of the renowned ...

Wushu, Aikido, Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is first non-Asian member (and subsequent leader) of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team

Best seen in WHO AM I

5. Ron Balicki

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Before Ron Balicki got his start in the entertainment field as a stuntman and a fight / stunt coordinator, he grew up in the windy city of Chicago. Ron has trained the Martial Arts for over 35 years. After an in-depth study of the subject, Ron sought out the legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto. ...

Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Silat, Muay Thai, Savate, Wing Chun, Shooto, Latigo y Daga, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-1)

Trivia: has taught martial arts to the French Secret Service, the French Anti-Terrorist Team, and the DEA

Best seen in FORCE OF EXECUTION

6. Osric Chau

Actor | 2012

Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer (2008) that was shot in Hengdian, ...

Wushu (Canadian National Team member)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 13

Best seen in KUNG FU KILLER

7. Andy Cheng

Stunts | Rush Hour 2

Andy Cheng was born as Kai-Cheung Cheng. He is known for his work on Rush Hour 2 (2001), Shanghai Noon (2000) and Rush Hour (1998).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former stunt double of Jackie Chan

Best seen in US SEAL 2

8. Master Hee Il Cho

Actor | Best of the Best

Master Hee Il Cho was born on October 13, 1940 in Korea. He is known for his work on Best of the Best (1989), Future War (1997) and Fight to Win (1987).

Tae Kwon Do (9th Dan; Black Belt & Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame), Tang Soo Do

Trivia: taught martial arts to the Army Special Forces of Korea and India

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 3

9. Ilram Choi

Stunts | Star Trek

Ilram's parents are from Korea. But Ilram himself was born in the U.S. As soon as he learned to walk, he began training in Tae Kwon Do. Besides the regular training, Ilram would learn by imitating the better martial artists and athletes, including his father.

Ilram would soon make his way into ...

Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Ninjutsu, Capoeira

Trivia: began training in acrobatics by imitating his father

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3

10. Collin Chou

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Collin Chou was born on August 11, 1967 in Taiwan as Hsiao-Lung Chou. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and The Forbidden Kingdom (2008). He has been married to Wanda Yung since December 10, 1997. They have two children.

Fu Jow Pai, White Crane, Leopard & Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Trivia: started his stunt career at age 12

Best seen in THE MATRIX RELOADED

11. Sophia Crawford

Stunts | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sophia Crawford was born in Hammersmith, London, and is one of Triplets. She left England in 1986 and took an incredible journey on a bus overland from London to India. After spending some time in India and Nepal, Sophia headed to Thailand, where she began her movie career. At first she was an ...

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: has doubled over 45 different actresses during her stunt career

Best seen in US SEALS 2

12. Michael Depasquale Jr.

Actor | Father and Father

Producer, stunt coordinator, actor, publisher, and world renowned martial artist, Michael DePasquale Jr, is the creator of the Action Film Academy which was held at several different locations including Burbank, Atlanta, New York State, Ohio, and Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. ...

Yoshidune-Waza Jujitsu (9th Dan; AAU Champion), Judo, Karate, Aikido

Trivia: is a trained security and law enforcement professional

Best seen in CHINA HEAT

13. Bruce Fontaine

Stunts | I, Robot

Canadian martial arts expert Bruce Fontaine had trained extensively in Chinese martial arts most notably Choy Lee Fut and Wushu, before moving to Hong Kong to work as an actor and stuntman in the late 1980s. Fontaine made a name for himself with his remarkable flexibility and kicking ability, and ...

Wushu (Canadian National Team member; IWUF Bronze medalist), Choy Lay Fut, Bajiquan, Nan Quan

Trivia: is the founder of the West Coast Chinese Martial Arts school

Best seen in ARMOUR OF GOD

14. Summer Glau

Actress | Serenity

Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel (1999). She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly (2002) as well as its follow-up movie Serenity (2005) and the TV series ...

Wushu, Kickboxing

Trivia: was formerly a dancer, until an ankle injury began her acting career

Best seen in SERENITY

15. Rorion Gracie

Lethal Weapon

Rorion Gracie is known for his work on Lethal Weapon (1987), American Tigers (1996) and Death House (1988). He is married to Silvia Graaff. They have 10 children.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (9th degree black belt; Black Belt Hall of Fame)

Trivia: is the founder of the UFC

Best seen in AMERICAN TIGERS

16. Roy Horan

Actor | Si wang ta

Roy Horan, presently CEO and founder of Innovea Ltd., began his career as a martial arts student of renowned Korean taekwondo master and popular Hong Kong movie super-villain "lord of the super kickers" Jang Lee Hwang. American-born Roy had emigrated initially to Taiwan and finally Hong Kong after ...

Tae Kwon Do, Eagle Claw

Trivia: trained under Hwang Jang Lee

Best seen in SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW

17. Dan Inosanto

Actor | Game of Death

Noted Filipino-American martial arts practitioner, who studied "jeet kune do" from fellow martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Always seeking to improve his knowledge, Inosanto holds numerous belts in various martial arts including Asian, American & Brazilian disciplines such as Muay Thai, Pentjak ...

Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Kuntao, Pentjak Silat, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is the only person to be granted full instructorship of Jeet Kune Do during founder Bruce Lee's lifetime

Best seen in GAME OF DEATH

18. Diana Lee Inosanto

Spy

Diana Lee Inosanto is the daughter of legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto and Sue Ann Reveal. She is also the goddaughter of global icon, the late Bruce Lee. Dan was such close friends to the late Bruce Lee, that in honor of his friend, he named his daughter, and first child, "Diana Lee".

Born in...

Jeet Kune Do, Wushu, Escrima, Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat, Savate

Trivia: is the goddaughter of Bruce Lee and childhood friend of Brandon Lee

Best seen in THE SENSEI

19. John Koyama

Stunts | Preacher

John got his start in the film business as a stunt man in 1990 on the film The Perfect Weapon. At the age of 9, he started studying boxing, kickboxing, gung fu, kali and escrima and eventually Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo at the original Filipino Kali ...

Kickboxing, Escrima

Trivia: is a student of Dan Inosanto

Best seen in ULTIMATE TARGET

20. Peter Kwong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Peter Kwong is a veteran of film, television and stage, best known for his roles as Rain in Big Trouble in Little China and as Tommy Tong in Eddie Murphy's Golden Child. He just finished filming Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, and has appeared in more than 100 film and television roles.

Other ...

Northern Shaolin, Sil Lum, Tai Chi

Trivia: currently teaches Tai Chi in Pasadena, California

Best seen in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

21. Jeff Langton

Actor | Die Hard 2

Jeff Langton was born on December 11, 1956 in Pasadena, California, USA as Jeffrey Langton. He is known for his work on Die Hard 2 (1990), Road House (1989) and Street Fighter (1994).

Tae Kwon Do (California State Champion; Choi's Institute Team captain), Dan Kyu Choi, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a boxing and kickboxing trainer and cornerman, having worked with the likes of Ricardo Mayorga, Tony Tucker, and Benny Urquidez

Best seen in FINAL IMPACT

22. John Machado

Stunts | Under Siege 2: Dark Territory

John Machado is known for his work on Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Redbelt (2008) and Brazilian Brawl (2003).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (5th degree black belt), Sambo (2-time Pan American Champion)

Trivia: operates martial arts academies in Culver City and Torrance, California

Best seen in BRAZILIAN BRAWL

23. Judson Mills

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Judson Mills was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in northern Virginia in a house built by George Washington. Washington was a young surveyor in the area and the home is a historical landmark. Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and was most interested in sports, particularly football.

Judson ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: grew up in a house built by George Washington

Best seen in WALKER, TEXAS RANGER

24. Byron Mann

Actor | Altered Carbon

Byron Mann was born as Byron Chan. He is an actor, known for Altered Carbon (2018), Skyscraper (2018) and The Big Short (2015).

Wushu

Trivia: is a former lawyer, certified by the California Bar

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER

25. Geoff Meed

Actor | Resident Evil: Extinction

Geoff began as a stuntman working in the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, where he worked in the "Wild West Stunt Show", "The Adventures of Conan", and "The Miami Vice Action Spectacular." Using that as a springboard, Geoff has performed almost all of his own stunts as an actor, from going through...

Shaolin Kenpo, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Kyokushin Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a stuntman, motorcyclist, and horseback rider

Best seen in KICKBOXER 5

26. Ray Park

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Ray Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England, at the age of seven. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, and be like their heroes. He also began to nurture a love for martial arts from the age of seven, when his father's fondness ...

Hapkido, Nam Pan Chuan, Northern Shaolin, Kickboxing, Wushu (IWUF Gold [2x] & Silver medalist; British National Team member)

Trivia: was allowed to choreograph his own fights in THE PHANTOM MENACE

Best seen in THE PHANTOM MENACE

27. Barry Prima

Actor | Jaka Sembung

Barry Prima (real name Bertus Knoch) was born in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. His father was a Dutch physician, his mother Indonesian. They had four children (three boys, one girl), with Bertus being the oldest. His sister graduated from Pajajaran University in Bandung with a medical degree and ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was born as Humbertus Knoch

Best seen in THE DEVIL'S SWORD

28. Dan Southworth

Stunts | The Scorpion King

Dan Southworth is an accomplished actor with wide experience in feature films, television shows, motion capture, voice over, and commercials. Power Ranger fans know him as Eric Myers, the Quantum Ranger from Power Rangers Time Force. Mortal Kombat fans enjoyed his portrayal of Kenshi in the popular...

Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Judo, Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: also studies wrestling and gymnastics

Best seen in BROKEN PATH

29. Chad Stahelski

Director | John Wick

He came from a kick-boxing background; he entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like Mission...

Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Shooto

Trivia: entered filmmaking by accident, by attending auditions to assist his martial arts instructor

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 3

30. Philip Tan

Stunts | Inception

Phil Tan was born in Singapore where he spent his childhood and then at the age of five moved to the UK. Phil started off his athletic career as a gymnast where he became the British Youth Tumbling champion and a member of the British squad for many years. Years later after getting into martial ...

Tae Kwon Do (Britain National Champion)

Trivia: is also a former British Youth Tumbling Champion

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW

31. Brian Thompson

Actor | Joe Dirt

Brian Earl Thompson was born on August 28, 1959 in Ellensburg, Washington. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high ...

Hapkido

Trivia: began studying the martial arts along with his son, who got interested as a result of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION

32. JeeJa Yanin

Actress | Chocolate

Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Muay Thai

Trivia: won an award for choreography at the 1999 Thailand Taekwondo Championships

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX

33. Melvin Wong

Actor | Zhi fa xian feng

Melvin Wong grew up in San Francisco, California, where he attended Lowell High School. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, before transferring to the San Francisco Medical Center campus, where he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In 1996, he ...

Tae Kwon Do, White Crane & Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Hung Gar

Trivia: is a certified lawyer, called to the bar following his film career in 1997

Best seen in RIGHTING WRONGS

34. Xin Xin Xiong

Actor | Hak hap

Xin Xin Xiong was born on February 25, 1965. He is known for his work on Hak hap (1996), Double Team (1997) and Qi jian (2005).

Wushu

Trivia: was taken out of school at age 12 to study the martial arts

Best seen in THE BLADE

35. Richard Branden

Actor | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Richard Branden grew up in a tough neighborhood. His first hobby was to draw paintings. Not being very rich, he used the paintings to get free martial arts lessons.

He has over 25 years of martial arts experience beginning at the age of 10. He started training under Lou Hopkins, in Massachussets. ...

Wushu (6-time WAKO Champion; 7-time IWUF Gold medalist; 35-time AAA Champion; Diamond Nationals, International, Ocean State, Black Belt & PKL Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: has released a series of instructional videos on stretching, general training, the monkey staff, and the Chinese broadsword

Best seen in WARRIORS OF VIRTUE

36. Hien Nguyen

Stunts | Windtalkers

Hien Nguyen is a young man of extraordinary skills. His discipline is Kung Fu, but he also has black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo Karate, and has practiced Judo for over 15 years. Now he teaches martial arts and weapons to the next generation.

Besides that he's an accomplished athlete with skills ...

Kenpo (6th Dan), Aikido, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Escrima

Trivia: currently teaches the martial arts at various schools, including in his curriculum junior stunt-fighting classes ("Fight like a Power Ranger")

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

37. Hoyoung Pak

Stunts | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Hoyoung Pak was born on September 13, 1965. He is known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and WMAC Masters (1995).

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a certified Doctor of Engineering

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

38. Herb Perez

Actor | WMAC Masters

Herb Perez was born as Herb John Perez. He is an actor, known for WMAC Masters (1995) and Gold Medal Training Systems (2001).

Tae Kwon Do (Olympic Gold medalist; US National Bronze medalist; US National Team captain; 3-time Pan-American Champion; Taekwondo & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: helped rebuild the postwar Olympic Sports Program in Afghanistan

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

39. Johnny Lee Smith

Actor | Body Snatchers

Johnny Lee Smith is known for his work on Body Snatchers (1993), WMAC Masters (1995) and Harlem Nights (1989).

Shorin-Ryu Karate (4th Dan; 8-time Alabama State Champion; 2-time Battle of Atlanta Champion; 2-time Bluegrass National Champion; Texas Challenge Champion; US National Team member), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt), Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is officially the first Alabaman to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Best seen in WMAC Masters

40. Clayton J. Barber

Stunts | Creed

Clayton J. Barber grew up with movies from Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, whom inspired him to do martial arts. He chose, when 10 years old, Tae Kwon Do, for its acrobatic nature and its speed, and has achieved a black belt. Other skills of his are gymnastics and dance.

Unfortunately, he lost his first ...

Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; US National Team member; US Open Gold medalist; 4-time US National Champion; North American Championships Gold medalist)

Trivia: was inspired to take up martial arts by the movies of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee

Best seen in AMERICAN TIGERS

41. Mer-Mer Chen

Actress | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mer-Mer Chen started her martial arts training in 1984 and began teaching in 1990. Mer-Mer has specialized in martial arts and weapons for more than 10 years and is an expert with the staff, the broadsword, the straight sword, the spear, the chain whip and the three-sectioned-staff. She started ...

Wushu (Los Angeles Team member)

Trivia: operates the Champions Martial Arts School with Keith Cooke

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

42. Lynnette Love

Actress | WMAC Masters

Lynnette Love was born as Lynnette Alicia Love. She is known for her work on WMAC Masters (1995).

Tae Kwon Do (Olympic Gold & Bronze medalist; 6-time Pan-American Champion; 10-time US National Champion)

Trivia: set a 1989 Guinness World Record for "Most National & World Titles in Taekwondo"

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

43. Tiana Noguchi

Actress | WMAC Masters

Tiana Noguchi is an actress, known for WMAC Masters (1995).

Hapkido

Trivia: is the sister of Akihiro Noguchi

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

44. Rey-Phillip Santos

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Born on the island of Guam in the Pacific, Rey-Phillip Santos is from a military family, his father was a U.S. naval officer. Before moving to the Seattle area, he lived in Chicago and Memphis before moving to Tacoma, Washington where he grew up. Rey got his start in acting as an extra and behind ...

Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan; Junior Olympic Bronze medalist; IFC & ProFC Champion), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: was injured while filming BLADE II

Best seen in BLADE II

45. Jamie Webster

Actor | WMAC Masters

Jamie Webster is an actor, known for WMAC Masters (1995).

Karate, Tang Soo Do, Kobudo, Escrima

Trivia: operates Webster's Karate in Decatur, Alabama

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

46. Jon Foo

Actor | Tekken

Jon Foo was born October 30th, 1982 in London England. He is known for his roles in The Protector (2005) Tekken (2010) WEAPONiZED (2016) and Rush Hour (2016) . He studied Art and Design, excelled in sports and took up a career in Film, with his main body of work existing in London, Thailand, Hong ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: joined the circus as an acrobat at age 15

Best seen in TEKKEN

47. Lateef Crowder

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Lateef Crowder was born on November 23, 1977 in San Jose, California, USA as Lateef Crowder Dos Santos. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Furious 7 (2015).

Capoeira

Trivia: competed in the 1997 Senior Men's All-Around Gymnastic Championships, placing in 24th

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3

48. Tony Chu

Stunts | Unlucky Stars

Tony Chu is known for his work on Unlucky Stars (2015), Bloodline: Lovesick 2 (2018) and Epoch of Lotus (2000).

Wushu

Trivia: is also a professional photographer, famous for his incorporation of martial art-related subjects

Best seen in EPOCH OF LOTUS

49. Dean Alexandrou

Stunts | RED 2

Dean Alexandrou was born on February 2, 1983. He is known for his work on RED 2 (2013), The Protector (2005) and Haphazard (2017).

Tae Kwon Do (Great Britain National Champion), Wushu

Trivia: was featured in a fight scene against Tony Jaa in TOM YUM GOONG that was cut prior to release

Best seen in BRAVE

50. Gary Busey

Actor | The Buddy Holly Story

A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has ...

Jujitsu, Hapkido, Capoeira, Kendo

Trivia: is a practitioner of Zen meditation

Best seen in LETHAL WEAPON

51. Michael Wai-Man Chan

Actor | Shou kou

Michael Wai-Man Chan was born on July 10, 1946 in Hong Kong. He is known for his work on Shou kou (1979), The Lonely Killer (1977) and Sha ren ai qing jie (1982).

Northern Shaolin, Muay Thai

Trivia: was a former Triad member in his youth; he was kicked off of the Hong Kong police force when his background became known

Best seen in THE DEADLY BREAKING SWORD

52. Tod Fennell

Actor | The Spiderwick Chronicles

Tod Fennell was born on October 18, 1984 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is known for his work on The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Wushu Warrior (2011) and Assassin's Creed III (2012).

Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is a member of the Freemasons

Best seen in WUSHU WARRIOR

53. Jean Frenette

Stunts | 300

Jean Frenette was born on June 3, 1961 in Montreal, Québec, Canada. He is known for his work on 300 (2006), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Immortals (2011).

Shito-Ryu, Sanku-Kai & Goju-Ryu Karate (8th Dan; 12-time Canadian National Champion; US Top 10 National & Boston National Champion; 3-time WAKO Champion; Bermuda Invitational Champion), Judo

Trivia: is one of the first forms competitors to have incorporated music into his performances

Best seen in FEARLESS TIGER

54. Taboo

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

Taboo was born on July 14, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jaime Luis Gomez. He has been married to Jaymie Dizon since July 12, 2008. They have one child.

Jeet Kune Do, Ninjutsu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 12

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN LI

55. Steven Ho

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Steven Ho was born on March 9, 1973. He is known for his work on Mortal Kombat (1995), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Spider-Man (2002).

Karate (NASKA & Atlanta National Champion)

Trivia: is the president and co-founder of the XL Action Team

Best seen in DRAGON FIGHT

56. Jeff Imada

Stunts | The Bourne Ultimatum

Jeff Imada was born and raised in Inglewood, California, USA, where he began studying martial arts at the age of fifteen. At El Camino College and UCLA, he majored in pre-med and minored in music. While in college, he started working as a movie "extra," which led to his becoming a member of the ...

Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kendo, Escrima

Trivia: is a member of the Stunts Unlimited stunt team

Best seen in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

57. Mark Russo

Actor | 42K

Mark Russo is known for his work on 42K (2001), No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990) and Capital Punishment (1991).

To Shin Do (7th Dan), Shorin-Ryu (4th Dan), Kobudo (2nd Dan), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kenpo (1st Dan)

Trivia: is one of the few To Shin Do practitioners to be awarded the title of To Shi - Warrior Knight of the Lightning Bright Blade

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 3

58. Pat E. Johnson

Actor | The Karate Kid

Pat E. Johnson was born in 1939 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Mortal Kombat (1995).

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; Chuck Norris Black Belt Team captain; Black Belt & NASKA Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a recipient of the Golden Fist Award for his contributions as a karate referee

Best seen in THE BIG BRAWL

59. Shah Rukh Khan

Actor | Devdas

Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has received an honorary black belt from the Korean government

Best seen in DON

60. Tak Kubota

Actor | Pearl Harbor

Tak Kubota was born in September 1934 in Japan. He is known for his work on Pearl Harbor (2001), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Rising Sun (1993).

Gosuku-Ryu Karate (10th Dan; founder), Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Iaido

Trivia: is the director of the International Karate Association

Best seen in THE HUNTED

61. Paul Logan

Actor | The Horde

Paul Logan, an accomplished martial artist, stuntman and actor may be one of the hidden jewels in the treasury of action cinema to not ] hit superstar status. Born in the state of New Jersey on October 15, 1973, Paul Logan attended SUNY Purchase (State University of New York) completing a degree ...

Goju-Ryu Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: originally studied chiropractic medicine

Best seen in THE ULTIMATE GAME

62. Lung Ti

Actor | Ying hung boon sik

Lung Ti was born on August 19, 1946 in Guangdong Province, China as Tam Fu Wing. He is an actor and director, known for A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) and Dynasty of Blood (1973). He has been married to Min-Ming Tao since May 22, 1975. They have one child.

Wing Chun

Trivia: is a student of Sifu Chu Wan

Best seen in FIVE DEADLY MASTERS

63. Peter Malota

Stunts | Universal Soldier

Peter Malota was born in Malesia, Albania. He is from the very small village called Lofka. He moved to Detroit, Michigan and then Los Angeles to train and to be in movies. In the last 18 years he has worked as a martial arts fight coordinator, actor, 2nd unit director, and stunt coordinator. Malota...

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Hapkido

Trivia: owns and operates the Birmingham Martial Arts studio

Best seen in THE QUEST

64. Kely McClung

Actor | Kerberos

Kely McClung is an Award Winning Director/Writer/Actor who was launched into the movie industry after winning the brutal World Championship in Full Contact Stick-Fighting.

Known for his expertise in nearly every aspect of filmmaking, McClung is also an accomplished artist and photographer with both ...

Wing Chun, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Tai Chi, Escrima

Trivia: was recruited by Mike Stone to star in a 1990 film which Jean-Claude Van Damme had turned down; the movie was never made, but the meeting led to McClung's casting in AMERICAN NINJA IV

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA IV

65. Martin McNamara

Actor | Back in Action

Martin McNamara is known for his work on Back in Action (1993), Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) and Dirty Tricks (1981).

Karate, Do Pi, Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the co-owner of the Twin Dragons Kung Fu and Kickboxing Club

Best seen in TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER

66. Michael McNamara

Producer | The Real Twin Dragons

Michael McNamara is a producer and actor, known for The Real Twin Dragons (2003), Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) and Back in Action (1993). He is married to Chantal Nadon-McNamara. They have two children.

Karate, Do Pi, Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: along with his brother Martin, he sued Miramax and other film companies for the promotion if Jackie Chan's film TWIN DRAGONS, claiming copyright infringement of the title

Best seen in TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER

67. Sasha Mitchell

Actor | Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Sasha Mitchell is a model, actor, and kick-boxer, who will forever be known for two roles. From 1990 to 1993, he took over for Jean-Claude Van Damme in the Kickboxer series, ending it with the fourth installment, Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994). A black belt in tae kwon do, Sasha was once an ...

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: also enjoys weightlifting and boxing

Best seen in KICKBOXER 2

68. Phil Morris

Actor | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Phil Morris was born on April 4, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa, USA as Phillip Morris. He is an actor and writer, known for Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Meet the Spartans (2008) and Black Dynamite (2009). He has been married to Carla Gittelson since September 24, 1983. They have two children.

Wing Chun

Trivia: studied martial arts under Hawkins Cheung

Best seen in TOUGH AND DEADLY

69. Don Niam

Actor | Cui hua kuang mo

Don Niam is an actor, known for Cui hua kuang mo (1993), Baja Run (1996) and L.A. Heat (1996).

Hung Fut (NACMAF Silver medalist), Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: taught martial arts to the Cleveland Browns football team

Best seen in UNDEFEATABLE

70. Michiko Nishiwaki

Stunts | Mission: Impossible III

Michiko Nishiwaki is a multi-talented lady. An actress, martial artist, stunt woman, fight choreographer, and Japan's first Woman's Bodybuilding and Power lifting Champion. She held these titles for three consecutive years. While still keeping her femininity and not bulking up with the aid of ...

Goju-Ryu Karate, Wushu

Trivia: is Japan's first National Woman's Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Champion

Best seen in IN THE LINE OF DUTY III

71. Andy On

Actor | Blackhat

Andy On was born on May 11, 1977, in Providence, Rhode Island. A non-martial artist, Andy had always loved Jackie Chan movies and emulated his moves from flips and kicks at his home. In early 2000, while working as a bartender in Rhode Island, someone suggested he should become an actor. Andy, who ...

Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained at the Shaolin Temple for a month in preparation of his first film role

Best seen in TRUE LEGEND

72. Nia Peeples

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

FYI: I've written my own BIO. To be honest it felt more sincere than pretending like I hired some journalist to do a ton of research and come up with a non biased presentation. So here it goes.

Nia Peeples- What others have said: is an American actress, singer, dancer. For more than 30 years Nia has...

Tang Soo Do, Shito-Ryu Karate, Wushu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts under Bruce Fontaine, Fumio Demura, and Chuck Norris, among others

Best seen in HALF PAST DEAD

73. Stephen Quadros

Actor | Too Old to Die Young

Acting came to Stephen Quadros almost by default. He originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a drummer, where he achieved local success and radio airplay with the band SNOW, which featured Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt) on guitar. Stephen was even flown to New York to audition for ...

Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Hapkido, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: claims to have had a physical confrontation with Steven Seagal on the set of EXIT WOUNDS

Best seen in BLOODFIST VII

74. Brandon Rhea

Actor | Ultimate Justice

Brandon was born in the German town of "Geislingen an der Steige" on February 18th 1971. Scholasticly Brandon excelled from an early age, completing his primary education in just three years rather than the normal four. He completed his secondary school education with majors in Business, Economics,...

Wing Chun, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Kendo

Trivia: is the only non-Asian instructor accredited with master status and instructorship of Leung Ting-style Wing Chun

Best seen in FEARLESS

75. T.J. Storm

Actor | Punisher: War Zone

Born in Indiana, raised in Hawaii, Storm is a world class martial artist who has trained in various styles for over 19 years. Storm holds belts in Arashi-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu.

Arashi-Ryu & Shito-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjutsu, Jujitsu, Northern Shaolin

Trivia: is also an instructor of Cardio Kung Fu

Best seen in BLACK COBRA

76. Tae-jeong Kim

Actor | Game of Death

Tae-jeong Kim was born on June 5, 1957 in Korea. He was an actor, known for Game of Death (1978), No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) and Game of Death II (1981). He died on August 27, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea.

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: served as a stand-in for Bruce Lee

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

77. Nicholas Tse

Actor | Shi yue wei cheng

Nicholas was born in Hong Kong, China. He attended school in Vancouver, Canada. He also attended school for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Hong Kong with his parents Patrick Yin Tse and Deborah Dik, and his sister, Jennifer (Ting Ting). Nicholas started his singing career ...

Wing Chun

Trivia: trained under Chung Chi Li, leader of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team

Best seen in DRAGON TIGER GATE

78. Burt Ward

Actor | Batman

From Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader

Little did aspiring actor Burt Ward know that learning martial arts in addition to his mental and athletic prowess would change his life forever. As a teen-age, Burt had all the makings of a true boy wonder. As an all around athlete, strong in martial arts, ...

Karate

Trivia: claims to have sparred with Bruce Lee to a standstill during a crossover between BATMAN and THE GREEN HORNET

Best seen in BATMAN

79. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...

Escrima, Karate

Trivia: is a student of Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo

Best seen in REPO MEN

80. Michael Woods

Stunts | Blade II

Michael Woods is known for his work on Blade II (2002), Dak ging to lung (1988) and Sat Sat Yan, Tiu Tiu Mo (1998).

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: studied under the mother of Donnie Yen, Master Bow Sim Mark

Best seen in TIGER CAGE II

81. Tadashi Yamashita

Actor | Gymkata

Master Yamashita is born in Japan, but considers himself Okinawan. He lost his father at the age of 3. Since his 8th he lived in Okinawa and since his 11th he practiced martial arts. He was a rough kid, not only fighting with students but also teachers. When trying to handle him, a martial arts ...

Shorin-Ryu Karate (9th Dan), Kobudo (9th Dan), Sui-Kendo (founder)

Trivia: is president of the US Shorin-Ryu Karate Association and the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Association

Best seen in THE OCTAGON

82. Chris Yen

Actress | Give 'em Hell Malone

Chris Yen was born as Yen Chi-ching. She is known for her work on Give 'em Hell Malone (2009), Shanghai Knights (2003) and Adventures of Johnny Tao (2007).

Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: was named Inside Kung Fu's “Today’s Woman of Tomorrow” in 2005

Best seen in ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY TAO

83. Jean-Francois Lachapelle

Stunts | X-Men: Apocalypse

Jean-Francois Lachapelle was born on January 4, 1983 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is known for his work on X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Suicide Squad (2016) and Warcraft (2016).

Karate (2-time WAKO Champion; WKA Champion)

Trivia: began teaching the martial arts at age 15

Best seen in NX FILES

84. Alain Moussi

Actor | Kickboxer: Vengeance

Alain Moussi was born on March 29, 1981 in Libreville, Gabon. He is known for his work on Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the youngest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to receive the honorary title of Renshi

Best seen in NX FILES

85. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the ...

Tae Kwon Do, Ninjutsu, Capoeira

Trivia: is also a hip-hop dancer and motocross rider

Best seen in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

86. Micke Spreitz

Actor | Flickan som lekte med elden

Mikael Spreitz has a multifaceted career, on his resume he can write actor, television personality, bodyguard and special lecturer.

Spreitz is well known for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and The Girl Who Played with Fire where he portrayed Ronald Niederman.

Spreitz has a background as a ...

Kickboxing, Karate (Sweden National Champion)

Trivia: trained under Benny Urquidez

Best seen in THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

87. Jorgo Ognenovski

Actor | Warrior of Justice

Jorgo Ognenovski is an actor and director, known for Warrior of Justice (1995), Alias (2001) and Black Hole (2002).

Fudokan Karate (Yugoslavia National Team member)

Trivia: trained under Prof. Vencislav Nedev, co-founder of Fudokan Karate

Best seen in WARRIOR OF JUSTICE

88. Dan Kalbfleisch

Actor | Sumo Joe

Dan Kalbfleisch was born on September 25, 1986 in the USA. He is an actor, known for Sumo Joe (2010), Alamo Downs (2017) and Character Fantasy (2006).

Sumo (5-time US National Champion; 5-time Shunbun Champion; 7-time California State Champion; 6-time Shuubun Champion; 3-time Goltz Champion; 2-time Georgia State Champion; 2-time Idaho State Champion; 2-time Snake River Champion)

Trivia: won his first national championship after only two years of training

Best seen in SUMO DAN

89. Jose M. Jimenez

Actor | Sumo Joe

Jose M. Jimenez is an actor, known for Sumo Joe (2010).

Sumo (Shunbun Champion)

Trivia: is a runner-up of the 2011 Muscle Beach Sumo Classic

Best seen in SUMO JOE

90. James P. Bennett

Actor | Attrition

James P. Bennett was born on August 19, 1975 in Ireland. He is an actor and producer, known for Attrition (2018), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) and Jersey Boys (2014).

Capoeira

Trivia: also practices fencing, wrestling, and boxing

Best seen in MAX HAVOC: CURSE OF THE DRAGON

91. Manel Soler

The Hangover Part II

Manel Soler is an actor, martial artist and writer from Barcelona, Spain. A first-dan black belt in Hapkido and TaeKwonDo with a specialty in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts, Manel has been an aspiring martial artist since the age of 11.

For ten years of his life, Manel's ...

Hapkido (1st Dan), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a licensed bodyguard

Best seen in BAADSHAH

92. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: trained under Richard Norton

Best seen in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

93. Shaun Charney

Actor | Slug Street Scrappers: Beat Em Up

Shaun Charney is known for his work on Slug Street Scrappers: Beat Em Up (2013), Avenged (2013) and Unlucky Stars (2015).

Capoeira

Trivia: is affiliated with Dragon Phoenix Entertainment

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS

94. Laurent Plancel

Actor | Jailbreak

Laurent "Law" Plancel is an action actor and martial artist from Paris, currently residing in London. An expert in martial arts and a specialist in movement, Laurent is unique in his ability to combine martial arts with acrobatics to create jaw dropping, high energy martial arts fight sequences.

He ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: trained with the French National Taekwondo Team and the French National Wushu Team

Best seen in GREEN STREET 3

95. Phillipos Haile

Stunts | Straight Outta Compton

Phillipos Haile is known for his work on Straight Outta Compton (2015), Blood and Bone (2009) and Criminal (2013).

Capoeira, Tang Soo Do

Trivia: was inspired to train in Capoeira by watching a performance by Amen Santo

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE

96. Philip Michael

Actor | Mamma Mia!

British Born raised in USA, England, Ireland and Nigeria . 1st generation Actor who theatrically trained at the prestigious Italia conti academy of dramatic art in London. A multi World champion martial artist in Taekwondo, Shenchido and belt holder in Full-contact kickboxing. Theatrically has won ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former member of the Sideswipe performance team

Best seen in BATTLE

97. Eric Watson

Stunts | Black Panther

Eric Shamm Watson as he is known to his friends has had a decent stunt career and has added acting to his list of skills. Bronx native, accomplished martial artist, college grad with degrees in Computer Science and Commination Media, the life experiences that Eric has had is what he relies on when ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is certified by the American Tae Kwon Do Association

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING

98. Jay Hawkins

Stunts | Into the Badlands

Jay Hawkins was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 19, 1988. During his early childhood, he became the leading male figure in his family's household: mother Sonya , aunt Marge and sister Lisa. Upon the start of his high school career, Hawkins began practicing Ai-Mute Shotokan Karate at Mejishi ...

Shotokan Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: trained in stage combat by Peter Malotta

Best seen in SUPAH NINJAS

99. Kinyumba Mutakabbir

Actor | The Bold and the Beautiful

After taking a improvisation and scene study classes, Mutakabbir began to land minor roles. His first break came when he landed the lead in Keri Hilson's Turnin Me On music video and later landing a minor role in Tyler Perry's House of Payne and I Can Do Bad By Myself. After moving to LA in order ...

Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: studies at the SWAM Martial Arts Academy in New York

Best seen in BLACK SALT

100. Mariko Saito

Stunts | Pixels

Mariko Saito is known for her work on Pixels (2015), Alita: Battle Angel (2019) and Slug Street Scrappers: Rise of Ryuken (2012).

Judo, Karate, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS



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