Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 7by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 02 Aug 2013 | updated - 26 Aug 2016 | Public
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.
- 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
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.
**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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Actress | Wo hu cang long
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...
Wing Chun, Kickboxing
Trivia: knew no martial arts prior to entering film and relied on her background in dance to convey her physicality
Best seen in YES MADAM!
2. Scott Shaw
Producer | The Roller Blade Seven
Born in the filmmaking capital of the world, Hollywood, California, Scott Shaw spent the early part of his youth growing up in South Los Angeles. He then returned to Hollywood for his teen years.
Though living at the center of the film industry, Shaw was not drawn to acting or directing in his early...
Hapkido (8th Dan), Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan), Kum Do (7th Dan), Aikijutsu (7th Dan)
Trivia: is the first non-Korean ever to be awarded the 7th Dan by the Korea Hapkido Federation
Best seen in MAX HELL: FROG WARRIOR
Actor | Pik lik foh
Thorsten Nickel was born in Gifhorn, Germany. After school he went to the air force and completed a profession as a forwarding agent.
Following this he moved to London to go to acting school but also studied Homoeopathy for several years. Thorsten trained in Karate (2nd Dan), boxing and thai- boxing...
Shotokan Karate (2nd Dan), Muay Thai
Trivia: is trained in homeopathic practice
Best seen in TECHNO WARRIORS 2
4. Soon-Tek Oh
Actor | The Man with the Golden Gun
Born in Mokpo, Korea (at the time under Imperial Japanese rule), actor Soon-Teck Oh (or Soon-Tek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh) came to the United States in 1959, studied at UCLA and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Long associated with the versatile Los Angeles' East-West Players theatre company, Oh ...
Tae Kwon Do, Kendo
Trivia: founded the Lodestone Theater Ensemble in response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots
Best seen in MISSING IN ACTION 2
Actor | World's Finest
If you want to meet a real-life super hero, Michael O'Hearn is the closest human alive that fits that description.. A Four-time Mr. Universe, O'Hearn has graced the covers of over 470 magazines worldwide earning him the title of 7-time Fitness Male Model of the Year and putting that title in ...
Tae Kwon Do (California State Champion), Judo (2-time California State Champion)
Trivia: is a 4-time Mr. Natural Universe winner
Best seen in BARBARIAN
Karate (9-time KUGB Champion; 13-time KUGB Team Champion; WKC Team Champion; KUGB International Squad & British All-Styles Squad member), Judo
Trivia: is the founder of Fight Arts International magazine
Best seen in CONAN THE DESTROYER
Actor | Best of the Best
Grandmaster Pak began his study of Tang Soo Do at the age of 10, in Yong Mun, South Korea. His instructor was Master Hon In Lee. He was awarded Cho Dan at age 13 and continued his study there until 1977. From 1977 to 1979, Grand Master Pak served in the Korean Army and taught combat and ...
Tang Soo Do (8th Dan; Koreab Olympic Team member; Korean National Champion; LA & Simon Rhee Open Champion; Ed Parker International Champion)
Trivia: is a former Korean and American military combat instructor
Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST
8. Ryan Potter
Actor | Big Hero 6
Ryan Potter is an actor, director, martial artist, and photographer. Ryan, though born in the United States, was raised in Tokyo until the age of seven.
Ryan got his start as the lead, "Mike Fukanaga" in Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas," (2011-2013) working with the legendary, George Takei, who played ...
Bak Fu Pai
Trivia: also enjoys snowboarding, skating, airsofting, skateboarding, long-boarding, and playing the drums
Best seen in SUPAH NINJAS
9. Matt Schulze
Actor | The Fast and the Furious
Matt grew up in St. Louis and spent a good deal of time in the rough neighborhoods of East St. Louis. At age 16, he moved to Atlanta, where he studied guitar at the prestigious Atlanta Institute of Music. He moved back to St. Louis at age 17 and taught guitar for a year. He moved to Los Angeles in ...
Mixed Martial Arts, Kendo
Trivia: lost 40 pounds to play the villain in THE TRANSPORTER, doing so by fasting for two weeks
Best seen in OUT OF REACH
10. Darren E. Scott
Actor | Almost Human
A native of Richmond, BC Canada Darren began studying Karate at the age of 8 and received his black belt at the age of 11. He pursued his training through out his high school and college/post college years and became a Canadian National Champion in both forms and point sparring. The 1995 feature ...
Goju-Ryu Karate (4th Dan; NKA Champion), Capoeira
Trivia: earned his first black belt at age 11
Best seen in MORTAL CHALLENGE
11. Stuart Smith
Actor | Sheng zhan feng yun
Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: has also worked uncredited as a voice-over artist
Best seen in THE ULTIMATE NINJA
12. William Smith
Actor | Any Which Way You Can
Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he ...
Trivia: is also a boxer and USAF Light-Heavyweight Champion
Best seen in C.C. AND COMPANY
13. David Stevenson
Stunts | X-Men
Director, Producer, Actor, Stunts performer/coordinator
David Stevenson's life has been enriched with an the intimate experience of music from the beginning of his birth and is no stranger to the entertainment industry. As an accomplished actor, musician, stunt director, and choreographer, he has ...
Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Wushu, Choy Lay Fut, Shaolin Kung Fu
Trivia: owns and operates the Future Dragons kung fu studio
Best seen in TIGER CLAWS
14. Mike Stone
Actor | Tigershark
Mike Stone was born in 1943 in Maui, Hawaii, USA. He is known for his work on Tigershark (1987), Enter the Ninja (1981) and American Ninja (1985). He has been married to Taina Manigque since October 11, 1986. He was previously married to Francine Doxey and Mary Ann Dobs.
Aikido, Shorin-Ryu Karate (2-time Jhoon Rhee National Champion; 2-time IKC Champion; US National & Western Open Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; US National Team member; record: 91-0)
Trivia: is the first professional light heavyweight world champion in Karate kumite
Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA 2
15. Siu Ming Tsui
Producer | Duo biao
Praying Mantis & Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Tai Chi
Trivia: was nominated twice by the Hong Kong Film Awards
Best seen in THE BUDDHIST FIST
16. Mark Williams
Actor | Lionheart
Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; 5-time All American Open Grand Champion; Canadian National Champion; Puerto Rico National Champion; NTKD Gold Medalist)
Trivia: is the president of the New Jersey Tae Kwon Do Association
Best seen in COLLEGE KICKBOXERS
17. Stan Schmidt
Actor | Kill and Kill Again
South African born Shotokan practitioner Stan Schmidt, is one of the world's most famous and internationally recognized Karate Masters. Sensei Stan is a founding fellow of the International Karate Society (IKS) and the founder of the College of the Open Hand.
Schmidt was born in Kokstad, Transkei on...
Shotokan Karate (8th Dan; South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Judo (1st Dan)
Trivia: is the co-founder of the International Karate Society and founder of the College of the Open Hand
Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN
18. Norman Robinson
Actor | Kill and Kill Again
Shotokan Karate (8th Dan; South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Judo
Trivia: was forced to begin his martial arts training by his father, a Judo practitioner
Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN
19. James Ryan
Actor | Space Mutiny
James Ryan originally burst onto the movie scene as a sinewy and lean martial arts hero via two low budget South African financed martial arts movies titled Karate Killer (1976), and the sequel Kill and Kill Again (1981). Both films were rather shoddy, mechanical productions...however, the ...
Trivia: is also a writer and professor of play-writing at the Actor's Studio School of Drama
Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN
20. Elix Skipper
Actor | WCW Monday Nitro
Trivia: has won 16 world championships throughout his pro wrestling career
Actor | Killpoint
Steve 'Nasty' Anderson is known for his work on Killpoint (1984).
Kickboxing, Karate (4-time WAKO Champion; NASKA & WKA Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)
Trivia: claims to have fought in more professional karate tournaments than any other competitor, averaging upwards of 50 annually
Best seen in KILLPOINT
22. Robert Chapin
Visual_effects | Armageddon
Born in Miami, Florida, to a family of puppeteers, Leonora and Gerald Chapin (who was confined to a wheelchair after being stricken with polio), Robert Chapin (Bob) grew up making movies with his brother Stuart. He attended drama and music classes throughout junior high and high school, and in 1982...
Tae Kwon Do, Silat, Wushu
Trivia: is also a professional stage combat and fencing instructor
Best seen in RING OF STEEL
Karate, Sumo, Isshin-Ryu Jujitsu
Trivia: is the founder of the M.A.G.I.K. (Martial Arts for Guidance, Inspiration and Knowledge) program
Best seen in EXPECT TO DIE
24. Roland Dantes
Trivia: is a 5-time Mr. Philippines bodybuilding champion
Best seen in KICK TO THE HEAD
Stunts | Iron Man
Kyokushin, Shotokan & Goju-Ryu Karate, Kickboxing
Trivia: is Wesley Snipes' personal stunt double
Best seen in DRAGON FURY 2
26. Kiralee Hayashi
Stunts | Independence Day: Resurgence
Northern & Southern Shaolin, Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: is also a model with the L.A. Models agency
Best seen in BLACK COBRA
27. Milla Jovovich
Actress | Le cinquième élément
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.
Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...
Trivia: performs many of her own stunts
Best seen in ULTRAVIOLET
28. Ken Kensei
Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima
Kendo (7th Dan; Mumeishi Team, Beikoku All US National & IKC Champion), Iaido
Trivia: is the Kendo coach of the University of Florida and Columbia University in New York City
Best seen in BLOODMOON
29. Y.K. Kim
Actor | Miami Connection
Y.K. Kim was born on November 29, 1956 in Korea as Young Kun Kim. He is a director and actor, known for Miami Connection (1987) and Friends for Eternity: The Making of Miami Connection (2012).
Tae Kwon Do (Grandmasters' Society Hall of Fame entry)
Trivia: is chairman and founder of Martial Arts World schools, as well as the publisher and editor-in-chief of Martial Arts World magazine
Best seen in MIAMI CONNECTION
30. Yu Beng Lim
Actor | Anna and the King
Judo (brown belt), Northern & Southern Shaolin, Tai Chi, Silat
Trivia: is also a stage actor, having been nominated four times by the Life! Theater Awards
Best seen in KUNG FU KILLER PART 2
31. André Lima
Actor | Beyond the Ring
Grandmaster Lima is the founder of Lima Academy. He's officially certified by the World Tae Kwon do Federation (WTF) as an 8th Degree Black Belt and one of few worldwide to obtain the internationally recognized diploma of the Kukkiwon. He began studying Taekwondo in his hometown of Brasilia, Brazil...
Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Portuguese National Champion; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Karate (Brazilian State Champion; WPKO Champion), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt)
Trivia: has been featured on over 500 magazine covers
Best seen in BEYOND THE RING
32. Bill Pickels
Actor | Expect to Die
Slocki-Ryu & Bipi-Ryu Karate (6th Dan; founder; World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing
Trivia: is the director of the PKC and the regional director of the USKA of Canada
Best seen in TIGER CLAWS
33. Ian Powers
Stunts | The Man with the Iron Fists
Trivia: studied martial arts at the Beijing University of Physical Education
Best seen in FIGHT THE FIGHT
Stunts | One Percent Full
Sifu Burton Richardson has had over decades of training with the finest instructors, all over the world. He started training in 1983 and is a full instructor under Dan Inosanto, in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Kali. He also experienced Muay Thai and Pentjak Silat...
Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Dlala 'Nduku
Trivia: is the personal trainer of UFC competitor Chris Leben
Best seen in ONE PERCENT FULL
35. Yayan Ruhian
Yayan Ruhian was born in Tasikmalaya (West Java) on October 19, 1968. He found his passion in Pencak Silat and other martial arts, becoming a professional martial arts instructor. Ruhian is also known as an instructor of an inner breathing technique designed to condition of the body to withstand ...
Harimau & Pentjak Silat, Judo
Trivia: is an instructor at the Perguruan Silat Tenaga Dasar in Indonesia
Best seen in THE RAID
36. Bill M. Ryusaki
Actor | Big Trouble in Little China
Bill Ryusaki was born in Kamuela on the big island of Hawaii. He had total of ten siblings, many of whom, as well as his father are martial arts masters. Bill started training in two types of karate at the tender age of 8, and later added Kenpo Karate to his arsenal. His teachers would later ...
Kenpo, Karate, Judo (5th Dan), Aikido, Kajukenbo
Trivia: is the founder of Hawaiian Kenpo Karate
Best seen in DEADLY TARGET
37. Lelagi Togisala
Stunts | On Deadly Ground
Shorin-Ryu Karate (6th Dan; UKA Champion), Kobudo, Mixed Martial Arts
Trivia: owns the Togisala Karate & Fitness school in Torrance, California
Best seen in FIREPOWER
38. Jhoanna Trias
Actress | Constantine
Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Escrima
Trivia: studied the martial arts under Ron Balicki, Larry Lam, Dewey Cooper, Jun Chong, and Bong Soo Han, among others
Best seen in TIGER HEART
39. Edwin Villa
Stunts | The Invasion
Born in (Ponce) Puerto Rico, Raised in Burke Virginia, Edwin Villa has traveled a long way to the west shores of California in pursuit of his God given dreams. He is a master of the martial arts, holding 15 years of experience.
Thanks to his talents he was given the opportuninty to work first as a ...
Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 15 years
Best seen in TKO
40. Garrett Warren
Stunts | Logan
Garrett Warren has taught Martial Arts and Fight Choreography to such celebrities as Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith, Casper Van Dien, Alexa Davalos, Jaime Pressly, Clancy Brown, John Travolta, "The Rock" and Michael Biehn. He is responsible for getting such celebrities as Jaime Pressly, Denise ...
Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: survived being shot four times by a burglar
Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST 4
41. Christopher Wolf
Actor | Tango & Cash
Trivia: is a former member of the US Junior Wrestling Team
Best seen in KARATE WARS
42. Earl White
Actor | Bloodsport 2
Wun Hop Kuen (3rd Dan), Capoeira, Arnis
Trivia: trained Marjean Holden in the martial arts
Best seen in HEATSEEKER
43. Ian Whyte
Actor | Game of Thrones
Ian Whyte was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. He received athletic scholarships to Iona College in New York and Clarion University in Pennsylvania as a basketball player and later distinguished himself with 80 caps for England over a nine year international basketball career...
Sanshou, Tai Chi
Trivia: is a former professional basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles
Best seen in ALIENS VS PREDATOR
44. Yannick Van Dam
Producer | Die Fighting
Shaolin Kung Fu, Hung Gar, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wushu (10-time Liban Free Fight & Taolu Champion)
Trivia: is a member of the Z Team - the first foreign martial arts troupe to be based in China
Best seen in LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE
45. Dick Wei
Actor | The Deadly Warrant
Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: is a veteran of the Taiwanese army
Best seen in DRAGON FIGHT
46. Karl Yune
Actor | Real Steel
Karl Yune portrays Maseo Yamashiro (mentor and friend to Oliver Queen) on the hit show Arrow. Karl's character Maseo is a DC Comics character who has had a strong presence throughout season 3 in the flashback story line, as well as in the present day story as Maseo's alter ego Sarab (2nd in command...
Karate, Kendo, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Judo
Trivia: is the brother of Rick Yune
Best seen in FORBIDDEN WARRIOR
47. Phi-Long Nguyen
Stunts | Captain America: Civil War
Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate
Trivia: is the founder of the Greatest Hits Martial Arts Action and Stunts organization in Orlando, Florida
Best seen in LOS BRAVOS
48. Vicki Phillips
Stunts | Æon Flux
Kaizen-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (WSKAC Gold medalist; Shotokan Cup Gold & Silver medalist)
Trivia: is a member of the Makenki Shotokan Karate Club
Best seen in THE ELIMINATOR
49. Eiji Ezaki
Actor | Mask de 41
Eiji Ezaki was born on November 29, 1968 in Japan. He was an actor and director, known for Mask de 41 (2004), FMW: The Flying Assassin (2001) and FMW: Legend Dawns (2000). He was married to Harumi. He died on March 3, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.
Trivia: successfully recovered from paraplegic paralysis following a pro wrestling accident in 2001
50. Steve Irwin
Actor | Dr. Dolittle 2
Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with...
Gaidojutsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Trivia: trained under Greg Jackson and Rorion Gracie
Best seen in THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE
51. Michael Jackson
Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...
Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Dan [honorary]), Shaolin Kung Fu
Trivia: was granted honorary chairmanship of the United World Karate Association by Master Daikaku Chodoin
Best seen in YOU ROCK MY WORLD
52. Christian Bale
Actor | The Dark Knight
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different ...
Wing Chun, Krav Maga
Trivia: was trained in the martial arts under Sifu Eric Oram
Best seen in BATMAN BEGINS
53. Matt Damon
Actor | Good Will Hunting
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother, Kyle, a sculptor. His father was of English and ...
Krav Maga, Shotokan Karate, Escrima
Trivia: was trained in Escrima by Jeff Imada
Best seen in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
54. Sam Del Rio
Special_effects | Spotless
Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Ninjutsu (1st Dan)
Trivia: is a certified firearm instructor
Best seen in DRAGON AND THE HAWK
Soundtrack | The Man with the Iron Fists
RZA was born on July 5, 1969 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Fitzgerald Diggs. He has been married to Talani Rabb since August 29, 2009. He was previously married to Eboni Mills.
Shaolin Kung Fu
Trivia: trained under Master Shi Yan Ming
Best seen in THE PROTECTOR 2
Actor | Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.
Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...
Trivia: studies the martial arts at the LA Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in West Los Angeles
Best seen in SHERLOCK HOLMES
Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of Russian Jewish and Hungarian Jewish descent.
Eating in a local restaurant, ...
Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kickboxing
Trivia: earned her black belt within five years of training
Best seen in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Mark Steven Grove is a professional filmmaker and martial artist who lives in Denver, Colorado. A lifelong practitioner of Ninjutsu, Mark used his physical prowess to enter the film industry as an actor and stuntman. Since that time he has worked as a fight choreographer, stunt coordinator, special...
Ninjutsu (Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors entry), Kenjutsu, Kurai Kotori (founder)
Trivia: is the founder of the Chambara Action FX Team
Best seen in MY SAMURAI
59. Angelina Jolie
Actress | Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international ...
Trivia: is among the highest-paid film performers in the world, earning up to $15 million per role
Best seen in LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER
60. Jennifer Lopez
Actress | The Boy Next Door
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Scholl, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a ...
Trivia: trained in the martial arts by Master Wade Allen
Best seen in ENOUGH
61. Rae Manzon
Actor | Dragon Fire
Zui Quan (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)
Trivia: is a student of Eric Lee
Best seen in DRAGON FIRE
62. Hayward Nishioka
Actor | Best of the Best II
Judo (7th Dan; 3-time US Division Champion; AAU Champion; Pan-American Gold medalist; British-Columbian Champion), Shotokan Karate (1st Dan)
Trivia: is the chairperson of the Teacher’s Institute Committee for the United States Judo Federation
Best seen in DEADLY BET
63. Adrian Paul
Actor | Nine Miles Down
With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian's very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series", Adrian has also produced and...
Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar, Tai Chi
Trivia: is a student of Master Vernon Rieta
Best seen in HIGHLANDER
64. Brad Pitt
Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...
Trivia: sold the rights to the first photographs of his children for a record $14 million
Best seen in FIGHT CLUB
65. Vernon Rieta
Actor | Big Trouble in Little China
Rieta started his Kung Fu training as a young boy in Hawaii in the Jing Mo Association. Rieta studied many styles of Kung Fu, Hung Gar and Tai Chi under many Masters. Over 3 decades ago Sifu Rieta came over to Mainland and started a school in Hollywood, CA. As an addition to be a popular teacher to...
Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar
Trivia: was uncredited as a fight choreographer in HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE
Best seen in KICKBOXER 4
66. John Saxon
Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). ...
Shotokan Karate, Judo, Tai Chi
Trivia: performed with such vigor during his first fight scene in ENTER THE DRAGON that he tore his hamstring
Best seen in ENTER THE DRAGON
67. Todd Senofonte
Stunts | Double Team
Todd has been in the movie business for over two decades. As an actor/stuntman/athlete, he's a man of many talents. He always dreamed of being in movies. With his drive and persistence he was hired on the film Sudden Death in 1994 to be Jean-Claude Van Damme's stand-in/photo double. After a few ...
Tang Soo Do, Sambo
Trivia: served in the military for six years, earning the Physical Fitness Patch for doing 124 push-ups in 2 minutes, 85 sit-ups in two minutes, and running 2 miles in 12:34 minutes
Best seen in FIST OF LEGEND II
68. Desi Singh
Actor | Contract Killers
Desi Singh grew up in a showbiz family. His mother, known as Jean Brazil, was a descendant of renowned New Orleans voodoo queen, Marie LaVeau, and was a member of the Katherine Dunham dance company, and later became a well known psychic on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Desi's father, Desragh...
Ukidokan Karate, Kickboxing
Trivia: is a former member of the Jet Away stunt team
Best seen in THE CIRCUIT
69. Christian Slater
Actor | True Romance
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...
Kenpo (green belt), Krav Maga
Trivia: began acting professionally at age 9
Best seen in ALONE IN THE DARK
70. Ron Smoorenburg
Actor | Triple Threat
Ron Smoorenburg is mainly known for the end fight in Jackie Chan's 'Who am I?', 1998, and his record highest kick in 1997 (11 feet)
Ron worked with a lot of the well known action stars and directors and developed himself in the last 20 years as an actor which with a versatile and experienced action ...
Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Aikido, Mixed Martial Arts
Trivia: set a record for the world's highest standing kick, at 11 feet
Best seen in WHO AM I?
Director | Love
Jeet Kune Do
Trivia: also studies ballet and modern dance
Best seen in HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE
72. Jian Kui Sun
Actor | Long men fei jia
Wushu (Chinese National Team member)
Trivia: despite a recurring character quirk, he is not cross-eyed
Best seen in TAI CHI MASTER
73. Hilary Swank
Actress | Boys Don't Cry
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...
Trivia: has also studied boxing
Best seen in THE NEXT KARATE KID
74. Vincent Sze
Actor | SPL: Sha po lang
Shido-Ryu & Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai
Trivia: also performs international martial arts exhibitions
Best seen in KILLZONE
75. Ron Thomas
Actor | The Karate Kid
Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu (6th Dan)
Trivia: was allowed by fight choreographer Pat Johnson to choreograph his own fights in THE KARATE KID because of his experience
Best seen in THE KARATE KID
76. Bruce Wen
Actor | Kung Fu Comedy
Bruce Wen whose Chinese name Wen Xiao Long grew up in the holy monastery of Shaolin. As a child, he started martial arts training at the age of three under his father, uncle, and many other martial arts masters in Fujian South Shaolin Temple. Later, Long was taken to Northern Shaolin Temple in ...
Trivia: is the grandson of a legitimate Shaolin monk
Best seen in THE FORGOTTEN JEWEL
77. Réal Andrews
Stunts | Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Réal Andrews is a Husband, Father, Motivational Speaker and Success Coach who loves to fish, a lot. Born and Raised in North Vancouver , B. C. Réal now resides in Valencia , California. Réal attacked the elements of Hawaii and can proudly say he is a 2X'S Hawaii Ironman Finisher As a kid his 1st ...
Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: studies the martial arts under Billy Blanks
Best seen in SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC.
78. Dean Cochran
Actor | Meet the Spartans
Born and raised in New Orleans he holds black belts in both Kung Fu and Kenpo along with many regional championship belts.
Dean got his start in the Celine Dion music video "(If There Was) Any Other Way". After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in Theatre, he moved to Los Angeles to ...
Kenpo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi
Trivia: also practices axe-throwing, fencing, and wrestling
Best seen in AIR MARSHAL
79. Kris Van Damme
Kristopher van Varenberg (aka "Kris Van Damme") is the first son of martial arts/action superstar, Belgian-born actor Jean-Claude Van Damme with fitness expert/actress Gladys Portugues. Kristopher has a younger sister, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme and another brother with Van Damme's ex-wife Darcy ...
Tae Kwon Do, Karate
Trivia: began practicing the martial arts at age 5
Best seen in ENEMIES CLOSER
80. Kyôji Amano
Actor | Hai kikku gâru!
Trivia: is of Mexican-Japanese descent
Best seen in HIGH KICK GIRL
81. Kaitlin Howard
Actress | Chronicles of Syntax
Aikido (4th Kyu), Lau Gar, Kickboxing, Kobudo, Bartitsu
Trivia: also practices various forms of European swordplay
Best seen in INTERGALACTIC COMBAT
82. Ian Pead
Stunts | Wonder Woman
Ninjutsu, Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Chin Woo
Trivia: is a member of the Extreme Horse Riding Association
Best seen in INTERGALACTIC COMBAT
83. Mil Máscaras
Mil Máscaras was born on July 15, 1942 in San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico as Aaron Rodríguez Arellano. He is an actor, known for El robo de las momias de Guanajuato (1972), Las momias de San Ángel (1975) and Los canallas (1968).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo, Vale Tudo
Trivia: began studying the martial arts as a means of countering attempts by aggressive wrestlers to injure him during professional matches
Best seen in MIL MASCARAS VS THE AZTEC MUMMY
84. Kun Ju
Stunts | The Expendables
Wushu, Wing Chun, Baguazhang
Trivia: was set to work on MARCO POLO at the time of his disappearance
Best seen in MAN OF TAI CHI
85. C.M. Punk
Actor | ROH: Final Battle 2003
Phillip Jack Brooks, better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist, comic book writer and former professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he is recognized as the sixth longest reigning WWE Champion of all-time.
Punk began his professional ...
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai
Trivia: is a long-distance student of Rener Gracie
Stunts | Shadow Falls Memorial
Richard A. Buswell was born on April 4, 1965 in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. He is known for his work on Shadow Falls Memorial (2009), Offerings (1989) and C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004).
Capoeira, Dlala 'Nduku
Trivia: has also studied quarterstaff- and sword-fighting
Best seen in FIGHT NIGHT
87. Olivier Bisback
Stunts | The Loft
Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; 3-time Belgian National Champion; Belgian National Team member), Hapkido (1st Dan), Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Kobudo
Trivia: is a former fitness instructor to the Flemish parliament
Best seen in ROX
88. Max Ortiz Jr.
Actor | Random Tropical Paradise
Throughout the years as a Medieval enthusiast and action Junkie, Max dedicated himself to experience several activities including, other Martial Art Disciplines, Traditional Fencing in Foil- Epee and Saber, Sky Diving, volunteer Search and Rescue, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Hang Gliding, Firearms ...
Trivia: also practices archery
Best seen in THE MARTIAL ARTS KID
89. Kyle Rowling
Kyle Rowling was born on September 6, 1970 in Australia. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Wanted (2008).
Judo, Goshin-Ryu Jujitsu, Yau Kung Mun, Tai Chi, Jow Ga, Kobudo
Trivia: was uncredited as the motion actor for the characters General Grievous and Magnaguard in STAR WARS: EPISODE III
Best seen in STAR WARS: EPISODE II
90. Binh Dang
Trivia: is a student of Steven Seagal
Best seen in MISSION OF JUSTICE
91. Kelli Fleming
Actress | Fighting with Anger
Kelli Fleming is an actress, known for Fighting with Anger (2007).
Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: is also a jazz musician and dancer
Best seen in FIGHTING WITH ANGER
92. Tammy Lauren
Actress | Wishmaster
Tammy Lauren was born on November 16, 1968 in San Diego, California, USA as Tammy Lauren Vasquez. She is an actress, known for Wishmaster (1997), Mork & Mindy (1978) and Homefront (1991). She has been married to Guri Weinberg since January 31, 1997.
Trivia: is a student of Master Tak Kubota
Best seen in MARTIAL LAW
93. Gabriel Koura
Director | Fast Break the Movie
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Muay Thai
Trivia: trains under Renzo Gracie and Nestor Marte
Best seen in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
94. Bokeem Woodbine
Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming
Bokeem Woodbine grew up in Harlem, New York. At the age of 19, he secured the lead role in the HBO production of Forest Whitaker's directorial debut Strapped (1993). Bokeem moved to Los Angeles shortly after completing the film Jason's Lyric (1994), and has pursued his dream of becoming a ...
Shaolin Kung Fu
Trivia: studies the martial arts under Master Shi Yan Ming at the USA Shaolin Temple
Best seen in THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
95. Kristy Swanson
Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Kristy Swanson was born on December 19, 1969 in Mission Viejo, California, USA as Kristen Noel Swanson. She is an actress and producer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and Flowers in the Attic (1987). She has been married to Lloyd Eisler since February 7, ...
Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing
Trivia: was a child actress, having appeared in over 30 commercials by age 13
Best seen in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
96. Patrick Swayze
Actor | Dirty Dancing
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. ...
Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Benny Urquidez
Best seen in ROAD HOUSE
97. Kylie Minogue
Actress | Moulin Rouge!
Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as "Charlene" in the Australian soap, Neighbours (1985), which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record ...
Tae Kwon Do
Trivia: is a survivor of breast cancer
Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE MOVIE
98. Peter Mensah
Actor | Jason X
Peter Mensah has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, growing up in St. Albans, England, just north of London. A former engineer, Mensah came to Canada 11 years ago. He'd worked for British Gas developing gas fields at Morecambe Bay and had done theatre in school. He comes from an ...
Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 6
Best seen in SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED
Actor | New Jack City
The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade....
Trivia: also practices boxing
Best seen in SURVIVING THE GAME
100. Halle Berry
Actress | Gothika
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister, Heidi Berry. Halle ...
Trivia: is also trained in use of the bullwhip
Best seen in CATWOMAN