Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 7

by 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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1. Michelle Yeoh

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


3. Thorsten Nickel

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

5. Michael O'Hearn

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

6. Terry O'Neill

Actor | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Terry O'Neill was born on February 27, 1948 in Liverpool, England. He is an actor, known for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), DragonHeart (1996) and Entrapment (1999).

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


7. Master Ho Sik Pak

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


11. Stuart Smith

Actor | Sheng zhan feng yun

Stuart Smith is an actor, known for Sheng zhan feng yun (1990), Ninja in Action (1987) and The Ultimate Ninja (1986).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has also worked uncredited as a voice-over artist


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

Siu Ming Tsui is an actor and producer, known for Duo biao (2008), Seung chi sun tau (2007) and Hai shi shen lou (1987).

Praying Mantis & Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Tai Chi

Trivia: was nominated twice by the Hong Kong Film Awards


16. Mark Williams

Actor | Lionheart

Mark Williams is an actor, known for Lionheart (1990) and College Kickboxers (1991).

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


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


18. Norman Robinson

Actor | Kill and Kill Again

Norman Robinson is known for his work on Kill and Kill Again (1981), Karate Killer (1976) and Gemini (1980).

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


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


20. Elix Skipper

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Elix Skipper was born on December 15, 1967 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW World Championship Wrestling (1985) and TNA Impact! Wrestling (2004).



Trivia: has won 16 world championships throughout his pro wrestling career

21. Steve 'Nasty' Anderson

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

23. Henry Chapman

Actor | Expect to Die

Henry Chapman is an actor, known for Expect to Die (1997).

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

Actor | Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection

Roland Dantes was an actor, known for Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), The Pacific Connection (1974) and Angelfist (1993). He died on March 16, 2009 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Escrima, Eskrido

Trivia: is a 5-time Mr. Philippines bodybuilding champion

Best seen in KICK TO THE HEAD

25. Clay Donahue Fontenot

Stunts | Iron Man

Clay Donahue Fontenot is known for his work on Iron Man (2008), Blade II (2002) and Logan (2017).

Kyokushin, Shotokan & Goju-Ryu Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is Wesley Snipes' personal stunt double

Best seen in DRAGON FURY 2

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 ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: performs many of her own stunts

Best seen in ULTRAVIOLET

28. Ken Kensei

Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima

Ken Kensei was born in 1954 in Kochi, Japan. He is an actor and producer, known for Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Black Rain (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993).

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


30. Yu Beng Lim

Actor | Anna and the King

Yu Beng Lim is an actor, known for Anna and the King (1999), The Tattooist (2007) and Time Rojak (2015).

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

Bill Pickels is known for his work on Expect to Die (1997), Expect No Mercy (1995) and Death Junction (1994).

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

Ian Powers is known for his work on The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Outcast (2014) and White Wall (2010).

Wushu, Kajukenbo

Trivia: studied martial arts at the Beijing University of Physical Education

Best seen in FIGHT THE FIGHT

34. Burton Richardson

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


35. Yayan Ruhian

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

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

Lelagi Togisala is known for his work on On Deadly Ground (1994), Ticker (2001) and The Protector (1998).

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

Jhoanna Trias is known for her work on Constantine (2005), Tiger Heart (1996) and The Cursed (2010).

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

Christopher Wolf is an actor and producer, known for Tango & Cash (1989), Liberation (2013) and Abilene.


Trivia: is a former member of the US Junior Wrestling Team

Best seen in KARATE WARS

42. Earl White

Actor | Bloodsport 2

Earl White is known for his work on Bloodsport 2 (1996), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995) and Corrupt (1999).

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


44. Yannick Van Dam

Producer | Die Fighting

Yannick Van Dam is an actor and executive, known for Die Fighting (2014), Brothers Forever (2008) and Li Xiao Long chuan qi (2008).

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


45. Dick Wei

Actor | The Deadly Warrant

Dick Wei was born in 1953 in Pingdong, Taiwan as Dik Wai. He is known for his work on The Deadly Warrant (1994), Sha ru di yu (1991) and Shanghai Express (1986).

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


47. Phi-Long Nguyen

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

Phi-Long Nguyen is known for his work on Captain America: Civil War (2016), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Battleship (2012).

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

Vicki Phillips is known for her work on Æon Flux (2005), X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003).

Kaizen-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (WSKAC Gold medalist; Shotokan Cup Gold & Silver medalist)

Trivia: is a member of the Makenki Shotokan Karate Club


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


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


54. Sam Del Rio

Special_effects | Spotless

Sam Del Rio is known for his work on Spotless (2005), Dragon and the Hawk (2001) and Assassins' Code (2011).

Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Ninjutsu (1st Dan)

Trivia: is a certified firearm instructor


55. RZA

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

56. Robert Downey Jr.

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 ...

Wing Chun

Trivia: studies the martial arts at the LA Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in West Los Angeles


57. Sarah Michelle Gellar

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


58. Mark Steven Grove

Stunts | Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords

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 ...

Krav Maga

Trivia: is among the highest-paid film performers in the world, earning up to $15 million per role


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 ...

Krav Maga

Trivia: trained in the martial arts by Master Wade Allen

Best seen in ENOUGH

61. Rae Manzon

Actor | Dragon Fire

Rae Manzon is known for his work on Dragon Fire (1993), Full Contact (1993) and Fists of Iron (1995).

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

Hayward Nishioka is an actor, known for Best of the Best II (1993), Deadly Bet (1992) and Ulterior Motives (1992).

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 (...

Krav Maga

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


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?

71. Cristian Solimeno

Director | Love

Cristian Solimeno was born on April 27, 1975 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for Love (2008), The Glass Man (2011) and Rush (2013).

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: also studies ballet and modern dance


72. Jian Kui Sun

Actor | Long men fei jia

Jian Kui Sun is an actor, known for Long men fei jia (2011), Tai-Chi Master (1993) and The New Legend of Shaolin (1994).

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 ...

Krav Maga

Trivia: has also studied boxing


74. Vincent Sze

Actor | SPL: Sha po lang

Vincent Sze was born on October 24, 1974 in Hong Kong. He is known for his work on SPL: Sha po lang (2005), The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008) and Naam yi boon sik (2007).

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

Ron Thomas was born on November 15, 1961 in Reno, Nevada, USA as Ronald Lee Thomas. He is an actor, known for The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and Night Screams (1987).

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 ...

Southern Shaolin

Trivia: is the grandson of a legitimate Shaolin monk


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


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

Actor | Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

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


80. Kyôji Amano

Actor | Hai kikku gâru!

Kyôji Amano is an actor, known for Hai kikku gâru! (2009) and K.G. (2011).


Trivia: is of Mexican-Japanese descent

Best seen in HIGH KICK GIRL

81. Kaitlin Howard

Actress | Chronicles of Syntax

Kaitlin Howard was born on October 13, 1980 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. She is known for her work on Chronicles of Syntax (2013), Intergalactic Combat (2007) and Born of Hope (2009).

Aikido (4th Kyu), Lau Gar, Kickboxing, Kobudo, Bartitsu

Trivia: also practices various forms of European swordplay


82. Ian Pead

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Ian Pead is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Skyfall (2012) and Les Misérables (2012).

Ninjutsu, Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Chin Woo

Trivia: is a member of the Extreme Horse Riding Association


83. Mil Máscaras

Actor | El robo de las momias de Guanajuato

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


84. Kun Ju

Stunts | The Expendables

Kun Ju was born on November 11, 1982 in Beijing, China. He is known for his work on The Expendables (2010), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) and The Grandmaster (2013). He died on March 8, 2014.

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

86. Richard A. Buswell

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

Olivier Bisback is known for his work on The Loft (2014), The Danish Girl (2015) and The Fifth Estate (2013).

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


89. Kyle Rowling

Stunts | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

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


90. Binh Dang

Exit Wounds

Binh Dang is known for his work on Exit Wounds (2001), A Man Apart (2003) and Under Siege (1992).


Trivia: is a student of Steven Seagal


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


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.

Gosuku-Ryu Karate

Trivia: is a student of Master Tak Kubota

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW

93. Gabriel Koura

Director | Fast Break the Movie

Gabriel Koura is an actor and director, known for Fast Break the Movie, King of the Fists and Zouk.

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


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


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


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 ...

Judo, Wushu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 6


99. Ice-T

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....

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: also practices boxing


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

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