Martial arts

by aaron-bella | created - 29 Jun 2016 | updated - 18 May 2017 | Public

1. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

2. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

3. Shannon Lee

Actress | Blade

Shannon Lee was born on April 19, 1969 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Shannon Emery Lee. She is a producer and actress, known for Blade (1998), High Voltage (1997) and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). She has been married to Ian Keasler since August 1994. They have one child.

4. 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...

5. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

6. Jim Kelly

Actor | Enter the Dragon

With his funky Afro hairstyle, super cool attitude and superb karate skills, Jim Kelly was instantly identifiable, and one of the top martial arts film stars of the early 1970s. After appearing in a minor film role, Kelly's second screen effort was as one of the invited guests to the deadly Han's ...

7. Steven Seagal

Actor | Exit Wounds

Steven Seagal is a striking and somewhat boyishly handsome (often with ponytail) action star who burst onto the martial arts film scene in 1988 in the fast-paced Warner Bros. film Above the Law (1988).

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical ...

8. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

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

9. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

10. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

11. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Team

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was ...

12. 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 ...

13. Bianca Brigitte VanDamme

Actress | Assassination Games

Bianca Bree grew up in the film industry watching her father, martial artist/actor Jean-Claude Van Damme preform on sets all over the world and is extremely athletic due to her mother, ex-bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues.

Having two very athletic parents, Bianca was thrown into ...

14. Scott Adkins

Actor | Doctor Strange

Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar ...

15. Jason David Frank

Actor | Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe

Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in the long-running family television show Power Rangers. He is the voice of Emissary in Transformers: Titans Returns and brings Bloodshot to life in the highly-anticipated project Ninjak vs.the Valiant Universe. Always one looking for ...

16. Billy Blanks

Actor | The Last Boy Scout

Muscular African American sports star, actor, media identity and inventor of the phenomenally popular "Tae Bo" fitness system, derived from his extensive martial arts training. Blanks was born in Eerie, Pennsylvania in 1955 amongst humble backgrounds and grew up as one of 15 children, battling ...

17. Bob Wall

Sound_department | It Had Wings

19. 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 ...

20. Rina Takeda

Actress | Iya monogatari: Oku no hito

Takeda Rina was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. She claims she decided to become an actress at age six. She has an older and younger brother. The younger brother is actor Takeda kazuma who has found roles in Rina's movies. She became interested in karate through her father Takeda Takeshi. ...

21. Brock Lesnar

Actor | WrestleMania

Brock Lesnar was born on July 12, 1977 in Webster, South Dakota, USA as Brock Edward Lesnar. He is an actor, known for WrestleMania XIX (2003), Summerslam (2002) and WWE Unforgiven (2002). He has been married to Rena Mero since May 6, 2006. They have two children named, Turk & Duke. Lesnar also has...

22. Bill Goldberg

Actor | The Longest Yard

Bill Goldberg was born on December 27, 1966 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as William Scott Goldberg. He is an actor and producer, known for The Longest Yard (2005), Universal Soldier: The Return (1999) and Santa's Slay (2005). He has been married to Wanda Ferraton since April 10, 2005. They have one ...

23. Dave Bautista

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista, a hairdresser. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry.

When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself ...

24. Austin St. John

Actor | Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

Austin St. John was born on September 17, 1974, in Roswell, New Mexico, to his parents Steve and Sharon Geiger, becoming brother to Stephen. Austin has been practicing martial arts since he was five and now holds a second-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do, a first-degree black belt in Judo, and he ...

25. Steve Cardenas

Actor | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie

Steve has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu Jitsu studio in Burbank Ca called Force Balance BJJ.

26. Johnny Yong Bosch

Actor | Bleach: Burîchu

Johnny Yong Bosch was born on January 6, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Jay Bosch. He is known for his work on Bleach: Burîchu (2004), Akira (1988) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995). He has been married to Amy Bosch since March 21, 2003. They have two children.

27. Walter Jones

Actor | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Walter is an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zack The Black Ranger from the Children's Action Adventure Phenomenon Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993). He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various ...

28. Jason Faunt

Actor | Power Rangers Time Force

Jason grew up just outside of Chicago. A talented athlete, Jason almost became a professional baseball player. Instead, he came out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Jason makes his professional debut in Power Rangers Time Force.

29. 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...

30. Michael Chaturantabut

Actor | The Time Machine

Mike Chat as his friends call him, represents a new wave of Kung Fu, with over 14 years of experience, combining Okinawan Shorei-Ryu as a 4th degree black belt, Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Wushu, Kickboxing, yoga, ballet, dance and acrobatics. Mike was inducted in the World martial Arts Hall of Fame in ...

31. Blake Foster

Actor | Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

Blake Foster was born on May 29, 1985 in Northridge, California, USA as Blake Anthony Foster. He is an actor, known for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997), Kids World (2001) and Power Rangers in Space (1998).

32. 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 ...

33. Gary Daniels

Actor | The Expendables

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

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

34. Don Wilson

Actor | Batman Forever

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

35. Michael Dudikoff

Actor | Platoon Leader

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

36. Jason Yee

Actor | The Girl from the Naked Eye

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

37. Georges St-Pierre

Actor | Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Georges St-Pierre was born on May 19, 1981 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Never Surrender (2009) and Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016).

38. Hector Echavarria

Actor | No Way Out

A Martial Arts champion in his native Argentina, Hector Echavarria, brings to the Hollywood film industry a background of business success, acting experience, and martial arts expertise.

In addition to producing and starring in his own films, Hector has become an industrial force- with his own ...

39. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | Alone in the Dark

Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lees films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch...

40. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

41. Tony Jaa

Actor | Ong-bak 3

Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts at the local ...

42. Mark Dacascos

Actor | Le pacte des loups

Mark Dacascos was born on February 26, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mark Alan Dacascos. He is known for his work on Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Only the Strong (1993) and Drive (1997). He has been married to Julie Condra since January 5, 1998. They have three children.

43. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

44. 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 ...

45. 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 ...

46. Phillip Rhee

Actor | Best of the Best

Phillip Rhee is a master martial artist, actor and filmmaker best known for creating the "BEST of the BEST" film franchise with his producing partner and mentor Peter E. Strauss (Former Chairman of Lions Gate) and Frank Giustra, a Canadian Billionaire and founder of Lions Gate. The first "Best of ...

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).

48. Biao Yuen

Actor | Bai ga jai

Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as ...

49. 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 ...

50. Matt Mullins

Stunts | Divergent

From his humble beginnings of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Matt Mullins has risen to become world renown in martial arts, and as a star in the CW4Kids show "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight".

With 5 martial art world titles in hand, Matt moved from Naperville, IL to Hollywood and quickly began ...

51. Loren Avedon

Actor | The King of the Kickboxers

After graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1980, while attending college Loren Avedon signed up at the Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do Karate school in Los Angeles. He received his first "break" while training late one night at the Karate school. Producer Roy Horan was looking for an actor/martial ...

52. Keith Cooke

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Keith Cooke is a man of many qualities, accomplished in the arts of Wushu, Tae Kwon Do and Karate.

He started his WuShu training in 1973, under Roger Tung. In 1980 he went to China and he trained for 5 hours a day and entered the competition circuit in 1983. He immediately gained a second place in ...

53. Cyril Raffaelli

Stunts | Banlieue 13

Cyril Raffaelli was born on April 1, 1974. He is known for his work on District B13 (2004), District 13: Ultimatum (2009) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

54. Shin'ichi Chiba

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as lethal "fists for hire" trouble shooter, Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi, starring in the phenomenally popular and ultra violent "The Street Fighter" series of action films. Sonny Chiba wasn't a graceful, fluid fighter like screen icon Bruce Lee...

55. Alex Meraz

Actor | The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Alex Meraz was born on January 10, 1985 in Mesa, Arizona, USA as Alejandro Meraz. He is an actor and writer, known for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Suicide Squad (2016). He has been married to Kim since December 31, 2007. They have two children.

56. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

57. 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 ...

58. Dean Geyer

Actor | Glee

Dean Geyer was born in Johannesburg South Africa, into a family with two sisters. Geyer immigrated to Australia when he was 15 years old, commencing his schooling in Australia by going to Melbourne High School.

Geyer's family have a strong connection to martial arts, with members from previous and ...

59. Jay Chou

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

Jay Chou (born 18 January 1979) is a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and director. Chou was born in Taipei, Taiwan, to schoolteacher parents, Yeh Hui-Mei, who taught fine arts, and Chou Yao-Chung, a biomedical researcher. In 2000, Chou released his first album, ...

60. Kane Kosugi

Actor | Tekken: A Man Called X

Born in California, he is half Japanese and half Chinese. He began his training in martial arts at the age of one and a half. Since moving to Japan at the age of 18, he has done numerous movies and TV shows becoming one of the nation's most popular and recognizable talents. He has worked with some ...

61. Kara Wai

Actress | Wu xia

Born Kara Hui Ying-Hung on in Shandong, China. Her Family moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and she started working at night clubs at fourteen. Her family lost their savings from her father's business acquaintances. Being left penniless, Hui's mother, herself and her siblings were forced to peddle goods ...

62. 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 ...

63. Panna Rittikrai

Director | Ong-bak 3

Panna Rittikrai is the man behind Thai action star Tony Jaa, whose work in Ong-Bak, astounded viewers across the globe. Panna Rittikrai was born in the small village of Khon Kaen in Thailand. At a young age, he was a fan of martial arts films and he knew it would be his dream to become involved in ...

64. Scottie Epstein

Actor | Trick

Scottie Epstein is an actor, known for Trick (1999), Numb (2010) and The Sopranos (1999).

65. Todd Duffee

Actor | Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Todd Duffee knocked out in stone what he was set on doing as a full-time career. He was born in Evansville, Indiana on December 6, 1985, spending his formative years in Raleigh, Illinois. At age 16, Todd had moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he joined a boxing gym and thus...

66. Tsuyoshi Ihara

Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima

Ihara Tsuyoshi was born on November 6, 1963, in Kokura, Kyushu. He grew up in Osaka, and after graduating high school, he joined JAC (Japan Action Club) which is headed by Shin'ichi Chiba (aka Chiba Shinichi), which is a company of stunt and action actors. He made his debut in 1983 in a stage drama...

67. Jing Wu

Actor | Zhan lang

Born in Beijing China in 1974, he was sent to train at Beijing Wushu Academy when he was 6 years old as both his Father and Grandfather were also Martial artists. In 1995 he was spotted by Yuen Woo-Ping who had come to the academy to look for a martial artist for the film Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi ...

68. Yu Wang

Actor | Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi

Yu Wang was born on March 28, 1944 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. He is an actor and producer, known for Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976), Du bei dao (1967) and Dragon (2011). He was previously married to Jeanette Lin Tsui.

69. Bolo Yeung

Actor | Bloodsport

Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular ...

70. Cung Le

Actor | Pandorum

Cung Le made his first appearance on the professional M.M.A. stage in 2006, and shortly after won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in 2008, setting high standards through his powerful kicks, skillful strikes, and well-timed take-downs. This U.S.-Viet Namese champion, actor, producer and ...

71. Shô Kosugi

Actor | Ninja Assassin

Easily the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze, Kosugi was a proficient martial artist & skilled weapons performer which was highlighted in his several starring roles.

Kosugi grew up as the youngest child and only son of a Tokyo fisherman, and began his martial arts ...

72. Michael Dudikoff

Actor | Platoon Leader

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

73. Cynthia Rothrock

Actress | Cui hua kuang mo

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Cui hua kuang mo (1993), Honor and Glory (1993) and Above the Law (1986).

74. Jeff Wincott

Actor | The Code

Jeff was born in Toronto, Canada and attended Ryerson University for Theatre.

He worked on stage in Anne Of A Thousand Days, Play It Again Sam, Romeo and Juliet and in the Toronto Premier of Martin Sherman's play Bent.

He moved to New York to study with Stella Adler, Michael Kahn, and Eli Rill.

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75. Yukari Ôshima

Actress | Lik wong

Daughter of a Chinese woman, who spent her childhood in Nishi Ku (Fukuoka City). When she was in elementary school, her parents divorced and she went to live with her mother, who ran a little restaurant. Being a child she practiced karate in junior high school, represented Kyushu in several ...

76. Richard Norton

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

A powerful screen presence, Richard Norton wins the applause of international audiences with his engaging ability to play either the hero or the heavy. Rare versatility and focused work ethic have enabled him to build an expanding library of almost 100 film and television titles. The disciplines ...

77. Jeff Speakman

Actor | The Perfect Weapon

Jeff Speakman was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he became a All-American springboard diver in high school. He broke records in his school's district and conference all without ever having a coach. Determined to go to college, he worked for six years and graduated with honors from ...

78. Paco Christian Prieto

Actor | Only the Strong

Paco C. Prieto was born in Mexico City, Mexico, making his first starring role in Only the Strong (1993). In the early 80s Paco instructed martial arts classes at East Los Angeles College. After meeting Deborah Roberts (mother of playboy playmate Layla Roberts) Paco and Deborah lived in Beverly ...

80. Thomas Ian Griffith

Actor | The Karate Kid Part III

Thomas Ian Griffith was born on March 18, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father, Thomas Joseph, was a college professor and his mother, Mary Ann, was a dance teacher. Griffith trained as an opera singer in New York City with Metropolitan Opera star Delia Rigal. He attended the College of the ...

81. Matthias Hues

Actor | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Matthias Hues was born on Valentine's Day in Waltrop, Germany, to the late Dr. Josef Hues and Maria Humperdinck Hues who still resides in Germany. Maria is the niece of Engelbert Humperdinck, composer of the opera Hansel and Gretel.

Matthias was very involved in sports from an early age on. By the ...

82. James Lew

Stunts | Luke Cage

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1979). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John ...

83. Chris Casamassa

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Chris Casamassa is the son of American Martial arts pioneer Louis D. Casamassa. He is a world class Martial art expert with a 9th degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate and over 35 years of experience. Casamassa currently presides over the 12 Red Dragon Karate Schools in Southern California. He ...

84. Vince Murdocco

Stunts | The Incredible Hulk

Vince Murdocco gained fame in the kickboxing world when he was the North American Cruiserweight Champion. He soon made the transition from kickboxing to film, like many world champions back in the 1990s. However, Vince made his film debut in a softcore porn comedy, Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic ...

85. William Zabka

Actor | The Karate Kid

William Zabka was born on October 20, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as William Michael Zabka. He is an actor and producer, known for The Karate Kid (1984), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986). He has been married to Stacie Lynn Doss since 2008.

86. Jeffrey Falcon

Actor | Six-String Samurai

Jeffrey Falcon was born on January 1, 1962 in the USA. He is known for his work on Six-String Samurai (1998), Long feng zei zhuo zei (1990) and Zui jia zei pai dang (1990).

87. Michael Worth

Actor | Killing Cupid

Born in Philadelphia, Michael came from a line of German sailors on one side and American Delaware Indians on the other. As a 10 year old Michael directed his first film entitle The Tire. It was shot with a super-8 camera his mother bought him. He continued making short films into his late teens. ...

88. Ho-Sung Pak

Stunts | Red Dawn

Korean-American born Ho Sung-Pak is best known for two accomplishments in martial arts. A wushu champion, Ho was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1991. His first accomplishment was that he played both Liu Kang and Shang Tsung in the video game that started a fad and 2 movies, Mortal ...

89. Chuck Jeffreys

Stunts | Twelve Monkeys

Born William Charles Jeffreys (III) on July 23, 1958 in Washington, D.C., Chuck Jeffreys found his interest in the martial arts at the age of 8 and started training in Western Boxing and Tae Kwon Do. He began training in Northern (Tien Shan Pai) Shaolin Kung fu in the early 70s. He was well known ...

90. 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 ...

91. Iko Uwais

Actor | The Raid 2: Berandal

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

92. Roddy Piper

Actor | They Live

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

93. Al Leong

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Asian American actor & stuntman has picked up a cult fan following based around his numerous appearances in high voltage action flicks from the mid-1980s onwards. Al nearly always turns up as a bad guy with his lean muscled physique, incredible agility, amazing martial arts skills, wispy black hair...

94. Billy Drago

Actor | The Untouchables

Drago is well-known for his villainous parts (leading or supporting), and he is renowned for his rugged yet scary looks and evil smile. He was born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kansas. He became interested in acting and took his mother's maiden name 'Drago' as a stage name. At first he worked...

95. Daniel Bernhardt

Actor | Atomic Blonde

Daniel Bernhardt was born on the 31st August 1965 in Worblaufen, Bern in Switzerland. After finishing high school, he studied architectural design for four years and graduated in Bern. At the same time he opened a martial arts school with his brother. After completing his studies, Daniel moved to ...

96. Arnold Chon

Stunts | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Arnold Chon began his training at the age of 5 at the Jhoon Rhee Institute in Virginia. Arnold received his black belt at the age of 11 while training equally hard in gymnastics. Arnold became an Extreme Martial Arts competitor and conquered the competitive martial arts circuit, eventually becoming...

97. Jalal Merhi

Producer | Expect to Die

Jalal Merhi is recognized worldwide as a premiere action-film producer / director after successfully delivering over 20 films worldwide within a decade, and numerous short film projects. Born in Brazil from to Lebanese parents, Jalal emigrated to Canada to study and eventually built an extension of...

98. Larnell Stovall

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

Larnell Stovall moved from New Orleans to pursue the movie industry in February 2001. He is a former world and international champion in fighting, weapons and forms (kata).

99. Chuck Zito

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Chuck Zito was born on March 1, 1953 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Charles Zito Jr. He is known for his work on Sons of Anarchy (2008), Oz (1997) and Homefront (2013).

100. Richard Norton

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

A powerful screen presence, Richard Norton wins the applause of international audiences with his engaging ability to play either the hero or the heavy. Rare versatility and focused work ethic have enabled him to build an expanding library of almost 100 film and television titles. The disciplines ...



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