Action Movie Actors with Exceptional Martial Arts Skills

by jtwulink | created - 06 Feb 2015 | updated - 25 Apr 2017 | Public

In no particular order. Many of the actors on this list are real-life world champions of martial arts competitions; some of them also design/choreograph fight sequences in their movies. No.2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 perform spectacular martial stunts in the movies. No.13,14,15 are masters of martial stunts & fight choreography.

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 ...

Bruce Lee is the only one on the list who established a new martial arts sect and had many students/followers.

2. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

3. 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,...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

4. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

5. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

6. Scott Adkins

Actor | Boyka: Undisputed IV

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 ...

7. Vidyut Jammwal

Actor | Force

Given his elaborate expertise in the martial arts especially the ancient form called Kalaripayattu (which he's trained in since he was all of 4 years old), Vidyut has committed himself to creating a platform for action and stunts in world cinema. His first Bollywood outing Force (a remake of the ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

8. Bren Foster

Actor | The Last Ship

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

Bren Foster is a 9 time World Champion in 6 different martial art disciplines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8mRvCwrXzg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe3u50AjNpU

Waiting to see him lead-star in a martial arts action movie.

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9. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

11. 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).

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

12. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

13. 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 ...

Master of martial arts fight & action choreography.

Designs/choreographs spectacular stunts & fight scenes for the movies.

14. Corey Yuen

Actor | Zhi fa xian feng

Corey Yuen was born in 1951 in Hong Kong, China as Ying Gang-Ming. He is known for his work on Above the Law (1986), The Legend (1993) and Red Cliff (2008).

Master of martial arts fight & action choreography.

Designs/choreographs spectacular stunts & fight scenes for the movies.

15. Woo-Ping Yuen

Wo hu cang long

Woo-Ping Yuen was born on January 1, 1945 in Guangzhou, China as Yuen Woo Ping. He is known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Kung Fu Hustle (2004) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).

The grand master of martial arts fight & action choreography.

Designs/choreographs spectacular stunts & fight scenes for the movies.

16. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

17. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Impact

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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

18. Steven Seagal

Actor | On Deadly Ground

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

19. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

20. 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...

21. Akshay Kumar

Actor | Hera Pheri

Akshay Kumar, born September 9, 1967, is an actor. He studied martial arts in Hong Kong. It was a student that suggested that he try modeling. Because of his success as model, he was offered films. Along with his good looks and excellent martial art skills, he was always the first choice to do ...

22. 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 ...

23. Alain Moussi

Actor | Kickboxer: Vengeance

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

24. Jason Statham

Actor | Crank

Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...

Fast learner of martial arts skills.

25. Wesley Snipes

Actor | Blade

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Maryann (Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that the theater was to be his career. He attended the High School ...

26. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

27. Ron Van Clief

Stunts | F/X

Ron "The Black Dragon" Van Clief is a martial arts legend. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, he started martial arts training in his early teens. At 5 feet 10 inches and 190 pounds, Van Clief was fast, powerful, and tough. He won 10 New York State Full-Contact Karate Championships. He won ...

28. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

29. Iko Uwais

Actor | Serbuan maut 2: Berandal

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

30. Michael Bernardo

Actor | Batman & Robin

Michael Benardo started his martial arts training at the age of 8. His parents put him on to Judo, to gain self confidence, and from there he became interested in Karate at the same school. Michael trained at four schools and got his black belt from Richard Kim in California.

At the age of 17, he ...

31. Dolph Lundgren

Actor | Rocky IV

Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...

32. 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.

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

33. Bill Wallace

Actor | The Ultimate Throwdown

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace is a living legend in the world of martial arts and professional kickboxing. A pioneer in the sport, he began his martial arts career as a Karate point-fighter. He competed along with such immortals as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins. After an ...

34. Jin Zhang

Actor | Yi dai zong shi

Jin Zhang was born on May 19, 1974 in Chongqing, China. He is known for his work on The Grandmaster (2013), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) and Yip Man 3 (2015). He has been married to Ada Choi since January 12, 2008. They have two children.

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

35. 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, ...

Fast learner of martial arts skills.

36. 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).

37. Randy Couture

Actor | The Expendables 3

Randy Couture is a collegiate wrestler and fighter turned actor from Everett, Washington. He served as a four time US Olympic wrestling team alternate as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and is also a 6 time world heavyweight and light heavyweight UFC champion and Hall of Famer. He is a graduate of ...

38. 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), Cartels (2017) and Never Surrender (2009).

39. Billy Chow

Actor | Shu dan long wei

Billy Chow was born on August 24, 1958 in Canada. He is an actor, known for High Risk (1995), Chao ji xue xiao ba wang (1993) and Qi ji (1989).

40. Gina Carano

Actress | Haywire

From pioneering women's MMA to blazing a trail in movies, GINA CARANO is one of Hollywood's most unique rising stars. Carano began her training with Muay Thai to competitive MMA, where she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. Her popularity led to her being called the "Face of Women's MMA" and she ...

41. Karen Sheperd

Stunts | Mystery Men

Karen Sheperd is an American actress in film, television and theatre. Her recurring guest-star role as "The Enforcer" on television's "Hercules, The Legendary Journeys", opposite Kevin Sorbo, received the highest ratings ever for the entire series. Karen recently appeared on "Criminal Minds" with ...

42. T.J. Storm

Actor | Punisher: War Zone

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

43. 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 ...

44. 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 ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

45. J.J. Perry

Stunts | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

J.J. Perry started his martial arts training in 1975 and began with stunt-work in the late 1980s when he got out of the army. He has had over 24 years of martial arts training and has a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd-degree on Hapkido and has experience with all kinds of weapons. He ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

46. Wenzhuo Zhao

Actor | Su Qi-er

Wenzhuo Zhao was born on April 10, 1972 in Ning'an, Heilongjiang, China. He is an actor, known for Su Qi-er (2010), Yingxiong Zheng Chengong (2002) and Once Upon a Time in China V (1994).

47. 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).

Choreographs fights, Stunts, and parkour among other things.

48. Joe Taslim

Actor | Serbuan maut

Johannes Taslim or Joe Taslim (born 23 June 1981) is an Indonesian model, actor, and former Judo athlete. He became well known in the 2012 action film The Raid: Redemption.

Taslim was born in South Sumatera, Indonesia. He was exposed to martial arts at an early age. His martial arts training ...

49. Silvio Simac

Actor | Transporter 3

Silvio Simac, was born in Croatia. A dedicated martial artist, Silvio trained in Taekwondo and became a world champion during his competitive years. His film career began in 2001 on an episode of Lexx (1997). Silvio's martial arts background served him well for a part in the action film Undisputed ...

50. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

Fast learner of martial arts skills.

51. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

Fast learner of martial arts skills.

52. Olivier Gruner

Actor | Nemesis

Olivier Gruner was born on August 2, 1960 in Paris. His father was a successful surgeon with his own surgery practice. One of his brothers also became a surgeon and his younger brother became an engineer. When he was 18 years old, he joined the Marine Nationale, volunteering for their Commando ...

Designs/choreographs fight sequences for the movies.

53. Michele Krasnoo

Actress | Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Michele Krasnoo was born on July 1, 1974 in Culver City, California, USA. She is known for her work on Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994), Full Contact (1993) and Death Match (1994). She is married to Stephen Lax. They have three children.

54. 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 ...

55. Marko Zaror

Actor | Alita: Battle Angel

Marko Zaror Aguad (Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean martial arts action star and fight choreographer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. His career began as a young boy with a passion for martial arts and fighting, inspired by Bruce Lee. At the age of six he started training himself, and ...

56. 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 ...

57. Collin Chou

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

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

58. Yu-Hang To

Actor | Yip Man chin chyun

Yu-Hang To was born on January 1, 1981 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony. He is an actor, known for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010), Ip Man 2 (2010) and Yip Man (2008).

59. David Bradley

Actor | American Ninja 4: The Annihilation

David Bradley was born on October 2, 1953 in Texas, USA as Brad Simpson. He is an actor and writer, known for American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990), American Samurai (1992) and American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989).

60. 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 ...

61. Jeff Wincott

Actor | Original Pilot

Jeffrey Wincott (born May 8, 1956) is a Canadian actor and martial artist best known for his Gemini Award-nominated lead role in the television series Night Heat.

Wincott was also the star of several martial arts films in the 1990s. In 1996 he was named one of the "Martial Arts Movie Stars of the ...

62. Steve James

Actor | To Live and Die in L.A.

Steve James was often cast in action movies as the hero's sidekick, despite usually being a better actor and fighter than the star. James was raised in New York City, attended C.W. Post College as an Arts and Film major, and upon graduating, became involved in stage work and TV commercials. He ...

63. 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.

64. Taimak

Actor | The Last Dragon

Taimak was born on June 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Taimak Guarriello. He is known for his work on The Last Dragon (1985), Dreamers (1999) and Repeat Offenders: Jamais Vu (2011).

65. 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 ...

66. 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 ...

67. 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 ...

68. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | I Spy

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...

69. Jang Lee Hwang

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

Hwang Jang-Lee is the ultimate bootmaster. Known for his powerful and deadly kicks on screen as well as off, Hwang has a reputation as the Lord of the Superkickers. Born in Japan, Hwang's family moved back to their native Korea, where at the age of 14, Hwang began taking the national martial art of...

70. 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 ...

71. 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 ...

72. Robert Wall

Actor | Enter the Dragon

Robert Wall was born on August 22, 1939 in California, USA. He is known for his work on Enter the Dragon (1973), The Way of the Dragon (1972) and Game of Death (1978). He has been married to Lillian Prescott since November 16, 1968. They have two children.

73. Mike Moh

Actor | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Mike grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was inspired by one of his heroes, Jackie Chan, while working as a stuntman in Hong Kong on the film "Robin-B-Hood" to pursue a career in acting. Mike relocated to Los Angeles and landed roles in numerous commercials, TV shows, and films like "Street Fighter:...

74. Samantha Jo

Actress | Wonder Woman

Samantha Jo was born on March 29, 1991 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), Snow Steam Iron (2017) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011). She has been married to Allen Jo since May 14, 2011.

75. 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 ...

Fast learner of martial arts skills. Andy On was formally trained in martial arts only after he was in the movie industry. He fights in slick styles with swift speed in several movies.

76. 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 ...

77. Siu-Wong Fan

Actor | Lik wong

Siu-Wong Fan was born in Hong Kong in 1973, the son of 1970s kung fu film actor Mei-Sheng Fan. At the age of 14, Siu-Wong traveled to Xushou on the request of his father to take up martial arts because he was virtually a toothpick. There, Siu-Wong studied gymnastics, kung fu, and taekwondo. Fan ...

78. 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 ...

79. 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...

80. 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 ...

81. Fernando Chien

Actor | The Accountant

In 2010, Fernando turned his focus to his acting career, appearing as Fenroy in Gavin O'Connor's WARRIOR alongside Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte (who received an Academy Award nomination). The film has attained cult status and is currently #135 on IMDB's Top 250 films of all time.

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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. Rob Van Dam

Actor | 3-Headed Shark Attack

He was trained by the Original Sheik, Ed Farhat, who was one of pro-wrestling's classic and greatest bad guys. Even though their styles are quite different (Sheik being a wild hardcore-style brawler, known for throwing fire, cutting his opponent's forehead's up with foreign objects like a pencil, ...

84. Austin Wai

Actor | SPL: Sha po lang

Austin Wai was born on August 13, 1957 in Shandong, China as Wai Tin-Chi. He is known for his work on SPL: Sha po lang (2005), Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978) and Yi dai xiao xiong cao cao (1999). He was married to Ban Ban. He died on October 4, 2012 in Beijing, China.

85. Chia-Hui Liu

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Chia-Hui Liu was born on August 22, 1951 in Guangdong, China as Jin-Hsi Shin. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978).

86. 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 ...

87. John Liu

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

John Liu was born on May 20, 1944 in Taiwan. He is an actor and producer, known for Ying zhao tie bu shan (1977), Made in China (1982) and Ren quan wei zhen Ba Li (1981).

88. 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 ...

89. Morgan Benoit

Stunts | Into the Badlands

Morgan has been involved in the Chinese martial arts for 15 years. Following his passion, at age 18 he moved to China to study at the Beijing Sports University where he mastered Long Fist Kung Fu. Once ascending to the top of his class in just a couple of years, he was admitted to the prestigious ...

90. Conan Lee

Actor | Lethal Weapon 4

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

91. Tiger Shroff

Actor | Heropanti

Tiger Shroff was born on March 2, 1990 in Mumbai, India as Jai Hemant Shroff. He is an actor, known for Heroic Antics (2014), A Flying Jatt (2016) and Baaghi (2016).

92. 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 ...

93. JuJu Chan

Actress | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

JuJu Chan is a Chinese American action star graduated with a Masters degree from the prestigious NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (Film/TV). She is an award winning international movie actress, martial artist, Taekwon-Do (ITF) Hong Kong National athlete and medalist, Thai Boxing Champion, and Hong Kong...

94. 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 ...

95. 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 ...

96. 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 ...

97. 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 ...

98. Marrese Crump

Actor | Sultan

Marrese Crump was born on January 4th, 1982 in Lakeland, Florida. Grew up as an athlete,participating in the sports of basketball, football, track and martial arts. He started his training at the age of 7 when his brother introduced him to Master Kim-Jae. Marrese has studied Muay Thai, Capoeira, ...

99. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Robin Shou is the fourth child of a Shanghai tailor and homemaker. His family moved to the US in 1971. Their first home in Los Angeles was a 2 bedroom apartment near Olympic and Vermont, today known as Koreatown.

Shou didn't start attending martial arts classes until he was 19. He took Kenpo (Karate...

100. Jim-Yuen Yu

Actor | Shi fu chu ma

Jim-Yuen Yu was born on September 5, 1905 in Hong Kong, China. He was an actor, known for The Old Master (1979) and Jin dao guai ke (1968). He died on September 8, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Martial arts teacher/trainer of stars like Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, and Corey Yuen.



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