Hollywood's Top Black Martial Arts Actors under 40

by xstar-569-863407 | created - 01 Apr 2015 | updated - 28 Aug 2016 | Public

This is a list of the top African-American/Afro decent, actors in Hollywood who are currently martial arts stars, rising martial arts stars, or are highly trained in the martial arts under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2015.


1. Neil Brown Jr.

Actor | SEAL Team

Born in a rough neighborhood to strict, but loving parents. Neil Brown, Jr, who was a gifted martial artist and self proclaimed "knucklehead ", received his first role in film purely by chance, when a producer Patty Thomas Robinson walked into his karate Dojo looking for a kid to be in the TV ...

2. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

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

3. 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), Furious 7 (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

4. 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, ...

5. Daniel Graham

Stunts | Black Panther

Daniel Graham is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Jurassic World (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

6. Gui DaSilva-Greene

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

Gui DaSilva-Greene is known for his work on Captain America: Civil War (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Deadpool (2016).

7. Kinyumba Mutakabbir

Actor | Star

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

8. Damion Poitier

Stunts | Star Trek

Damion Poitier is known for his work on Star Trek (2009), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013).

9. Khalid Ghajji

Stunts | Black Panther

Khalid Ghajji is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Captain Marvel (2019).

10. Chris Jai Alex

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

Chris Jai Alex is from Lansing, Michigan. Chris was literally born into music. His mother, Gloria Sanford, was an aspiring artist since before his birth. With the exception of minor success and a star search appearance, she remained undiscovered. As the years passed she turned her attention over to...

11. Jordan Cann

Stunts | Straight Outta Compton

Jordan Cann was born on October 3rd to professional artist, Malcolm and R.N. Sandra Cann. He was raised on the rough streets of Queens, NY and it was not until the age of 7 when he relocated to Hampton, VA, where he discovered his first talent, dance. He began watching all the legends, such as ...

12. Narayana Cabral

Stunts | Spy VS Spy

Narayana Cabral was born and raised in Southern California. Throughout his years spent in this movie bound state he developed a great love for film. This love for film translated into what Narayana now calls his dream.

At a very young age Narayana discovered his talent for the martial arts and ...

13. Jay Hawkins

Stunts | Into the Badlands

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

14. Precious Jenkins

Stunts | Black Panther

Preshas Jenkins is an accomplished, highly sought-after, martial artist, stuntman and stunt coordinator. In addition to others, Preshas is best known for his work on "Straight Outta Compton", "Pirates of the Caribbean", and "Transformers". Throughout his 20 year career as a well-rounded, veteran ...

15. Michael Antonio

Actor | Night of The Living Dead Girl

Michael Antonio is known for his work on Die Fighting (2014), From Paris to Rome (2016) and Pride of the Fist.

16. Ricky Barksdale

Stunts | Black Panther

Ricky Barksdale is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Glass (2019) and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017).

17. Eric Watson

Stunts | Black Panther

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

18. Jaton Justice

Stunts | The Hunt

Jaton Justice is known for his work on The Hunt (2013), The Wedding Invitation (2017) and Book of Fire (2015).

19. Philip Michael

Actor | Mamma Mia!

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

20. Tyron Woodley

Stunts | Olympus Has Fallen

Tyron Woodley is known for his work on Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Sultan (2016) and The Equalizer 2 (2018).

21. Rashad Evans

Actor | Warrior

Rashad Evans was born on September 25, 1979 in Niagara Falls, New York, USA as Rashad Anton Evans. He is an actor, known for Warrior (2011), Locked Down (2010) and Vengeance (2006). He has been married to LaToya Brown since July 2007. They have two children.

22. Anderson Silva

Actor | Never Surrender

Anderson is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva was the UFC's longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound ...

23. Larnell Stovall

Stunts | Sultan

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).

24. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

Actor | The A-Team

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was born on June 20, 1978 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He is an actor, known for The A-Team (2010), The Midnight Meat Train (2008) and Miss March (2009).

25. Marco Johnson

Actor | The Legend of Kung Funk

Marco Johnson, son of Willie 'The Bam' Johnson, is a great martial artist, who grew up in a neighborhood filled with violence. With the help and guidance of his father, Marco became a rising star in the world of martial arts. Marco won the World Championship Title in Junior Traditional Forms and ...

26. David Douglas

Actor | La La Land

La La Land, Terminator Salvation, Westworld, SWAT. Those are just a few of the productions David Douglas has appeared in during his over twenty years in the acting industry. The youngest of Henley and Doreen Douglas' eight children, David Henley Douglas was born in San Jose, California. Growing up ...

27. Shane Warren Jones

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Shane Warren Jones was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.After Graduating from Baylor University in 2005 he moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in Acting. Since then he's worked as an actor on Spike Tv's "Deadliest Warrior", "All My Children", J.J Abram's "Fringe" as well as ...

28. Lucky Davis

Actor | Black Dynamite

Lucky Davis is known for his work on Black Dynamite (2009), Bad Words (2013) and Southland (2009).

29. Luke Broadlick

Actor | Magic Mike XXL

Luke Broadlick is a multi-talented entertainer. He moved to Los Angeles to become an actor and became that and so much more. At the age of 14, Luke booked a national commercial following his first audition, leading him to guest star roles and TV spots. At 16, Luke was a six-time (ISKA) and 13-time ...

30. Aaron Toney

Stunts | Black Panther

Aaron Toney is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

31. Phillipos Haile

Stunts | Straight Outta Compton

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

32. Laurent Plancel

Actor | Jailbreak

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

He ...

33. Coley Speaks

Actor | Seven Seconds

Coley Mustafa Speaks is an American actor, writer and producer. He is best known for his compelling role as "Messiah" in Netflix's hit series, Seven Seconds (2018), and as "Kevin Gaines" in USA's hit series, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018)

Originally from Booker T. ...

34. Aaron Joshua

Stunts | Black Panther

Aaron Joshua is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), The First Purge (2018) and Okja (2017).

35. Cali Nelle

Stunts | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Franck "Cali" Nelle was born and raised in Paris. At age 16, he started learning martial arts, more specifically Taekwondo where he developed this incredible vertical jump he's known for. Then he taught Taekwondo,for over 10 years. At 19 years, he got in body popping, locking and break-dancing. In ...

36. R. Marcos Taylor

Actor | Straight Outta Compton

At five years old, all Marcos wanted to become was Superman. When he realized that couldn't happen, he decided taking Karate lessons was the next best thing. Marcos went on to earn a black belt in Karate, but along the way he began developing a love for various martial art forms. In addition to ...

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