Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 18

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 10 Oct 2016 | updated - 16 Oct 2017 | 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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


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I have begun crediting stunt performers for doubling others in fight scenes. I justify doing this for cases wherein the stunt performer is performing significant parts of the action themselves and is displayed on the screen as prominently or more than the actor or actress.

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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.

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**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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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Many, many thanks to ANIMESLOVERS for their contributions to this list. In addition to general research, entries 1-40 were all suggested by them.

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1. Isha Koppikar

Actress | Don

Coming from a Konkani-speaking Mangalorean family of learned academicians, Isha has herself completed a course in Life Sciences from Ruia College, and was born on September 19, 1976 in Bombay, India. She has a younger brother.

After completing her college course, she contested the 1995 Miss India ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan)

Trivia: is also a women's self-defense instructor

Best seen in SHABRI

2. Shannon Lee

Actress | Blade

Shannon Emery Lee (born April 19, 1969) is an American actress, martial artist and businesswoman. She is the daughter of late martial arts film star Bruce Lee and retired martial arts teacher Linda Lee Cadwell, the granddaughter of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-Chuen, and the younger sister of ...

Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kickboxing

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Richard Bustillo, Ted Wong, Tan Dao-Liang, Eric Chen, and Benny Urquidez

Best seen in ENTER THE EAGLES

3. Shilpa Shetty Kundra

Actress | Phir Milenge

Among very few actresses, Shilpa Shetty was nominated for her first film Baazigar (1993). The following year she delivered another blockbuster hit Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) where she starred with Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. However, the proceeding years her movies failed to succeed at the ...

Shotokan Karate (4th Dan)

Trivia: also enjoys baseball, volleyball, and dancing

Best seen in BHALEVADIVI BASU

4. 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 Heropanti (2014), A Flying Jatt (2016) and Baaghi (2016).

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan [honorary]), Wushu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 14

Best seen in A FLYING JATT

5. Saif Ali Khan

Actor | Kal Ho Naa Ho

Saif is the son of Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and Indian cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan.

Both his grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, and father were professional cricketers. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, an actress within her own rights. He has two sisters, Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan,...

Kickboxing

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Ziauddin Khatib

Best seen in REHNAA HAI TERRE DIL MEIN

6. Booboo Stewart

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Booboo Stewart was thrust into the spotlight with his winning the coveted role of Seth Clearwater in the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and reprising the role in both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). At age 10 Booboo began his...

Shotokan Karate, Kenpo, Fut Sau Kune Do (2-time TPA Champion)

Trivia: is a celebrity ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Best seen in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

7. Scott Caan

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Scott Caan is the son of tough guy actor James Caan. While it is obvious that he admires tough method actors like Marlon Brando and Sean Penn, Scott also has a strong egalitarian streak, evidenced by his reasoning for baring his body in films. He is quoted as saying that originally only the women ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 15 years

Best seen in HAWAII FIVE-O

8. Calista Carradine

Actress | Mata Hari

Calista Carradine was born on April 27, 1962 in Hampton, Virginia, USA as Calista Miranda Carradine. She is an actress, known for Mata Hari, The Killing Machine (1994) and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993).

Shaolin Kung Fu, Kickboxing

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Michael Dawson, Mike Vendrelle, Rob Moses, Kisu, and Mike Marshal

Best seen in KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

9. Frank Grillo

Actor | The Grey

The oldest of three children, Frank Grillo was born in New York City, to an Italian-American family. He grew up in upstate New York, and got his first taste of acting in high school where he was in many plays. Frank was also a gifted athlete and his dream was to play sports professionally. Frank ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Rickson Gracie

Best seen in WARRIOR

10. Neil Newbon

Actor | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Neil was born and grew up in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. He is the son of Sports Presenter and Producer Gary Newbon and Katie Newbon. He is the twin brother of Laurence Newbon and older brother of Claire Newbon. He is based in London and Los Angeles and works in Film, TV, Theatre and High profile ...

HONORARY ENTRY

Wada-Ryu Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Shaolin Kung Fu, Fu Jow Pai, She Quan, Crane Kung Fu, Sanjero

Trivia: also trains with the boken and nunchuka

11. Dylan Sprayberry

Actor | Teen Wolf

Dylan Sprayberry is an American actor and musician known for Man of Steel (2013), Teen Wolf (2011), Shuffle (2011) and Old Dogs (2009). Dylan attended West University Elementary until 2005 when his family moved to California. He has a younger sister, Ellery Sprayberry, who is also an actress. His ...

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: also enjoys painting

Best seen in TEEN WOLF

12. Cam Caddell

Actress | Selfie

Cam Caddell is known for her work on Selfie (2014), The Classroom (2014) and Sins of the Father (2015).

Karate, Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Mike Chat, Tyler Weaver, and Kevin Kowalczik

Best seen in SINS OF THE FATHER

13. William Brent

Actor | You Again

William Brent was born in Palm Beach County, Florida, on October 15, 1995. He and his family moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2006. He quickly began his career working in television, film, and motion capture. Having trained in gymnastics and martial arts at a young age, William began doing his own ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: also enjoys surfing

Best seen in LAB RATS

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; Canada Open Gold & Bronze medalist; US Open Gold, Silver [2x] & Bronze [2x] medalist; Gyeong Ju Women's Open Bronze medalist; Korea Open Gold, Silver [2x] & Bronze medalist; Pan Am Games Gold & Bronze medalist; Pan Am Champion; University Games Bronze medalist; Dutch Open Gold medalist; Spanish Open Gold medalist; Common Wealth Champion; German Open Bronze medalist; European Championships Bronze medalist; World Grand Prix Silver & Bronze medalist; Turkish Open Bronze medalist; Canadian Olympic Team member), Hapkido, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Kali

Trivia: was named MVP of the 2002 Junior National Championships and the 2006 Senior National Championships

Best seen in LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

15. Jade Xu

Actress | Tai ji 1: Cong ling kai shi

Jade Xu is an actress, known for Tai Chi Zero (2012) and Tai Chi 2: The Hero Rises (2012).

Wushu (3-time WWC Champion; Olympic Tournament Gold & Silver medalist), Tai Chi (2-time European Gold medalist)

Trivia: is also a recipient of the FIWUK Best Athlete Award

Best seen in TAI CHI HERO

16. Sascha Raeburn

Actress | Lost in LA

Sascha Raeburn is an award winning Australian actress. Her web series, Lost in LA which she wrote, produced and directed received world wide recognition by picking up awards for Best Comedy Series, Best Writing and Best Leading Actress at the Los Angeles Web Series Festival and won the People's ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan; AFC Gold medalist), Capoeira (blue/red belt), Wing Chun, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kumdo (orange belt)

Trivia: is self-taught in use of the bo, sai, and nunchukas

Best seen in NINJA GIRL PAYBACK

17. Julie Estelle

Actress | Serbuan Maut 2: Berandal

Julie Estelle has two older sisters, her older sister Cathy Sharon is also an actress, Julie was born to a French father and Indonesian mother, she gained more fame after starring at Gareth Evans' The Raid movies, through that movies she attended international film festival such as Sundace Film ...

Silat

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Yayan Ruhian

Best seen in THE RAID 2

18. Heidi Germaine Schnappauf

Stunts | Blindspot

Heidi Germaine Schnappauf is known for her work on Blindspot (2015), Daredevil (2015) and Money Monster (2016).

Shorinji Kempo, Shorin-Ryu & Washin-Ryu Karate, Aikido, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Kobudo, Iaido

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Sensei Carl Long

Best seen in BLINDSPOT

19. Niharica Raizada

Actress | The Perfect Murder

Niharica Raizada is an actress, known for The Perfect Murder (2019), Warrior Savitri (2016) and Masaan (2015).

Shotokan Karate (brown belt), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 12

Best seen in WARRIOR SAVITRI

20. Maria Tran

Actress | Hit Girls

Maria Tran is an Australian-born Vietnamese actress, martial artist, producer, writer and director.

She is known for developing the martial arts action film genre in Australia via the Asian diaspora communities of Western Sydney through her shorts such as Hit Girls, Gaffa, Enter The Dojo; her ...

Tae Kwon Do (WTF Champion), Shaolin Kung Fu, Vovinam

Trivia: is also the workshop facilitator and screen acting trainer of Dong Thanh Alliance Martial Arts

Best seen in ENTER THE DRAGON

21. Pim Bubear

Actress | The Asian Connection

Pim Bubear is an actress, known for The Asian Connection (2016), Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) and Strike Back (2010).

Kenpo

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor

Best seen in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS 2

22. Tae-mi

Actress | Hilleo

Tae-mi was born on April 23, 1990 in Namyangju, Korea as Kyung-Sook Kim. She is an actress, known for Healer (2014), The Kick (2011) and My Sassy Girl (2017).

Tae Kwon Do (WTF Champion)

Trivia: is the public relations ambassador of the Pocheon World Taekwondo University

Best seen in THE KICK

23. Cecep Arif Rahman

Actor | John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

He is a respected Pencak Silat trainer who toured Europe and was one of the Pencak Silat fighters documented by European Pencak Silat website Saudara Kaum (France). He has a proficiency in the school of Silat Cimande and Panglipur Garut. On an interview with the Indonesian media, he said that he is...

Silat (Indonesian National Champion)

Trivia: is the former leader of the Himpunan Pencak Silat Panglipur school of Garut, West Java

Best seen in THE RAID 2

24. Livi Zheng

Producer | Brush with Danger

Livi Zheng is a producer and director, known for Brush with Danger (2015), Insight and Legend of the East (2014).

Karate (US Open, Shorinryu Open & WSKFIT Champion)

Trivia: is a former member of the Washington State Karate Team

Best seen in BRUSH WITH DANGER

25. Zoe Zhang

Actress | Sap ji sang ciu

Zoe Zhang was born as Mengyu Zhang. She is an actress, known for Chinese Zodiac (2012), Skiptrace (2016) and Jackie Chan Presents: Amnesia (2015).

Tae Kwon Do (Chinese National Champion; Chinese National Team member)

Trivia: is an alumnus of the Beijing Sport University

Best seen in CHINESE ZODIAC

26. Sharon Taylor

Actress | Bad Blood

Sharon Taylor was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Simon Fraser University, and worked extensively in theatre for many years before making the leap to TV and Film.

Sharon has trained in martial arts for over 15 years and ...

Karate (2nd Dan)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 15 years

Best seen in STARGATE: ATLANTIS

27. Alina Andrei

Stunts | Transformers

Fell in love with the art of acting, sword-fighting, and stunts during her junior year at Kettering University (formerly GMI Engineering & Management Institute) in Michigan while studying for her undergrad in Business Management and Marketing. For the last 18 years, she has been continuously ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Savate

Trivia: is also trained in use of swords, the quarterstaff and bo staff, and the bullwhip

Best seen in BARE KNUCKLES

28. Miranda Kwok

Writer | The 100

Motorcyclist. Black Belt Martial Artist. Captain of the Rugby Team. Miranda tackles any challenge that presents itself -- from jumping out of an airplane to counseling at a crisis center to backpacking across China in search of a lost bloodline. Miranda's journey into the arts began at the age of ...

Wushu, Do Pi, Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar, Kickboxing

Trivia: studies the martial arts under Eric and Paul Chan

Best seen in RIDE OR DIE

29. Preity Zinta

Actress | Veer-Zaara

Preity Zinta shot to fame as the refreshing, cool, wet model in the Liril commercial. She also modeled for Perk and her dimpled smile won the hearts of millions. Preity never thought she would be an actress. Kapoor saw her in the Liril commercial and liked her so much that he instantly decided that...

Karate

Trivia: studied criminal psychology before pursuing an acting career

Best seen in LAKSHAYA

30. Tiger Hu Chen

Stunts | The Matrix Reloaded

Tiger Hu Chen was born on March 3, 1975 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Man of Tai Chi (2013) and The Matrix (1999).

Wushu (Chinese National Champion; Sichuan Team member)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 18

Best seen in MAN OF TAI CHI

31. Philip Sahagun

Stunts | Deadliest Warrior

Beginning his martial arts training at an early age, Philip is an accomplished martial arts champion in both forms and fighting. With an extensive background in Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing, Wushu and Shaolin Kung Fu, Philip is a 7-time National Level Weapons Champion and a 3-Time International Level ...

Kenpo, Kickboxing, Wushu, Luohan Quan, Liu He Men, Changquan

Trivia: is also a performer with Cirque du Soleil

Best seen in NINJITO

32. Seiji Sakaguchi

Actor | Forced Vengeance

Seiji Sakaguchi was born on February 17, 1942 in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. He is an actor, known for Forced Vengeance (1982) and World Wrestling Federation (1973).

Judo (7th Dan; WJC Bronze medalist; Tournoi de Paris Gold medalist; All-Japan Gold, Silver [2x] & Bronze medalist)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and 15-time champion

Best seen in FORCED VENGEANCE

33. Celina Jade

Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists

Celina Horan, professionally known as Celina Jade, is a Chinese American actress, model, singer/songwriter and martial artist most known for her work as "Shado" in the CW series Arrow. Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary ...

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: also practices archery

Best seen in ARROW

34. Bao Xian Fei

Producer | Wolf

Bao Xian Fei is an actor and producer, known for Wolf (2013), Rabat (2011) and Fighting Fish (2004).

Wushu (WWC Gold [3x], Siver [3x] & Bronze [2x] medalist; EWC Gold [8x] & Silver medalist)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 4

Best seen in FIGHTING FISH

35. Emma Elmes

Actress | The Blazing Cannons

Emma Elmes is known for her work on The Blazing Cannons (2017) and On the Ropes (2011).

Tang Soo Do, Karate, Judo, Kickboxing (US Open & Southern Open Champion; FSK, British Masters, Six Foot Series & WAKO Champion)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor

Best seen in ON THE ROPES

36. 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...

Northern Shaolin (World Silver Cup Champion), Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Kali

Trivia: initially worked on films as a grip, eventually graduating to larger roles when a director asked him to help choreograph a fight scene

Best seen in RAPID FIRE

37. Svitlana Zavialova

Actress | Kung Fu Traveler

Svitlana is a Ukrainian born actress and visionary performance artist. She is an International Kung Fu Champion and is known as Wu Woman for developing her own innovative Kung fu style inspired by the complexities of human consciousness translated into physical movement. She began her acting career...

Wushu (WWC Champion)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor

Best seen in WARRIOR'S GATE

38. Ing-Sik Whang

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Ing-Sik Whang is a Grandmaster of hapkido and a student of legendary hapkido Grandmaster Ji Han-jae (generally regarded as one of the two "fathers" of hapkido). For those who may be unaware, hapkido is a Korean martial art employing both grappling and striking techniques to disable an opponent.

To ...

Hapkido (10th Dan)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, and owner of the Eagle Hapkido Academy of Toronto

Best seen in HAPKIDO

39. Mariah Moore

Actress | Dirty Bomb

Mariah Moore is known for her work on Dirty Bomb (2012) and Cabin Cast (2008).

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kyokushin Karate (2nd Dan; 10-time IHF Champion; 2-time Michigan Cup Champion; 3-time DDCC Champion; 3-time WWD Champion; Texas Open, Spirit of Detroit, GLKC & NAIKC Champion), Arnis Sikaran (28-time GSBA Champion; 34-time WEKAF Champion)

Trivia: is also a motivational speaker

Best seen in DIRTY BOMB

40. Megan Le

Actress | Medical Police

A dancer since the age of three, Megan Le's professional career began at the age of ten in equity theatre in her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. Her adolescent years on stage and in front of a camera were her training grounds in commercial, print, theatre and musical theatre, performing ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also trained in fencing

Best seen in BATTLE B-BOY

41. Amitabh Bachchan

Actor | Black

Son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. He has a brother named Ajitabh. He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star, in vain though, as film-makers preferred someone with a fairer skin, and he was not quite fair enough. But ...

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Chitah Yajness Shetty

Best seen in DEEWAR

42. Michael Nyqvist

Actor | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. ...

Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: also studies boxing

Best seen in JOHN WICK

43. Salman Khan

Actor | Sultan

Born on December 27, 1965 Salman Khan is the son of the legendary writer Salim Khan, who penned many super-hits in the yesteryear's like Sholay (1975), Deewaar (1975), and Don (1978). Salman started his acting carrier in 1988 by doing a supporting role in the movie Biwi Ho To Aisi (1988). The ...

Kalaripayattu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has also studied wrestling

Best seen in SULTAN

44. Nikitin Dheer

Actor | Chennai Express

Nikitin Dheer is an actor, known for Chennai Express (2013), Jodhaa Akbar (2008) and Mission Istaanbul: Darr Ke Aagey Jeet Hai! (2008).

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: has also undergone Black Cat commando training

Best seen in MISSION ISTAANBUL

45. Fivel Stewart

Actress | Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft

Fivel Stewart was born on November 4, 1996 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Trent Heaven Stewart. She is an actress, known for Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2013), Freeze (2013) and Pit Fighter (2005).

Shotokan Karate, Kenpo (2-time TPA Champion)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 7

Best seen in HANSEL & GRETEL: WARRIORS OF WITCHCRAFT

46. Nils Allen Stewart

Actor | Space Cowboys

Nils Allen Stewart is known for his work on Space Cowboys (2000), The Scorpion King (2002) and Planet of the Apes (2001). He is married to Renee Steward. They have four children.

Kenpo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a former professional wrestler

Best seen in BALLISTIC

47. Alex O'Loughlin

Actor | Hawaii Five-0

The Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin was born in August 1976.

Alex started out his film career in 2004, when he starred in Oyster Farmer (2004) as Jack Flange. The following year, he returned to the big screen as Michael Carter in Feed (2005), a movie that he also co-produced and helped write. Also ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: attends Egan Inoue's Grappling Unlimited Academy of Hawaii

Best seen in HAWAII FIVE-O

48. Mike Dawson

Stunts | The Scorpion King

Michael Dawson (or often simply, "Mike" Dawson - as many of his friends refer to him) was born in Hawthorne, California and grew up in Southern California. Michael developed his chief interest of martial arts at an early age, an interest which has been since parlayed into a fairly diverse career in...

Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Trivia: has appeared in over 140 onscreen fights

Best seen in KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

49. Raymond Chan

Stunts | I, Robot

Raymond Chan is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), Godzilla (2014) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Muay Thai

Trivia: has also studied boxing

Best seen in LAS VEGAS WARRIOR

50. Ming-Na Wen

Actress | Mulan

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...

Wushu

Trivia: is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University

Best seen in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

51. Mohammed J. Ali

Stunts | Joker

Mohammed J. Ali was born on August 14, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Joker (2019), Good Time (2017) and Glass (2019).

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor

Best seen in BITE NITE

52. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actress | Jodhaa Akbar

Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...

Shito-Ryu Karate

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Master "Karate" Ramesh

Best seen in ENTHIRAN

53. Ryan Pinkston

Self | Punk'd

Ryan Pinkston was born on February 8, 1988 in Silver Spring, Maryland to parents Linda and Mark. He studied karate from age 4 and by 9 had earned his second degree in Wushu and first degree in Tae Kwon Do. He holds World Titles in the United States, France, Canada, and Central America, including ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan; NASKA Champion), Wushu

Trivia: won his first world title at age 12

Best seen in SPY KIDS 3D

54. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker, and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania, and at that same age, entered Edinboro ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Jhoon Rhee

Best seen in TOTAL RECALL

55. Catherine Bell

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Catherine was born in London, but she moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of two. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a girl, she acted in various TV advertisements. She went to UCLA to study biology/ pre-medicine, but she dropped out to become a model in Japan. ...

Kickboxing

Trivia: also enjoys marksmanship

Best seen in JAG

56. Sunil Shetty

Actor | Main Hoon Na

Sunil Shetty made his debut in 1992 with Balwaan (1992), which was not a major hit. Yet his great acting skills got noticed. For two years success eluded him until action thriller Mohra (1994) came along in 1994. Then followed his success streak with a comical film Gopi Kishan (1994) in which he ...

Judo, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also the captain of the Mumbai Heroes cricket team

Best seen in JUDGE MUJIRIM

57. Salim Ghouse

Actor | Kalyug

Alumnus, The Film & Television Institute of India, Pune

Theatre: English Actor / Director / Mentor / Writer / Designer: The Phoenix Players Mumbai since 1984

International Theatre Festivals: "Troubadour", a solo play, based on the writings of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi at Edinburgh [2004] Dublin [2005] ...

Goju-Ryu Karate, Kalaripayattu

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor

Best seen in KOYLA

58. Master Toddy

Actor | Sword of Honor

Master Toddy was born in Bangkok, Thailand as Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana. He is an actor, known for Sword of Honor (1996), Fight Girls (2006) and My Morphin Life (2014).

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, having trained Gina Carano, Randy Couture, Stephan Bonnar, Chuck Liddel, and Dale Cook, among others

Best seen in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN

59. Terence J. Rotolo

Stunts | The Scorpion King

Terence J. Rotolo was born on May 18, 1966 as Terence James Rotolo. He is known for his work on The Scorpion King (2002), Dead Rising (2006) and The Rundown (2003).

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Kendo, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: also practices archery and marksmanship

Best seen in MASKED RIDER

60. Josie Murray

Actress | Decommissioned

Josie Murray is an actress, known for Decommissioned (2016), Kill Factor (2010) and Too School for Cool (2014).

Muay Thai

Trivia: also enjoys long boarding, volleyball, and swimming

Best seen in KILL FACTOR

61. Inga Van Ardenn

Actress | The Adventures of Superseven

Inga Van Ardenn is known for her work on The Adventures of Superseven (2011), Crossing Shadows (2015) and Lockhart: Unleashing the Talisman (2016).

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; 5-time European Champion), Kickboxing

Trivia: is the director of the Belgium National Taekwondo Demonstration Team

Best seen in THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate (8th Dan; All-American, Canadian International, Greater New York Metropolitan & Boston Invitational Champion; USA Karate & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was the founder of the Ronin Shotokan Karate-Do Dojo of New York City

Best seen in ANGEL WITH A KICK

63. Gary Quay

Actor | Stealth

Gary Quay is an actor and producer, known for Stealth (2005), Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010) and Nekrotronic (2018).

Karate, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Muay Thai

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, affiliated with Black Lotus Martial Arts Association

Best seen in DRAGON MASTER

64. Cha-Lee Yoon

Stunts | Skyfall

Cha-Lee Yoon is known for his work on Skyfall (2012), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017).

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 3

Best seen in ONE MILLION K(L)ICKS

65. Tae-joo Na

Actor | Pan

Tae-joo Na is an actor, known for Pan (2015), The Kick (2011) and Hi-eo-ro (2010).

Tae Kwon Do (Dong-A University Champion)

Trivia: is a member of the Kyunghee University Taekwondo Department

Best seen in THE KICK

66. David Torok

Stunts | Kung Fury 2

David Torok is a German born actor and international martial arts champion, who has worked with some of the top names in the action movie industry such as Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung. David has also been a performer in Cirque Du Soleil's blockbuster show 'KA' at the MGM Grand in Las ...

Shaolin Kung Fu, Wushu

Trivia: is the coach of the Berlin Wushu Team

Best seen in CHINESE ZODIAC

67. Steve Coleman

Stunts | 6 Underground

Steve Coleman was born in Kettering, England in 1981 (full name Steven Roy Coleman). His primary discipline is Wushu in which has been British and European Wushu Champion, and World Chin Woo Champion. Steve began his career in 1999 appearing in the music video Elvis Presley Vs JXL "A Little Less ...

Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Sanshou, Chin Woo (2-time CWWC Champion), Wushu (13-time British National Champion; British National Team member)

Trivia: is also a personal trainer

Best seen in ON THE ROPES

68. Brett Chan

Stunts | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Brett Chan is known for his work on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), I, Robot (2004) and Push (2009).

Shotokan Karate (7th Dan), Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Kali

Trivia: is also a personal trainer and sports massage therapist

Best seen in BLADE: TRINITY

69. Manny Ayala

Stunts | John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Manny Ayala is known for his work on John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019), Sabotage (2014) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also trained in usage of guns, knives, Nunchakus, and swords

Best seen in THE NINJA WAY

70. Serje Basi

Stunts | The Predator

Born and raised in Calgary Alberta he chose to move to Toronto in 2007 to pursue a career in acting. Before moving to Toronto he did various activities such as a brief stint with the Calgary colts(cjfl) in 2003,as well as 2 years in the Canadian military reserve medical unit. Growing up he took ...

Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kali

Trivia: is a former football player, having played for the Calgary Colts during the 2003 season

Best seen in FIGHT

71. Alan Delabie

Actor | Bloodslinger

Alan Delabie, a merchant's son, could have chosen the same destiny as his parents. After seeing his older brother become a fight champion and watching Bruce Lee's films Alan quickly developed a passion for practicing martial arts. It was then, at the age of 11, he started training in Shotokan ...

Karate

Trivia: studied the martial arts under William Delval and Claude Goetz

Best seen in ANATOMY OF AN ANTI-HERO

72. Matt Berberi

Stunts | Logan

Matt Berberi is known for his work on Logan (2017), Hotel Artemis (2018) and Ant-Man (2015).

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Judo, Aikido, Wushu, Kendo

Trivia: also practices Greco-Roman wrestling

Best seen in INTO THE BADLANDS

73. Hugh Cha

Actor | The Destined King

Hugh Cha was born in Incheon, South Korea and was raised by his mom in America while his dad worked in Korea to support the family. He is an actor, singer and dancer who started his career as a professional break dancer or 'bboy' in college. He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Karate

Trivia: has also been trained in military combat

Best seen in THE DESTINED KING

74. Kwok-Kwan Chan

Actor | Kung fu

Kwok-Kwan Chan was born on August 1, 1975 in Hong Kong. He is an actor, known for Kung Fu Hustle (2004), Ip Man 3 (2015) and Shaolin Soccer (2001).

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: is bilingual, speaking both Mandarin and Cantonese

Best seen in THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE

75. Demetrius Angelo

Stunts | Gotham

Demetrius Angelo, born in our Nation's Capital in the 1960's among the residue of the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, his father was one of the first Blacks to integrate the Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Department which meant "Trouble" was not an option . In 1973, Demetrius began ...

Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Arnis, Kali, Kobudo

Trivia: is also an instructor at the NYC Action Actors Academy

Best seen in 3 X HARDER

76. Carmine Downey

Stunts | Fair Fight: DC Tribute

Carmine Downy is one of the foremost experts in close quarters unarmed and blade combatives. He served as a U.S. Army Special Forces "Green Beret" on an Elite H.A.L.O. team; then a career as a Tactical Team member for the Federal Government. He holds Instructor credentials in U.S. Army H2H Combat; ...

Sanshou, Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Karate, Jujitsu, Judo, Kobudo, Kendo, Escrima

Trivia: is a former U.S. Army Green Beret and combat instructor

Best seen in FAIR FIGHT: DC TRIBUTE

77. Kevin Barile

Stunts | Breaking Out

Kevin Barile is known for his work on Breaking Out (2010), The Bourne Elimination (2015) and Mendavo (2013).

Wushu

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, and teaches at the Shaolin Wushu Center of West Los Angeles

Best seen in SAMURAI COP 2

78. Chucky 'Lee' Currie

Actor | Cyber-Tracker 2

Chucky 'Lee' Currie is an actor, known for Cyber-Tracker 2 (1995).

Tae Kwon Do (WTC & US National Champion; Battle of Atlanta, USA Top Ten Nationals, Long Beach International, West Coast Nationals, LA Open & Hollywood Action Contest Champion; Masters Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is one of the fastest kickers in the U.S., with a wheel kick timed at 76 MPH

Best seen in ENTER THE TIGER

79. Dan Chupong

Actor | Ong-bak

Dan Chupong was born on March 23, 1981 in Kalasin Province, Thailand. He is known for his work on Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003), Ong-bak 3 (2010) and Born to Fight (2004).

Muay Thai

Trivia: also practices gymnastics

Best seen in BORN TO FIGHT

80. Federico Berte

Stunts | The Post

Federico Berte is known for his work on The Post (2017), Gotham (2014) and Cartel: Brothers (2016).

Wushu, Kobudo

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, teaching at the Dragons Martial Arts school of West Hills, CA

Best seen in FRONTAL LOBE

81. Igor Jijikine

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Igor Jijikine is a Russian-American actor best known for his powerful scenes opposite Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

He was born Igor Zhizhikin, in 1965, in Russia. Young Igor was fond of movies and acting; he was also a good sportsmen. He attended the ...

Sambo

Trivia: is a veteran of the Soviet Union's Red Army

Best seen in INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

82. Chi Ling Chiu

Actor | Kung fu

Chi Ling Chiu was born in 1943 in Hong Kong. He is an actor, known for Kung Fu Hustle (2004), Journey to the West (2013) and 2054: A Princess, A Soldier, and A Tailor (2018).

Hung Gar

Trivia: is the founder of the Chiu Chi Ling Hung Gar Kung Fu Association

Best seen in KUNG FU HUSTLE

83. Craig Robert Bruss

Actor | The Match-Stick Flame

Craig Robert Bruss was born on August 19, 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Craig Bruss. He is known for his work on The Match-Stick Flame, The Match-Stick Flame 2 (2020) and The Match-Stick Flame Prolouge (2018).

Tae Kwon Do, San Soo, Jeet Kune Do, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: studies the martial arts under Dan Inosanto

Best seen in in SAMURAI COP 2

84. David Sakurai

Actor | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

David Sakurai was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the age of 18, he moved to Japan where he received his theatrical training and honed his skills in the indie film scene in Tokyo.

After relocating back to Denmark in 2008, Sakurai proved himself a strong, versatile actor having been cast in a variety...

Muay Thai

Trivia: is tri-lingual, speaking Danish, English, and Japanese

Best seen in ECHOES OF A RONIN

85. Shuny Bee

Producer | Gorkha rakshyak

Shuny Bee is an actor and producer, known for Gorkha Protector (2012) and Janbaaz (1986).

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors entry), Jeet Kune Do, Kali

Trivia: is the president of the World United Taekwondo Association

Best seen in JANBAAZ

86. D.Y. Sao

Stunts | The Scuttlebutt Assassins

Born in Cambodia and raised in Long Beach, California, D.Y. started learning martial arts on his own at the age of seven by imitating Jet Li and Jackie Chan. At 21 he was introduced to Chinese martial arts at the Southern California Wushu Academy eventually earning numerous medals and honors ...

Wushu (US National Champion; US National Team member)

Trivia: is a member of the Kung Fu Heroes demonstration team

Best seen in WAR MACHINE

HONORARY ENTRY

Sumo (record: 418-459-4), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-4)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and 3-time champion with HUSTLE and NJPW

88. Mark Strange

Stunts | RED 2

Mark Strange's extensive experience in martial arts spans over 24 years. Drawing upon his considerable skills and natural performing style as a talented martial artist, Mark turned to acting and action performing and has worked on a number of feature films along side Jackie Chan, Cary Tagawa, ...

Sanshou (British National Champion), Chin Woo (British National Champion), Wing Chun, Tai Chi

Trivia: is the founder of the Leyland Martial Arts Academy

Best seen in UNDERGROUND

89. Joe Hallett

Stunts | Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist

Joseph James Hallett was born on August 16th 1991 in Yeovil, Somerset, England. At the age of 7 years old he took up training in Martial Arts predominantly Freestyle Kickboxing. After his first class in this combat sport he never looked back. He started travelling the country entering numerous ...

Kickboxing (3-time WAKO Champion; WPKA Champion)

Trivia: is the founder of the Team Resurrection performance group

Best seen in GREEN STREET 3

90. Aaron Ly

Actor | Zhan lang II

Aaron Ly is known for his work on Wolf Warrior 2 (2017).

Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Wushu

Trivia: is also trained in the use of the saber, spear, katana, staff, and bow

Best seen in DRAGONBALL Z: THE SAIYAN SAGA

91. David Cheung

Actor | Mortdecai

David Cheung is a Hong Kong Chinese Action Actor, Martial Artist and Stunt Performer based in London United Kingdom. His passion for performance led him to study at the prestigious Identity School Of Acting known for producing stars such as John Boyega.

David Cheung is currently appearing in Johnny ...

Capoeira

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in DRAGONBALL Z: THE SAIYAN SAGA

92. Laur Allen

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Laur Allen is an LA native who made her network TV debut as the recurring character "Juliet Helton" on CBS's The Young and the Restless. She is of Chinese, British, and Hungarian Jewish heritage. Growing up, Laur was a competitive figure skater, a basketball player, an archer, and a classical ...

Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a trained sniper and tactical shooter

Best seen in BLACK TIGER

93. Katalena Mermelstein

Actress | Star Wars: The Lesser Evil

With a strong background in stage combat and martial arts and a flair for tough, edgy characters, this fearless actress is ready to take on the most dynamic and challenging characters. Jessica is a 5'2" deadpan dynamo and can handle anything you throw at her, with ten feet of personality rolled ...

Tai Shing Pek War

Trivia: is also trained in use of the broadsword

Best seen in KILL BILL: ORIGINS

94. Blaise Loong

Actor | Cyborg

Blaise Loong is known for his work on Cyborg (1989).

Jeet Kune Do, Escrima

Trivia: has developed and instructed combat courses for the U.S. Green Berets

Best seen in CYBORG

95. Pedro Xavier

Actor | WMAC Masters

Pedro Xavier is known for his work on WMAC Masters (1995).

Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; WAKO Gold [3x] & Bronze [2x] medalist; NASKA & Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion; Team Paul Mitchell member; Ocean State Grand Nationals Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the owner and chief instructor of the Boston Tae Kwon Do Academy in Randolph, Massachusetts

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

96. Chris Evans

Actor | The Avengers

Christopher Robert Evans began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theatre.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lisa (Capuano), who worked at the Concord Youth Theatre, and G. Robert Evans III, a dentist. His uncle is congressman Mike ...

Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: also studies boxing

Best seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

97. James Logan

Actor | Undying

James Logan has worked professionally in film and television for over 25 years. James works as both an actor and a stuntman, but his weapon of choice has always been directing. As such, James recently wrote and directed his first feature film, the SAG Ultra Low Budget horror film 'Undying'.

You may ...

Jujitsu, Judo

Trivia: also trains with swords, the staff, and nunchaku

Best seen in PHENOM

98. Lewis Tan

Actor | Wu Assassins

Lewis Tan is a half Chinese half English, film, television and theatre actor. He plays as the series regular Gaius Chau on season three of AMC's "Into The Badlands" ; Lu Xin Lee on Netflix's first Asian American original series "Wu Assassins" and many films including the record breaking Marvel film...

Muay Thai

Trivia: also trains with the sword and nunchaku

Best seen in IRON FIST

99. James Adam Lim

Actor | CSI: Cyber

James was born in Dallas, Texas to parents of Korean heritage. He has an older brother in New York City. James grew up in Plano, Texas where he excelled in Tae Kwon Do and football. After his junior year of nursing school at Baylor University, he caught the acting bug through community theater. He ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: (?)

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER HIGH

100. Yarett Harper

Stunts | Tehrangeles

Yarett Harper was born on November 9, 1982 in Venice Beach, California, USA. He is known for his work on Tehrangeles (2014), My Life as a Video Game (2013) and Independents' Day (2016).

Kickboxing, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: also practices Greco-Roman wrestling

Best seen in THE ART OF FIGHTING



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