The Best Martial Arts Actors/Actresses

by sergio91 | created - 06 Mar 2012 | updated - 01 Jan 2017 | Public


Top 250 Greatest Martial Arts Artists

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 ...


Wing Chun (Hong Kong Boxing Champion; 2-time Long Beach International Karate Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Jeet Kune Do (founder)
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2. 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 ...

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; 7-time World Karate Champion; record: 183-10-2; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Chun Kuk Do (10th degree black belt) (founder), Tae Kwon Do (8th degree black belt), Karate (5th degree black belt), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt), Judo (black belt), Mixed Martial Arts Master

One of only eight Americans to achieve an 8th degree black belt or higher in Tang Soo Do

3. 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 ...

Aikido (7th Dan; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Kenjutsu, Karate, Judo, Shotokan Karate Was the first American to operate a dojo in Japan

4. Jet Li

Actor | Huo yuanjia

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,...

Wushu (Chinese National Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Li is a master of several styles of wushu, Changquan (Northern Longfist Style), Fanziquan (Tumbling fist), Baguazhang (Eight trigram palm), Taijiquan (Supreme ultimate fist), Xingyiquan (Shape intent fist), Zuiquan (Drunken fist), Yingzhaoquan (Eagle claw fist), Tanglangquan (Praying mantis fist), Sanjiegun (Three section staff), Gun, Dao (Broadsword), Jian (Straight sword), Tai Chi.

5. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Biography

Early Life

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...

Wushu (Gold Medals in Wushu Competitions), Tae Kwon Do (6th Degree Black Belt), Judo (Black Belt), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Purple Belt), Tai Chi (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry) Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Wing Chun, Mixed Martial Arts, Parkour.

6. 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 via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria ...

Karate, Hapkido, Judo , Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

7. 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 ...

Kyokushin, Goju-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (3rd Dan), Kobudo, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu (black belts in all styles; 26 titles including US Open and North American Open), Jujutsu

8. 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 ...

Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jujitsu (black belts in all styles), Kickboxing, Wushu, Krav Maga, Ninjutsu, Karate, Capoeira, Jeet Kune Do, Gymnastics.

9. 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 ...

Muay Boran, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo, Wushu, Kung Fu Styles (krabi krabong, lethwei and kino mutai)

10. 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...

Pencak Silat (Indonesian National Demonstration Champion)

11. 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. ...

Kyokushin & Goju-Ryu Karate (3rd Dan Black Belt; captain of Swedish Karate Team; 5-time Swedish/British/Australian Open Champion, European champion in 1980 and 1981), Tae Kwon Do, Judo

12. 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 ...

Shotokan Karate (2nd degree black belt), Kickboxing (European PKA Middleweight Champion; member of Belgium National Team; record: 18-1), Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Full-contact karate

13. 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 ...

Kickboxing (WKBA Champion & PKA Light Heavyweight Champion; record: 22-4), Tae Kwon Do (2nd degree black belt), Sillum Wong Gar Kune, Muay Thai, Karate, Aikido, Judo, Kung Fu, boxing, ninjitsu, and Northern Shaolin kung fu

Was disqualified three times from Tae Kwon Do tournaments in England for knocking out his opponents In his first United States match, Daniels defeated Sherman "Big Train" Bergman (The only kickboxer to have knocked down Jean-Claude Van Damme)

14. 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 ...

Kickboxing (5th degree black belt), (11-time World Kickboxing Champion, 3-time WKO Champion; WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO, KICK, IKF, ISKA, & FCR World Light Heavyweight Champion; record: 72-5-2; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Pai Lum Tao, Goju-Ryu Karate, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing.

15. 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.

Wun Hop Kuen (2-time Long Beach International Champion), Chin Na, Shui Jao, Capoeira, Karate (2-time Hamburg Champion), Kung Fu ( Italian & European Kung Fu)

16. 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 ...

Shotokan Karate (5th Dan), Hapkido (2nd Dan), Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kung fu, Kickboxing

17. Lorenzo Lamas

Actor | Grease

Lorenzo Fernando Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actors Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas. His father was Argentinian and his mother was American, of Norwegian descent. Lorenzo was raised in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1968, his family moved to New York. He attended ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Karate, Kenpo, Jujitsu (black belts in all styles)

18. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | I Spy

Darren Shahlavi started his training at the age of 7. He traveled to Hong Kong where he began his movie career, mostly as an actor, stunt double and later as a villain in the early 1990s.

Later he made the step from Hong Kong to Western cinema. His resume is growing and now he has had the ...

Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Shotokan Karate, boxing,

19. 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 ...

Sanshou Kickboxer (Black sash), (7-time US Open International & National Champion; record: 17-0), Kickboxing (IKF Champion; record: 22-0), Mixed Martial Arts (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion; record: 7-1), Wushu (former captain of US National Team), Tae Kwon Do (First degree black belt), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (Blue belt), Wrestling, Judo, Kuntao, Sambo

20. 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 ...

Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Yee Chuen Tao (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

21. 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 ...

Mixed Martial Arts (6-time UFC Champion; record: 19-11) (three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion), Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling (Black belt), Greco-Roman Wrestling

A 3-time alternate for the American Olympic wrestling team United States Army Rank: Sergeant

22. 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 ...

Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

23. Rati Tsiteladze

Actor | Little Things

Rati Tsiteladze was born in post-Soviet Georgia. He studied filmmaking at the Hybrid Conservatory, Los Angeles. At age 21, he won the title of World Champion in martial arts, but in 2014, when filmmaking became the overpowering passion in his life, he left his fighting career and founded ArtWay ...


Kickboxing (World Champion-2008 under K-1 rules), Kyokushinkai Karate (1st dan black belt) (Caucasus Champion-2008 in Super Heavyweight categor), Neko-Ryu Karate (1st dan black belt), Kung-Fu (National Champion of Georgia under Kung-Fu Sanda rules in Super Heavyweight category), Goju-Ryu Karate, ck]Full contact Karateck], Shidokan, K-1 , Kyokushin/Shinkyokushin karate (European Champion 2009)

24. Ronda Rousey

Actress | Furious Seven

Ronda Rousey burst onto the women's MMA scene in August of 2010. Born in Riverside County, California on February 1, 1987 to parents Ron Rousey and AnnMaria DeMars, little Ronda was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck that damaged her vocal cords. She didn't speak coherently until ...

4th dan black belt in Judo (First U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008), boxing, Mixed martial arts (She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion)

25. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

boxer (The Lightweight and Welterweight Boxing Champion)

26. 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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

27. Lateef Crowder

Stunts | Captain America: Civil War

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 Captain America: Civil War (2016), Furious 7 (2015) and The Protector (2005).

Capoeira, Martial arts

28. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

29. David Carradine

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and ...

Northern Shaolin & Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Law Horn Kuen, Ling Po, Tai Chi, Qi Gong

30. Katheryn Winnick

Actress | Vikings

Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick stars in the critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning television series Vikings (2013). produced by MGM and The History Channel. Entertainment Weekly declared that her role as "Lagertha" may be the most exciting feminist character on TV." Her portrayal of the ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Karate (2nd Dan) (black belt at Age 13)

31. Mickey Rourke

Actor | The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke was born Phillip Andre Rourke, Jr. on September 16, 1952, in Schenectady, New York, the son of Annette (Cameron) and Phillip Andre Rourke. His father was of Irish and German descent, and his mother was of French-Canadian, English, and German ancestry. When he was six years old, his ...

Boxer, Mixed martial Arts.

32. Bryan Genesse

Actor | Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target

Bryan Genesse was born on March 20, 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as Bryan V. Genesse. He is known for his work on Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1998), Bad Guys (2000) and The Alternate (2000). He has been married to Brooke Theiss since June 18, 1994. They have two children.

Hung Gar, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

33. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat

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...

Wushu (International Forms Champion; former member and Gold & Silver medalist of Chinese National team; 4-time Traditional Forms Grand Champion), Kenpo

34. Eric Roberts

Actor | Runaway Train

One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights. His siblings are actors Lisa Roberts Gillan and ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan)

35. Gina Carano

Actress | Haywire

Gina Joy Carano was born under a tornado warning in Dallas, Texas, to parents Dana Joy (Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. Her father played for the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback for Roger Staubach and Danny White from 1977-1983. In 1984, he was the starting quarterback ...

Muay Thai (record: 12-1-1), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 7-1), Kickboxing

36. Phillip Rhee

Producer | 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 (Executive VP and Mandalay Pictures) and Frank Giustra, a Canadian Billionaire and founder of Lions Gate. The first "Best...

Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan), Hapkido (3rd Dan), Kendo (1st Dan), Wing Chun

37. Ryan Phillippe

Actor | Crash

Ryan Phillippe was born on September 10, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware, to Susan (Thomas), a nurse, and Richard Phillippe, a chemical technician. He has three sisters, Kirsten, Lindsay, and Katelyn, and attended New Castle Baptist Academy. Ryan's acting career began with the soap opera One Life to ...

Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

38. 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 ...

Ninjutsu (All Japan Karate Champion) Judo, Kendo

39. 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 ...

Karate, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; 7-time PKL World Karate Champion; Karate Hall of Fame entry; captain of US Olympic Karate Team) creator of the Tae-Bo exercise program

40. 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 ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Hapkido (8th Dan)

41. 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. ...

Tang Soo Do (1st Dan), Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Aikido, Judo

42. Jeff Wincott

Actor | The Night Of

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.

...

“ Shotokan Karate (5th Dan; Ontario Open & North American Open Champion), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan)

43. Channing Tatum

Actor | 21 Jump Street

Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in ...

Gor-Chor, Karate

44. 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 ...

Kenpo (8th, 4th, and 2nd Dan under different masters; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Goju-Ryu Karate (7th Dan) founder of the AKKS karate organization, currently operating 50 schools internationally

45. Olivier Gruner

Actor | Nemesis

Olivier Gruner was born on August 2nd, 1960 in Paris. His father is a successful surgeon with his own surgery. His two brothers also made academic careers. When Olivier was 18, he went to an elite force of the french army, where he stayed 4 years. Most of this time he was in Djibouti and Somalia. ...

Kickboxing (French National Champion; World Middleweight Champion), Shotokan Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

46. 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 ...

Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kickboxing

47. Taylor Lautner

Actor | Twilight

Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Deborah, a software company worker, and Daniel Lautner, a pilot for Midwest Airlines. He, and younger sister Makena, were raised in a well-mannered, Roman Catholic household in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is of English, German, Dutch, and ...

Karate (Junior Black Belt Forms & Weapons champion) Xtreme Martial Arts (Black belt by the age of eight, and winning several junior world championships)

48. Daniel Bernhardt

Actor | John Wick

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 ...

Kickboxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do

49. 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 ...

Wing Chun, Judo, Hapkido

50. 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 ...

Taekwondo (3rd Dan black belt)

51. Gary Busey

Actor | The Buddy Holly Story

A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has ...

Jujitsu, Hapkido, Kendo (black belts in all styles), Capoeira

52. 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 ...

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (WKA, North American & Canadian Cruiserweight Champion; Japanese Shoot Boxing Champion)

53. Russell Wong

Actor | Romeo Must Die

Russell Wong has earned a reputation as a sexy, charismatic leading man whose good looks are matched by his skills as an actor. The sixth of seven children, Russell Wong was born in Troy, New York; the son of restaurateur William Wong and Dutch-American artist Connie Van Yserloo. When Russell was ...

Tae Kwon Do, Shoji-Ryu Karate, Fu Jow Pai chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as among the "100 Most Inspiring Asian-Americans of All Time

54. Adrian Paul

Actor | Nine Miles Down

With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian's very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series", Adrian has also produced and...

Kung Fu forms choy La Fut and Hung Gar, Tae-Kwon-Do, Wing Chun, and boxing; Has also done extensive sword training with the Japanese Katana

55. Bas Rutten

Actor | Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Bas Rutten is a world-renowned mixed martial artist who has also made a name for himself outside the ring as an actor, host, and television personality.

As an actor Rutten can be seen next summer co-starring in the Kevin James feature film Here Comes the Boom for Columbia Pictures. Rutten previously...

Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Heavyweight Champion; King of Pancrase Champion; record: 28-4-1), Kyokushin Karate (5th Degree Black Belt), Tae Kwon Do (2nd Degree Black Belt), ShinTai Karate (2nd Degree Black Belt), Muay Thai (record: 14-2), Submission Wrestling.

56. Jerry Trimble

Actor | Heat

Jerry Trimble Jr. was born in Newport, Kentucky. At age 13 he was inspired by the late Bruce Lee and began studying the Korean art of Taekwon-Do. In six months he began teaching the art. At 15 Jerry earned the rank of first-degree black belt and became the number one point fighter in the Midwest ...

Kickboxing (Southeast & United States Champion; PKA & PKC Light/Welterweight Champion; Kentucky State Champion; record: 36-2), Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan) is officially one of the fastest kickers in the world, with a hook kick clocking 118 MPH

57. Ray Park

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Raymond Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England. He was raised in London from the age of seven. His father introduced him into Martial Arts from a young age. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, or be like the heroes in movies ...

Northern Shaolin (Great Britain's Martial Arts National Champion), Wushu ('95 World Championships 2nd place winner; member of British National Team), Kickboxing won Britain's National Championship at age 16

58. Johnny Nguyen

Actor | Tom yum goong

Johnny left Vietnam at the age of 8, uncertain of what destination lied ahead. As a boy, he already loved Hong Kong cinema. Johnny would soon start training in martial arts and now has over 18 years of experience in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Japanese Aikido. Johnny is now also an expert in Wushu, which ...

Wushu (member of US National Team; Pan-American Form & Sword Gold medalist), Lien Feng Kwon, Tae Kwon Do, Vovinam, Tai Chi, Aikido

59. Chris Casamassa

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Chris Casamassa is the son of Karate guru and American Martial arts pioneer Louis D. Casamassa. He is a world class Martial art expert with a 8th degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate and over 35 years of experience. Casamassa presides over the 15 Red Dragon Karate Schools in Southern California. ...

Karate (7th Dan; 5-time International Forms & Weapons Champion; AKKF Hall of Fame entry)

60. Ho-Sung Pak

Actor | Lesser of Three Evils

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 ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin & Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Lama Pai (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; member of Professional Karate League & North American Karate Association)

61. 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), Green Snake (1993) and Yingxiong Zheng Chengong (2002).

wushu, Tai Chi, Wushu (Harbin team member; National Chinese Junior, All-Around & Martial Arts Champion)

62. Dominiquie Vandenberg

Actor | Inland Empire

Starring in the award winning indie film The Honorable (2002) served to win Vandenberg the lead role in a series of Timex spots for director Tim Burton. Shortly afterward he was hired to train and teach Leonardo Di Caprio in antique knife fighting techniques for Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York ...

Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai

63. Noah Ringer

Actor | The Last Airbender

Noah Andrew Ringer is an American actor who starred as Aang in the film The Last Airbender. He was discovered in an open casting call for Airbender in Texas. He was also cast in the film Cowboys & Aliens as Emmett.

Ringer is a young taekwondo practitioner who was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. At...

Tae Kwon Do (2nd dan; ATA World & Texas State champion; 80-time ATA regional Gold medalist), Bagua Zhang, Tai Chi, Wushu (Extreme Martial Arts: Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Sparring, X-Treme Forms, and X-Treme Weapons)

64. 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.

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; 1970 PKC Champion; PKA Hall Of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Okinawa-Te & Shorin-Ryu Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

65. 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 ...

Sanshou (Unified Super-Middleweight Sanshou Champion; Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry), Wushu (Beijing Free Fighting Champion)

66. Rick Yune

Actor | Olympus Has Fallen

Rick Yune was born on August 22, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Richard Yun. He is an actor and producer, known for Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Die Another Day (2002) and The Fast and the Furious (2001).

Tae Kwon Do

67. Hakim Alston

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Hakim Alston is a kick boxing champion with over 20 years of martial arts experience including Karate and a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His skills brought him to be a member of the USA Karate Team from 1984-1990. His brother Shah Alston is also a great fighter.

After being a great champion...

Kickboxing (ISKA, WKC, PKL, NASKA & WUKO Champion/Gold medalist), Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; member of US National Karate Team)

68. Jason Scott Lee

Actor | Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, Jason Scott Lee was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Hawaii from the age of two. His interest in acting began while studying in high school. It blossomed further when he enrolled in Fullerton College, where he studied under acting coach Sal Romeo. His ...

Jeet Kune Do

69. Siu-Lung Leung

Actor | Kung fu

Born in Hong Kong in 1948, 'Bruce' Leung Siu-Lung was the eldest of twelve brothers (which included stuntman/martial arts actor/action choreographer 'Tony' Leung Siu-Hung) and he obtained his martial arts training from his father at the Cantonese Opera. He also learned different forms of Karate and...

Gōjū-Ryū Karate, Wing Chun

70. Cam Gigandet

Actor | Twilight

Cam graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington in 2001. His family lives in Lake Tapps, WA. His father's name is Jay, mother's name is Kim and he has one older sister, Kelsie. His father is one of the founders of a popular restaurant chain called The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits. ...

Krav Maga (Black Belt)

71. Tanit Phoenix Copley

Actress | Gallowwalkers

Tanit Phoenix Copley was born on September 24, 1980 in Durban, Natal, South Africa. She is known for her work on Gallowwalkers (2012), Safe House (2012) and Hardcore Henry (2015). She has been married to Sharlto Copley since February 15, 2016. They have one child.

Muay Thai, Tai Chi

72. Gerald Okamura

Actor | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Born in Hilo, Hawaii in 1940. Gerald started Martial Arts with Judo in 1953. He has practiced Kendo, Aikido, Taekwondo, and he is currently a 5th degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo (his sensei was the late Jimmy H. Woo). Gerald is a designer of various types of weaponry that have been featured in...

San Doo (5th Dan), Judo, Kendo, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do

73. 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 ...

Karate (7th Dan; World Karate Union & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Toso Kune Do (founder), Muay Thai (MTIA gold medalist), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 4-0)

74. 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 ...

Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Dan), Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu (4th degree black belt), Zen Do Kai (co-founder, 5th Dan), Chun Kuk Do (5th Dan), Judo, Aikido, Muay Thai a former "bodyguard to the stars

75. Aaron Norris

Stunts | Ant-Man

Aaron Norris was born on November 23, 1951 in Gardena, California, USA. He is known for his work on Ant-Man (2015), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993) and Top Dog (1995). He has been married to Rebecca since September 15, 1981. They have three children.

Chun Kuk Do (9th Dan), Tang Soo Do

76. 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).

Tang Soo Do (6th Dan), Tae Kwon Do, Eagle Claw, Wushu, Northern Shaolin, Pai Lum (black belts in all disciplines; 5-time World Champion in Weapons & Forms; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

77. 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 Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) and American Samurai (1992).

Karate Shotokan, Kempo, Tai Chi and Aikido Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Iaido, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujitsu

78. 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 ...

Wing Chun, Tai Chi

79. Eric Lee

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Eric started his training with his father after dinner. The martial art was Choi Li Fut. At that time, everybody practiced Kung Fu. Eric Lee was inspired by the black and white series Won Duck Hing.

Eric and his family moved to California and at the age of 15 his formal martial arts training started...

Wun Hop Kuen (7th Dan), Kajukenbo (9th degree black belt), Jeet Kune Do, Northern/Southern Shaolin, Choy Lay Fut, Tai Chi, Chin-Na, Judo, Wing Chun, Hung Gar (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

80. Benny Urquidez

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Benny Urquidez was raised in a very athletic family. His mother was a professional wrestler and his father a professional boxer, with all of his siblings black belts. He has earned black belts in nine different martial arts and trained in other styles.

The Jet decided to pursue full-contact karate ...

Kickboxing (8-time WKA Champion; record: 58-0; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Ukidokan Karate (founder), Judo, Kajukenbo, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama, White Crane kung fu, Jujutsu, Aikido

81. Vincent Cassel

Actor | Black Swan

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

Capoeira

82. Joe Lewis

Actor | Kingpin

Joe Lewis is an actor, known for Kingpin (1996) and Leather Jackets (1992).

Kickboxing, Shorin-Ryu Karate (10th Dan; WPKC World Heavyweight Champion; US National Black Belt Kata & Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion; record: 14-4), Jeet Kune Do won the first "official" martial arts tournament; upon victory

83. 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).

Gōjū-Ryū Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu

84. 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...

Tae Kwon Do (9th Dan)

85. Yasuaki Kurata

Actor | Jing wu ying xiong

Yasuaki Kurata was born on March 20, 1946 in Ibaraki, Japan. He is an actor and producer, known for Jing wu ying xiong (1994), Dang kou feng yun (2017) and Blood: The Last Vampire (2009).

Karate (5th Dan), Judo (3rd Dan), Aikido (2nd Dan), Kendo

86. 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 ...

Shorei-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Kickboxing (ISKA, WAKO, NASKA & US Grand Open Champion in Weapons & Forms; Black Belt & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry) co-creator Xtreme Martial Arts

87. 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 ...

Wushu (WAKO World Champion in Forms & Weapons, 5-time US World/Open Karate Grand Champion), Tae Kwon Do, Karate is of Scottish and Japanese ancestry

88. 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 ...

Shōrei-Ryū Karate (4th Dan; 5-time WKA World Champion)

89. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American ...

Karate (1st Dan)

90. Dale Cook

Actor | Blood Ring

Dale Cook was born on November 24, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor, known for Blood Ring (1991), Blood Ring 2 (1995) and Eternal Fist (1992).

Karate (7th Dan), Kickboxing (WKA & UK Super Middleweight Champion)

91. 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 ...

Kajukenbo, Wun Hop Kuen (US Open Karate Grand Champion; US Black Belt Forms Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; WKC Gold medalist)

92. 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 ...

Judo, Karate (7th Dan; 15-time Canadian/North American Forms, Weapons & Fighting Champion, 4-time American Middleweight Fighting Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

93. Simon Rhee

Stunts | Inception

Simon Rhee is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 4th Degree Black Belt in Hap Ki Do. He is a World-Class Martial Artist known for his beautiful kicks and incredible forms, and is a many-time Grand Champion of the tournament circuit. Karate Illustrated noted that, "Simon Rhee has the ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Hapkido (4th Dan), Wing Chun

94. Kariim Ratcliff

Actor | The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie

Kariim Ratcliff was born in Brooklyn, New York to Levester and Ida Ratcliff. Kariim's early interest in the martial arts led him to an acting career. Growing up in Bedford Stuyvesant, the middle child of ten, his seven brothers showed great ability in basketball, while Kariim showed no interest, ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Kemet-Jitsu (co-founder)

95. Ernie Reyes Jr.

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Ernie Reyes Jr. was born on January 15, 1972 in San Jose, California, USA as Ernest E. Reyes. He is an actor and producer, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), The Rundown (2003) and Red Sonja (1985). He has been married to Lisa Reyes since November 11, 2009.

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan), Muay Thai

96. Ernie Reyes Sr.

Actor | Art of Submission

Ernie Reyes Sr. grew up with his parents, working in the labor field. There he had his first lessons in discipline. This didn't work at school, because Ernie would be the first to fall asleep and the last being able to read. He did however, excel in all sports his young friends were playing; ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Black Belt & Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame entry)

97. Professor Toru Tanaka

Actor | Last Action Hero

Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ...

Boxer, Martial Artist

98. Randall 'Tex' Cobb

Actor | Raising Arizona

Former Heavyweight boxing contender Randall "Tex" Cobb has had 3 highly colorful careers; kickboxer, pro boxer, and movie actor. Born in Bridge City, Texas on May 7, 1950, the 6 feet 3 inch, 225 pound Cobb excelled in high school football and martial arts. Enjoying "extreme" sports to the max, Cobb...

Boxer, full contact kickboxing, Karate (Black belt)

99. Keith Vitali

Actor | Revenge of the Ninja

Started his martial arts career at the University Of South Carolina in 1971 and in only two years, earned his 1st degree Black Belt. Competed in regional tournaments and major events throughout the world. Was World Karate Champion and US National Karate Champion for 3 consecutive years. (1978-1980)...

Karate (3-time World Karate/US National Champion; PKA National Champion; Officials Karate's Legion Of Honor; Diamond Nationals & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

100. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

Wing Chun