The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors People In Film
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The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

This list of the all time greatest martial arts actors (and actresses) is ranked by kung fu fans worldwide. Anyone can vote on the best martial artists here, which means these actors are truly fan favorites. If you see someone missing, you can even add them. Whether they have magical screen presence or just the physical abilities to make your jaw drop, these famous actors represent the best in kicking ass.

Though the genre of martial arts films is also occasionally known as "kung fu films," the term in fact only refers to a subset of Chinese martial arts, and can also apply to a variety of traditional practices not directly related to self-defense. (Wushu is the more accurate blanket term for Chinese martial arts and fighting techniques.) The performers on this list practice a variety of martial arts traditions and styles, including the "Jeet Kun Do" techniques innovated by people like Bruce Lee, the Muay Thai style of Tony Jaa or the traditional karate employed by Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Who are the best martial arts actors of all time? These performers also represent a variety of nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and American actors.

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    the people's #1 & most listed Chinatown, California, United States of America

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    Beijing, China

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    Phanom Dong Rak District

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    Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan

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    Lamma Island, Hong Kong

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    China, Hong Kong

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    ranked low on reranks Foshan, China

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Qingdao, China

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks San Jose, California, United States of America

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    ranked low on reranks Jakarta, Indonesia

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux China, Hong Kong

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chiba Prefecture

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    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States of America

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Beijing, China

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    added by wiabux Seoul, South Korea

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    Redondo Beach, California, United States of America

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    added by madamsundin Minato, Japan

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    Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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    added by NathanHughes Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan

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    added by NathanHughes Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    added by kingdavid Seosan, South Korea

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    São Paulo, Brazil

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Everett, Washington, United States of America

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    added by NathanHughes Portland, Indiana, United States of America

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    added by madamsundin London, United Kingdom

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    Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

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