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The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors

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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 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 list member 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
    Bruce Lee

    1940 More
    100
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    1954 More
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    1963 More
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    1963 More
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    1976 More
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    1960 More
    73
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    Chuck Norris

    1940 More
    73
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    Michelle Yeoh

    1963 More
    66
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    Steven Seagal

    1952 More
    64
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    1952 More
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    Michael Jai White

    1967 More
    61
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    1967 More
    59
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    often listed
    Sonny Chiba

    1939 More
    58
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    Chow Yun-Fat

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    56
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    1976 More
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    Bolo Yeung

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    Stephen Chow

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    55
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    Wesley Snipes

    1962 More
    54
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    Brandon Lee

    1965 More
    53
    added by: chauci14
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    Yuen Biao

    1957 More
    53
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    1932 More
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    David Carradine

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    51
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    Ray Park

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    50
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    Chia Hui Liu

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    Toshiro Mifune

    1920 More
    48
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    niche appeal
    Mark Dacascos

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    added by: wiabux
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    Cynthia Rothrock

    1957 More
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    Ernie Reyes, Jr.

    1972 More
    44
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    Zhang Ziyi

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    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    Rain

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    added by: kingdavid
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    Shintaro Katsu

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    43
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    Don "The Dragon" Wilson

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    added by: wiabux
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    Jim Kelly

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    42
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    Cheng Pei-pei

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    Robin Shou

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    added by: wiabux
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Dudikoff

    1954 More
    40
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    Phillip Rhee

    1960 More
    40
    added by: wiabux
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    niche appeal
    Collin Chou

    1967 More
    39
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    Mako Iwamatsu

    1933 More
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    added by: NathanHughes
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    Iko Uwais

    1983 More
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    Anderson Silva

    1975 More
    37
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    1963 More
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    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sho Kosugi

    1948 More
    37
    added by: madamsundin
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    Benny Urquidez

    1952 More
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    added by: NathanHughes
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    Jeff Speakman

    1958 More
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    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    Gary Daniels

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    1952 More
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    Hilary Swank

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    added by: crowe
    1974
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    Weng Weng

    1957 More
    33
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    Bill Wallace

    1945 More
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    added by: NathanHughes
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