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 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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Bruce Lee

    1940 More
    100
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    1954 More
    93
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    1963 More
    93
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chuck Norris

    1940 More
    75
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    1963 More
    73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jean-Claude Van Damme

    1960 More
    73
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    1976 More
    72
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    Michelle Yeoh

    1963 More
    65
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    Steven Seagal

    1952 More
    63
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    1967 More
    62
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    1952 More
    62
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    1967 More
    60
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    1976 More
    58
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    1939 More
    57
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    1946 More
    55
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    Wesley Snipes

    1962 More
    54
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    1962 More
    53
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    1955 More
    53
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    1957 More
    52
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    Brandon Lee

    1965 More
    52
    added by: chauci14
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    David Carradine

    1936 More
    51
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    1932 More
    50
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    1974 More
    50
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    Chia Hui Liu

    1955 More
    46
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    1920 More
    46
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    1972 More
    43
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    Shintaro Katsu

    1931 More
    41
  28. 28
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    1964 More
    41
    added by: wiabux
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jim Kelly

    1946 More
    41
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    Iko Uwais

    1983 More
    40
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    1957 More
    40
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    1946 More
    40
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    1960 More
    38
    added by: wiabux
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    1954 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
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    1960 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
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    1954 More
    36
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    1967 More
    36
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    1952 More
    35
    added by: NathanHughes
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    1982 More
    34
    added by: kingdavid
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    1948 More
    34
    added by: madamsundin
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    1979 More
    34
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    1958 More
    33
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    1933 More
    33
    added by: NathanHughes
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    1945 More
    33
    added by: NathanHughes
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    1975 More
    32
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    1963 More
    32
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    1952 More
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    1963 More
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    added by: madamsundin
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    1957 More
    31
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    bradley james allan

    29
    added by: dudethisismyemail
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