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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    Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brussels, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium

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    Guangzhou, China

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    Phanom Dong Rak District

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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    Guangzhou, China

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    Orlando, Florida, United States of America

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    Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan

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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 San Jose, California, United States of America

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    ranked low on reranks Jakarta, Indonesia

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    often listed Millersburg, Kentucky, United States of America

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    added by wiabux China, Hong Kong

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    added by wiabux Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States of America

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    Chiba Prefecture

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    added by wiabux Seoul, South Korea

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Beijing, China

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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 Tarzana, Los Angeles, California

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    added by NathanHughes Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan

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    ranked low on reranks Tony Jaa

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    São Paulo, Brazil

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    added by GunFufanatic87 Everett, Washington, United States of America

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    Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

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