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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 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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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon

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Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jet Li The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Chuck Norris The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, The Delta Force

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Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Donnie Yen Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

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Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport

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Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tatchakorn Yeerum Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector

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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Steven Seagal Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

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Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

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Michael Jai White is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Jai White The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?

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Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Sammo Hung Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Ip Man 2

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Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Scott Adkins X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2

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Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Brandon Lee The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

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Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

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Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bolo Yeung Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

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Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Chow Yun-Fat Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Sonny Chiba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Sonny Chiba Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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Tony Jaa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tony Jaa

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Yuen Biao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Yuen Biao Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China

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Stephen Chow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Stephen Chow Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, A Better Tomorrow

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Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Mark Dacascos Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave

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Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pat Morita The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

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David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
David Carradine Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets

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Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Ray Park X-Men, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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Iko Uwais is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Iko Uwais The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

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Chia Hui Liu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Chia Hui Liu Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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Don
Don "The Dragon" Wilson Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

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Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

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Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Robin Shou Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jim Kelly Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way

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Phillip Rhee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Phillip Rhee The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

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Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cynthia Rothrock Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

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Ernie Reyes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Ernie Reyes, Jr. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Rush Hour 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Dolph Lundgren Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

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Cheng Pei-pei is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cheng Pei-pei Crouching Tiger^! Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

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Sho Kosugi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Sho Kosugi The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

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Shintaro Katsu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Shintaro Katsu Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades

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Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Dudikoff Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

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Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Maggie Q Mission: Impossible III, Live Free or Die Hard, Around the World in 80 Days

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Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

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Jeff Speakman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jeff Speakman Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

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Benny Urquidez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Benny Urquidez Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

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Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Randy Couture The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

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Collin Chou is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Collin Chou The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless

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Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Anderson Silva Never Surrender, UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, Brass Knuckles

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+ - 86 81
Al Leong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Al Leong Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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+ - 105 76
Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bill Wallace A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job