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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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    1963 More
    93
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    1954 More
    93
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    1963 More
    74
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    1976 More
    74
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    1960 More
    73
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    controversial
    Chuck Norris

    1940 More
    73
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    ranked low on reranks
    Michelle Yeoh

    1963 More
    66
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    1952 More
    64
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    1952 More
    63
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    1967 More
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    1967 More
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    1939 More
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    1976 More
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    1955 More
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    1946 More
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    1962 More
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    controversial
    Wesley Snipes

    1962 More
    54
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    1965 More
    54
    added by: chauci14
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    1957 More
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    1932 More
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    controversial
    David Carradine

    1936 More
    51
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    1974 More
    50
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chia Hui Liu

    1955 More
    48
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    1920 More
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    niche appeal
    Mark Dacascos

    1964 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    niche appeal
    Cynthia Rothrock

    1957 More
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    niche appeal
    Ernie Reyes, Jr.

    1972 More
    44
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    1982 More
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    added by: kingdavid
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    niche appeal
    Zhang Ziyi

    1979 More
    43
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    ranked low on reranks
    Don "The Dragon" Wilson

    1954 More
    43
    added by: wiabux
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    controversial
    Shintaro Katsu

    1931 More
    43
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    controversial
    Jim Kelly

    1946 More
    43
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    1960 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    niche appeal
    Michael Dudikoff

    1954 More
    40
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    niche appeal
    Phillip Rhee

    1960 More
    40
    added by: wiabux
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    1933 More
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    added by: NathanHughes
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    niche appeal
    Collin Chou

    1967 More
    39
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    1983 More
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    controversial
    Anderson Silva

    1975 More
    37
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    1963 More
    37
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    1948 More
    37
    added by: madamsundin
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    niche appeal
    Benny Urquidez

    1952 More
    36
    added by: NathanHughes
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    1958 More
    35
    added by: GunFufanatic87
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    1952 More
    34
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    added by: madamsundin
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hilary Swank

    1974 More
    33
    added by: crowe
    1974
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    often listed &controversial
    Weng Weng

    1957 More
    33
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    1945 More
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    added by: NathanHughes
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