List of Famous Martial Artists People

List of Famous Martial Artists

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List of famous martial artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top martial artists in the world? This includes the most prominent martial artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable martial artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic martial artists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned martial artists.

Examples of people on this list include Steven Seagal and Jet Li.

From reputable, prominent, and well known martial artists to the lesser known martial artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the martial artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous martial artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous martial artists?" then you're in the right place. (488 items)


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    Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor, model and martial artist. Lautner is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. As a child, Lautner took up martial arts in Holland, Michigan and was ranked number one in his ...more

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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Martial artist
    • Credits: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, + more
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    Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, film director, martial artist, musician, reserve deputy sheriff and entrepreneur. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan. He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Lansing
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds, Under Siege, Out for Justice, + more
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    Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Ryan
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Expendables 2, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Delta Force, + more
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    Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)
    • Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Martial artist, + more
    • Credits: Enter the Dragon, Batman, Limitless, Here Come the Brides, Fist of Fury, + more
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    Jason Statham is an English actor, martial artist and former diver. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver. He has also appeared in films such as the action thriller The Transporter trilogy, the heist film The Italian Job, the ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Shirebrook
    • Profession: Diver, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables, Fast & Furious 6, The Expendables 2, + more
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    Jackie Chan
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    Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Stunt Performer, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days, Rush Hour 2, + more
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    Joe Rogan
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    Joseph James "Joe" Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, actor, martial artist, sports commentator, and podcaster. He is known for his work commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hosting the NBC reality show Fear Factor, playing Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio as well as hosting ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Television presenter, Commentator, Announcer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: NewsRadio, Zookeeper, Fear Factor, Here Comes the Boom, The Man Show, + more
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    Brenda Song
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    Brenda Song is an American actress, singer, film producer, and model. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Her early television work included roles in the television shows Fudge and 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. After many commercials and television roles in the late 1990s, Song won a ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Carmichael
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Social Network, The Suite Life on Deck, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, College Road Trip, Dads, + more
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    Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Universal Soldier, Hard ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor, Actor, Martial artist, + more
    • Credits: The Expendables 2, Bloodsport, Kung Fu Panda 2, Timecop, Last Action Hero, + more
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    Katheryn Winnick is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in Amusement, Bones, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Vikings, and The Art of the Steal.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Bodyguard, Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: Vikings, Killers, Failure to Launch, Love & Other Drugs, Stand Up Guys, + more
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    Michelle Waterson
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    Michelle E. Waterson is an American mixed martial artist and model whose nickname is "The Karate Hottie". She is the former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion. Waterson is currently the #6-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #1-ranked Atomweight according to the ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: Fright Night, MacGruber
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    Brandon Bruce Lee was an American actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial arts film actor Bruce Lee, the grandson of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-chuen, and brother of Shannon Lee. Starting his career with a supporting role in the television film Kung Fu: The Movie in 1986, he starred in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1965-1993)
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire, Kung Fu: The Movie, Ohara, + more
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    Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Orlando
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Martial artist, + more
    • Credits: Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Major League, New Jack City, + more
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    Li Lianjie, better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalised Singaporean citizen. After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: China, Beijing
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero, Lethal Weapon 4, The Expendables 3, + more
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    Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. He received a degree in ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Martial artist, Film Director
    • Credits: Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Rocky V, A View to a Kill, + more
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    David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his leading role as a warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He was a member of a productive acting family that began with his father, John Carradine. His acting career, which included major and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1936-2009)
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Mean Streets, The Long Riders, Crank: High Voltage, + more
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    Chael Patrick Sonnen is an American former mixed martial artist who last competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sonnen failed three drug tests in his career. The second and third, in 2014 under the Nevada Athletic Commission, led to a two-year suspension from ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Milwaukie, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Promoter, Actor, Martial artist
    • Credits: Here Comes the Boom, Meet Dave, UFC 55, UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson, UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida, + more
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    Michael Jai White
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    Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite, Why Did I Get Married?, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Spawn, + more
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    Akshay Kumar
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    Akshay Kumar born on 9 September 1967 is an Indian film actor, producer and martial artist who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi films. He has been nominated for Filmfare Awards several times, winning it two times. When he began his acting career in the 1990s, he primarily starred in action films and ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: India, Amritsar
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Actor, Martial artist, Presenter
    • Credits: Dil To Pagal Hai, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Chandni Chowk to China, Hera Pheri, Welcome, + more
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    Charles "Chuck" Carmine Zito, Jr., is an American actor, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard, stuntman, former boxing trainer and former president of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Bodyguard, Radio personality, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Carlito's Way, Oz, Man on the Moon, 13, Nowhere to Run, + more
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