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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)
Taylor Lautner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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: 23

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting, Martial artist

Credits: Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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: 63

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, USA

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Under Siege, Above the Law, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, On Deadly Ground

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Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Actor, + more

Credits: The Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, The Delta Force, The Expendables 2

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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 ...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: The Big Boss, The Way of the Dragon, The Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon

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Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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, ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Shirebrook

Profession: Diver, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Transporter Crank

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Profession: Spokesperson, Stunt Performer, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Jackie Chan Adventures, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Shanghai Knights

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Joe Rogan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Profession: Television presenter, Commentator, Announcer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Fear Factor, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, NewsRadio, Late Friday

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Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Martial Artists
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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 ...more

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Age: 27

Birthplace: Carmichael, California, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, The Social Network, Like Mike

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