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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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1
3,420 320
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

2
2,423 407
Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jet Li The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Hero

3
2,589 433
Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jackie Chan Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour, Enter the Dragon

4
1,393 909
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

5
1,454 801
Jean-Claude Van Damme is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jean-Claude Van Damme The Expendables 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Bloodsport

6
1,662 381
Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Donnie Yen Blade II, Hero, Ip Man

7
1,155 351
Jason Statham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jason Statham Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Expendables

8
1,111 435
Tatchakorn Yeerum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Tony Jaa Furious 7, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, The Protector

9
1,139 820
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

10
1,000 347
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

11
1,046 413
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?

12
758 355
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

13
773 346
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

14
714 240
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added Brandon Lee The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

15
723 264
Bolo Yeung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Bolo Yeung Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, Double Impact

16
609 234
Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
762 418
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

18
461 328
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

19
438 243
Yuen Biao is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Yuen Biao Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, Once Upon a Time in China

20
348 172
Mark Dacascos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Mark Dacascos Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Cradle 2 the Grave

21
388 304
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

The Best Martial Arts Movies Streaming on Hulu

22
449 320
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pat Morita The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

23
384 162
Iko Uwais is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Iko Uwais The Raid: Redemption, Merantau, Man of Tai Chi

24
386 458
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

25
326 117
Robin Shou is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Robin Shou Mortal Kombat, Death Race, Beverly Hills Ninja

26
260 298
Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
418 221
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

28
283 146
Don
wiabux added Don "The Dragon" Wilson Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

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29
250 108
Phillip Rhee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
wiabux added Phillip Rhee The Kentucky Fried Movie, Best of the Best, Best of the Best 2

30
376 207
Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cynthia Rothrock Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

31
231 185
Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

32
235 134
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

33
304 257
Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Jim Kelly Enter the Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Three the Hard Way

34
248 123
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Dolph Lundgren Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

35
131 44
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 35 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

The Best Dutch Beers

36
214 202
Ernie Reyes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
170 86
Sho Kosugi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
madamsundin added Sho Kosugi The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

38
155 86
Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

39
218 187
Cheng Pei-pei is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cheng Pei-pei Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Come Drink with Me

40
725 311
Philip Ng is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
MichaelChoi added Philip Ng New Police Story, Bodyguards and Assassins, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

41
100 79
Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
doremifasola added Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

42
167 108
Jeff Speakman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Jeff Speakman Hot Boyz, The Perfect Weapon, Deadly Outbreak

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43
178 190
Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Dudikoff Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

44
158 218
Shintaro Katsu is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
157 155
Randy Couture is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Randy Couture The Expendables, The Expendables 2, Invincible

46
134 107
Benny Urquidez is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Benny Urquidez Spider-Man, Grosse Pointe Blank, Road House

47
117 94
Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Bill Wallace A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job

48
91 93
Al Leong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Al Leong Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

49
148 194
Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Anderson Silva Never Surrender, UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, Brass Knuckles

50
133 174
Collin Chou is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Collin Chou The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Fearless