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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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3,656 358
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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2,758 482
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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2,577 453
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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1,503 984
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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1,803 410
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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1,561 862
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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1,278 400
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

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1,215 476
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

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1,066 380
Michelle Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine

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1,217 912
Steven Seagal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Steven Seagal Machete, Above the Law, Exit Wounds

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1,141 455
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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807 377
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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784 263
Brandon Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
chauci14 added Brandon Lee The Crow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire

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841 378
Scott Adkins is listed (or ranked) 14 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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781 278
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

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660 251
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

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820 446
Wesley Snipes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Wesley Snipes Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity

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487 343
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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475 253
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

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379 190
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

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420 321
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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481 345
Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Pat Morita The Karate Kid, Mulan, Midway

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421 176
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

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417 485
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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360 132
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

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315 159
Don
wiabux added Don "The Dragon" Wilson Batman Forever, Say Anything..., Thank Your Lucky Stars

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442 228
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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276 311
Ray Park is listed (or ranked) 28 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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274 119
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

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264 144
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
GunFufanatic87 added Zhang Ziyi Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero

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396 222
Cynthia Rothrock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Cynthia Rothrock Fast Getaway, Millionaires Express, China O'Brien

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250 193
Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

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337 269
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

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155 55
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 34 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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286 139
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Dolph Lundgren Rocky IV, The Expendables, The Expendables 2

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232 215
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

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178 97
Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

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181 98
Sho Kosugi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
madamsundin added Sho Kosugi The Godfather Part II, Enter the Ninja, Blind Fury

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232 197
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

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114 88
Tony Leung Chiu Wai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
doremifasola added Tony Leung Chiu Wai Hero, Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

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742 322
Philip Ng is listed (or ranked) 41 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

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180 122
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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190 202
Michael Dudikoff is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Michael Dudikoff Tron, Bachelor Party, Uncommon Valor

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168 226
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

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171 170
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

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146 119
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

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107 102
Al Leong is listed (or ranked) 47 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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129 104
Bill Wallace is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
NathanHughes added Bill Wallace A Force of One, Los Bravos, Get A Job

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161 207
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

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1 6
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest Martial Arts Actors
Babis Bailis added Ronda Rousey The Expendables 3, Furious 7