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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

Age: 25

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids

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

Age: 65

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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

Age: 75

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

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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