Who are the best martial arts actors of all time? This is a list of Greatest Martial Arts Actors of All-Time is ranked by kung-fu fans worldwide. These performers also represent a variety of nationalities, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and American actors.
Greatest Martial Arts Actors of All-Time
1. Bruce Lee
Lee Jun-fan, known professionally as Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or kungfu styles. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen.2. Jackie Chan
Chan Kong-sang SBS MBE PMW, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.
Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen.4. Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen Ji-dan is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion. The yen is one of Hong Kong’s top action stars.5. Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films.6. Chuck Norris
Carlos Ray Norris is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he competed as a martial artist who won many championships and has since founded his own school of fighting, Chun Kuk Do. Norris is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Judo.7. Jason Statham
Jason Statham is an English actor and film producer. Typecast as the antihero, he is known for his action-thriller roles and portraying tough, irredeemable, and Machiavellian characters. Throughout his film career, Statham has regularly performed his own stage combat and stunts.8. Tony Jaa
Tatchakorn Yeerum, better known internationally as Tony Jaa and in Thailand as Jaa Phanom, is a Thai Kuy descent martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director and Buddhist monk. His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Tom-Yum-Goong, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning, Furious 7 and Sha po lang 2. 9. Steven Seagal
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician. He was appointed as Russian Special Envoy to the United States by President Vladimir V. Putin on August 5th, 2018. Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan.10. Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first black person to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.11. Michelle Yeoh
Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng is a Malaysian actress, best known internationally for starring in popular 1990s Hong Kong action films, the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and the Chinese-language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. 12. Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung, also known as Hung Kam-bo, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer, and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a fight choreographer for other actors such as Jackie Chan. 13. Scott Adkins
Scott Edward Adkins is an English actor and martial artist who is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film 14. Wesley Snipes
Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, martial artist, and author. His prominent film roles include Major League, Mo’ Better Blues, New Jack City, White Men Can’t Jump, Demolition Man, and the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy.15. Bolo Yeung
Yang Sze, better known as Bolo Yeung, is a former competitive bodybuilder, martial artist and a martial arts film actor.