James Lew Biography

Birthday: 1952-09-06
Place of Birth: Escalon, California USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular "Kung Fu" (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1976). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox's now cult film, Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson, David Carradine, Chuck Norris, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kathleen Turner, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Lee, Snoop Dogg and the list goes on and on, have all kicked James Lew's butt in the movies! James was voted "Favorite Action Star" by fans of Inside Martial Arts magazine. Internet fans voted him into the Hall of Fame in the Martial Arts History Museum. Inside Kung Fu Magazine inducted him as one of the "Martial Arts Greats" alongside legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and his longtime friend Jackie Chan. Hit Parader Magazine dubbed him "the king of big-screen martial arts villains." From the deadly killer in Red Sun Rising (1994) to the deadly fighter in the comedy spoof Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Lew has proven his chops in both drama and comedy. As a stunt/fight coordinator his creative talents shone in the television series The Crow to recent work on the hit video game, The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) (VG). He handpicked elite members for his company, "Hong Kong Wire Action Team," to bring state of the art action to movies. His formula for longevity in the film industry is diversity, hard work and having a whole lot of fun. Most recently, James Lew wrote, directed and starred in a movie inspired by his personal experiences in the business titled 18 Fingers of Death! (2006) (V). The story follows Buford Lee (James Lew), the most famous unknown "B"-minus, low-budget, martial-arts movie star and Ronald Mack (Maurice Patton), a young black kid from the hood. Together they laugh and bond together on their quest to finally make Buford's break out movie, 18 Fingers of Death! (2006) (V).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Traffik DEA Agent - CalTrans 1989
Traffic 2000 Crime
Fight Science 2006
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
L.A. Streetfighters Chan 1986 Action, Drama
Savage Beach 1989
Best of the Best Sae Jin Kwon 1989 Action, Drama, Sport
Aftershock Mr. James 1990 Action
Do or Die Lew 1991 Action, Thriller
Mission of Justice Akiro 1992 Action
American Ninja V 1993
Red Sun Rising Jaho 1994 Action
Ballistic Woo 1995 Action
Excessive Force II: Force on Force Lee 1995 Action, Drama
Midnight Man Prince Samarki 1995 Action
Night Hunter Tom Cutter 1996 Action, Drama, Horror
Robo Warriors Darius 1996 Action, Adventure
Balance of Power Shinji Takamura 1997 Action
Traffic 2000 Game Show, 0
Deep Core Lou Chang 2000 Action, Thriller
Outside the Law Cho Sung 2002 0
Sin Leo Thamaree 2004 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Perfect Party Daddy 2004
The Hitman Chronicles Draga 2006 Action
Angel of Death Tommy 2009 0
Taken by Force Choy 2010 Action
The Girl from the Naked Eye Eddie 2012 Action, Romance, Thriller
Legacy of the Tengu Asura 2013 Action, Family, Fantasy
Blunt Force Capt. Rusch 2013 Action
Frankenstein Hotel Manager 2015 Horror, Thriller