James Lew

James Lew

James Jene Fae Lew (born September 6, 1952) is an American actor and martial artist. 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. 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 2 (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). 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). 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).
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Escalon, California, USA
    Birthday
    9/6/1952
Aftershock
Aftershock
4.7
For Life or Death
For Life or Death
5
Young Dragon
Young Dragon
0
Private Wars
Private Wars
6.5
Midnight Man
Midnight Man
5.3
Black Salt
0
Night Hunter
Night Hunter
4.5
Los Angeles Streetfighter
Los Angeles Streetfighter
5.1
Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine
Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine
3.7
Zodiac America 2: Evil Destroyer
Zodiac America 2: Evil Destroyer
0
Robo Warriors
Robo Warriors
5.3
Night of the Warrior
Night of the Warrior
4.4
Shira: The Vampire Samurai
3.2
Ulterior Motives
Ulterior Motives
3.5
American Ninja 5
American Ninja 5
4.7
Balance of Power
Balance of Power
6.6
Henchman: The Al Leong Story
Henchman: The Al Leong Story
0
Raven: Return of the Black Dragons
Raven: Return of the Black Dragons
0
The Circuit III: Final Flight
The Circuit III: Final Flight
0
Cage II: The Arena of Death
Cage II: The Arena of Death
3.5
Enforcer from Death Row
Enforcer from Death Row
3.5
Killpoint
Killpoint
5.3
Made in Chinatown
Made in Chinatown
6.3
Red Sun Rising
Red Sun Rising
4.6
Assault on Dome 4
Assault on Dome 4
3.6
High Voltage
High Voltage
5.6
Big Time
Big Time
4
Deep Core
Deep Core
3.6
The Girl from the Naked Eye
The Girl from the Naked Eye
4.5
Ballistic
Ballistic
3.3
Boogie Boy
Boogie Boy
4.3
Mission of Justice
Mission of Justice
6.9
Outside the Law
Outside the Law
4.3
18 Fingers of Death!
18 Fingers of Death!
3.4
Gedo
Gedo
5.8
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
5.5
Showdown
Showdown
5.9
Excessive Force II: Force on Force
Excessive Force II: Force on Force
3.1
Sin
Sin
5
The Real Deal
The Real Deal
3.6
Best of the Best
Best of the Best
6.5
Deadly Target
Deadly Target
6
Ballistica
Ballistica
3.7
Safe House
Safe House
6.4
Escape from L.A.
Escape from L.A.
5.8
Angel of Death
Angel of Death
4.9
Do or Die
Do or Die
4.7
Savage Beach
Savage Beach
4.6
Martial Law II: Undercover
Martial Law II: Undercover
6.4
The Perfect Weapon
The Perfect Weapon
6.1
Big Trouble in Little China
Big Trouble in Little China
7.2
On Deadly Ground
On Deadly Ground
5.1
Guns
Guns
5.3
Cucuy: The Boogeyman
Cucuy: The Boogeyman
6.9
Martial Law
Martial Law
6.4
Action Jackson
Action Jackson
5.5
Ultimate Fights from the Movies
Ultimate Fights from the Movies
4.9
The Replacement Killers
The Replacement Killers
6.2
Hot Shots! Part Deux
Hot Shots! Part Deux
6.5
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
5.6
Showdown in Little Tokyo
Showdown in Little Tokyo
6.4
Lethal Weapon 4
Lethal Weapon 4
6.6
The Shadow
The Shadow
6
Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 2
6.7
Traffic
Traffic
7
Going Berserk
Going Berserk
5.2
Timecop
Timecop
6
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
7.1
Undercover Blues
Undercover Blues
6
Ninja Academy
Ninja Academy
4.2
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
5.8
Safe
Safe
6.5
Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3
6.4
Rapid Fire
Rapid Fire
6.4
Rush Hour
Rush Hour
7
Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder
6.7
Superhero Movie
Superhero Movie
5.2
Star Trek
Star Trek
7.4
Logo
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