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Top 10 Best Martial Arts Actors of All Time Ranked

This list of the Top 10 Best Martial Arts Actors of All Time is ranked by kung fu fans worldwide. Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defense; military and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental and spiritual development; and entertainment or the preservation of a nation's intangible cultural heritage.

During the 1990s Brazilian jiu-jitsu became popular and proved to be effective in mixed martial arts competitions such as the UFC and PRIDE.

In 1993 the first Pancrase event was held. The K-1 rules of kickboxing were introduced based on 1980s Seidokaikan karate.

Jackie Chan and Jet Li are prominent movie figures who have been responsible for promoting Chinese martial arts in recent years.

With the continual discovery of more medieval and Renaissance fighting manuals, the practice of Historical European Martial Arts and other Western Martial Arts are growing in popularity across the United States and Europe.

1- Bruce Lee: Died: 20 July 1973
Top 10 Best Martial Arts Actors of All Time Ranked

Lee Jun-fan, known professionally as Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher.

Bruce Lee as a baby with his parents, Grace Ho and Lee Hoi-chuen
Bruce Lee's Death:

On May 10, 1973, Lee collapsed during an automated dialogue replacement session for Enter the Dragon at Golden Harvest in Hong Kong. Suffering from seizures and headaches, he was immediately rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital, where doctors diagnosed cerebral edema. They were able to reduce the swelling through the administration of mannitol. The headache and cerebral edema that occurred in his first collapse were later repeated on the day of his death.

On July 20, 1973, Lee was in Hong Kong to have dinner with actor George Lazenby, with whom he intended to make a film. According to Lee's wife Linda, Lee met producer Raymond Chow at 2 p.m. at home to discuss the making of the film Game of Death. They worked until 4 p.m. and then drove together to the home of Lee's colleague Betty Ting Pei, a Taiwanese actress. The three went over the script at Ting's home, and then Chow left to attend a dinner meeting.

Later, Lee complained of a headache, and Ting gave him the painkiller Equagesic, which contained both aspirin and the tranquilizer meprobamate. Around 7:30 p.m., he went to lie down for a nap. When Lee did not come for dinner, Chow came to the apartment, but he was unable to wake Lee up. A doctor was summoned, and spent ten minutes attempting to revive Lee before sending him by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Lee was declared dead on arrival, at the age of 32.
Bruce Lee's Death

Bruce Lee's Death

There was no visible external injury; however, according to autopsy reports, Lee's brain had swollen considerably, from 1,400 to 1,575 grams (a 13 percent increase). The autopsy found Equagesic in his system. On October 15, 2005, Chow stated in an interview that Lee died from an allergic reaction to the tranquilizer meprobamate, the main ingredient in Equagesic, which Chow described as an ingredient commonly used in painkillers. When the doctors announced Lee's death, it was officially ruled a "death by misadventure".

2- Jackie Chan: Born: 7 April 1954
Jackie Chan: Born: 7 April 1954

Chan Kong-sang SBS MBE PMW, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Konger martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.

Top 10 Best Jackie Chan's movies of All Time

3- Jet Li: Born: 26 April 1963
Jet Li

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.

Top 10 Best Jet Li's Movies of All Time

4- Jean-Claude Van Damme: Born: 18 October 1960
Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Camille Fran├žois van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude van Damme and as JCVD, is a Belgian actor and retired martial artist best known for his martial arts action films.


5- Donnie Yen: Born: 27 July 1963
Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen Ji-dan is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion. Yen is one of Hong Kong's top action stars.

Top 10 Best Donnie Yen's Movies of All Time

6- Michael Jai White: Born: 10 November 1967
Michael Jai White

Michael Richard Jai White is an American actor, director, and martial artist. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.

Top 10 Best Michael Jai White Movies of All Time

7- Tony Jaa: Born: 5 February 1976
Tony Jaa

Tatchakorn Yeerum, better known internationally as Tony Jaa and in Thailand as Jaa Phanom, is a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director and Buddhist monk.

Top 10 Best Tony Jaa Movies of All time.

8- Scott Adkins: Born: 17 June 1976
Scott Adkins

Scott Edward Adkins is an English actor, producer, screenwriter and martial artist who is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels: Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2016) and as Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. He has also appeared in Doctor Strange, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2 and Zero Dark Thirty.

Top 10 Best Scott Adkins Movies of All Time

9- Steven Seagal: Born: 10 April 1952
Steven Seagal

Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Serbian, and Russian citizenship. Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan.

10- Wesley Snipes: Born: 31 July 1962
Wesley Snipes

Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, director, film producer, martial artist, and author. His prominent film roles include New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, and the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy.
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