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Ray Park

Ray Park is best known for his portrayal as the Sith Lord Darth Maul in the 1999 blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, which marked his motion picture acting debut. He also worked extensively with stunt coordinator Nick Gillard in creating the choreography for many of his own fighting sequences in the film.

Park has been involved in the Chinese martial arts since age seven, living in Asia for most of his teenage years. Winning numerous championships in the field, Park is also highly skilled in oriental weaponry, kickboxing, gymnastics and acrobatics. Since 1991, he has been a member of the British Martial Arts Team, competing and demonstrating around the world on a regular basis. Park's martial arts experience, along with watching his on-screen idols Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, inspired him to pursue a career in acting.

Since his work in Star Wars, Park has played the Headless Horseman in director Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow; Toad, the near-sighted, far-jumping member of Magneto's evil Brotherhood of Mutants in X-Men; the hit man A.J. Ross in Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever; and roles in the punk indie What We Do Is Secret and Fanboys.

Additionally, Park plays Chuck Norris in the in-production series The Legend of Bruce Lee. He also worked as a fight double in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and has performed in several commercials and video games.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Ray Park Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayAugust 23, 1974 (43)
SignVirgo
BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
X-Men
Friday Night Lights
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Kindergarten Cop
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
The North Star
Popeye
Savannah Smiles
Boned
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