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      James Lew

      James Lew

      Highest Rated: 86% Never Say Die (2001)

      Lowest Rated: 40% The Girl From the Naked Eye (2012)

      Birthday: Sep 6, 1952

      Birthplace: Escalon, California, USA

      James Lew's film credits read like a history of late 20th- and early 21st-century action movies. The martial arts master was the fight coordinator, stunt man, actor, and occasionally all three at once for over 100 big-screen productions in his storied career. Lew was certainly qualified for the job. After receiving his Kung Fu black belt in 1972, he won championships not only in that discipline but in several others, including tae kwon do and submission grappling. He was based in Los Angeles, so film and TV work were a logical next step. He used his training in bit parts as combative men in such testosterone-heavy punch-'em-up films as 1988's "Action Jackson" and "Escape from L.A." (1996). The bulk of his work was behind the scenes, however, either as a stuntman, stunt coordinator (as in the 1991 action-fest "Double Impact," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), or the martial arts trainer (for the 1992 teenager-vs.-undead black comedy "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Lew kept himself in prime shape throughout his career, and even when approaching the age of 60 he still ably handled the physical demands of his job. The best example of this is his stunt work in the surreal, martial arts-flavored thriller "Inception" (2010).

      Highest rated movies

      86% Never Say Die
      40% The Girl From the Naked Eye

      Photos

      TIMECOP, James Lew, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1994, (c)Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Chinatown Lew (Character),
      Director
      - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Circuit 3: Street Monk Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 20% Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine Sinjin (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Fighting Unknown (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 29% Black Salt Abbot Xiao (Character) - 2016
      40% 21% The Girl From the Naked Eye Eddie (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 21% Ballistica Chinese Guard 1 (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 29% Shira: The Vampire Samurai Xu (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 22% 18 Fingers of Death Buford Lee (Character),
      Director,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitman Chronicles Draga (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Party Unknown (Character) - 2004
      86% 9% Never Say Die Cho Sung (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 23% Boogie Boy Jason (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of the Avenger Unknown (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 57% Balance of Power Shinji Takamura (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 22% High Voltage Harry (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on Dome 4 Quaid (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 21% Night Hunter Tom Cutter (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robo Warriors Darius (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 27% Blood for Blood Prince Samarki (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 50% Red Sun Rising Jaho (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 60% Fist of Justice Woo (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 25% American Ninja 5 Viper (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Wars Obata (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 50% Mission of Justice Akiro (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 41% Do or Die Lew (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 31% Martial Law Tong Member (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Evil Destroyer Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 45% L.A. Streetfighter Chan (Character) - 1986
      74% 82% Big Trouble in Little China Associate Producer $11.0M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 65% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      95% 94% Frasier Security Guard (Guest Star) 2002
      86% 88% Alias Quan Li (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weird Science Bossman (Guest Star) 1998
      50% No Score Yet Deadly Games Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Matters Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      76% 78% Roseanne Male instructor (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Cambodian (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Tong 3 (Guest Star) 1988