Martial arts are so popular, they spawned an entire movie sub-genre starring some of the most respected martial artists of all time. Regarding this list, it’s a mish-mash. We have several martial artists turned actors, some of whom have passed away but will always be remembered as legends, and some actors who you might not know are highly skilled, trained and formerly competitive martial arts champions. The one thing that remains consistent when addressing all of these silver and small screen dynamos: every one of them fought their way into television and movie history.
11. Taylor Lautner
Nah. This can’t be right. Taylor Lautner? From the Twilight series? The guy who used to cuddle with Taylor Swift? You know it. Most recently, Lautner was seen in Adam Sandler’s The Ridiculous 6, and he’s presently appearing in the long-running sitcom Cuckoo. The 24-year-old has changed his look as of late in order to shed the tween image that offered him superstar status, and it seems to be aiding him out of the pigeonhole. Regarding his martial arts abilities, Taylor is a black belt in karate and won many form and weapons demonstration competitions. Before he was nabbed by Robert Rodriguez to become Sharkboy, he had appeared on the ESPN family of networks in the national competitions. For those who can more readily remember Kanye West crashing Taylor Swift’s VMA Award acceptance, Taylor Lautner offered some comedic, martial arts retribution on Saturday Night Live.