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Gary Daniels
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BornGary Edward Daniels
(1963-05-09) 9 May 1963 (age 51)
London, England, UK
Other namesDanger Man
NationalityEngland English
Height5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Weight12 st 9 lb (80 kg)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
StyleKickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamThe Jet Center
Piston Kickboxing Gym
Team Daniels
TrainerMickey Byrne
Yuki Horiuchi
Rank     2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active1979-1993, 2008
Kickboxing record
Total41
Wins35
By knockout34
Losses5
Draws0
No contests1
Other information
OccupationActor
SpouseMericine
Children5
 
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Gary Daniels
File:Gary Daniels jpg.
BornGary Edward Daniels
(1963-05-09) 9 May 1963 (age 51)
London, England, UK
Other namesDanger Man
NationalityEngland English
Height5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Weight12 st 9 lb (80 kg)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
StyleKickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamThe Jet Center
Piston Kickboxing Gym
Team Daniels
TrainerMickey Byrne
Yuki Horiuchi
Rank     2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active1979-1993, 2008
Kickboxing record
Total41
Wins35
By knockout34
Losses5
Draws0
No contests1
Other information
OccupationActor
SpouseMericine
Children5

Gary Edward Daniels (born 9 May 1963) is a British actor and retired kickboxer who scored 34 knockout victories, and a former World Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion (P.K.A.); known for appearing in action-oriented martial arts B-films.[1] Daniels has performed in over 50 films since his start as an extra in an episode of the 1980s television series Miami Vice. He is best known for playing Kenshiro in the live-action version of Fist of the North Star. He is also known for his roles in the Jackie Chan film City Hunter, and as Bryan Fury in the 2010 live-action film Tekken, based upon the popular fighting game series. He was also seen in the Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables as Lawrence "The Brit" Sparks, an ally of the villain James Munroe.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gary Daniels was born in London, England, on May 9, 1963. Inspired by the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon, Daniels began training in martial arts at the age of 8 at a local school where he learned a hybrid martial art known as "Mongolian Kung Fu" that combined wing chun, boxing, Mongolian Wrestling and Wushu, that was found in late 1960's. He then took up taekwondo at 12 years old and received his black belt after 3 years. At 16, he became a 2nd dan and began competing in ITF taekwondo tournaments. His aggressive style did not sit well with British officials, however, and he lost 3 fights by disqualification.[3] Daniels also trains kickboxing, muay thai and wing chun.

Kickboxing career[edit]

Daniels began kickboxing at the age of seventeen under the tutelage of former British Army boxing champion Mickey Byrne. He debuted in 1979, and compiled a record of 13 victories (13 knockouts) and 3 defeats; including two matches with Jean-Claude Van Damme opponent, Michael J. Heming.[4]

In 1980, Daniels decided to leave England and move to the state of Florida in the United States to continue his career.

In his first United States match, Daniels defeated Sherman "Big Train" Bergman (The only kickboxer to have knocked down Jean-Claude Van Damme),[5] by decision at the Sunshine State Tournament in Coconut Grove, Florida.[3][5][6][7] However, in the quarter-finals of the tournament, Daniels was eliminated after he lost a 3-round decision.(Source, Miami Herald, March 7, 1980, Sports Section)

He rebounded with an 18-second knockout of Tim "Night Life" Williams at a WKBA event in Orlando, Florida before going on a barnstorming tour fighting in Texas, California and Florida.[1]

In the late 1980s, Daniels moved to California and began practicing Muay Thai at Benny Urquidez's Jet Center and Yuki Horiuchi's Piston Kickboxing Gym.

In November 1990, Daniels won the WKBA California State Light Heavyweight Championship and the PKA World Light Heavyweight Championship in England within the space of a month.

On December 3, 1991 in Birmingham, England, Daniels fought a 3-round, No Decision, exhibition match with 11-time World Kickboxing Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson at the World Martial Arts Extravaganza.

Gary Daniels retired from kickboxing in 1993 with a record of 35 wins (34 knockouts) and 4 defeats.

Fifteen years later in 2008, Daniels made a one-fight comeback in Thailand at the age of 45 and he lost by decision after 5 rounds.[8]

Acting career[edit]

Daniels began his film career in the Philippines, appearing in two low-budget films Final Reprisal and The Secret of King Mahis Island. His first starring film role was in the David Huey film Capital Punishment in 1991. He played a villain alongside Richard Norton in the film adaptation of City Hunter starring Jackie Chan; he was particularly known for a fight scene where he and Chan transform into various characters from the video game Street Fighter II. By 1996 Daniels had begun working on projects as a producer. His first producer credit occurred in the Joseph Merhi film Rage. Throughout his career he has also served as a fight coordinator. He can also be seen in the Steven Seagal project Submerged, directed by Anthony Hickox. He is still best known for portraying the heroic Kenshiro in the American live-action version of Japanese manga Fist of the North Star.

Among Daniels's fans, films that stand out include American Streetfighter, White Tiger, Bloodmoon, Recoil, Rage,, Riot, Firepower, Heatseeker and Cold Harvest. Fist of the North Star also holds a considerable cult following. In 2012 he was in a film called "The Encounter: Paradise Lost"

Gary portrayed Bryan Fury in the film version of the popular video game series Tekken. He also starred in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables as the Brit and appears in a controversial scene in which his neck is snapped.[9] Daniels re-teams with Steve Austin and Eric Roberts in Hunt to Kill.

Daniels was once considered for the role of Johnny Cage in the movie version of Mortal Kombat. He was also a front runner for the lead role in the hit series Highlander: The Series but lost the role to Adrian Paul.

Compared to martial arts actors such as Jet Li or Steven Seagal, Daniels's fighting style is much less classifiable. He has studied muay thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, boxing, ninjitsu, and Northern Shaolin kung fu. In his films, he employs a mixed martial arts style, leading with strong, sweeping kicks and sometimes engaging in close quarters fights with complex hand to hand choreography. As he mentions on the commentary track on the Fist of the North Star DVD, his main discipline is the hybrid kung fu art, Siu Lum Wong Gar Kune (Shaolin Wong Family Fist), which he studied under Sifu Winston Omega, who also served as fight choreographer on Fist of the North Star.

Personal life[edit]

He has five children with his wife, Maricyn.

Titles[edit]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987Dragnet
1988Final ReprisalDavid CallahanFirst Lead Role
The Secret Of King Mahis IslandChuckSecond Lead Role
1991Ring of FireBudFirst time partnered with Don "The Dragon" Wilson
In BetweenThe Guardian
Capital PunishmentJames ThayerLead Role
1992Jin san jiao qun ying huiMartial Artist in Prologue
Final ImpactNick's Club Fighter
Deadly BetFletch
Bloodfist IV: Die TryingScarfaceSecond time partnered with Don "The Dragon" Wilson
American StreetfighterJake TannerLead Role and Also Fight Choreographer
1993City HunterKimFirst time partnered with Jackie Chan
American Streetfighter 2:Full ImpactJared TaskinLead Role and Also Fight Choreographer
KnightsDavid
FirepowerNick SledgeLead Role
1994Pocket NinjasThe White DragonLead Role.but not released until 1997
Deadly TargetCharles PrinceLead Role
1995Fist of the North StarKenshirôLead Role
HeatseekerXao
RageAlex GainerLead Role and Also Associate Producer
1996White TigerMike RyanLead Role
Hawk's VengeanceEric HawkeLead Role and Also Fight Choreographer
1997BloodmoonKen O'HaraLead Role and Also Associate Producer
RiotMaj. Shane AlcottLead Role
1998RecoilDet. Ray MorganLead Role and Also Associate Producer
SpoilerRoger MasonLead Role
1999No TomorrowJasonLead Role
Cold HarvestRoland Chaney/Oliver ChaneyLead Role
Delta Force One: The Lost PatrolCapt. James WellfordLead Role
2000Ultimate TargetThomas CaneLead Role and Unreleased to date. Title also changed to Ultimate Target
City of FearSteve RobertsLead Role
Fatal BladeRichard FoxLead Role and Also Associate Producer
2001Queen´s MessengerCaptain Anthony StrongLead Role
Witness to a KillCaptain Anthony StrongLead Role and its a Sequel to Queen´s Messenger
2002EpicenterNick ConstantineLead Role
Black FridayDean CampbellLead Role and Also Producer
2004RetrogradeMarkusFirst time partnered with Dolph Lundgren
2005SubmergedCol. Sharpe
2006ReptilicantRyan MooreLead Role
2007Immortally YoursSebastian
2008Dark SecretsDarryl Van DykeLead Role
2009La LineaMartinFirst time partnered with Andy Garcia
2010Game of DeathZander
TekkenBryan Fury
The ExpendablesThe BritSecond time partnered with Dolph Lundgren
First time partnered with Jet Li, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Roberts
Hunt to KillJensenStraight to DVD
Second time partnered with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Roberts
Across the LineMichaelsSecond time partnered with Andy Garcia
The Lazarus PapersSebastian Riker
2011Johnny's GoneUnknown
Forced To FightShaneLead Role and fight choreographer
2012The MarkJoseph PikeThird time partnered with Eric Roberts
A Stranger In Paradise (film)Derek
Encounter: Paradise LostCharlie Doles
Mark 2: RedemptionJoseph PikeFourth time partnered with Eric Roberts
The RogueKiefer
LibertyAgent Gunner
2013Branson's CountryUnknownrumored
Human FactorChad
2013Payday 2 Web SeriesHector

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

References[edit]

  • Miami Herald, 5 March 1980, Sports: NOVICE (Division): "Lightmiddleweight-Gary Daniels def. Sherman Bergman".
  • INSIDE KUNG-FU PRESENTS: KICKBOXING-SPORT OF THE 90s, August 1993, Front page story-HIS GAME IS A FOOT! Gary Daniels trades the ring for the reel thing.

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