Ray Park

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Ray Park
RayParkSpeakingFrontJun2011.jpg
Park in June 2011
BornRaymond Park
(1974-08-23) 23 August 1974 (age 39)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
OccupationActor, stuntman, martial artist
Years active1997–present
Website
http://www.raypark.com
 
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Ray Park
RayParkSpeakingFrontJun2011.jpg
Park in June 2011
BornRaymond Park
(1974-08-23) 23 August 1974 (age 39)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
OccupationActor, stuntman, martial artist
Years active1997–present
Website
http://www.raypark.com

Raymond "Ray" Park (born 23 August 1974) is a Scottish actor, stuntman and martial artist, best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Toad in X-Men, Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,[1][2] and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Edgar on Heroes.[3]

Early life[edit]

Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was brought up in Govan, Glasgow, and eventually moved with his family to London.

Park was introduced to martial arts by his father, who was a fan of Bruce Lee, and began training in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung Fu when he was seven years old. He added kickboxing and wushu to his hobbies by age 14. When he was 16, Park won Great Britain's Martial Arts National Championship for his class[citation needed] and then went to Malaysia to try to improve his skills. He went on to compete in martial arts tournaments around the world and brought home awards before turning his attention to acting in the late 1990s.[4][unreliable source?]

Career[edit]

He began working in films as a stunt double for the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, doing the stunts for both Robin Shou and James Remar. Park also did some cameos as monsters, including Baraka. All of these were non-speaking roles.[5]

In 1999, Park appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul. While the character had a few lines, Park's voice was dubbed over with that of actor Peter Serafinowicz. From his work on Star Wars, Park was cast in a cameo role in Fanboys as a Skywalker Ranch security guard who says, "Time for you to get mauled, boy," as he pulls out two nightsticks.

In addition to this acting work, he has also been Christopher Walken's fight stunt double for the film Sleepy Hollow. Park appeared in the scene where Walken's character, the Headless Horseman, murders the Killian family and Brom Bones, among others.[6]

Park posing with Vincent Pastore at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience.

Park had his first real speaking part in X-Men as Toad.

In December 2007, Park was confirmed for the role of Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, involving a variation of the international G.I. Joe force who fought the minions of Cobra in the comics.

He worked with comic book creator-turned-filmmaker Kevin VanHook in the film Slayer, starring in the dual roles of acrobatic twin vampires. This film also saw him appearing again with Sleepy Hollow co-star Casper Van Dien.

ComiCon 2007 saw the premiere of the teaser trailer for Descendants, another comic book adaptation based on an independent comic by writer Joey Andrade.[7]

Park appeared as Edgar in the fourth season of the television series Heroes.

Park was also included in the motion capture team of the 2008 James Bond video game adaptation of Quantum of Solace.

In the comic book-styled film Hellbinders, he plays a soulless mercenary who, along with an elite assassin (Johnny Yong Bosch) and the last remaining member of the long dead Knights Templar, Esteban Cueto, must overcome their innate mistrust of each other and join forces to defeat Legion before it opens the gates of hell itself and overruns the entire world. Park narrated on 26 February 2010 the introduction of The FireBreather, a car from Classic Design Concepts in Detroit Autorama 2010,[8] the vehicle is part of the supernatural thriller Jinn.[9]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Mortal Kombat: AnnihilationRaptor #3/Tarkatan (Baraka) #2also double for Robin Shou and James Remar
1999Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceDarth MaulNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Sleepy HollowHeadless Horseman
2000X-MenToad
2002Ballistic: Ecks vs. SeverA.J. Ross
2005Potheads: The MovieMr. D
2006SlayerAcrobatic Vampire Twins(Movie)
2007What We Do Is SecretBrendan Mullen
The Legend of Bruce LeeChuck Norris
2009FanboysTHX Security Guard #2
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraSnake Eyes
HeroesEdgarSeason four, recurring role
HellbindersMax
2009Spartacus: Motion ComicArkadiosNarrator
2010The King of FightersRugal Bernstein
2011Supah NinjasHarryEpisode: Kickbutt
2012JinnGabrielPost-production
2013G.I. Joe: RetaliationSnake Eyes

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