Gary Edward Daniels (born 9 May 1963) is an English actor, a martial arts artist, a former World Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion (P.K.A.), a martial arts action film star, a producer, and a fight coordinator. At a young age, Daniels started to train in the martial arts. At seventeen, Daniels began kickboxing and compiled a record of 13 victories in England. Daniels moved to United States to pursue his kickboxing career and it led him to a professional career, with 33 knockout victories and held the title. Daniels who was also interested in films, starred in two motion pictures in 1988 made in the Philippines. These were Teddy Page’s action martial arts film Final Reprisal (1988), and the jungle adventure, The Secret of King Mahis Island (1988). Daniels returned to the US, and continued competing. From 1991 to 1994, Daniels was seen acting in several action and martial arts films, within those he had a supporting role in Albert Pyun’s Knights (1993), and played an adversary who had showdowns with Jackie Chan in Sing si lip yan (1993) and Don Wilson in Ring of Fire (1991), and Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992). On his own, Daniels was the star of the action films Capital Punishment (1991), American Streetfighter (1992), Firepower (1993), Full Impact (1993), and Deadly Target (1994).
In 1995, Daniels played the lead role of Kenshiro in Tony Randel’s American live-action version of Japanese manga Fist of the North Star. The film had a notable cast which included Costas Mandylor, Isako Washio Malcolm McDowell, among the many more. From its release on, the film was widely seen on television and on home video. While some disapproved of the liberties it took from its source material, it became a cult film over the years. From that point up until 2001, Daniels, now an established action film actor, acted in many films mixed between action, martial arts, and science fiction. Some of these efforts included Albert Pyun’s Heatseeker, Joseph Merhi’s Rage, Art Camacho’s Recoil, Jeff Burr’s Spoiler, Master P’s No Tomorrow, Isaac Florentine’s Cold Harvest, Joseph Zito’s Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol, Bloodmoon, White Tiger, Hawk’s Vengeance, Riot, Epicenter, Fatal Blade, City of Fear, Black Friday, Queen’s Messenger, and Witness to a Kill.
From 2004 on, Daniels took on more supporting roles, this includes the role of Ed Parker in the Bruce Lee biographical mini series The Legend of Bruce Lee, with contemporary martial artists Mark Dacascos, Ray Park, Ernest Miller, and Michael Jai White. He is also known for his supporting role as Bryan Fury in the 2009 live-action film Tekken, and its 2014 prequel, based upon the popular fighting game series. Daniels acted alongside Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, and Randy Couture in the Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables as Lawrence “The Brit” Sparks, an ally of the villain. Daniels appeared in La Linea , an action-crime film with an ensemble cast that includes Ray Liotta, Andy García, Armand Assante, etc. Next was Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright alongside Aidan Quinn, Andy García for the second time, Mario Van Peebles, etc. Other efforts among many include David DeCocteau’s The Wrong Child with Vivica A. Fox, the Wesley Snipes action vehicle Game of Death, Steve Austin’s action vehicle Hunt to Kill, Stu Bennett’s thriller I am Vengeance, etc. Some of the lead roles Daniels took are the martial arts fighting films Forced to Fight with Peter Weller, and Rumble. He was also the lead actor in the thriller Misfire, where he plays seasoned DEA agent, who descends into the underworld of Tijuana, and the jaded former hitman in Skin Traffik going against a gangster played by Mickey Rourke, with an ensemble cast including Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts, Michael Madsen, Jeff Fahey, Dominique Swain, and Alan Ford.
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