Gary Daniels

Biography

Action film star Gary Daniels was a real-life kick-boxing champion. With rugged good-looks, a muscular build and a charming personality, it was a natural for him to move from the world of fighting to that of acting. Born Gary Edward Daniels on May 9, 1963 in Working, Surrey, England, Daniels was a childhood fan of legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee. He followed his idol by studying Kung Fu. Demonstrating a natural ability for the sport of full-contact karate (also known as kick-boxing), Daniels embarked on a ring career with the dream of winning a world title. Fighting in tournaments in England, Daniels' aggressive ring style made him a fan favorite, but did not sit well with the British officials. Daniels posted a 12-3-0 kick-boxing record with all 12 victories by knockouts. All three of defeats were by disqualification,including one to Micheal J. Heming; future Jean-Claude Van Damme opponent. Daniels decided that his best bet was to fight in the United States, so he traveled to Florida and began competing there. In 1980, Daniels made his United States debut at the Sunshine State Tournament in Miami. In his opening match, Daniels defeated local favorite 'Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman', who a year earlier had lost to Jean-Claude Van Dammeat the World Full-Contact Championships. However, in his next fight, Daniels was eliminated from the tournament after he lost a 3 round decision. The sport of kick-boxing was taking off in Southern California, and after a few matches, Gary Daniels decided to leave Florida and continue his career in California. He soon established himself as a top contender for the world title. He appeared in numerous martial arts magazines, and his knockout streak continued to grow. Soon after winning the PKA (Professional Karate Association) Lightheavyweight Kickboxing Championship, Daniels decided to retire from active competition. It was 1993, and Daniels ended his fighting days with a 22-4-0 (21 knockouts) record. His ring fame helped land him small roles in the hit television series, Miami Vice. Daniels later traveled to the Philippines to make martial arts films. From there Gary went into mainstream film-making; acting in over 45 movies, as well as producing some of his own motion pictures. Gary Daniels reportedly made a comeback in Thailand at the age of 45, but after losing a decision, he decided to end any future thoughts of fighting.

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Birth Name

Gary Edward Daniels

Birth Place

London, England, UK

Birth Date

5/9/1963
Known For
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Hunt To Kill

Jensen

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Fist of the North Star

Kenshiro

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Epicentre

Nick Constantine

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The Lazarus Papers

Sebastian Riker

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Retrograde

Markus

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I Am Vengeance

Hatcher

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Zero Tolerance

Sammy

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Recoil

Det. Ray Morgan

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Riot

Maj. Shane Alcott

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Forced to Fight

Shane Slavin

Starring In
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Repeater

Henrik Botha

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The Gardener

Volker

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I Am Vengeance

Hatcher

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Astro

Jack Adams

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Rumble

David Goran

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Dancin' It's On

Jerry August

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Zero Tolerance

Sammy

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Skin Traffik

Bradley

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Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge

Bryan Fury

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Misfire

Cole

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A Stranger in Paradise

Derek

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The Mark 2: Redemption

Pike

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The Encounter: Paradise Lost

Charlie Doles

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Santa's Summer House

Dean

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The Mark

Joseph Pike

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Game of Death

Zander

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Forced to Fight

Shane Slavin

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Across The Line

Michaels

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Hunt To Kill

Jensen

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Tekken

Bryan Fury

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The Expendables

The Brit

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The Lazarus Papers

Sebastian Riker

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The Legend of Bruce Lee

Ed Parker

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The Day the Earth Stopped

Himself (uncredited)

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The Line

Martin

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Dark Secrets

Darryl Van Dyke

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Legend Of Bruce Lee

(unknown episodes, 2007)

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Immortally Yours

Sebastian

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Submerged

Col. Sharpe

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Retrograde

Markus

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Diamond Cut Diamond - Hart und unerbittlich

Captain Strong

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City of Fear

Steve Roberts

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Black Friday

Dean Campbell

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Queen's Messenger

Captain Anthony Strong

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Epicentre

Nick Constantine

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Cold Harvest

Roland Chaney / Oliver Chaney

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Delta Force One - The Lost Patrol

Capt. James Wellford

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No Tomorrow

Jason

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Recoil

Det. Ray Morgan

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Bloodmoon

Det. Ken O'Hara

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La Vengeance Du Faucon

Hawk

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Full Impact

Jared Taskin

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Spoiler

Roger Mason

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Riot

Maj. Shane Alcott

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White Tiger

Mike Ryan

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Fist of the North Star

Kenshiro

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Heatseeker

Xao

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Rage

Alex Gainer

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Deadly Target

Charles Prince

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Cinema of Vengeance

Himself (uncredited)

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Pocket Ninjas

The White Dragon

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Knights

David

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City Hunter

MacDonald's Main Henchman

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Firepower

Nick Sledge

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Final Impact

Nick's Club Fighter

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Bloodfist IV: Die Trying

Scarface

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American Streetfighter

Jake Tanner

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Capital Punishment

James Thayer

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Deadly Bet

Fletch

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Final Reprisal

David Callahan

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