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Wiseguy 11/24/2009 6:09:00 PM

lol pony, Bruce Leeroy

FerretJohn 11/24/2009 8:15:42 PM

and now we slip never-so-quietly into the silliness portion of the debates....

hanso 11/25/2009 6:41:35 AM

Wait, there was a serious portion to this?

midwest216 11/25/2009 6:49:07 AM

For the record: Chuck Norris isnt white, I read a post somewhere about Latinos, Hispanics, etc that changed their names to fit into the mainstream. Someone check that...but I'm pretty sure that was the case. He looks white but he has some kind of mixed heritage like for example Charle Sheen, his real last name is Estevez.

kduval 11/25/2009 10:20:49 AM

I think the order should be

1.Bruce Lee

2.Donnie Yen

3.Jet Li

4.Tony Jaa

5.Jackie Chan

6.Chuck Norris

7.JCVD

8.Steven Seagal

FerretJohn 11/25/2009 12:03:24 PM

For the record Norris is white, not that that matters in any way whatsoever.  His family background is Irish and Cherokee.  And Charlie Sheen (aka Carlos Estevez) didn't take his name to "fit into the mainstream", he took it in honor of his father Martin Sheen (Ramon Estevez, half Irish and Spanish).  And Martin took his stage name (after Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen) to hide his career choice from his father who disapproved of it, at least until Martin became a major success.  Neither Norris nor the Sheens have ever made any secret of their ancestry.

hanso 11/25/2009 1:32:16 PM

Wrong.  Chuck Norris is 2 parts beard, 1 part awesome, 3 parts bad ass and 4 parts deadly roundhouse kick to the face.

jjwet35 11/26/2009 8:35:50 AM

First off, how can Sammo Hung not be on this list?!  He was very influential in Hong Kong martial arts cinema over the years.  I should know as I am from Hong Kong. 

In general, this list is pretty dead on, especially the first 2 entries.  When I first read the article, I was pretty sure Donnie Yen would have been forgotten, but to my pleasant surprise, he is here. 

Unfortunately, there are a couple of stinkers.  First off, for anyone to be on this list, they should be a martial artist of some sort, as well as being an actor/actress.  This is where 2 of the people on this list should be written off, named, Zhang Ziyi, and Stephen Chow.  Zhang Ziyi is an actress of from China, that happened to be in a couple of very famous martial arts movies, namely Crouching Tiger, and Rush Hour 3.  Her martial arts background is non-existent. 

Secondly, Stephen Chow, if you've followed his movie career, is akin to Adam Sandler in America.  He is a great comedian, who has been in a ton of very funny movies.  Don't miss them if you are a fan of his.  Recently, he has shown an interest in maritial arts, namedly Kung Fu Hustle (which is a terrible martials movie, btw, and not a very good comedy either) and Green Hornet.

I also wanted to say my piece too about Chuck Norris, and Van Damme.  There is no way in the world you can make a list like this and exclude those 2.  A great martial arts actor shouldn't be limited to being asian.  Tony Jaa is great, if you want to add someone great, but new to the list, but he probably needs to do this a few more years before someone should put him on a list like this.

ninjaBam 11/28/2009 10:44:31 AM

 Bruce Lee owns all...110 mph roundhouse kicks, constantly stopped filming cause he gets challenged.nuff said people nuff said. 

RandomChance 11/30/2009 4:46:49 PM

I think it's an outrage that Kurt Thomas wasn't on this list! I mean, haven't any of you seen Gymkata?! This clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gTkUcXGF_Q shows just how revolutionary and amazing his fighting skills are, and... ok, ok. I'll be serious now.

This is a pretty solid list, and I'm also really happy to see Donny Yen getting some well deserved credit. Dude kicks major ass.

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