Gary Daniels

Gary Edward Daniels (born 9 May 1963) is an English actor, producer, martial artist, fight coordinator and former world light heavyweight kickboxing champion. Born and raised in London, England, Daniels started to take martial arts lessons at the age of eight. By his late teens, he became a competitive kickboxer. In 1980, Daniels moved to the United States to continue the sport. In 1990, he won the WKBA California State Light Heavyweight Championship and the PKA World Light Heavyweight Championship.

Gary Daniels
BornGary Edward Daniels
(1963-05-09) 9 May 1963 (age 58)
London, England
NationalityEnglish
Height5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
Weight12 st 9 lb (80 kg)
DivisionMiddleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach77.5 in (197 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
StanceSouthpaw
Fighting out ofCalifornia, United States
TeamThe Jet Center
Piston Kickboxing Gym
Team Daniels
TrainerMickey Byrne
Yuki Horiuchi
Rank2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active1979–2008
Kickboxing record
Total5
Wins4
By knockout2
Losses1
Amateur record
Total35
Wins31
By knockout30
Losses4
Other information
OccupationActor, producer, martial artist, fight coordinator, kickboxer

Daniels is also an action film leading man, starting with Final Reprisal (1998), and The Secret of King Mahis Island (1988). He followed up with Capital Punishment (1991), American Streetfighter (1992), Deadly Target (1994), Fist of the North Star (1995), Bloodmoon (1996), Recoil,(1997), Spoiler (1998), Misfire (2014), Skin Traffik (2015), etc. He also plays supporting roles, some of these credits are City Hunter (1993), The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008), Tekken, (2009), The Expendables (2010), I Am Vengeance (2018), Kung Fu (2021), etc.

Early lifeEdit

Gary Daniels was born in London, England, on 9 May 1963.[citation needed] Daniels said that at the age of eight he was inspired to learn martial arts after seeing the trailer of the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon. Following this, Daniels said he joined a kung-fu school for three to four years, after he made the switch to taekwondo where he received a black belt in his mid-teens.[1] 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.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

1979-1995: Kickboxing career to action film leading manEdit

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. Daniels early matches in England and in the United States were amateur matches.[2]

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

Daniels had an amateur kickboxing record of 31 wins, 30 by knockout and 4 defeats.[citation needed]

By 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. He also became a professional kickboxer.[citation needed]

In 1988, Daniels starred in the action films Final Reprisal, and The Secret of King Mahis Island.[citation needed] According to Daniels, a talent agent introduced him to a production company in the Philippines, with whom he made them.[1]

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.[citation needed]

In 1991, Daniels acted in Ring of Fire,[3] and starred in Capital Punishment.[4] On 3 December 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.[citation needed] Daniels retired with an undefeated professional kickboxing record of 4-0-0 with 2 knockouts.[citation needed]

In 1992, Daniels acted in Final Impact,[5] Deadly Bet,[6] and Bloodfist IV: Die Trying.[7] Also that year, he starred in American Streetfighter.[8]

In 1993, he acted in City Hunter,[9] Knights,[10] and Firepower[11] That year, he starred in Full Impact.[12]

In 1994, he starred in Deadly Target.[13]

In 1995, Daniels starred in Fist of the North Star,[14] White Tiger,[15] and Rage.[16] Also that year, Daniels acted in Heatseeker.[17]

1996-2009: Subsequent filmsEdit

In 1996, Daniels acted in Bloodmoon,[18] Hawk's Vengeance,[19] and Riot.[20]

In 1997, he starred in Recoil,[21] and acted in Pocket Ninjas.[22]

In 1998, he starred No Tomorrow,[23] Spoiler,[24] and Cold Harvest.[25]

In 1999, Daniels acted an the episode television show Sons of Thunder,[26] and the film Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol.[27]

In 2000, Daniels starred in Black Friday,[28] Fatal Blade,[29] and City of Fear.[30]

In 2001, he starred Epicenter,[31] Queen's Messenger,[32] and Witness to a Kill.[33]

In 2004 Daniels acted in Retrograde.[34]

In 2005, Daniels acted in Submerged.[35]

In 2008, he played the role of Ed Parker in biographical mini series The Legend of Bruce Lee.[36] Also, Daniels made a one-fight comeback in Thailand at the age of 45 and he lost by decision after 5 rounds.[37] That year, he acted in Dark Secrets,[38] Cold Earth,[39] and Kiss of the Vampire.[40]

In 2009 he acted in La Linea,[41] and played the character Bryan Fury in the video game adaptation Tekken.[42]

2010 to present day: Current rolesEdit

In 2010, Daniels played a supporting role in The Expendables.[43][44] Also in 2010, Daniels acted in Hunt to Kill,[45] The Lazarus Papers,[46] and Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright.[47]

In 2011, he acted in Game of Death and Johnny's Gone.[48][additional citation(s) needed]

In 2012, Daniels acted in The Encounter: Paradise Lost,[49] The Mark,[50] and Santa's Summer House.[51] That year he starred in Forced to Fight.[52]

In 2013, Daniels acted in The Mark 2: Redemption,[53] Payday 2,[citation needed] and A Stranger in Paradise.[54]

In 2014, he returned to the role of Bryan Fury in Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge.[55] Also that year, he played the lead in Misfire.[56]

In 2015 he acted in Zero Tolerance,[57] and Dancin': It's On!.[58] That year, he played the lead in Skin Traffik.[59]

In 2016, he acted in The Wrong Child,[60] and starred in Rumble.[61]

In 2018, he acted in I Am Vengeance,[62] and Astro.[63]

In 2021, he acted an episode of Kung Fu.[citation needed]

Martial arts and fitnessEdit

Daniels 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.[citation needed]

Daniels said his main discipline is Siu Lum Wong Gar Kune (Shaolin Wong Family Fist), and studies with Sifu Winston Omega.[1]

TitlesEdit

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Final Reprisal David Callahan First lead role
The Secret of King Mahis Island Chuck Second lead role
1991 Ring of Fire Bud First time partnered with Don "The Dragon" Wilson
In Between The Guardian
Capital Punishment James Thayer Lead Role
1992 Jin san jiao qun ying hui Martial Artist in Prologue
Final Impact Nick's Club Fighter
Deadly Bet Fletch
Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Scarface Second time partnered with Don "The Dragon" Wilson
American Streetfighter Jake Tanner Lead role and also fight choreographer
1993 City Hunter Kim First time partnered with Jackie Chan
Full Impact Jared Taskin Lead role and also fight choreographer
Hardcase Tom Hawke / Hardcase Lead role
Knights David
Firepower Nick Sledge Lead role
1994 Pocket Ninjas The White Dragon Lead role, but not released until 1997
Deadly Target Charles Prince Lead role
1995 Fist of the North Star Kenshiro Lead role
Heatseeker Xao
Rage Alex Gainer Lead role and also associate producer
1996 White Tiger Mike Ryan Lead role
Hawk's Vengeance Eric Hawke Lead role and also fight choreographer
1997 Bloodmoon Ken O'Hara Lead role and also associate producer
Riot Maj. Shane Alcott Lead role
1998 Recoil Det. Ray Morgan Lead role and also associate producer
Spoiler Roger Mason Lead role
1999 No Tomorrow Jason Lead role
Cold Harvest Roland Chaney/Oliver Chaney Lead role
Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol Capt. James Wellford Lead role
2000 The Ides of March Thomas Cane Lead role and unreleased to date. Title also changed to Ultimate Target
City of Fear Steve Roberts Lead role
Fatal Blade Richard Fox Lead role and also associate producer
2001 Queen's Messenger Captain Anthony Strong Lead role
Witness to a Kill Captain Anthony Strong Lead role and it's a sequel to Queen's Messenger
2002 Epicenter Nick Constantine Lead role
Black Friday Dean Campbell Lead role and also producer
2004 Retrograde Markus First time partnered with Dolph Lundgren
2005 Submerged Col. Sharpe
2006 Reptilicant Ryan Moore Lead role
2007 Immortally Yours Sebastian
2008 Dark Secrets Darryl Van Dyke Lead role
2009 La Linea Martin First time partnered with Andy Garcia
Tekken Bryan Fury
2010 Game of Death Zander
The Expendables Lawrence "The Brit" Sparks Second time partnered with Dolph Lundgren
First time partnered with Jet Li, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Roberts
Hunt to Kill Jensen Straight to DVD
Second time partnered with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Roberts
Across the Line Michaels Second time partnered with Andy Garcia
The Lazarus Papers Sebastian Riker
2011 Johnny's Gone Unknown
Forced To Fight Shane Lead role and fight choreographer
2012 The Mark Joseph Pike Third time partnered with Eric Roberts
A Stranger in Paradise Derek
The Encounter: Paradise Lost Charlie Doles
The Mark: Redemption Joseph Pike Fourth time partnered with Eric Roberts
The Rogue Kiefer
Liberty Agent Gunner
2013 Branson's Country Unknown rumored
Human Factor Chad
Payday 2 Web Series Hector
2014 Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge Bryan Fury
Quyên Hans
Misfire Cole Lead role
2015 Skin Traffik Bradley Lead role.
Second time partnered with Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen and Jeff Fahey.
Fifth time partnered with Eric Roberts.
Rumble David Goran Lead role
Zero Tolerance Sammy aka 2 Guns: Zero Tolerance
Dancin': It's On! Jerry August
2016 The Wrong Child Charles
Rumble David
2018 I Am Vengeance Hatcher Uncredited
Astro Jack Adams

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Miami Vice Male stripper Episode: "Walk-Alone"
Uncredited
1999 Sons of Thunder Lannark Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
2008 The Legend of Bruce Lee Ed Parker 2 episodes
2013 Payday Hector Episode: "Hector"
2021 Kung Fu Master Drake Episode: Guidance

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Payday 2 Hector

Professional kickboxing recordEdit

Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2008 Loss   Thailand Decision 5 3:00
1993-00 Win   Professional Karate Association London, England KO
1992-00 Win   Professional Karate Association London, England KO
1991-12-03 No Decision   Don "The Dragon" Wilson World Martial Arts Extravaganza Birmingham, UK Exhibition 3
1990-11 Win   Professional Karate Association London, England
Wins PKA World Light Heavyweight Championship.
1990-11 Win   World Kick Boxing Association California, USA
Wins WKBA California State Light Heavyweight Championship.

ReferencesEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • Combat, January 1992. Front-page story: Gary Daniels the best of British!. Volume: 18. Number: 1.
  • Combat, April 1992. Front-page story: Gary Daniels! Fight for your life. Volume: 18. Number: 4.
  • Inside Karate, July 1992. Front-page story: Gary Daniels British kickboxing champ is box office gold.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, January 1993. Front-page story: True Brit. Volume: 5. Number: 8.
  • Inside Kung-Fu presents kickboxing sport of the 90s, August 1993. Front-page story: His game is foot! Gary Daniels trades the ring for the reel thing.
  • Impact, July 1994. Front-page story: Gary Daniels in Deadly Target.
  • Inside Tae Kwon Do, November 1994. Front-page story: How To Finish With a Kick. Volume: 3. Number: 6.
  • Martial Arts Movies, December 1994. Front-page story: Brit Gary Daniels stars as Japan's biggest cult hero.
  • Impact, May 1995. Front-page story: Manga movie mania.
  • Impact, October 1996. Front-page story: Fist of the North Star.
  • Combat, October 1995. Front-page story: Gary Daniels the Heatseeker!. Volume: 21. Number: 10.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, December1995. Front-page story: Exclusive Gary Daniels enter the white tiger. Volume: 8. Number: 7.
  • Combat, August 1996. Front-page story: Gary Daniels west beats east. Volume: 22. Number: 8.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, August 1996. Front-page story: Gary Daniels at the 'Clash' spectacular success. Volume: 9. Number: 8.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, January 1997. Front-page story: Gary Daniels exclusive. Volume: 9. Number: 8.
  • Tae Kwon Do and Korean Combat Arts, February and March 1996. Front-page story: Gary Daniels Fist of the North Star. Volume: 1. Number: 3
  • Budo Journal, March 1998. Front-page story: Gary Daniels.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, April, 1998. Front-page story: Mai talks with action stars Gary Daniels & Kevin Brewerton. Volume: 10. Number: 11.
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, December 1998. Front-page story: Gary Daniels movies, training, and more! Volume: 1. Number: 5.
  • Rock! Schock! Pop!, 19 December 2012. Jane, Ian: Forced To Speak! An Interview With Gary Daniels At Rock! Shock! Pop!
  • Martial Arts Illustrated, November 2013. Front-page story: Gary Daniels talks action cinema. Volume: 26. Number: 6.

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