Simon Kuke (also written as Simon Kook)[1] is a Thai actor, action choreographer, director, and producer.

Simon Kuke
Born
Sarut Khanwilai
(formerly Suchat Khanwilai)
ไซม่อน กุ๊ก

1981 (age 41–42)
Alma materThe Institute of Physical Education Mahasarakham - Bachelor of Science Program in Sports Science
University (postgraduate) Institute of Physical Education, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand
Occupations
  • Actor
  • action choreographer
  • director
  • producer
Years active2004–present

BackgroundEdit

Kuke, whose Thai name is Sarut Khanwilai (formerly Suchat Khanwilai; Thai: ศรุต ขันวิไล, สุชาติ ขันวิไล), was born in Kalasin province.[2] He liked action films since childhood, especially martial arts films and the Shaw Brothers' wuxia films. His favorite actors included Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and legendary Thai action star Panna Rittikrai.

While he was a freshman at The Institute of Physical Education Mahasarakham, Tony Jaa, who was an upperclassman, would put on a stunt show for students to see. This impressed Kuke and served as his inspiration to become a stuntman.[2]

He started in the film industry by persuading Panna Rittikrai to give him a role as stand-in for Tony Jaa in Tom-Yum-Goong (2005) and Ong Bak 2 (2008); in the meantime, he also acted in several films under Sahamongkol Film International such as The Bodyguard (2004), Scared (2005), Mercury Man (2006), The Bodyguard 2 (2007), Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010), and the Malaysian film 8 Jam (2012).[1] He has worked in the film industry for over 15 years.[3]

In 2011, Kuke featured in the low-budget comedy film The Microchip as a supporting actor. In 2015, he co-starred with Donnie Yen in the Hong Kong kung fu film Ip Man 3 as "Suchart", a Muay Thai assassin. In the film, he fights with Ip Man, played by Yen, in a small elevator and a narrow staircase.[2]

In 2017, he starred in the Thai television series Last Legend on Channel 7 as "Nan Kam", the Northern fighter; this character plays an important role from the 12th episode until the end of the series.[4]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Bodyguard Stunts
2005 Tom-Yum-Goong Stunt double: Tony Jaa
Scared Uncredited
2006 Mercury Man Uncredited
2007 The Bodyguard 2 Stunts
2008 Ong Bak 2 Stunt double: Tony Jaa
2010 Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya Uncredited
2010 Bangkok Knockout Stunts
2011 The Microchip Captain Nat listed as Simon Kook on IMDb
2012 8 Jam Thai Thug Uncredited
2013 Lari Rafie
2014 Skin Trade Stunt double: Tony Jaa
2015 Ip Man 3 Suchart (Muay Thai Master)
2016 The Last Assignment / Ib Ntsais Muang 2 Sam
2018 Vampire Reborn
2020 Dinh Mu Suong
2020 Red Cargo Kham
2022 Fistful of Vengeance[5]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Last Legend Nan Kam
2018 Lep Krut Hag Liam

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Entertainment Now (19 ม.ค. 59) ศรุต ขันวิไล ปะทะฉากแอคชั่นสุดมันส์ใน ยิปมัน 3". MONO29 (in Thai). 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c ฟ้าสั่งมาเจ็บ!! ศิษย์น้องจา พนม "ศรุต ขันวิไล" สตั๊นท์แมนเลือดไทยโกอินเตอร์. ASTV Manager (in Thai). 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  3. ^ พูลแสง, วรากร (2016-02-09). 'ศรุต ขันวิไล' "ในวันที่ข้าพเจ้าได้ต่อยกับ ดอนนี่ เยน". Mthai.com (in Thai). Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  4. ^ มือเหนือเมฆย้อนหลัง 13 ก.ค.60 คลิป 2/7. Channel 7 (in Thai). 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  5. ^ Vo, David (February 26, 2021). "Jason Tobin & Simon Kook Joins Iko Uwais & Lewis Tan in Wu Assassins Follow-Up". M.A.A.C. Retrieved March 29, 2021.

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