Al Leong

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Al Leong
Born Albert Leong
(1952-09-30) September 30, 1952 (age 61)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other names Al 'Ka Bong'
Occupation Stuntman, actor

Albert "Al" Leong (born September 30, 1952), aka Al "Ka Bong", is an American stuntman and actor.[1] Characterized by his impressive martial arts skills (including Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Kali,& Jujutsu), long wavy hair, and a prominent Fu Manchu moustache, he has had a number of small but memorable roles as a henchman in some of the most popular action films (which usually resulted in his character's death), including Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and Lethal Weapon 4. He also collaborated with director John Carpenter in Big Trouble in Little China and They Live. Such appearances in many action films have garnered him a cult following.[2][3] However, his most prominent role is probably in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, as Genghis Khan.

Early life[edit]

Leong was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Los Angeles, California.[4][5]

Career[edit]

His credits include Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Joshua Tree, Big Trouble in Little China, The Scorpion King, and They Live.[1] and a recurring role on the first season of the TV series 24. He also portrayed an out-of-time Genghis Khan in the comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. In 2003, Leong lampooned himself as well as the Hollywood tradition of actor and director 'reels' by starring in screenwriter Dave Callaham's "Writer's Reel." In the five-minute short film, Leong portrayed Callaham going through a typical day in the life of a writer. The 'reel' was accepted into a number of short film festivals.[citation needed]

As a stuntman, Leong was involved with the production of numerous films including The Golden Child, Last Action Hero, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, and Daredevil. He also has made appearances on several television shows such as Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., The Twilight Zone, T. J. Hooker, MacGyver, That '70s Show, and HBO's Deadwood. He directed the low-budget film Daddy Tell Me A Story...[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2002 The Scorpion King Asian training master
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Nameless
1998 Godzilla Fisherman Also stunts
1998 The Replacement Killers Thug
1996 Escape from L.A. A Shadow Warrior Also stunts
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Nameless Also stunts
1994 Deadly Target Nameless
1994 The Shadow Nameless
1994 Vanishing Son III Nameless
1994 Double Dragon Lewis, villain’s right-hand man Also stunts
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Pit-fighting fan Also stunts
1993 Last Action Hero Thug
1993 Joshua Tree Chinese gunman #9
1992 Hard Hunted Raven, henchman
1992 Rapid Fire Minh, Asian gangster’s right-hand man
1992 Steel Justice Guard #2
1991 The Perfect Weapon Nameless Also stunts
1991 Showdown in Little Tokyo Thug Also stunts
1990 Death Warrant Bruce, thug
1990 I Come in Peace Luggage salesman
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Genghis Khan
1989 Black Rain Nameless
1989 Cage “Tiger Joe” Lowell
1989 Savage Beach Fu
1988 Action Jackson Dellaplane’s chauffeur
1988 Die Hard Uli, terrorist
1988 She's Having a Baby Photographer
1988 They Live Resistance member
1987 Lethal Weapon Endo
1986 Big Trouble in Little China Wing Kong hatchet man
1984 Protocol Chef
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Nameless

Television[edit]

  • Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: "The Warlord" (1994), also stunt coordinator
  • The A-Team: "Asian-Looking Thug" in episode Lease with an Option to Die (episode # 4.4) 1985-10-22, "Thug at boat" in episode The Maltese Falcon (episode # 2.13)1983-12-13
  • The Equalizer: uncredited in episode China Rain (episode # 1.2)
  • The Greatest American Hero: uncredited extra in episode Thirty Seconds Over Little Tokyo (episode # 39) 1983-02-03
  • Hart to Hart: "Tai-Chi Man" in episode Year of the Dog (episode # 5.10) 1983-12-13
  • Riptide: "Mister Yeem" in episode The Frankie Kahana Show (episode # 3.13) 1986-02-11
  • MacGyver: "Wayne H. Lim" in episode Murderers' Sky (episode # 3.20) 1988-05-09
  • Renegade:
  • T. J. Hooker: "Nabutsu Hood #1" (uncredited) in episode Blood Sport (episode # 5.88) 1986-05-21
  • 24: "Neill" in four episodes of the first season
  • That '70s Show: "Kung-Fu Master/Ninja Warrior" in the episode Jackie Moves On (episode # 2.22) 2000-04-03

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al Leong". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Al Leong". Hey! It's That Guy!. Fametracker. August 8, 2001. Retrieved June 19, 2007. 
  3. ^ As of June 2007, the fan site Al Leong: Cinematic Legend campaigns for Al Leong receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by Taurus World Stunt Awards and a 'MTV - Lifetime Achievement Award'.
  4. ^ An Exclusive Interview with Al Leong, World Wide Dojo
  5. ^ A chat with AL LEONG – martial artist & stuntman extraordinaire — Chiller Theatre, Planetchocko.com

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