Chris Casamassa

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Chris Casamassa
Born (1965-01-17) January 17, 1965 (age 49)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality Italian American
Other names Sometimes credited as Chris Casamasa, Chris Cassamassa, Chris Kasamasa
Occupation Martial artist, actor, stuntman
Spouse(s) Michelle Casamassa

Chris Casamassa (born January 17, 1965) is an American martial artist of Italian descent, actor and stuntman who is best known for his role as Scorpion in the movie Mortal Kombat, which was based on the popular fighting-game series. He was unavailable for the second movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, due to scheduling conflicts with Batman & Robin (where he doubled for George Clooney), but he was able to return as Scorpion in the TV show, Mortal Kombat: Konquest. He is the son of martial arts guru and Red Dragon Karate founder Louis D. Casamassa. They appeared together in the film 'Sword of Heaven' in 1985.

Karate[edit]

Casamassa is also the President of the successful Red Dragon Karate Schools, which were founded by his father. As a national competitor on the North American Karate Association circuit (N.A.S.K.A) Casamassa was the #1 forms competitor in the country for four consecutive years.

Biography[edit]

Chris started his martial arts training in 1969 at the age of 4 and has been actively seeking knowledge ever since. He made his first degree Black belt at the age of 10, and recently reached a milestone at the end of 2004 when he was awarded his 8th degree Black Belt in Red Dragon Karate, He also has earned his 3rd degree Black belt in Shōrin-ryū under long time mentor and friend Steve Fisher.

Chris’ professional tournament career started in 1982 and when he retired from professional competition in 1992 he had amassed a very impressive string of titles: He was a 4 time national open forms champion, along with 2 national weapons titles, and a top 5 rated middleweight fighter.

Besides his outstanding tournament record Chris went from the pro competition tour directly into films and Television shows. The first of which was directly attributed to his Grand Champion performance at Joe Corley’s “Battle of Atlanta” On Mr. Corley’s recommendation Pat Johnson, the fight choreographer behind smash hits such as The Karate Kid 1-4” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and dozens of other top films, took a chance on Chris, in a small film which starred his longtime pal Mike Bernardo called “Shoot fighter” producers from a new TV show called “W.M.A.C. Masters” liked what they saw and called Chris to star in the series with the top ten sport competition stars of the time, The show had a great run for 3 years on FOX and was rated #1 in its time period. These first two gigs helped him land the role for which most people now recognize him. The role of “Scorpion” in the hit film “Mortal Kombat.” From there Chris also doubled for George Clooney as Batman in the film Batman & Robin”

Later this year Chris will appear in back to back projects. Immediately on the horizon is the new reality TV show called: “Fight Guys” Airing exclusively on BLACK BELT TV. Chris will host the show with friend and long time mentor Steve Fisher. For more information about Chris, or for links to upcoming film and TV shows log onto his site www.chriscasamassa.com

Filmography[edit]

Year Film/television Role Notes
1984 The Karate Kid Tournament guest uncredited
1985 Sword of Heaven Martial Arts trainee
1988 Black Eagle Car stuntman scenes deleted
1988 A Mission to Kill (aka The Phoenix Report) Young Hank uncredited
1991 China O'Brien 2 Picnic punk #2 / Stunt fighter as Chris Casamasa
1992 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Ring lord #1 / Creon (Shootfighter) as Chris Kasamasa
1995 Mortal Kombat Scorpion
Mortal Kombat: Behind the Scenes Himself / Scorpion archive footage
1995–96 WMAC Masters Himself (his ki-symbol was "Red Dragon")
1997 Batman & Robin Batman stunt double
1998 Mortal Kombat: Konquest Takeda / Scorpion 4 episodes
Blade Stunt vampire
VIP Stuntman (1 episode)
1999 Martial Law Stunt henchman (episode 2.6)
2000 Mortal Kombat: Federation of Martial Arts Scorpion / Black Dragon Ninja online
Walker: Texas Ranger Assassin unknown episodes
Vendetta Brothers Bryce cancelled
2001 Seance Tony Alt. title: Killer in the Dark
A Real Job Bill
The Hunted Zack 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Templar knight
2003 How to be an Action Star Himself / Host
Across the Borderline Vinnie Cancelled, lack of funding
Element 2100 Leader of the Wind family Cancelled
2004 Sci-Fi Fighter The Karate Master Alt. title: X-Treme Fighter
2008 The Red Canvas Ring announcer Alt. title: Art of Submission
Chronicles of Foreverman Cancelled
2010 Foodfight! motion capture for 'Dex Dogtective' Awaiting release
2013 It's Dark Here Sensei Will In post production

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