Jeff Imada

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Jeff Imada
Born (1955-06-17) June 17, 1955 (age 59)
Inglewood, California, United States
Occupation Actor, director and stuntman
Spouse(s) None

Jeff Imada (born June 17, 1955) is an American martial artist, stuntman, actor and director. He has performed stunts in over 100 films and television programs and authored one of the first books published in the US about the balisong knife. Jeff Imada is trained in Jeet Kune Do, Eskrima, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Shaolin Kung-Fu, Kendo & Boxing.

Life and career[edit]

Imada was born in Inglewood, California, USA, where he began studying martial arts at the age of fifteen. At El Camino College and UCLA, he majored in pre-med and minored in music as a classically-trained pianist.[1] While in college, he started working as a film "extra", which led to his becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Stunts Unlimited and the Directors Guild of America. Jeff Imada has been the technical advisor on numerous films, including Dutch (1991), Tango & Cash (1989), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Dreamscape (1984) and Streets of Fire (1984), and such television series as Magnum, P.I. (1980), Remington Steele (1982), Dynasty (1981), Matt Houston (1982), Airwolf (1984), Stingray (1986), Hart to Hart (1979) and Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982).

He was a close friend to Brandon Lee with whom he studied Jeet Kune Do under the tutelage of Dan Inosanto. He was the primary fight choreographer on Lee's final film, The Crow.[2]

Imada has authored two books on the history and use of the Balisong knife and designed a particular grind known as the "Imada high grind" for Pacific Cutlery that were ground by knifemaker Jody Samson.[3][4] The Balisong Manual was one of the first books published in the US about this unusual knife.

Jeff Imada has recently come to further attention by being the chief fight coordinator in the Matt Damon action films The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum as well as participating as the motion capture artist for the Xbox and PlayStation game The Bourne Conspiracy.[5]

Filmography[edit]

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  3. ^ Imada, Jeff (1984), The Balisong Manual, California: Unique Publications, p. 130, ISBN 0-86568-102-3 
  4. ^ Imada, Jeff (1987), The Advanced Balisong Manual, California: Unique Publications, p. 216, ISBN 0-86568-117-1 
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  13. ^ Pearry Teo(Director) (2007). The Gene Generation (DVD). Lionsgate. 
  14. ^ Kurt Voelker (Director) (2006). Park (DVD). Lionsgate. 
  15. ^ Simon West (Director) (2006). When a Stranger Calls (DVD). Screen gems. 
  16. ^ Curtis Hanson(Director) (2005). In Her Shoes (DVD). Fox 2000 Pictures. 
  17. ^ Joss Whedon (Director) (2005). Serenity (DVD). Universal Pictures. 
  18. ^ Doug Liman (Director) (2005). Mr. & Mrs. Smith (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  19. ^ Ari Ryan (director) (2005). The Hard Easy (DVD). HBO. 
  20. ^ Ethan Coen (director) (2004). The Lady Killers (DVD). Buena Vista. 
  21. ^ David Mamet (Director) (2004). Spartan (DVD). Columbia Pictures. 
  22. ^ Peter Farrelly (Director) (2003). Stuck on You (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 
  23. ^ Curtis Hanson (Director) (2001). 8 Mile (DVD). Universal. 
  24. ^ Reginald Hudlin(Director) (2002). Serving Sara (DVD). Paramount. 
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  26. ^ Stephen Herek (Director) (2001). Rock Star (DVD). Warner bros. 
  27. ^ "Evil stalks the Red Planet". New Straits Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). March 24, 2002. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
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  29. ^ Steven Brill (Director) (2000). Little Nicky (DVD). New Line. 
  30. ^ John Kaye,(director) (2000). Forever Lulu, (DVD). Buena Vista. 
  31. ^ Jon Turteltaub(Director) (2000). Disney's The Kid (DVD). Walt Disney. 
  32. ^ Dominic Sena (Director) (2000). Gone in 60 Seconds (DVD). Buena Vista. 
  33. ^ Curtis Hanson (director) (2000). Wonder Boys (DVD). Warner bros. 
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  35. ^ Frank Darabont (director) (1999). The Green Mile (DVD). Warner bros. 
  36. ^ Antonio Banderas (director) (1999). Crazy in Alabama (DVD). Columbia. 
  37. ^ Tony Scott (director) (1998). Enemy of the State (DVD). Buena Vista Pictures. 
  38. ^ Brett Ratner(director) (1998). Rush Hour (DVD). New Line. 
  39. ^ Stephen Norrington (director) (1998). Blade (DVD). New Line. 
  40. ^ F. Gary Gray (director) (1998). The Negotiator (DVD). Warner bros. 
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  42. ^ Michael Bay (Director) (1998). Armageddon (DVD). Buena Vista Pictures. 
  43. ^ John Carpenter (Director) (1998). Vampires (DVD). Columbia Pictures. 
  44. ^ Stuart Baird (director) (1998). U.S. Marshals (DVD). Warner bros. 
  45. ^ Antoine Fuqua (director) (1998). The Replacement Killers (DVD). Columbia. 
  46. ^ vid Hogan (director) (1997). Most Wanted (DVD). New Line. 
  47. ^ Steve Oedekerk(director) (1997). Nothing to Lose (DVD). Touchstone. 
  48. ^ Mick Jackson (Director) (1997). Volcano (DVD). 20th Century Fox Pictures. 
  49. ^ Tony Scott(Director) (1997). Spy Game (DVD). Universal Pictures. 
  50. ^ Roger Donaldson(Director) (1997). Dante's Peak (DVD). Universal Pictures. 
  51. ^ Dennis Dugan (Director) (1997). Beverly Hills Ninja (DVD). TriStar Pictures. 
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