June 30, 1960 |
Klyn(Klijn) was born in New Zealand according to IMDB. His family relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, attended and graduated from Aiea High School. Living in Hawaii was where he learned to surf. He went on to compete on the pro surfing circuit at only 13 years of age. Klyn was a competitor of the World Wide Surf tour, and was allegedly one of the top five surfers worldwide during that time.
His first and probably most remembered film appearance was his film debut in the 1989 science fiction action film Cyborg, as the main villain Fender Tremolo, playing opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme as the hero, Gibson Rickenbacker. According to the audio commentary on the DVD for Urban Menace, director Albert Pyun found Klyn when he saw him surfing one day, and immediately thought he would be an excellent choice to play a villain, as he had an outstanding physique and intense look.
He went on to appear in minor roles in other surfer-films, like Red Surf (teaming up with George Clooney) in 1990, and Point Break (going up against Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in 1991, but with the exception of Gangland from 2000, he still got the bulk of his major roles in movies directed by Albert Pyun, like Bloodmatch, Kickboxer 2, Dollman, Nemesis, Knights, Blast, The Wrecking Crew, Copkiller, Urban Menace, and Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon from 2004.
Other roles that Klyn appeared in were mostly noted as on-screen personalities on the Baywatch television series throughout the 1990s and the 2000s.
Also had a bit role in Prey of the Jaguar as a thug working for the main antagonist "Bandera".
- Vincent Klyn at the Internet Movie Database
- Biographical notes from Cyborg publicity department
- Surf's Up LA - Vince Klyn (video interview)
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