Action hero

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This article is about male action heroes. For action heroines, see list of female action heroes.
Examples of actors who have played male action heroes:
Row 1: Sylvester Stallone · Arnold Schwarzenegger · Bruce Willis · Steven Seagal
Row 2: Dolph Lundgren · Jean-Claude Van Damme · Wesley Snipes · Jackie Chan

The archetypal action hero is the protagonist of an action movie or other entertainment which portrays action and adventure.[1] Other media in which such heroes appear include comic books, swashbuckler films, Westerns on television, old-time radio, adventure novels, dime novels, pulp magazines, and folklore.

Action heroes include

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bruce Lee

Bruce Willis

Charles Bronson

Chuck Norris

Clint Eastwood

Clive Owen

Cynthia Rothrock

Denzel Washington

Dolph Lundgren

Donnie Yen

Dwayne Johnson

Gary Daniels

Gerard Butler

Harrison Ford

Hugh Jackman

Jackie Chan

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean Reno

Jason Isaacs

Jason Statham

Jet Li

John Wayne

Keanu Reeves

Kurt Russell

Olivier Gruner

Lee Marvin

Liam Neeson

Linda Hamilton

Mark Dacascos

Mel Gibson

Michael Dudikoff

Michelle Yeoh

Milla Jovovich

Nicolas Cage

Paul Walker

Pierce Brosnan

Ray Park

Roger Moore

Scott Adkins

Sean Connery

Simon Yam

Steve McQueen

Steven Seagal

Sylvester Stallone

Tom Cruise

Tony Jaa

Uma Thurman

Val Kilmer

Vin Diesel

Wesley Snipes

Will Smith

Chow Yun-fat

Further reading[edit]

  • Daniels, Les. "DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes." Boston: Little Brown, 1995.
  • Osgerby, Bill, Anna Gough-Yates, and Marianne Wells. Action TV : Tough-Guys, Smooth Operators and Foxy Chicks. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Tasker, Yvonne. Action and Adventure Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2004.


  1. ^ Barna William Donovan (2010), Blood, guns, and testosterone: action films, audiences, and a thirst for violence, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 9780810872622 

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