Action hero

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This article is about male action heroes. For action heroines, see list of female action heroes.
The old-school action film heroes
Chuck Norris
Jet Li
Jason Statham
Dwayne Johnson
Vin Diesel
Donnie Yen

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 swashbuckler films, Westerns on television, old-time radio, adventure novels, dime novels, pulp magazines, and folklore.

Male action heroes[edit]


Classic action heroes[edit]

New action heroes[edit]



Video games[edit]



Further reading[edit]

  • 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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