Daniel Pesina

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Daniel Pesina
Born (1959-12-01) December 1, 1959 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Martial artist
Years active 1991 - present

Daniel Pesina (born December 1, 1959) is an American martial arts expert and a former employee of Midway. He is the actor who played Johnny Cage and ninjas Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, Smoke, and Noob Saibot in the video games Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II.[1] His younger brother Carlos, whom he worked with on the first two Mortal Kombat titles, remained with Midway until the company's closure.

Pesina appeared as one of Shredder's foot soldiers in the 1991 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.

In 1994, Daniel promoted BloodStorm (a rival fighting game to the Mortal Kombat series) in an advert, dressed up as Johnny Cage.[2] He had already parted from Midway at this time,[3] so his characters were played by different actors in subsequent installments: the ninja roles were taken over by John Turk in Mortal Kombat 3 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, while Johnny Cage would be played by Chris Alexander in Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Pesina and his brother Carlos also secretly worked on Tattoo Assassins, another competing game to Mortal Kombat.

In the 2003 martial arts movie Book of Swords, which also starred fellow MK actors Katalin Zamiar, Ho-Sung Pak and Richard Divizio, he played a hitman whose task was to take out the film's leading man.

Daniel and Carlos also appeared in a videogame-based comedy film entitled Press Start, which was released to DVD on September 25, 2007. Daniel's character is called Sasori, which is Japanese for Scorpion.

As of 2004, Daniel is a teacher at the Chicago Wushuguan School.


  1. ^ Mortal Kombat II, GameSpot, Retrieved, 22 Feb 2008
  2. ^ Jensen, K. Thor (2011-01-11). "Bloodstorm - The Scrubbiest Video Game Ads Ever". UGO.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  3. ^ Leone, Matt (2012-07-12). "Mortal Kombat's Johnny Cage, 20 years later | Polygon". Theverge.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 

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