Ernie Reyes Jr.
Ernie Reyes Jr.
Ernie Reyes Jr. at a 2009 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th anniversary
Ernie E. Reyes Jr.
January 15, 1972
San Jose, California, United States
|Residence||San Jose, California|
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan, New York
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist|
Ernie Reyes Jr. (born January 15, 1972) is an American actor and martial artist, known for his acting work in films such as The Last Dragon, Red Sonja (1985), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Surf Ninjas (1993), and The Rundown (2003). He has also done stunt work in films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as motion capture stunts in films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. His TV work includes dramas such as the short-lived Sidekicks (in which he co-starred with Gil Gerard) and NCIS: Los Angeles, and reality TV series such as Final Fu.
Reyes was born in San Jose, California, to actor/stuntman Ernie Reyes Sr., and is the grandson of Filipino immigrants. He has three brothers and two sisters, one of whom, Lee Reyes, is a boxer and another, Santino Ramos, is a filmmaker/artist. By the age of 6, Reyes had joined his father's group, the "West Coast Demo Team".
Reyes made his film debut at age 13 in the 1985 film The Last Dragon. The same year he shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brigitte Nielsen in Red Sonja. During this time, he also had his own television series, Sidekicks, a spin-off of the original Walt Disney one-time special The Last Electric Knight, alongside Gil Gerard presented by Michael Eisner. He also appeared in an episode of the hit television series MacGyver in 1988. Reyes had starring roles in Surf Ninjas, the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, The Secret of the Ooze, as Keno, the pizza delivery boy. He also served as the martial arts stunt double for Donatello in the first Ninja Turtles film. He later appeared in films such as Rush Hour 2 playing Zing and in The Rundown alongside WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Reyes guest starred in three episodes of the TV series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues alongside David Carradine.
Reyes has a professional fight record of 3–0 in Strikeforce which was a large mixed martial arts organization but started out as a Muay Thai and kickboxing organization. Ernie fought Anthony Elkaim the WKA ISKA Champion. Reyes knocked out the champion in the 3rd round. His next two fights would be won by decision, including a unanimous decision over Veasna Thach which aired on ESPN. Ernie Reyes Jr.'s fight against the champion Anthony Elkaim also aired on ESPN.
Reyes has done motion capture stunts for blockbuster films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. He also played a cemetery warrior in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull who gets killed by his own poison dart. Reyes guest starred on NCIS: Los Angeles "The Frozen Lake" playing "Jay Thapa", a Nepalese soldier who is an expert in knife-fighting.
In June 2015, it was reported that Reyes was suffering from kidney failure and is in need of a transplant. According to his sister, Reyes undergoes dialysis three times per week for four hours each day. His family set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise $75,000 for his medical expenses.
|The Last Dragon||1985||Tai (Karate Student)|
|Red Sonja||1985||Prince Tarn|
|Sidekicks (TV series)||1986||Ernie Lee|
|Ernie and Master Kim||1989||Ernie|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||1990||Donatello (Martial Arts Stunt Double)|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II||1991||Keno|
|Secret Bodyguard||1991||Ernie Rey|
|Surf Ninjas||1993||Johnny||Also Associate Producer|
|White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild||1995||Steve|
|The Process||1998||Jesse||Also Director|
|Rush Hour 2||2001||Zing|
|Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||2008||Cemetery Warrior|
|The Red Canvas a.k.a. The Art of Submission||2009||Johnny Sanchez||Also Executive Producer|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||2013||Jay Thapa||episode: "The Frozen Lake"|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||2015||Jay Thapa||episode: "Expiration Date"|
|The Librarians (2014 TV series)||2017||Monkey King||episode: "And the Fatal Separation"|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||2018||Bob #2||episode: "The Negotiation"|
|Uncharted Live Action Fan Film||2018||El Tigre|
As stunt performer
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||1990||Fight/Stunt Double: Donatello|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II||1991||Fight Performer: Keno|
|Alice in Wonderland||2010||Stunt Double: Tweedledee|
|Act of Valor||2011||Stunts|
Mixed martial arts record
3 Wins (1 KO), 0 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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