Iko Uwais

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Iko Uwais
Iko Uwais by Sachyn Mital.jpg
Uwais at the New York City premiere of
The Raid 2 in March 2014
Uwais Qorny[1]

(1983-02-12) February 12, 1983 (age 37)[1]
Other namesIko Uwais
  • Actor
  • stuntman
  • fight choreographer
  • martial artist
Years active2007–present
(m. 2012)
  • Mustapha Kamaluddin [1] (father)
  • Maisyaroh Kamaluddin[1] (mother)

Iko Uwais (born Uwais Qorny; February 12, 1983) is an Indonesian actor, stuntman, fight choreographer, and martial artist.[2][3] He is best known for starring in the action films Merantau (2009), The Raid (2011), The Raid 2 (2014), Headshot (2016), Mile 22 (2018), The Night Comes for Us (2018), Stuber (2019) and the Netflix series Wu Assassins (2019–present).[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Uwais was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is the son of Maisyaroh and Mustapha Kamaluddin. His grandfather, H. Achmad Bunawar, was a silat master and founded a silat school.[6]


In 2007, Uwais was discovered by director Gareth Evans, who was filming a documentary about silat in Uwais's training hall. Uwais's natural charisma and great camera presence encouraged Evans to cast him as the leading role for his first martial art movie, Merantau.[7][8] After signing a five-year contract with Gareth Evans and his production company, Uwais resigned from his daytime job as an operational driver at Esia, an Indonesian telecom company.[9][10][11]

In his first acting experience in Merantau, Uwais played the role of a young Minang (West-Sumatran), which led him to learn the Minang style of silat harimau (tiger style) from Master Edwel Datuk Rajo Gampo Alam. Merantau was released in Indonesia on 6 August 2009. The film was featured in Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas with highly positive reviews.[12][13][14] Merantau won the Best Film award at ActionFest 2010.[15][16]

Uwais's second collaboration with Gareth Evans was The Raid (known as The Raid: Redemption in the United States), which began filming in mid-March 2011 and was released in mid-2012.[17] The movie has been hailed by critics and audiences in various festivals as one of the best martial art movies in years.[18]

Uwais collaborated on a third movie with Evans, The Raid 2. Uwais also appeared briefly in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), alongside The Raid 2 co-star Yayan Ruhian.[5][19]

In 2016, he appeared in the martial arts film Headshot, which received generally positive reviews.[20]

In 2017, he filmed the international martial arts film Triple Threat, together with Tony Jaa, Tiger Chen, and Scott Adkins—the film was released in early 2019.[21] In 2018, Uwais starred in the films, Mile 22 and The Night Comes for Us.[22][23] In the same year, it was announced that Uwais was cast in the lead role of Kai Jin on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.[24] The series premiered on 8 August 2019.[25]

In 2019, Uwais starred in the action comedy film Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista.[26] In the same year, it was announced that Uwais will appear in a film called China Town Express playing a man who must fight through the gangland of New York to save his family after the disappearance of his son during a gang's killing spree.[27] Uwais is also attached to star in The Bellhop, one of the first five films in development by Balboa Productions, the new production company co-founded by Sylvester Stallone in 2018.[28]

Uwais will star next as Hard Master in Snake Eyes, a spin-off from the G.I. Joe movie franchise.[29][30] The film is expected to be released sometime in 2021.[31][32][33]

Personal life[edit]

On June 25, 2012, Uwais married singer Audy Item at the Hotel Gran Mahakam in Jakarta.[34] The couple have two daughters, Atreya Syahla Putri Uwais[35][36] and Aneska Layla Putri Uwais.[37] Uwais is a Muslim.[38]



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
2009 Merantau (Wander) Yuda Gareth Evans [39]
2011 The Raid Rama Also action choreographer [40]
2013 Man of Tai Chi Gilang Sanjaya Keanu Reeves [41]
2014 The Raid 2 Rama/Yuda Gareth Evans Also fight choreographer [42]
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Razoo Qin-Fee J. J. Abrams [43]
2016 Headshot Ishmael/Abdi Kimo Stamboel
Timo Tjahjanto
2017 Beyond Skyline Sua Liam O'Donnell Also action choreographer [44]
2018 Mile 22 Li Noor Peter Berg Also co-fight choreographer [45]
2018 The Night Comes for Us Arian Timo Tjahjanto Also action coordinator [46]
2019 Stuber Oka Tedjo Michael Dowse Also action choreographer [47]
2019 Triple Threat Jaka Jesse V. Johnson [48]
2021 Snake Eyes Hard Master Robert Schwentke Post-Production
TBA The Bellhop [49]
TBA Chinatown Express [50][51]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2019–present Wu Assassins Kai Jin Netflix Main role; also as producer and lead fight choreographer [52]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result Ref.
2010 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Newcomer Actor Merantau Nominated [53]
Indonesian Movie Awards Favorite Newcomer Actor Merantau Nominated [53]
2013 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Chemistry
(shared with Donny Alamsyah)
The Raid Nominated [54]
2014 Indonesian Choice Awards Actor of the Year Himself Nominated [55]
Indonesian Yahoo! Celebrity Awards Most Wanted Male Himself Nominated [56]
2016 Infotainment Awards Indonesian Celebrity of World Achievement Himself Won [57]

See also[edit]


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