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Kali Muscle
Chuck Kirkendall

(1975-02-18) February 18, 1975 (age 44)

Chuck Kirkendall (born February 18, 1975) commonly known as Kali Muscle, is a bodybuilder originally from Oakland, California. He is an actor that has appeared in commercials for Taco Bell, Geico, Snickers, Comcast, Honda and others.


Kali was born Chuck Kirkendall on February 18, 1975.[1][2] One of three children, he was brought up by his mother and step-father. He came from a poor neighborhood. When he was still young one of his brothers died of an accidental self-shooting.[3] Prior to his brother's death, he did well at sports, including track and wrestling. He had received a football scholarship to Fresno State University. He was also training at the gym. The death of his brother started a downward slide in his life and into criminal activity.[4] He said that bodybuilding saved him from gang life. He managed to turn his life around from the past he had.[5][6] He now is on a mission of sorts to talk to young people about his time in prison and the lesson he has learned about violence and crime.[7] He has become well known for his online videos as well.[8] His biography From Xcon to Icon was released around 2013.[9]

Earlier years[edit]

Not long after the death of his brother, Kali ended up in jail for committing an armed robbery, and spent seven years in San Quentin prison. He would train daily to build himself up more. One day the prison guards came and took away the weights. Later as a result of weights being confiscated, he taught himself how to work out in his cell without weights.[10][11]


Kali has appeared as the bodybuilder in the Geico ad where he directs traffic. He also made an appearance in the music video for country singer Jamey Johnson.[12]

He runs a motivational YouTube channel which is about fitness and he talks about how to workout and train with limited equipment.[13]

One of his early acting roles was in the 2011 film Wonder Woman.[14] The following year he appeared in the film Applebaum.[15] Another film released that year was The Dog Who Saved the Holidays , a film about a crime busting Labrador called Zeus. The film starred Shelley Long, Gary Valentine and Dean Cain. He played the part of Mikey.[16] In 2014 he appeared in the episode Road to Natesville , from the TV series, Raising Hope, playing the part of Brett.[17] He played the part of Bones in the Demetrius Navarro, Valente Rodriguez production, The Big Shot, a film about two small time film producers who have to make a successful movie as they are under pressure from their exec producer. They come up with an idea to kill one of their lead actors. [18][19]

Selected filmography[edit]


Title Role Director Year Notes #
Wonder Woman Super Soldier Jeffrey Reiner 2011 TV movie
Applebaum Bodybuilder Chris Columbus 2012 TV movie
Crispus Attucks: Today Was a Good Day Josh Martin 2012
Internal Behaviors Part 2: The Regurgitation Inmate Mark Schaefer 2012
Savior Boss Dallas King 2012
The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Mikey Michael Feifer 2012 TV movie
White T Bouncer Mike McGuinn 2013
Roscoe and Maggie Ghoul Brent Coble 2014
The Liaison Adam Hodge 2014
Title Episode # Role Director Year Notes #
Mr. Sunshine Lingerie Football Team trainer Randall Einhorn 2011
Wilfred Letting Go Bodybuilder Randall Einhorn 2012
Workaholics The Lord's Force David John Fortenberry 2012
Raising Hope Road to Natesville Brett Rebecca Asher 2014



  1. ^ SanJose.com, Jul 9, 2014 – Bodybuilder Kali Muscle Gets Swole at TheFitExpo by Jennifer Wadsworth
  2. ^ Gym-Talk, 26 May 2013 – The Kali Muscle Story: From Ex-Con To Icon
  3. ^ Greatest Physiques - Kali Muscle
  4. ^ Gym-Talk, 26 May 2013 – The Kali Muscle Story: From Ex-Con To Icon
  5. ^ TMZ, 5/2/2014 - Geico Weightlifter -- Bodybuilding Saved Me ... From Gang Life
  6. ^ Flexible Mindset: Path to Success, By Vishal C Rajput - Cali Muscle
  7. ^ Tuko, 23 Aug. 2016 – The biggest black man got his muscles in prison! - Author: Loise Wepukhulu
  8. ^ Gentside Sport, 07 avril 2017 – Kali Muscle soulève des poids à peine croyables à l'entraînement - Publié par Valentin Dechambre
  9. ^ Metro Silicon Valley, July 9, 2013 – FitExpo & Kali Muscle come to San Jose Convention Center by Jennifer Wadsworth
  10. ^ Greatest Physiques - Kali Muscle
  11. ^ JOE.co.uk, 11 Jul. 2016 – This is what ex-con bodybuilder Kali Muscle looked like as a teenager By Ben Kenyon
  12. ^ SanJose.com, Jul 9, 2014 – Bodybuilder Kali Muscle Gets Swole at TheFitExpo - by Jennifer Wadsworth
  13. ^ Huffington Post, 07/04/2015 - The Top 10 Men's Fitness Channels On YouTube For Motivation, Exercise Tutorials And Diet Tips
  14. ^ tv-archiv.sk - Kali Muscle, Herecká filmografia
  15. ^ Interfilmes.com - Kali Muscle, Filmes no Site:
  16. ^ RadioTimes, 26 Oct. 2012 – The Dog Who Saved the Holidays Cast & Crew
  17. ^ BroadwayWorld.com, Jan. 31, 2014 – Scoop: RAISING HOPE on FOX - Tonight, January 31, 2014
  18. ^ Cinelasamericas.org - Opening Night: The Martini Shot, A film by Demetrius Navarro
  19. ^ moviefone - The Big Shot (2017), Cast & Crew, Full Cast & Crew, Cast
  20. ^ Imdb - Kali Muscle, Filmography

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