Keith Cooke

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Keith Cooke
Keith Cooke Hirabayashi

(1959-09-17) September 17, 1959 (age 60)
Other namesKeith H. Cooke
OccupationMartial artist, actor, occasional stuntman
Years active1990–present

Keith Cooke Hirabayashi (born September 17, 1959; also known as Keith H. Cooke and sometimes credited as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi) is an American martial artist, actor and an occasional stuntman.

Life and career[edit]

Cooke has trained in wushu, taekwondo and karate. His awards include being named Competitor of the Year by Black Belt magazine in 1985, and five grand champion titles at the U.S. World and U.S. Open Karate tournaments. He is best known for his appearance as Reptile in the video-game movie of Mortal Kombat. He appeared as the younger Sub-Zero in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

He played a leading role in the 1995 science fiction/martial arts thriller Heatseeker, a follow-up to the 1988 Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton vehicle China O'Brien in which he also appeared. He also appeared in the 1997 Chris Farley comedy Beverly Hills Ninja, which starred fellow Mortal Kombat actor Robin Shou.Their previous role was referenced directly when, during their fight scene, music from Mortal Kombat begins to play. His mother is American and his late father, Richard Hirabayashi, was Japanese American.

Cooke now runs his own martial arts studio.


Year Film/television Role Notes
1987 Rampage Extras casting
1988 Picasso Trigger Clayton
1988 China O'Brien Dakota
1990 China O'Brien II Dakota
The King of the Kickboxers Prang alt. title = Karate Tiger 4
1991 Born to Ride Broadwater
1995 Mortal Kombat Reptile
Heatseeker Chance O'Brien main protagonist
1997 Beverly Hills Ninja Nobu
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Sub-Zero / stunts
1997/98 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Kobak / Takashi (guest roles)
1999 Kickboxing Workout Himself Instruction video
2000 Big Momma's House Stunts
2003 Red Trousers: Lives of the Hong Kong stuntmen Kermuran / himself video segment: Lost Time: The Movie
National Security Ang
2011 Obscurus Lupa Presents Dakota (episode: China O'Brien)
2012 Champions of the Deep Master of the Dojo

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