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Dudikoff in 2013
|Born||Michael Joseph Dudikoff II
October 8, 1954
Redondo Beach, California, U.S.
|Years active||1978-2004, 2013-present|
|Spouse(s)||Belle Dudikoff (m. 2004)|
|Children||Joseph Stephen Michael III
Michael Joseph Dudikoff II (born October 8, 1954) is an American actor who has been in numerous films, including the American Ninja series (1985–1990), Tron (1982), Bachelor Party (1984), Platoon Leader (1988), River of Death (1989), Soldier Boyz (1996), Ringmaster (1998) and The Silencer (1999).
Dudikoff comes from a large family. His father, Michael Joseph Dudikoff, was from a Christian Orthodox family from Russia, and served in the Army before marrying Dudikoff’s mother, a French-Canadian native from Quebec who was extremely talented on the piano. The couple moved to California and had five children. Dudikoff is the fourth of the group.
Dudikoff graduated from West High School in Torrance, California and was studying child psychology at Harbor College, when he was discovered as a model. During this time, he also worked at a rehabilitation center for abused youth called Cedar House. He waited tables at Beachbum Burt’s in Redondo Beach, California to pay for his education.
During lunch one day, Dudikoff served Max Evans, a fashion editor with Esquire magazine, who came in with some models. Evans asked Dudikoff to walk in a Newport Beach fashion show, and his mother encouraged him to try it out.
After a couple of successful runways, Dudikoff retained an agent at the Mary Webb Davis Agency in Los Angeles. Dudikoff soon entered the high fashion world and counted Calvin Klein and GQ among his clients. He moved quickly to international print modeling and traveled between New York, Los Angeles, and Milan by his late 20s.
His first television role took place after a meeting with theatrical agent Sid Craig. It was at this time that he landed the part as Joanie’s first boyfriend in the American sitcom Happy Days. Other television work included roles in Dallas, Gimme a Break!, and a Columbia Pictures movie-of-the-week called Sawyer & Finn. He is widely recognized for playing the character Private Joe Armstrong in the American Ninja (1985). There were five movies in the American Ninja series of which Dudikoff appears in the first, second and fourth films.
Other Dudikoff films include Tron (1982), Uncommon Valor (1983), Bachelor Party (1984), Avenging Force (1986), River of Death (1989), The Human Shield (1991), Chain of Command (1994), Soldier Boyz (1996), Bounty Hunters (1996), Ringmaster (1998), The Silencer (1999), In Her Defense (1999), Gale Force (2002) and Quicksand (2002).
Dudikoff mentors other actors and participates in martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rorion Gracie and stays connected with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighting circuit, including Rigan Machado, an eighth degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and former world champion.
|1980||The Black Marble||Millie's Houseboy||Film|
|1981||Enter the Ninja||Venarius' Man||Film (uncredited)|
|1982||Making Love||Young Man in Bar #2||Film|
|1982||I Ought to Be in Pictures||Boy on bus||Film|
|1982||Star of the Family||Douggie Krebs||TV series|
|1982||Tron||Conscript #2||Film (as Michael J. Dudikoff II)|
|1983||Uncommon Valor||Blaster's assistant||Film|
|1985||Radioactive Dreams||Marlowe Hammer||Film|
|1985||American Ninja||Pvt. Joe Armstrong||Film|
|1986||Avenging Force||Capt. Matt Hunter||Film|
|1986||North and South||Lt. Rudy Bodford||TV mini-series|
|1987||American Ninja 2: The Confrontation||Sgt. Joe Armstrong||Film|
|1988||Platoon Leader||Lt. Jeff Knight||Film|
|1989||River of Death||John Hamilton||Film|
|American Ninja 4: The Annihilation||Joe Armstrong||Film|
|1991||The Woman Who Sinned||Evan Ganns||TV Movie|
|1992||The Human Shield||Doug Matthews||Film|
|1993||Rescue Me||Daniel 'Mac' MacDonald||Film|
|Cobra||Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr.||TV Movie|
|1994||Cobra 2||Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr.||TV Movie|
|Chain of Command||Merrill Ross||Film|
|1996||Bounty Hunters||Jersey Bellini||Video|
|Strategic Command||Dr. Rick Harding||Film|
|Crash Dive||James Carter||Video|
|Soldier Boyz||Toliver||Video Game|
|Hardball (aka: Bounty Hunters 2)||Jersey Bellini||Video|
|The Shooter||Michael Atherton||Film|
|1998||Freedom Strike||Tom Dickson||Film|
|Counter Measures||Capt. Jake Fuller||Video|
|1999||In Her Defense||Andrew Garfield||Film|
|Fugitive Mind||Robert Dean||Video|
|2000||The Silencer||Quinn Simmons||Film|
|2004||Black Horizon||Ed Carpenter||Last Film before a ten-year hiatus|
|2013||Zombie Break Room (TV Series)||Tank Dempsey|
|2015||Navy SEALs vs. Zombies||Commander Sheer|
|The Bouncer||Samuel James||Filming|
|2016||Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing||Superboss||Film|
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