Olivier Gruner

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Olivier Gruner
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Born (1960-08-02) August 2, 1960 (age 56)
Paris, France
Allegiance  France
Service/branch  French Navy
Website www.thepros.tv

Olivier Gruner (born 2 August 1960 in Paris, France) is a French World Kickboxing Champion and former Commando Marine. Following his retirement from kickboxing, he became an actor and later a director specializing in action movies.

Early life[edit]

Gruner was born into a family where both his father and brother became noted surgeons and his younger brother became an engineer.

After seeing a Bruce Lee movie at age 11, Gruner became captivated with martial arts and began studying Shotokan Karate, and then boxing and Kickboxing.


At age 18, rather than pursuing the academic life many expected of him, he joined the Marine Nationale, volunteering for their Commando Marine unit. As a part of his military training he learned to scuba dive, sky dive and climb.

Kickboxing career[edit]

In 1981 Gruner left the French military to train full-time to compete professionally as a kickboxer.

He traveled to the French Alps and began training to fight professionally. In order to pay for his training expenses, he had to hold down four jobs, as a bouncer, a ski patrol member, a trainer and a ski lift operator. In 1984, he began fighting professionally as a kickboxer in France. After 10 professional fights, he became the French middleweight champion.

By 1985, his successes in the ring allowed him to train and fight full-time and, in 1986, he became World Middleweight Kickboxing Champion. Having achieved his dream of becoming World Champion, in 1987, he retired to pursue a career as an actor and model.

Kickboxing Titles[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Discovered at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, he began a film career. Gruner joined Imperial Entertainment and began acting in action movie in 1990 with the urban action movie Angel Town and Albert Pyun’s cyberpunk 1992 science fiction thriller Nemesis.[1][2]

Gruner has stayed with Imperial Entertainment and gone on to perform in Automatic (1994), Savate (1997), Mercenary (1997), Mars (1998), Interceptors (1999), T.N.T. (1998), and Interceptor Force 2 (2002). Ultimately he appeared in 27 films and three television series, and develop a reputation as a hard working, disciplined Hollywood actor.

Throughout his career after leaving the ring, Gruner maintained his passion for fitness, continuing the brutally demanding physical regimen he had developed and maintained through his military and kickboxing career and adding to it the skills needed to pursue his other demanding physical hobbies.

His most recent role was in an episode of Martial Law entitled "Wildlife" and Code Name: Eternity.

In 2013, Gruner premiered his first feature film as director and star, entitled Re-Generator (a retitle of a film previously called One Night which he had been working on since 2010).[3] In 2014 his second feature as a director, Sector 4: Extraction, was released direct-to-video.

Personal life[edit]

Over the years, Gruner has maintained his demanding physical regimen and learned new skills including surfing and becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. He continues to ski and sky dive.



Year Title Role Note
1989 Angel Town Jacques First Lead and Movie
1992 Nemesis Alex
1994 Automatic J269
1995 Savate aka The Fighter Joseph Charlegrand
1996 Savage Savage/Alex
1997 Mercenary Capt. Karl 'Hawk' May
T.N.T. Alex
1998 Mars Caution Templer
1999 Velocity Trap ED Officer Raymond Stokes
Mercenary 2:Thick & Thin Capt. Karl 'Hawk' May
The White Pony Jacques
2000 Interceptor Force Shaun
Crackerjack 3 Marcus Clay
2001 G.O.D. Adrian Kaminski
Extreme Honor Cody
The Circuit Dirk Longstreet
2002 Power Elite Captain
Interceptor Force 2 Shaun
2003 The Circuit 2: The Final Punch Dirk Longstreet
Deadly Engagement Paul Gerard
2005 SWAT: Warhead One Luc Rémy
Crooked Phil Yordan
2006 The Circuit 3: Street Monk Dirk Longstreet
2007 Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter FBI Agent #1
2008 Lost Warrior: Left Behind Nash Daniels Also co-writer
Skorumpowani Montenegro
2009 Brother's War Anton
2010 One Night The Beast Also Director
Tales of an Ancient Empire Corsair Duguay
2013 Re-Generator The Beast Also Director
Cyborg: Rise of the Slingers Duguay
2014 Sector 4: Extraction Nash Also Director and co-writer
2015 EP/Executive Protection Max Webber
2016 Showdown in Manila Ford
Darkweb Stanislas


  • One Night 2010
  • Re-Generator 2013
  • Sector 4: Extraction 2014


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