Ray Park

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Ray Park
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Park in June 2011
Born Raymond Park
(1974-08-23) 23 August 1974 (age 41)
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British & Scottish
Occupation Actor, Martial Artist, Author
Years active 1997–present
Website www.raypark.com

Raymond "Ray" Park (born 23 August 1974) is a British & Scottish actor, author and martial artist, best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Toad in X-Men, Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra[1][2] & G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Edgar Sullivan on Heroes.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ray Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to London, England.[4]

Park was introduced to martial arts by his father, who was a fan of Bruce Lee, and began training in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung Fu when he was seven years old. He added kickboxing and wushu to his hobbies by age 14. When he was 16, Park won Great Britain's Martial Arts National Championship for his class[citation needed] and then went to Malaysia to try to improve his skills. He went on to compete in martial arts tournaments around the world and brought home awards before turning his attention to acting in the late 1990s.[5][unreliable source?]

Career[edit]

Ray Park (2007)

Park began working in films as a stunt double for the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, doing the stunts for both Robin Shou and James Remar. Park also did some cameos as monsters, including Baraka. All of these were non-speaking roles.[6]

In 1999, Park appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as the Sith Lord Darth Maul. While the character had few lines, Park's voice was dubbed over with that of actor Peter Serafinowicz. From his work on Star Wars, Park was cast in a cameo role in Fanboys as a Skywalker Ranch security guard who says, "Time for you to get mauled, boy," as he pulls out two nightsticks.

In addition to this acting work, he has also been Christopher Walken's fight stunt double for the film Sleepy Hollow. Park appeared in the scene where Walken's character, the Headless Horseman, murders the Killian family and Brom Bones, among others.[7]

Park posing with Vincent Pastore at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience.

Park had his first real speaking part in X-Men as Toad.

In December 2007, Park was confirmed for the role of Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation involving a variation of the international G.I. Joe force who fought the minions of Cobra in the comics.

He worked with comic book creator-turned-filmmaker Kevin VanHook in the film Slayer, starring in the dual roles of acrobatic twin vampires. This film also saw him appearing again with Sleepy Hollow co-star Casper Van Dien.

ComiCon 2007 saw the premiere of the teaser trailer for Descendants, another comic book adaptation based on an independent comic by writer Joey Andrade.[8] Park appeared as Edgar in the fourth season of the television series Heroes.

Park was also included in the motion capture team of the 2008 James Bond video game adaptation of Quantum of Solace.

Park in June of 2011

In the comic book-styled film Hellbinders, he plays a soulless mercenary who, along with an elite assassin (Johnny Yong Bosch) and the last remaining member of the long dead Knights Templar, Esteban Cueto, must overcome their innate mistrust of each other and join forces to defeat Legion before it opens the gates of hell itself and overruns the entire world. Park narrated on 26 February 2010 the introduction of The FireBreather, a car from Classic Design Concepts in Detroit Autorama 2010,[9] the vehicle is part of the supernatural thriller Jinn.[10] In 2011 Park guest starred in the TV series Nikita as the London Guardian, Brendan.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Raptor #3/Tarkatan (Baraka) #2 Also double for Robin Shou and James Remar
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Darth Maul Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain>
Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman(with Christopher Walken appearing in the final scene)
2000 X-Men Toad / Mortimer Toynbee
2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever A.J. Ross
2005 Potheads: The Movie Mr. D
2006 Slayer Acrobatic Vampire Twins
2007 What We Do Is Secret Brendan Mullen
The Legend of Bruce Lee Chuck Norris
2009 Fanboys THX Security Guard #2
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Snake-Eyes
Heroes Edgar Sullivan Season four, recurring role
Hellbinders Max Lindermann
2009 Spartacus: Motion Comic Arkadios Narrator
2010 The King of Fighters Rugal Bernstein
2011 Nikita London Guardian, Brendan
2011 Supah Ninjas Harry Episode: Kickbutt
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Snake-Eyes
2014 Jinn Gabriel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GI JOE – YO JOE, The Snake Has Returned". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview: Ray Park on the Set of G.I. Joe". IESB. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ray Park: Unmasked on HEROES". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  4. ^ [http
    //www.raypark.com/biography/ "Ray Park Biography"]
  5. ^ The Ray Park Picture Pages-Childhood and Family: http://www.superiorpics.com/ray_park/
  6. ^ "Ray Park and Martial Arts: Part 1". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ray Park and Martial Arts: Part 2". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  8. ^ Interview with G4TV: http://www.g4tv.com/pile_player.aspx?video_key=17177
  9. ^ "Ray Park to Breathe Fire in Jinn; Meet Him This Friday in Michigan". Dread Central. 
  10. ^ "Earth Times: show/movie-company-exodus-pictures-announces,1177987.shtml". earthtimes.org. 

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