Richard Machowicz

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Richard Machowicz
Machowicz in August 2010
Nickname(s) Mack
Born May 30, 1965
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died (aged 51)
Pearland, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1984–1995

U.S. Navy SEALs Special Warfare insignia.png United States Navy SEALs

SEAL Team One and Two
Other work Author
TV show host

Richard John "Mack" Machowicz (May 30, 1965 – January 2, 2017) was a Navy SEAL, and the host of the Discovery Channel and Military Channel show Future Weapons. He was the newest member on Spike's show, Deadliest Warrior.[1]


Machowicz was born in 1965 in Detroit, Michigan. According to his biography on the Discovery Channel's Web site,[2] "he participated in numerous tactical operations with SEAL Team ONE and TWO. While operating at SEAL Team TWO, he was a Naval Special Warfare Scout/Sniper, as well as being attached to the training cadre as the Leading Petty Officer of Land, Mountain and Arctic Warfare."

He founded the Bukido Institute, as well as the Bukido Training System, which "teaches a performance philosophy that uses unarmed combat as a pathway for exploring the dynamics of doubt, hesitation, second-guessing, stress, pain, fatigue and fear." He served as a personal protection specialist for many high-profile individuals within the political arena, business world and entertainment industry.[citation needed]

On January 2, 2017, aged 51, Machowicz died of brain cancer in Pearland, Texas.[3][4][5] He was survived by his wife, Mandy Leggio Machowicz, two daughters, and his parents. His funeral mass was celebrated on January 6, 2017 at St. Helen Catholic Church, Pearland, Texas.[3]

Though a Catholic, Machowicz was also a practitioner of Zen Buddhism[6] and an ordained Buddhist priest.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Unleash the Warrior Within: Develop the Focus, Discipline, Confidence and Courage You Need to Achieve Unlimited Goals (2002); ISBN 1-56924-497-9


  1. ^ "Deadliest Warrior's Newest Co-Host: Richard "Mack" Machowicz - Deadliest Warrior (video clip)". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ About Mack: Future Weapons: Discovery Channel Archived January 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Houston Chronicle obituary via; accessed January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "Richard "Mack" Machowicz of Future Weapons Dies After Battle with Brain Cancer". Inquisitr. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Former Navy SEAL Richard "Mack" Machowicz Passes Away after Long Battle with Cancer". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ Rachel Resnick (November 11, 2004). "Zen and the art of self-defense". Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  7. ^ "Richard Machowicz obituary". Retrieved 2017-01-30. 

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