Roger Yuan

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Roger Yuan
Born Roger Winston Yuan
(1961-01-25) January 25, 1961 (age 56)
Carbondale, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Martial arts fight trainer, stunt coordinator, stunt performer, actor
Years active 1982–present

Roger Winston Yuan (born January 25, 1961) is an American martial arts fight trainer, stunt coordinator / performer and actor who has trained many actors and actresses in many Hollywood films. As an actor himself, he also appeared in Shanghai Noon (2000) opposite Jackie Chan, Bulletproof Monk (2003) alongside Chow Yun-fat, the technician in Batman Begins (2005), and as the Severine's bodyguard in Skyfall (2012). He is a well-recognized choreographer in Hollywood.[1]

Early life[edit]

Yuan was born in Carbondale, Illinois, and is a U.S.A black belt in Chun Kuk Do. He also a member of The United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF). His first stunts double came in the 1986 film House.[2]

Career[edit]

As of 2017, Yuan has performed stunts in over 30 films, many of them is: Rapid Fire, Escape from L.A., Beverly Hills Ninja, Spawn, Blade[3] and as the recent is Warcraft and Jason Bourne.[4][5] In 2011, He trained Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Flemyng in X-Men: First Class[6] as well as Henry Cavill in Immortals. He also trained Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin.[7]

Yuan's first role as a professional actor is in The Perfect Weapon (1991), Yuan's first credited acting debut is in Red Corner (1997), alongside Richard Gere. He also appeared in Lethal Weapon 4, which is Jet Li's American film debut, as the role of Chu, a Chinese Triad gangster. In 2000, he plays the main antagonist in the action-comedy Shanghai Noon alongside Jackie Chan, as the corrupt Imperial Guard Lo Fong, the role helps him becomes popular with the audiences. In 2003, he appears in the beginning of Bulletproof Monk, playing Chow Yun-fat's master. In Batman Begins, he appeared as the Hazmat Technician alongside Gary Oldman and as the Chinese Engineer in Syriana. In Skyfall, he also trained Daniel Craig and has a role as the Severine's bodyguard, Yuan also appeared in many TV Shows, he appeared in Walker Texas Ranger, playing different characters, and his most famous role is that of Lazarus in the episodes 'The Winds of Change' and 'Lazarus'.[8]

In 2016, he starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, the sequel of the successful 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[citation needed] Besides working in film industry, he also be invited by Country singer Tim McGraw to get him in shape for his 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1991 American Kickboxer Howard
1991 The Perfect Weapon Diamond
1991 Showdown in Little Tokyo Kickboxer #2
1992 Ulterior Motives Yakuza #6
1992 American Streetfighter Ito
1992 Rage and Honor Dave
1993 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Po
1994 Ring of Steel Ninja
1994 Death Match Fighter
1994 Double Dragon Ninja Wraith
1997 Once Upon a Time in China and America Dick
1997 Spawn Korean Soldier Uncredited
1997 Red Corner Huan Minglu
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Chu
2000 Shanghai Noon Lo Fong
2001 The Silent Force Jimmy Thai
2003 Bulletproof Monk Master Monk
2004 Home on the Range Additional Voice Voice
2005 Batman Begins Hazmat Technician
2005 Syriana Chinese Engineer
2005 Vampires: The Turning Kiko
2008 The Fifth Commandment Z
2009 Chandni Chowk to China Inspector Chiang Kohung
2009 Black Dynamite Fiendish Dr. Wu
2010 Shanghai Blue Husband
2012 Skyfall Severine's Bodyguard
2013 Lua Phat General Long
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Iron Crow

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993–2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Chen / Chia Ko / Lazarus 5 Episodes
1994 Vanishing Son Button Man TV Movie
1994 Renegade Glen Kawahowa / The Black Wind Episode: "Black Wind"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Guard at Palace Episode: "Childhood"
1998 Brimstone Da Ming Po Episode: "Poem"
1999 Nash Bridges Mr. Lee Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2001 The District Tuan Tran Episode: "New World"
2002 Red Skies Zhao Lo TV Movie
2003 Angel Wo-Pang Season 4; 2 Episodes
2008 Fifth Street Vincent Short film
2009 Spooks Heng Series 8, Episode 8
2010 CSI: Miami Takashi Yamada Episode: "Die by the Sword"
2016 Blindsided Gordon Short film

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Yuan, Hollywood.com, May 24, 2014, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  2. ^ Roger Yuan, LinkedIn, June 19, 2011, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  3. ^ Fogarty, Mary (March 6, 2013), "Karate club welcomes Hollywood stunt man", The Independent, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  4. ^ Andrews, Kenai (December 7, 2016), "Jason Bourne's Roger Yuan opens up on fight scenes, working with Matt Damon", MMA Crossfire, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  5. ^ "Action Reel - Roger Yuan", Demoreel.com, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  6. ^ How Roger Yuan Trains Actors For Their Roles As Super Heroes, June 19, 2011, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  7. ^ Brennan, Laura (March 29, 2017), "Stunt School Ireland Host Bourne Experience Course With Roger Yuan", IFTN, retrieved May 29, 2017 
  8. ^ Kurchak, Sarah (November 4, 2015), "How Daniel Craig Developed James Bond's Fighting Skills", Vice, retrieved May 29, 2017 

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