Have you ever watched an action movie and wondered just how tough Wesley Snipes or Jet Li or Jason Statham actually is?
Some action stars are well-built actors and some are former athletes — but a few are actually trained fighting machines who have multiple black belts or fighting victories.
Spoiler alert: Statham isn’t among them. Sorry, buddy.
Starred in: 'Sin City,' 'The Wrestler,' 'Iron Man 2'
Rourke has been boxing since age 12 and after retiring from boxing in 1972, had a record of 20 wins and 6 losses.
Starred in: 'Twilight,' 'Abduction'
Lautner was a black belt by age 8 and won several junior world championships in karate.
Starred in: 'Walker Texas Ranger,' 'Delta Force'
There are a lot of internet 'facts' about Norris, but one truth is that he has a rare 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He won multiple karate and kickboxing championships before moving to the world of acting.
Starred in: 'Ringer,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
The vampire slaying Gellar is known for being a champion figure skater, but she is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Although, Gellar admits that she practices it more for art, and saves the fighting for the camera.
Starred in: 'The A-Team,' 'Rocky III'
After working as a bouncer and a bodyguard, Mr. T won two tough-man championships, which is where he was actually discovered by Stallone.
Starred in: 'Under Siege,' 'Machete'
Seagal is actually a 7th degree black belt in Aikido. He also trains multiple UFC fighters now, including the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
Starred in: 'Scorpion King 2,' 'The Expendables'
Couture is probably the most seasoned fighter on this list. He was a former UFC heavyweight champion and retired with a total of 19 wins and 11 losses.
Starred in: 'Batman Begins,' 'The A-Team,' 'Taken'
Neeson's action career came later in life, but the star has been boxing since age 9 and was even a boxing champion.
Starred in: 'Art of War,' 'Blade,' 'Brooklyn's Finest'
Snipes has been training since 12 and has a 5th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido. He has also studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, and Kung Fu.
Starred in: 'Bloodsport,' 'Kickboxer'
Van Damme began his martial arts training at 10. He studied various styles but eventually got a black belt in karate. He has been participating in WAKO kickboxing matches since the 70's and is still fighting today.
Starred in: 'The Mummy Returns,' 'Fast Five'
Johnson may not be a martial arts champ, but he was both a wrestling and football star in high school before graduating to the world of WWE. We're guessing he'd have no trouble taking you down.
Starred in: 'Lethal Weapon 4,' 'Hero,' 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'
Jet Li was practicing martial arts since 8, and won multiple national wushu title championships in China. In his early years, he was chosen by the government to represent China in international martial arts exhibitions.
Movies: 'Rocky IV,' 'Universal Soldier'
The 6'5' Lundgren has a 3rd degree black belt in Kyokushin karate. He won the British Open Knockdown Heavyweight in 1981 and 1982, and has placed in the top three at a number of other tournaments.
He also actually punched Stallone during Rocky IV and put him in the hospital for four days.
Starred in: 'Ring Girls,' 'Haywire'
Carano is just breaking into the acting scene. She began her career as a Muay Thai Fighter with a record of 12-1-1. She is currently an MMA fighter with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.
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