Ed Travis Biography

No. 15: Toshiro Mifune -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 14, 2012 08:01 AM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
Mifune is the ultimate cinematic samurai. Across the planet, consciously and unconsciously, when people try to bring up a mental image of a samurai, he has Toshiro Mifune’s face.
It almost pains me to have Mifune this low on the list, but again, he is...

No. 12: Chow Yun Fat -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 14, 2012 08:01 AM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
It is quite possible that Chow Yun Fat’s work with John Woo is what brought me into an awareness of my special love for action cinema.
I discovered ‘Hard Boiled,' ‘The Killer’ and ‘A Better Tomorrow 2’ while working at a video store in the late 1990s...

No. 21: Vin Diesel -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 14, 2012 07:56 AM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
I kind of feel like I like Vin Diesel more than anyone else I know, so ranking him in this list might be questionable to some. But with the voice, the physique and the brains to be a major leading man, I still like to hope that Diesel’s best days are...

No. 25: Steven Seagal -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 14, 2012 07:52 AM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
The ponytail. The spiritualism. The pot belly. The reality television. Steven Seagal’s ego is its own action star, and we kind of love to hate him for it.
When I was growing up nobody broke bones like Seagal did. He was also the king of action movies...

The 25 Greatest Action Stars of All-Time!

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by Ed Travis August 14, 2012 07:00 AM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
Regardless of what you thought of the first 'Expendables' film, or how high or low you’ve set your expectation levels for its sequel, it really cannot be denied that 'The Expendables 3' truly has assembled a cast of Earth’s mightiest heroes. In celebration of this bounty of testosterone, we felt now was the time to assemble a list of the greatest action movie stars of all-time.

No. 24: Tony Jaa -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 13, 2012 03:53 PM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
If you go with quality over quantity, then Tony Jaa easily belongs on this list. Jaa is the face of Thai action cinema and his work is adored around the world. He's a martial artist, sure, but it's his breathtaking stunt work and use of Muay Thai in...

No. 22: Dolph Lundgren -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 13, 2012 03:34 PM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
Dolph Lundgren is a fascinating entry on this list. European, enormous, martial arts trained and possessing a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a renaissance man and although his movies tend to be DTV affairs these days, he seems to be having a...

No. 20: Donnie Yen -- Top Action Movie Stars

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by Ed Travis August 13, 2012 02:44 PM
Lionsgate/Dimension Films/20th Century Fox/MGM/20th Century Fox
Donnie Yen has worked long and hard, and has become possibly the top Hong Kong movie star working today. His earlier films never quite sold me on his action star prowess for some reason, notwithstanding ‘Iron Monkey.' But right around the time that...