Happy Birthday to Ray Park who turns 40 today!
Raymond “Ray” Park (born 23 August 1974) is a British actor, stuntman 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 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Edgar on Heroes.
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 and then went to Malaysia to improve on 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.
Sadly there are no real videos or official show reels, but we did unearth this amateur video on YouTube: