James Lew

James Lew

Highest Rated: 86% Never Say Die (2001)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Girl From the Naked Eye (2012)

Birthday: Sep 6, 1952

Birthplace: Escalon, California, USA

James Lew's film credits read like a history of late 20th- and early 21st-century action movies. The martial arts master was the fight coordinator, stunt man, actor, and occasionally all three at once for over 100 big-screen productions in his storied career. Lew was certainly qualified for the job. After receiving his Kung Fu black belt in 1972, he won championships not only in that discipline but in several others, including tae kwon do and submission grappling. He was based in Los Angeles, so film and TV work were a logical next step. He used his training in bit parts as combative men in such testosterone-heavy punch-'em-up films as 1988's "Action Jackson" and "Escape from L.A." (1996). The bulk of his work was behind the scenes, however, either as a stuntman, stunt coordinator (as in the 1991 action-fest "Double Impact," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), or the martial arts trainer (for the 1992 teenager-vs.-undead black comedy "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Lew kept himself in prime shape throughout his career, and even when approaching the age of 60 he still ably handled the physical demands of his job. The best example of this is his stunt work in the surreal, martial arts-flavored thriller "Inception" (2010).

Highest rated movies

Never Say Die
The Girl From the Naked Eye




No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Chinatown Lew (Character),
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Circuit 3: Street Monk Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 23% Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine Sinjin (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Art of Fighting Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 29% Black Salt Abbot Xiao (Character) - 2016
40% 21% The Girl From the Naked Eye Eddie (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 23% Ballistica Chinese Guard 1 (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 29% Shira: The Vampire Samurai Xu (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 22% 18 Fingers of Death Buford Lee (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitman Chronicles Draga (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Party Unknown (Character) - 2004
86% 0% Never Say Die Cho Sung (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 23% Boogie Boy Jason (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of the Avenger Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 57% Balance of Power Shinji Takamura (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 22% High Voltage Harry (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assault on Dome 4 Quaid (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 17% Night Hunter Tom Cutter (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robo Warriors Darius (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 27% Blood for Blood Prince Samarki (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 50% Red Sun Rising Jaho (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 60% Fist of Justice Woo (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 26% American Ninja 5 Viper (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Wars Obata (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 53% Mission of Justice Akiro (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 41% Do or Die Lew (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 23% Martial Law Tong Member (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Evil Destroyer Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 45% L.A. Streetfighter Chan (Character) - 1986
75% 82% Big Trouble in Little China Associate Producer $11.0M 1986


No Score Yet 64% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
95% 94% Frasier Security Guard (Guest Star) 2002
86% 88% Alias Quan Li (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 100% Weird Science Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
50% No Score Yet Deadly Games Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 90% Family Matters Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
76% 72% Roseanne Male instructor (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 0% Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 86% Beauty and the Beast Tong 3 (Guest Star) 1988