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Jason Statham

Highest Rated:   94% Spy (2015)
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Birthplace:   Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England, UK
British director Guy Ritchie frequently attributes the success of his unorthodox crime films -- 1998's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, 2000's Snatch -- to the fact that his offbeat miscreants are more than believable, they are real. Preferring to cast for authenticity rather than resumé, Ritchie handpicks many of his actors from the true-life cult figures and rascals of London's underbelly. Actor Jason Statham is among the best of them.A one-time Olympic diver, fashion model, and black-market salesman, Statham came to acting by way of commercials and "street theater" -- a euphemism for hustling tourists on London's Oxford Street. Raised in Syndenham, London, he was the second son of a lounge singer and a dressmaker turned dancer. Although Statham had the familial background to go immediately into entertainment, he excelled first on the high dive. He was a member of the 1988 British Olympic Team in Seoul, Korea, and remained on the National Diving Squad for ten years. In the late '90s, a talent agent specializing in athletes landed Statham a gig in an ad campaign for the European clothing retailer French Connection. This led to an appearance in a Levi's Jeans commercial and a fledgling modeling career. Meanwhile, Statham had also earned local fame as a street corner con man, selling stolen jewelry and counterfeit perfume out of a briefcase. Thus, when French Connection's owner became one of the biggest investors in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, he naturally introduced the diver/model/hustler to knave-hunting Ritchie.Intrigued by Statham's past and impressed by his modeling work, Ritchie invited him to audition for a part in the film. The director challenged Statham to impersonate an illegal street vendor and convince him to purchase a piece of imitation gold jewelry. Statham was evidently so persuasive that Ritchie bought four sets. When the director attempted to return his worthless acquisition -- pretending that the gold had turned to stainless steel -- Statham was so graciously inflexible that Ritchie hired him.This unorthodox audition resulted in Statham's big screen debut as Bacon, one of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels' four primary characters engaged in a risky get-rich-quick scheme to repay a massive gambling debt. Bacon supplies a streetwise discipline and restraint that the other characters lack and a sense of humility crucial to Ritchie's film. In the director's follow-up crime comedy, Snatch, Ritchie rehired Statham to play Turkish, a smalltime hood vainly trying to break into the world of underground boxing. As this amateur but respectable hoodlum, Statham is attractive, urbane, immaculate, and smart enough to be bewildered by even his own laughable criminal ineptitude. The role began as a small supporting part in Snatch's star-filled ensemble cast but expanded throughout shooting. By the time of the film's theatrical release, Statham received top billing as its narrator and chief anti-hero.The Guy Ritchie oeuvre that supplied his breakthrough performances is not Statham's only acting arena. In 2000, he made his American film debut as a British drug dealer in Robert Adetuyi's Turn It Up starring Pras Michel. By 2001, he had finished shooting John Carpenter's sci-fi thriller Ghosts of Mars and joined Delroy Lindo in the cast of the Jet Li vehicle The One. A chance to reteam with former Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrel co-star Vinnie Jones proved too fun an opportunity to resist, and Stratham would round out a particularly busy 2001 with his role in the prison-bound sports remake Mean Machine. Just as audiences were finally standing up to take notice of the amiable tough-guy, Stratham stepped into his own as the action lead of the explosive 2002 adrenaline ride The Transporter. A sizable hit that would earn Statham increasingly prominent roles in such high profile pics as The Italian Job, and Cellular, The Transporter estab

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Meg
  • Jonas Taylor
2018
66% The Fate of the Furious
  • Deckard Shaw
$163.6M 2017
29% Mechanic: Resurrection
  • Arthur Bishop
$21.3M 2016
No Score Yet Mechanic: Ressurection
  • Arthur Bishop
2016
94% Spy
  • Rick Ford
$90.0M 2015
79% Furious 7
  • Deckard Shaw
$317.0M 2015
32% Wild Card
  • Nick Wild
  • Producer
2015
32% The Expendables 3
  • Lee Christmas
$34.8M 2014
42% Homefront
  • Phil Broker
$12.7M 2013
No Score Yet Hummingbird
  • Joey Jones
2013
49% Redemption
  • Smith/Joey Jones
$24.1k 2013
69% Fast & Furious 6
  • Actor
$238.8M 2013
41% Parker
  • Parker
$17.7M 2013
66% The Expendables 2
  • Lee Christmas
$85.1M 2012
57% Safe
  • Luke Wright
$17.2M 2012
No Score Yet Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts
  • Actor
2012
8% 13
  • Jasper Bagges
2011
25% Killer Elite
  • Danny Bryce
$25.1M 2011
55% Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Tybalt
$99.9M 2011
53% The Mechanic
  • Arthur Bishop
$29.2M 2011
48% Blitz
  • Detective Tom Brant
$0.3M 2011
41% The Expendables
  • Lee Christmas
$103.0M 2010
No Score Yet The Job
  • Actor
2010
63% Crank 2: High Voltage
  • Chev Chelios
$13.7M 2009
37% Transporter 3
  • Frank Martin
$31.4M 2008
42% Death Race
  • Jensen Ames
$36.1M 2008
79% The Bank Job
  • Terry Leather
$30.1M 2008
14% War (Rogue Assassin)
  • Jack Crawford
$22.4M 2007
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
  • Farmer
$4.5M 2006
61% Crank
  • Chev Chelios
$27.9M 2006
14% London
  • Bateman
2006
No Score Yet Chaos
  • Det. Quentin Conners
2005
17% Revolver
  • Jake
$42.3k 2005
52% Transporter 2
  • Frank Martin
$43.1M 2005
55% Cellular
  • Greer
$32.1M 2004
86% Collateral
  • Airport Man
$100.1M 2004
73% The Italian Job
  • Handsome Rob
$106.0M 2003
54% The Transporter
  • Frank Martin
$25.3M 2002
34% Mean Machine
  • Monk
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
14% The One
  • Evan Funsch
2001
21% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars
  • Jericho Butler
$7.4M 2001
73% Snatch
  • Turkish
$30.1M 2001
8% Turn It Up
  • Mr. B
$0.8M 2000
76% Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Bacon
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

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