A long-haired, exotically charged Hollywood performer with a screen presence that frequently projected dark menace, T.J. Storm built his career as an entertainer on a bedrock of decades-long martial arts expertise. A native Hoosier, Storm grew up in Hawaii; he subsequently attended the Joanne Barron/ D.W. Brown Acting Academy and trained on the side in a myriad of disciplines including, though not limited to, jujitsu, tae kwan do, arashi-ryu karate, and Northern Shaolin kung fu. Given Storm's appearance, his rapid ascent to the level of eighth degree blackbelt, and his proficiency in all of the said forms, it was perhaps inevitable for Hollywood to pigeonhole him in action and crime vehicles, though he typically appeared in supporting roles and not leads. Projects included Breathing Fire (1991),Corrupt (1999), and The Ultimate Game (2001), for which he also did the martial arts choreography. In 2001, Storm hosted the series of exercise videos entitled Cardio Kung Fu: The Spiritual Workout, and seven years later he played Maginty in director Lexi Alexander's comic book superhero film Punisher: War Zone (2008).