Jeff Imada Martial Artist

Jeff Imada (born June 17, 1955) is an American martial artist, stuntman, actor and director. He has performed stunts in over 100 films and television programs and authored one of the first books published in the US about the balisong knife. Imada was born in Inglewood, California, USA, where he began studying martial arts at the age of fifteen. At El Camino College and UCLA, he majored in pre-med and minored in music. While in college, he started working as a movie "extra," which led to his becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Stunts Unlimited and the Directors Guild of America. Jeff Imada has been the technical advisor on numerous films, including Dutch (1991), Tango & Cash (1989), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Dreamscape (1984) and Streets of Fire (1984), and such television series as Magnum, P.I. (1980), Remington Steele (1982), Dynasty (1981), Matt Houston (1982), Airwolf (1984), Stingray (1986), Hart to Hart (1979) and Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982). He was a great friend of Norward Vios and sparred with him all the time. He was a close friend to Brandon Lee with whom he studied Jeet Kune Do under the tutelage of Dan Inosanto.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 17th, 1955
United States of America


1. El Camino College Colleges/University

El Camino College is a two-year public community college located partially in the unincorporated area of Alondra Park and partially in the City of Torrance in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is commonly referred to as "Elco" or "ECC". It consists of 37 buildings spanning an area of roughly 26 acres (11 ha).

Institution colors
16007 Crenshaw Blvd., 90506 - Torrance, California
2010. 24,756
2009. 26,398
Local tuition
2011. 1.76 K $
2011. 864 $
2010. 1.28 K $
2009. 1.01 K $
2008. 1.01 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended El Camino College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1954., American Football Quarterback
b. 1974., American Football Quarterback
b. 1971., American Football Wide receiver
b. 1946., Umpire
b. 1967., Astronaut
b. 1946., Actor
b. 1942., Surf Artist
b. 1948., Celebrity

2. University of California, Los Angeles Colleges/University

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA. It was established in 1882 as the "Southern Branch" of the California State Normal School and is the second oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system. It is considered as one of the flagship institutions of the University of California system, offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an enrollment of about 27,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California in terms of student body. The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974.

Type Public university
2013. 2.8 bil. $
2012. 2.2 bil. $
2011. 1.8 bil. $
Institution colors
405 Hilgard Ave, 90095 - Los Angeles, California
2013. 28,674
2012. 27,941
2011. 27,199
2010. 26,162
2009. 26,556
2013. 12,121
2012. 12,004
2011. 13,476
2010. 11,995
2007. 11,179
Acceptance rate
2014. 18.23 %
2013. 26.48 %
2012. 21.98 %
2011. 25.48 %
2010. 22.69 %
Local tuition
2013. 12.7 K $
2012. 12.7 K $
2011. 12.7 K $
2010. 10.8 K $
2009. 8.85 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of California, Los Angeles connected by profession and/or age

b. 1960., Physicist
b. 1953., Lawyer
b. 1950., Novelist
b. 1957., Politician
b. 1959., Politician
b. 1951., Basketball Coach
b. 1955., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1960., Actor

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating

1. Confessions of an Action Star (2008)

Action, Comedy, Musical
played Martial Arts Choreographer
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Brad Martin
28 Show list $3.4M

Sledge: The Untold Story is a 2008 comedy film directed by Brad Martin.


Top cast

Commander #3
Girlfriend in movie
Police Chief
Barry Simpson
Frank Sledge
Samantha Jones
Donald Buckheim
Richard Orchid
Evil Doctor
Undercover Cop
Commander #1
SFX Coordinator
Commander #2
Glen Jefferies
Asian Master
Jason Everstrong
Jack Rumpkin
Martial Arts Fighter, Martial Arts Fighter
Richard Lewis
Crooked Cop
Agent #2
Drug Lord
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Austria, United States of America

2. Payback (1999)

Action, Crime, Drama
played Chow's Bodyguard
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
20 Show list

Payback is a 1999 American crime film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake using the pseudonym Richard Stark, which had earlier been adapted into the 1967 film noir-classic Point Blank, directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin. The film was Helgeland's directorial debut after a career as a screenwriter. Helgeland in 2006 issued a director's cut that differs substantially from the version released by the studio.


Top cast

Arthur Stegman
Det. Leary
Justin Fairfax
Det. Hicks
Mrs. Lynn Porter
Val Resnick
Punk Messenger
Johnny Bronson
Hooker in Bar
Varrick's Manager
Oakwood Arms Tough #2
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Chris Boardman
Ericson Core
Ha Nguyen
United States of America

3. Blade (1998)

Action, Horror
played Henchman
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Peter Frankfurt
Robert Engelman
19 Show list 1 Show list $45M

Blade is a 1998 American vampire-superhero-vigilante action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid who protects humans from vampires. The film was directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer. Blade grossed $70 million at the U.S. box office, and $131.2 million worldwide. It was followed by two sequels, Blade II and Blade: Trinity, both written by Goyer who also directed the latter.


1999 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

Top cast

Curtis Webb
Deacon Frost
Russian Vampire
Blood Club Bouncer
Vampire #2
Dr. Karen Jenson
Vampire #1
Heatseeking Dennis
Russian Woman
Vampire at rave
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Theo van de Sande
Sanja Milkovic Hays
Blade, Blade
English, Russian
United States of America

4. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Action, Crime, Thriller
played Thug #1
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Channing Gibson
32 Show list 4 Show list $140M

Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the fourth and final installment in the Lethal Weapon series.


1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Action/Adventure
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Action/Adventure
1999 BMI Film Music Award
1998 Bogey Award

Top cast

Dr. Stephanie Woods
Roger Murtaugh
Leo Getz
INS Agent
Martin Riggs
Lee Butters
Wah Sing Ku
Lorna Cole
Captain Ed Murphy
Police Officer at Port #3
Benny 'Uncle Benny' Chan
Detective #6
Trish Murtaugh
Carrie Murtaugh
Freighter's Captain
Police Station Boy
Police Sergeant
Angry Patient with Urine Sample
Nurse #1
Rabbi Gelb
Detective Ng
Detective #3
Benny's Assistant
Four Father Li Lum Chung
Four Father Michael Sing Ku
Hong's Wife
Four Father James Wing Chow
Ping's Mother
Detective #4
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
People smuggling
Ha Nguyen
Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese, English, Standard Chinese
United States of America

5. John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. (1996)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
played Saigon Shadow
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
21 Show list $50M

Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also starring as Snake Plissken. A sequel of Escape from New York, Escape from L.A. co-stars Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell, and Pam Grier.


Top cast

Map to the Stars Eddie
Test Tube
Gang Member
Surgeon General of Beverly Hills
Snake Plissken
Hershe Gang Member #1
Cmdr. Malloy
Duty Sergeant
Hershe Las Palmas
Hershe Gang Member #2
Cuervo Jones
Skinhead in Alley
Bitch Gang Leader
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Gary B. Kibbe
Robin Michel Bush
Escape From L.A., Escape From L.A.
United States of America

6. Double Dragon (1994)

Action, Adventure, Comedy
played Huey
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
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Ash R. Shah
Sunil R. Shah
James Yukich
17 Show list $7.85M

Double Dragon is a 1994 live-action film loosely based on the Double Dragon video game series. This film was directed by James Yukich and stars Mark Dacascos and Scott Wolf as brothers Jimmy and Billy Lee, along with Alyssa Milano as Marian Delario and Robert Patrick as antagonist Koga Shuko. The film takes place in a then-futuristic Los Angeles of 2007, now referred to as "New Angeles" as it has been crippled by a large earthquake. The city is styled as a mix between a post-apocalyptic and 80's/90's punk environment.


Top cast

Koga Shuko
Tour Guide
Ninja Wraith
Smogcaster on Channel 102 News
Chief Delario
Maniac Leader
Rich Kid Opponent #1
Ninja Wraith
Channel 102 News Anchorman
Marian Delario
Jimmy Lee
Wild One
Billy Lee
Linda Lash
Reporter #1
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Tolga Katas
Gary B. Kibbe
Fiona Spence
Double Dragon
United States of America

7. They Live (1988)

Action, Comedy, Horror
played Male Ghoul
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
13 Show list $4M

They Live is a 1988 American science fiction satirical film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as "Nada", who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media.


Top cast

Frank Armitage
Asian Revolutionary
The Drifter
Homeless Kid
Street Preacher
Holly Thompson
George Nada
Depressed Human
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Alan Howarth
Gary B. Kibbe
They Live
United States of America

8. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Action, Adventure, Comedy
played Needles
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
David Z. Weinstein
19 Show list $25M

Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action film directed by John Carpenter, and starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun and James Hong. The film was released in the United States on July 2, 1986. Kurt Russell plays truck driver Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi rescue Wang's green-eyed fiancee from bandits in San Francisco's Chinatown. They go into the mysterious underworld beneath Chinatown, where they face an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan. Although the film was originally envisioned as a Western set in the 1880s, screenwriter W. D. Richter was hired to rewrite the script extensively and modernize everything. The studio hired Carpenter to direct the film and rushed Big Trouble in Little China into production so that it would be released before a similarly themed Eddie Murphy film, The Golden Child, which was slated to come out around the same time. The project fulfilled Carpenter's long-standing desire to make a martial arts film. The movie was a commercial failure, grossing $11.1 million in North America, below its estimated $20 million budget.


Top cast

Jack Burton
Chang Sing #6
Uncle Chu
Wing Kong Hatchet Man #1
Gracie Law
Chang Sing #1
Egg Shen
Wing Kong Hatchet Man #2
Pinstripe Lawyer
Wing Kong Hatchet Man #6
Chang Sing #4
Wang Chi
Sewer Monster
Wing Kong Hatchet Man #9
Mrs. O'Toole
Wing Kong Hatchet Man #10
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
April Ferry
Big Trouble in Little China
English, Yue Chinese, Cantonese
United States of America

9. Going Berserk (1983)

played Kung Fu Fighter #1
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Claude Héroux
David Steinberg
24 Show list

Going Berserk is a 1983 comedy film starring John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Eugene Levy and directed by David Steinberg.


Top cast

Sal DiPasquale
Kung Fu Fighter #2
John Bourgignon
Ed Reese
Dr. Ted
Mrs. Reese
Jerome Willy Muhammed
Chick Leff
Kung Fu Fighter #3
Rev. Sun Yi Day
Public Defender
Kung Fu Girl
Margaret Anderson
Biker Leader
Punk Girl
Skipper, Kung Fu Leader
Nancy Reese
Jorgé - George Harrison Look-a-Like
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Canada, United States of America

10. Nice Dreams (1981)

Comedy, Crime
played Wine Steward
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Howard Brown
17 Show list

Nice Dreams is Cheech & Chong's third feature-length film, released in 1981 by Columbia Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Paul Reubens, Stacy Keach, Evelyn Guerrero, Sandra Bernhard, and Timothy Leary. Chong also directed the film.


Top cast

The Sarge Stedanko
Howie Hamburger Dude
Det. Drooler
Midget Nut
Superman Nut
Oriental Bus Boy at Hong Kong Restaurant
Girl Nut
Blondie Group #2
Body Builder #1
Blondie Group #1
Det. Noodles
Body Builder
Mental Patient
Chinatown Photographer
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

Awards won

2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
The Bourne Ultimatum Crime Fiction Film
Norman Douglass
Don Abbatiello
Susan Purkhiser
Adolfo Heredia
Jose Zorrilla
Markus Ranglack
Oscar Outerino
Glenn Foster
Rowley Irlam
Dino Muccio
Bruce Cain
Marvin Campbell
Evangelos Grecos
John R. Favre
Brian Nickels
Jason Hunjan
Peter Miles
John Cenatiempo
Geoffrey Dowell
David Shumbris
Ben Dimmock
Gene Harrison
Greg Tracy
Derek Lea
Brian Keith Allen
Paul Marini
Nick McKinless
Jeff Medeiros
Frank Henson
G.A. Aguilar
Marvin Francis
Santiago Martinez
Chris Colombo
Dominic Preece
Matthew Stirling
Gary Powell
Scott Armstrong
Brian Smyj
Alberto Zapata
Tony Van Silva
Lutz Schleisner
Lee Morrison
Said Belaamim
George R. Doering III
Benito Benitez Crespo
Michael Burke
Dave Pope
Maurice Lee
Stephen Mann
Mike Lambert
John E. Mack
Mohamed Gouyd
Roy Farfel
Andy Godbold
Manuel Valle
Nick Chopping
Martin Ivanov
Kevin Scott
Lasfer Abdelghni
James O'Donnell
Michael Bornhütter
Luis Miguel Arranz
Guiomar Alonso
Scott Rogers
Jeremy Fry
Joanne Lamstein
Georg Ebinal
Bill Anagnos
Bob Colletti
Adil Farsi
Guillermo Maestre
Mick O'Rourke
Vincent Wang
George B. Colucci Jr.
Shawnna Thibodeau
Rick English
Darrin Prescott
Jacob Dewitt
Chris Barnes
Matt Sherren
Eduardo Gomez
Eugenio Jiménez
Tim Gallin
Gareth Milne
Buster Reeves
Chris Cenatiempo
Gordon Seed
Tim Buchanan
Peter B. Simpson
Mark Mottram
Gilbert B. Combs
Diz Sharpe
Keith Siglinger
Miguel Pedregosa
Kelly Dent
Ben Cooke
Erik Martin
Jorge Huergo
Samir Machtioui
Gary Tacon
Craig Frosty Silva
Aaron Vexler
Rob Hunt
Ray Nicholas
Aris Comninos
Jonathan Eusebio
Dean Forster
Darren Maynard
John Roney
Chris O'Hara
Peter Epstein
Donald John Hewitt
Adam Kirley
Frank Ferrara
Janet Paparazzo
Arran Topham
Keone Kim
Pete Bucossi
Eva Raboso
Rachid Abbad
Mustapha Touki
Anna Mastroianni
Johan Saentz
Mark Rounthwaite
Cort Hessler
Jery Hewitt
Alison Ryan
Shawn O'Neil
Roy T. Anderson
J. Patrick Daily
Paul Bucossi
Boris Martinez
Dean Watt
Antonio Lemos
Tarick Hadouch
Rob Inch
Andy Merchant
Juan Carlos Delgado
David Ware
Mark Southworth
Randy J. Beckman
Levan Doran
Don Hewitt
Miguel Diaz-Aboitiz
James Grogan
Ronnie Wechselberger
Richard Hansen
Erol Mehmet
John Street
Reg Wayment
David Garrick
Peter Pedrero
Roy Taylor
Lee Millham
Steve Mack


Check Jeff Imada on wikipedia.

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