Kurt McKinney - biography

Actor from United States of America

Kurt Robin McKinney (born February 15, 1962 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former actor. McKinney is perhaps best known for his role as Jason Stillwell in 1986 martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender. McKinney had earned a black belt in karate and was a former amateur kickboxing champion in Kentucky prior to his pursuit of an acting career. McKinney moved to Hollywood in the mid 1980s and found fame within few months. He auditioned for the lead in American Ninja (1985) but was turned down due to his youth. Instead his film debut would come playing Jason Stillwell in 1986 martial arts film No Retreat, No Surrender, which also starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails and Tai Chung Kim. The movie grossed $5 million at the US box office (and spawned two sequels). Although this success was moderate compared to similar movies of the time, such as the Rocky series or The Karate Kid series, it remains a cult classic film to many people around the world. McKinney reportedly turned down the chance to reprise his role for the 1987 sequel, considering the filming location 'inconvenient' and with an element of persuasion from Jean-Claude Van Damme, who also turned it down. Early in  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Maronda McKinney


Year Performance Character
2002 Bending All the Rules
1996 Sworn to Justice

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