Kurt McKinney Actor

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 taekwondo 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.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 15th, 1962
Nationality
United States of America

Family

Spouse
Children

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Drama34.23
Action25.2
Crime25.45

1. Bending All the Rules (2002)

Drama
played Mortie
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
87.0
Peter Knight
,
Morgan Klein
Peter Knight
,
Morgan Klein
7 Show list

Bending All the Rules is a 2002 film starring Bradley Cooper.

Awards

Top cast

Sargeant
Big Shelly K
Jason
Woman ordering shots
Nick
Waitress
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Martin Klein
,
Molly Knight Forde
Rob Allen
English
United States of America

2. Pop (1999)

played Secret Agent #2
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
88.0
Brian Johnson
,
Kate Ertmann
Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
2 Show list

Pop is a 1999 film written and directed by Brian Johnson.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
D. Guy Baker
Andrew Balis
,
Larry Wright
Paola LaMorticella
English
United States of America

3. Sworn to Justice (1996)

Action, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
97.0
Paul Maslak
1 Show list

Sworn to Justice is a 1996 action-drama film directed by Paul Maslak.

Awards

Top cast

Teddy
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Karen Mann
English
United States of America

4. Sworn to Vengeance (1993)

Crime, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
93.0

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

Action, Crime, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
94.0
,
Keith W. Strandberg
,
1 Show list

No Retreat, No Surrender is a 1986 American martial arts film directed by Corey Yuen in his American directorial debut, and starring Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was released in the United States on May 2, 1986. The film is about the American teenager named Jason Stillwell who learns martial arts from the spirit of Bruce Lee. Stillwell uses these lessons to defend his martial arts dojo against the Russian martial artist Ivan Kraschinsky. No Retreat, No Surrender was written by Keith W. Strandberg after being contacted by the owner of Seasonal Film Corporation Ng See-yuen to write a script for them, despite having never written a script beforehand. Jean-Claude Van Damme was cast in the film and caused problems on the set for continually physically contacting other actors and stuntmen during the fight scenes even after director Corey Yuen told him not to. On its release, the film received negative reviews focusing on the story that two reviewers found was too similar to the film The Karate Kid.

Awards

Top cast

Ivan Krushensky
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
No Retreat, No Surrender
English
Hong Kong, United States of America

Guest TV appearances

ALF

Program genre

Sitcom
Science Fiction
Comedy
Puppet

External resources

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system.nThe title character is Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF, who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family. The series stars Max Wright as father Willie Tanner, Anne Schedeen as mother Kate Tanner, and Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory as their children, Lynn and Brian Tanner. ALF was performed by puppeteer/creator Paul Fusco.nProduced by Alien Productions, ALF originally ran for four seasons and produced 99 episodes, including three one-hour episodes which were divided into two parts for syndication totaling 102 episodes.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E08 November 17th, 1986

Guiding Light

Program genre

Soap opera
Daytime Drama

Official site

External resources

Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running television drama in history, broadcast from 1952 until 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. Guiding Light stands as the fourth longest-running program in all of broadcast history; only the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen, the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry and the BBC religious program The Daily Service have been on the air longer.nGuiding Light was created by Irna Phillips, and began as an NBC Radio serial on January 25, 1937. On June 2, 1947, the series was transferred to CBS Radio, before starting on June 30, 1952, on CBS Television. It would continue to be broadcast concomitantly on radio until June 29, 1956. The series was expanded from 15 minutes to a half-hour during 1968, and then to a full hour on November 7, 1977. The series broadcast its 15,000th CBS episode on September 6, 2006.nOn April 1, 2009, it was announced that CBS had cancelled Guiding Light after a 72-year run due to low ratings.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S57-E141 January 22nd, 2009
S57-E147 January 30th, 2009
S57-E245 June 19th, 2009
S57-E189 April 2nd, 2009
S58-E31 August 11th, 2009
S57-E211 May 4th, 2009
S57-E110 December 4th, 2008
S56-E199 April 16th, 2008
S56-E152 February 7th, 2008
S57-E63 September 26th, 2008
S57-E101 November 19th, 2008
S56-E208 April 29th, 2008
S57-E78 October 17th, 2008
S57-E105 November 25th, 2008
S56-E21 July 30th, 2007
S56-E72 October 11th, 2007
S56-E07 July 10th, 2007
S55-E110 December 6th, 2006
S55-E80 October 23rd, 2006
S55-E05 July 6th, 2006

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