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The best one is...

Bruce Lee 12 25.53%
 
Chuck Norris 1 2.13%
 
Jackie Chan 27 57.45%
 
Jean-Claude Van Damme 2 4.26%
 
Jet Li 4 8.51%
 
Steven Seagal 0 0%
 
Other (Comment) 1 2.13%
 
Total:47

Who is your favorite martial arts actor and what are their best movies?



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I loved Bruce, As for The one that Made me Lol Chris Farley everybody was kung fu fighting.



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Its a common and popular pick, but I do believe Bruce Lee to be the very best - Movies: Enter the Dragon, Fist of fury, game of death
I have a soft side for Donnie Yen cause he always plays very likable characters - The IP Man series of films would be my favorite of his. 
And cant go without mentioning my boy Scott Adkins, who plays Boyka, the most complete fighter in the world. 

I used to like Jackie Chan a lot when I was a kid, but I do feel most of his films are dated now, rewatching them is not a great experience. Drunken Master remains great tho. 
I guess the same can be said about Van Damme, Seagal and Norris, but those classic campy 80s action films are delightful, even when they are bad. 



Definitely Jackie Chan. I love his movies. Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon are awesome!

I think Bruce Lee is awesome as well, but I do tend to prefer comedies over more serious movies hence why Jackie takes the #1 spot for me. Probably doesn't really help that Bruce Lee is dead either. I mean, he'll never be in another movie, what he did was great, but there's nothing new to look forward to. While I grew up during what was probably Jackie's prime as an actor so not only could I enjoy his current films I could also get excited about what would come next.

Edit: Wanna throw in a mention to Tony Jaa too. I loved Ong-Bak. I don't think any of his later films have really lived up to that which is a bit disappointing, but still, that's definitely one of my favourite martial arts films ever so should at least mention him!

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You can argue about who is the best martial artist (probably Bruce), but the question of who is the best martial arts actor isn't even a contest to me. Jackie practically created a genre of film unto himself and to this day no one even comes close.



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Yup, Jackie Chan for me, no contest.



Bruce Lee is a better martial artist but Jackie Chan is a better martial art actor plus he is one of the greatest stunt man of all time also. Plus he has a lot of great movies I like all the Police Story movies, the Rush Hour movies, Drunken Master 1 and 2, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, The Young Master, The Fearless Hyena, Meals on Wheels, Rumble in the Bronx, City Hunter, Who Am I?, Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights.



Jackie Chan is great, even though I don't agree with his political views.

I also quite enjoy Jet Li and Donnie Yen.

I really like Stephen Chow. Even though he is not a martial artist, he is a good martial artist actor.



Jackie Chan.

Also, Seagal doesn’t really belong there with the rest imho.



Not even a debate. Have you guys not seen this speech?



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