Bill Wallace (martial artist)
Bill Wallace is an American martial artist, a Professional Karate Association world full-contact karate champion. He was the Professional Karate Association Middleweight Champion kickboxer for six years. Wallace was born in Portland and trained in wrestling during his high school years, he began his study of Judo in 1966 and was forced to discontinue his Judo related activities because of an injury he suffered to his right knee during practice. He began to study Shōrin-ryū Karate under Michael Gneck in February 1967 while serving in the U. S. Air Force. After entering the point fighting tournament scene and achieving success there, he switched to full-contact competition. With the coaching help of veteran fighter Jim'Ronin' Harrison, Wallace won 23 consecutive professional fights between 1974 and 1980, becoming the Professional Karate Association middleweight world full-contact karate champion and retiring undefeated, he was known for his fast left leg kicks his roundhouse kick and his hook kick, clocked at about 60 mph.
He focused on his left leg because of the Judo-related injury to his right knee, using the right leg as a base. He suffered the loss of one testicle during a point fighting tournament, when his protective cup was struck at an unfortunate angle. A year Wallace turned professional and captured the PKA middleweight karate championship with a second-round knockout, he relinquished the crown in 1980, undefeated. The PKA promoted the sport of full-contact karate. Full-contact karate differed from kickboxing in that leg kicks were allowed in kickboxing and forbidden in full-contact karate, it was PKA President, Don Quine, who coined the phrase "Superfoot" to describe Wallace after witnessing his fight first with Mark Georgantas and with Jem Echollas. In 1990 Bill Wallace fought one last exhibition kickboxing/karate match with friend Joe Lewis on pay per view. Both Wallace and Lewis were refused a boxing license because of their age; the exhibition ended with one judge in favor of Wallace and the other two judges scored the bout a tie.
Wallace studied at Ball State University. In 1976, he earned a master's degree in Kinesiology from Memphis State University. Wallace has taught karate, judo and weight lifting at Memphis State University; the author of a college textbook about karate and kinesiology, he continues to teach seminars across the United States and abroad. He has acted, most notably in A Force of One starring Chuck Norris. Wallace was the play-by-play commentator for the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view event in 1993 alongside fellow kickboxer Kathy Long and NFL Hall of famer Jim Brown. Wallace administers an organization of karate schools under his "Superfoot" system, he was elected to Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1973 as "Tournament Karate Fighter of the Year" and again in 1978 as "Man of the Year." His film credits include A Force of One with Chuck Norris. Bill Wallace was a close friend of both Elvis Presley and John Belushi. On March 5, 1982, Bill Wallace found John Belushi dead of a cocaine and heroin overdose, in his room in Bungalow 3, at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, on Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood, California.
Wallace has written and co-written a number of books, including: The Best of Bill Wallace Competitive Karate: Featuring the Superfoot System The Ultimate Kick Dynamic Kicking & Stretching Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills DVD format: BOOST Karate for Children Karate: Basic Concepts & Skills Bill Wallace starred in the 1985 James Glickenhaus action film "The Protector" alongside Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello. Wallace played a tough ex karate champ bodyguard, who has an extended fight scene with cop Jackie Chan in a Hong Kong warehouse. Bill Wallace's web site Bill Wallace on IMDb
Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which concludes in victory for the hero. Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic unbelievable events are met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are but not limited to, car chases and gunplay or shootouts; this genre is associated with the thriller and adventure genres, they may contain elements of spy fiction.
Some historians consider The Great Train Robbery to be the first action film. During the 1920s and 1930s, action-based films were "swashbuckling" adventure films in which actors, such as Douglas Fairbanks, wielded swords in period pieces or Westerns. Indian action films in this era were known as stunt films; the 1940s and 1950s saw "action" in a new form through cowboy movies. Alfred Hitchcock ushered in the spy-adventure genre while establishing the use of action-oriented "set pieces" like the famous crop-duster scene and the Mount Rushmore finale in North by Northwest; the film, along with a war-adventure called The Guns of Navarone, inspired producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to invest in their own spy-adventure, based on the novels of Ian Fleming; the long-running success of the James Bond films or series introduced a staple of the modern-day action film: the resourceful hero. Such larger-than-life characters were a veritable "one-man army"; such heroes are ready with one-liners and dry quips.
The Bond films used fast cutting, car chases, fist fights, a variety of weapons and gadgets, elaborate action sequences. Producer-Director John Sturges' 1963 film The Great Escape, featuring Allied prisoners of war attempting to escape a German POW camp during World War II, featuring future icons of the action genre including Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, is an example of an action film prototype. During the 1970s, gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as Bullitt, The French Connection and The Seven-Ups. Dirty Harry lifted its star, Clint Eastwood, out of his cowboy typecasting, framed him as the archetypal hero of the urban action film. In many countries, restrictions on language, adult content, violence had loosened up, these elements became more widespread. In the 1970s, martial-arts films from Hong Kong became popular with Western audiences and inspired big budget films such as Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.
Chuck Norris blended martial arts with'cops and robbers' in films such as Good Guys Wear Black and A Force of One. From Japan, Sonny Chiba starred in his first martial arts movie in 1973 called the Karate Kiba, his breakthrough international hit was The Street Fighter series, which established him as the reigning Japanese martial arts actor in international cinema. He played the role of Mas Oyama in Champion of Death, Karate Bearfighter, Karate for Life. Chiba's action films were not only bounded by martial arts, but action thriller and science fiction. In the 1980s, Hollywood produced many big budget action blockbusters with actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Dudikoff, Charles Bronson and Bruce Willis. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas paid their homage to the Bond-inspired style with Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1982, veteran actor Nick Nolte and rising comedian Eddie Murphy broke box office records with the action-comedy 48 Hrs. credited as the first "buddy-cop" movie.
That same year, Sylvester Stallone starred in First Blood, the first installment in the Rambo film series which made the character John Rambo a pop culture icon. 1984 saw the beginning of the Terminator franchise starring Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This story provides one of the grittiest roles for a woman in action and Hamilton was required to put in extensive effort to develop a strong physique.1987's Lethal Weapon starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Darlene Love was another significant action film hit of the decade, another "buddy-cop" genre classic, launching a franchise that spawned 3 sequels. The 1988 film, Die Hard, was influential on the development of the action genre. In the film, Bruce Willis plays a New York police detective who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a terrorist take-over of a Los Angeles office building high-rise; the use of a maverick, resourceful lone hero has always been a common thread from James Bond to John Rambo, but John McClane in Die Hard is much more of an'everyday' person whom circumstance turns into a reluctant hero
Carlos Ray Norris is an American martial artist, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he competed as a martial artist, won many championships, he has since founded his own school of fighting, Chun Kuk Do. Norris is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade, Code of Silence, The Delta Force, Missing in Action 1, 2, & 3, he was The Cannon Group's leading star in the 1980s. He played the title role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 until 2001. Since 1997, he and model Christie Brinkley have been the main spokespersons for the Total Gym infomercials. Norris has written several books, with subject matter varying from martial arts, philosophy, Christian religion, western novels, to biography, he was twice a New York Times best-selling author, firstly with his book on his personal philosophy of positive force and the psychology of self-improvement based on personal anecdotes called The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story.
His second New York Times Best Seller, Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America, was about his critique on current issues in the USA. Starting in early 2005 on an internet forum and on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Chuck Norris facts became an internet meme documenting fictional and absurd feats of strength and endurance. Although Norris himself did not produce the "facts", he was hired to endorse many products that incorporated Chuck Norris facts in advertising, the phenomenon resulted in six books and two video games. Norris was born in Ryan, Oklahoma on March 10, 1940, to Wilma and Ray Norris, a World War II Army soldier, a mechanic, bus driver, truck driver. Norris has stated that he has Cherokee roots. Norris was named after his father's minister, he has two younger brothers and Aaron. When Norris was sixteen, his parents divorced, he relocated to Prairie Village, to Torrance, with his mother and brothers. Norris has described his childhood as downbeat, he was nonathletic and scholastically mediocre.
His father, worked intermittently as an automobile mechanic, went on alcohol drinking binges that lasted for months at a time. Embarrassed by his father's behavior and the family's financial plight, Norris developed a debilitating introversion that lasted for his entire childhood, he joined the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman in 1958 and was sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea. It was there that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck and began his training in Tang Soo Do, an interest that led to black belts in that art and the founding of the Chun Kuk Do form; when he returned to the United States, he continued to serve as an AP at March Air Force Base in California. Norris was discharged from the U. S. Air Force in August 1962. Following his military service, Norris started to participate in martial arts competitions, he was defeated in his first two tournaments, dropping decisions to Allen Steen. He lost three matches at the International Karate Championships to Tony Tulleners. By 1967 Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Vic Moore.
Norris would be a two-time winner at S. Henry Cho's All American Championship. In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and last loss of his career, losing an upset decision to Louis Delgado. On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years. In 1969, he won Karate's triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine. Norris worked for the Northrop Corporation and opened a chain of karate schools including a storefront school in his then-hometown of Torrance, CA on Hawthorne Boulevard. Norris's official website lists celebrity clients at the schools. In 1968, when Norris competed for the World Title, Bruce Lee, who at the time was known for the TV series The Green Hornet, noticed him, they developed a friendship and trained together for the next two years, until Lee returned to Hong Kong to pursue his movie career. In 1969, Norris made his acting debut in the Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew.
In 1972, he acted as Bruce Lee's nemesis in the acclaimed martial arts movie Way of the Dragon. The film grossed HK$5,307,350.50 at the Hong Kong box office, beating previous records set by Lee's own films, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, making it the highest-grossing film of 1972 in Hong Kong. The film is credited with launching him toward stardom. In 1973, he had a small role in the comedy The Student Teachers. In 1974, actor Steve McQueen, his martial art student and friend at the time, saw his potential and encouraged him to begin acting classes at MGM; that same year, he played the main antagonist in the Lo Wei film Yellow Faced Tiger. He played the biggest drug king in San Francisco, he found his match. In 1975, he wrote his first book Winning Tournament Karate on the practical study of competition training for any rank, it covers all phases of executing speedy attacks, fighting form drills, and
Pepe Serna is an American film and television actor and artist. Serna's first break in movies came in 1970 on the Roger Corman directed film The Student Nurses. Over the years Serna has appeared in over 100 films, most notably Car Wash and Scarface directed by Brian De Palma, where he played Montana's friend Angel Fernandez. In the award winning comedy Aguruphobia, Pepe plays the charismatic guru Nanak. Pepe co-produced Aguruphobia. Aguruphobia had a limited theatrical run, is now available on iTunes, Google Play and Verizon Fios, he has appeared on stage, including his solo show El Ruco, Cholo, Pachuco, Serna's version of the panorama of Latino cultural history. Serna has been honored by the Screen Actors Guild Heritage Achievement Award. Pepe played Senor Cardoza in the movie Downsizing. Pepe Serna on IMDb
Chuck Norris filmography
Chuck Norris is an American martial artist and actor. The following is a filmography of his work. Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, was The Cannon Group's leading star in the 1980s, he played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger, from 1993 to 2001. General Specific Chuck Norris filmography on IMDb Chuck Norris filmography at AllMovie
Baby Burlesks is the collective series title of eight thematically unrelated one-reeler Pre-Code films produced by Jack Hays and directed by Charles Lamont for Educational Pictures in 1932 and 1933. The eight films are satires on major motion pictures, film stars and current events. Cast members are preschoolers clad in adult costumes on the top and diapers fastened with large safety pins on the bottom. Many of the children employed in the series were recruited from Meglin's Dance School in Hollywood, when not rehearsing or shooting, were sent out by the studio as advertising models for a variety of products in order to underwrite the costs of film production; the series is notable for featuring three-year-old Shirley Temple in her first screen appearances. In her 1988 autobiography, the actress describes the Baby Burlesks as "a cynical exploitation of our childish innocence", she said the films were "the best things I did". All eight films in the Baby Burlesks series were produced by Jack Hays and directed by Charles Lamont, except the first, Runt Page, directed by Ray Nazarro.
Rehearsals took place over a week or two for each film, with no pay, were shot in two days. As a star, received $10 a day. In 2009, all eight films were available on videocassette and DVD. Runt Page, directed by Ray Nazarro, was released on April 11, 1932, distributed by Universal Pictures; the 10-minute film is a spoof of the play The Front Page with Temple playing Lulu Parsnips, a take-off on Louella Parsons, Georgie Smith playing Raymond Bunion, a take-off on Damon Runyon. The film is notable for being Temple's first film appearance. In her autobiography, Shirley Temple Black wrote that Runt Page was a "dismal failure in the marketplace, its sale...abandoned". Unlike the other films, the young actors' voices are dubbed by adults. War Babies was released September 11, 1932, distributed by Educational Film Exchanges; the 11-minute film is a spoof of the World War I film What Price Glory? and was titled What Price Gloria? The film is set in Buttermilk Pete's Cafe which serves as a sort of bordeaux where children dance, perform music, play with milk.
As a prostitute named Charmaine, Temple spoofs Dolores Del Rio and speaks her first on-screen words, "Mais oui, mon cher". Georgie Smith and Eugene Butler play doughboys. Others in the cast are Dorian Samson, Georgie Billings, Philip Hurlic. Pie Covered Wagon was released on October 30, 1932, distributed by Fox Film Corporation, its screenplay was written by producer Jack Hays. The 10-minute film is a spoof of the popular 1923 silent Western film The Covered Wagon, starring Lois Wilson and J. Warren Kerrigan. In Pie Covered Wagon, Temple is tied to a stake by Indians and pelted with clods of dirt until rescued by Georgie Smith. Others in the cast are Eugene Butler as Gene, Philip Hurlic as Dynamite, Arthur J. Maskery as an Indian Chief, Jimmie Milliken as Baby, Dorian Samson as Kalimo. Glad Rags to Riches was released on February 5, 1933, was distributed by Educational Film Exchanges; the 11-minute film stars Temple as Le Belle Diaperina, a Gay Nineties chanteuse at the Lullaby Lobster Palace who must decide whether to marry a rich nightclub owner or a country boy.
The film features her first on-screen tap dance and song, "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage". Others in the cast are Eugene Butler as the Nightclub Owner, Lawrence Harris as a Policeman, Marilyn Granas as the Maid, Georgie Smith as Elmer, Nell's boyfriend, Dorian Samson as security guard. Kid in Hollywood was released March 14, 1933, distributed by Fox Film; the 10-minute film stars Temple as a former beauty queen reduced to scrubbing soundstage floors until discovered by director Frightwig von Stumblebum, a satire of Eric von Stroheim, made a star as Morelegs Sweetrick, a play on Marlene Dietrich. It is considered the best of the series; the Kid's Last Fight was released on April 23, 1933, distributed by Fox Film. The 11-minute film is a satire on the boxing world. Georgie Smith plays boxer Diaper Dampsey whose girlfriend is kidnapped by gangsters before a big fight. Others in the cast are Lawrence Harris as Pop Skull McGee, Arthur J. Maskery as Dampsey's Manager, Sidney Kibrick as a kidnapper, Philip Hurlic as Dampsey's corner man, Marilyn Granas as Lulu Parsnips.
Polly Tix in Washington was written by the film's director, Charles Lamont, released on June 4, 1933, distributed by Fox Film. The 11-minute film stars Temple as Polly Tix, Dorian Samson as Telly Tix, Polly's faithful brother and Smith as politicians, Gloria Ann Mack as The Little Sister, Philip Hurlic as Dynamite. Shirley Temple describes the plot in her autobiography: "I was a strumpet on the payroll of the Nipple Trust and Anti-Castor Oil Lobby. Mine was the task of seducing a newly arrived bumpkin senator"; the script required Temple to take a ride in an ostrich-drawn cart but the frightened bird bolted and Temple came close to being killed. Kid'in Africa was released on October 6, 1933, distributed by Fox Film; the 10-minute film stars Temple as Madam Cradlebait, a missionary and captive of jungle savages rescued from the cooking pot by a Tarzan-like character called Diaperzan, who arrives on the back of an elephant. A group of black children playing savages were directed to run and fall en masse when shot by arrows from the good guys.
Unbeknownst to the children, a piano wire was strung shin-high in their path and they fell into a yowling heap, some with bleeding shins. The film was the most tasteless in the series, with its release, the series was discontinued; the film strangely includes an advertisement for Ex-Lax, a sign for which appears on a post in front of the Hotel "Squaldorf". Shirley Temp
James Whitmore Jr.
James Allen Whitmore III, better known as James Whitmore Jr. is an American actor best known for his role as Captain Jim Gutterman on the television program Baa Baa Black Sheep, a television director. He is the son of actor James Whitmore. Born in Manhattan, New York, Whitmore has had recurring guest-starring roles on the TV series The Rockford Files and Hunter, he appeared in two episodes of Magnum, P. I. and an episode of Battlestar Galactica before directing many episodes of series by Donald P. Bellisario, the creator of Magnum and a writer on Galactica. Whitmore acts in the episodes he directs, such as two episodes of Quantum Leap. In that series, as well as several others, he played different characters in each appearance, rather than recurring roles. In addition to directing episodes of shows for Bellisario, Whitmore directed episodes of more than one series for Joss Whedon. Whitmore directed the final episodes of two different series. After Leap, Whitmore again directed Scott Bakula in episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, NCIS: New Orleans, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
He directed David Boreanaz in both Angel and Bones. The Pretender reunited Whitmore with many of the same writing staff as Quantum Leap. 21 Jump Street 24 Angel Beverly Hills, 90210 Bones Brooklyn South Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Cleaner Cold Case The Commish Dark Angel Dawson's Creek Dead Like Me Ferris Bueller Get Real The Good Wife Hunter JAG Jericho Las Vegas Madam Secretary Mr. and Mrs. Smith NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles NCIS: New Orleans (first half of the NCIS backdoor pilot and 6 Notorious Nowhere Man Person of Interest The Pretender Profiler Providence Quantum Leap Ray Donovan Roswell Star Trek: Enterprise Tequila and Bonetti The Resident The Unit Witchblade Young Americans Airwolf Baa Baa Black Sheep Battlestar Galactica The Boys in Company C as Lieutenant Archer The Eddie Capra Mysteries The Greatest American Hero The Gypsy Warriors as Captain Sheldon Alhern Hardcastle and McCormick Highway to Heaven Hunter Lou Grant Magnum, P. I. Quantum Leap The Rockford Files Simon & Simon The Twilight Zone James Whitmore Jr. on IMDb