Jalal Merhi

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Jalal Merhi
Born (1956-01-27) January 27, 1956 (age 66)
Belém, Brazil
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1983–present

Jalal Merhi is a Brazilian-born Canadian action film producer. [1] He was born in Brazil to Lebanese immigrant parents.

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Career

He started his film career by selling his jewellery business to start a film production company. He has produced and acted in numerous action films that can be considered martial arts B movies. Because of this he is known as "Beirut’s Steven Seagal." [2] [ dubious ] Merhi first studied Shotokan style of karate as youth later moving to tiger style Kung fu. He has sifu rank in kung fu and owns his own school in Canada.

Filmography

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References

  1. Sherif Awad (June 2007). "Coming of Age". Egypt Today . IBA-media.
  2. Jalal Merhi. "Autobiography". Internet Movie Database .