Mel Novak

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Milan Mrdjenovich

(1942-06-16) June 16, 1942 (age 79) [1]
Other namesMel Novak
Years active1971 present

Mel Novak (born June 16, 1942) is an American actor who is best known for villainous roles in Black Belt Jones , Game of Death , and An Eye for an Eye . He is also known for doing all of his own stunts and fighting scenes. [2] [3]



1970s to 1980s

Born in Pittsburgh to Serbian parents as Milan Mrdjenovich [4] [5] (Serbian : Милан Мрђеновић, Milan Mrđenović), [6] Novak made his film debut in 1974, appearing in two blaxploitation films, Truck Turner starring Isaac Hayes and Black Belt Jones starring Jim Kelly that was directed by Robert Clouse that led to a part in Clouse's The Ultimate Warrior (1975) starring Yul Brynner. Cat in the Cage (1978) starring Sybil Danning, and others followed. One of his more high-profile parts from the 70's was as the hitman Stick in Game of Death (1978), again directed by Robert Clouse. Novak also had roles in two Chuck Norris films, A Force of One (1979) and An Eye for an Eye (1981). Since the turn of the 80's, Novak has been acting mostly in independent features, such as Lovely But Deadly (1981) for director/producer David Sheldon, starring B-movie heroine Lucinda Dooling.

1990s to 2000s

In the '90s, he appeared in two films for director Garry Marshall: Exit to Eden (1994), based on the novel by Anne Rice, and Dear God (1996).

In 2005, he appeared in the action/horror film Vampire Assassin , also featuring Gerald Okamura, with whom Novak has acted in several films, and Rudy Ray Moore. In 2008, Novak was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in London. In 2015, Novak had a prominent role in the action film, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance.

Personal life

Novak is also an ordained minister, known for doing celebrity funerals and memorials for the likes of Chuck Connors' son, Jeffrey Alan Connors, and Tim Burton's father, Bill Burton. He has worked in skid row and prison ministry for over twenty years. He also has two daughters, Nikol and Lea, one son, Tyler, and three grandchildren from daughter Lea.[ citation needed ]


1974 Black Belt Jones Blue Eyes
Truck Turner DoctorAlternative title: Black Bullet
1975 The Ultimate Warrior LippertAlternative titles: The Barony
The Last Warrior
1978 Game of Death Stick
Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident MendosaAlternative title: Teheran Incident
Cat in the CageRalph Desmond
1979 A Force of One The Announcer
1980 Tom Horn Corbett's bodyguard
1981 Lovely But Deadly Warren Lang
Force: Five The Assassin
An Eye for an Eye Montoya
1985 Force of Darkness Conrad
Sword of HeavenDirk
1989Family ReunionTom Andrews
1991Capital PunishmentMason DoverAlternative title: Kickbox Terminator
1993Expert WeaponMillerAlternative title: American Dragon
1994 Pocket Ninjas Mr. KaufmanWorking title: Skate Dragons
Alternative title: Super Sonic Pocket Ninjas on Wheels
Foreign release title: Triple Dragon
Direct Hit Kovar
Exit to Eden Walker's henchman
1996 Dear God Sidewalk Minister
1997 Future War Otis [7]
1999The F-ZonePriest
2002Power ElitePresident Jonathan Caine
2003GiAntsJonathan Caine [8] Direct-to-DVD release
2005SWAT: Warhead OneDick DanversDirect-to-DVD release
Vampire Assassin Gustoff SlovakAlternate title: Vampire Assassins
2006 Big Guns Larry ArmstrongDirect-to-DVD release
2008Drifter TKDThomas Tyler
2015 Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Cutter
2016 Enter the Samurai HimselfDocumentary on the creation of Samurai Cop 2:Deadly Vengeance
2017 Syndicate Smasher MilanMovie
2017 Steve McQueen: American Icon HimselfDocumentary
2017 Check Point (2017 film) The ReverendMovie
2017Holy TerrorFather MurphyMovie
2017Toxic TutuHimself, Associate ProducerMovie
2017Nemesis 5: The New ModelRed Army Hammerhead LeaderMovie
2018Tales of FrankensteinDr. MortalityMovie
2018 An Hour to Kill Mr. KinskiMovie
2019 Gangsters Incorporated StickMovie
2019 Robowoman Dr. MichaelsMovie
2019 Eternal Code Mr. PomeroyMovie
2020 The Beast Beneath Mayor George ReidMovie
2020 Tales from the Campfire 3 Dr. ChallisMovie
1971 The F.B.I. PolicemanOne episode
1973 Mannix Elmo BagleyOne episode
1976The Blue KnightSteveOne episode
Ark II First guardOne episode
2006 Pastor Greg Man with dogOne episode


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