Taimak

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Taimak
Taimak Supercon 2014.jpg
Taimak at the 2014 Florida Supercon
Born (1964-06-27) June 27, 1964 (age 56)
Occupation
  • Martial artist
  • actor
  • stuntman
Years active1982-present

Taimak Guarriello [1] (born June 27, 1964), known mononymously as Taimak ( /ˈtmɑːk/ ), is an American martial artist, actor, and stuntman, known for his lead role as Leroy Green in the 1985 martial arts comedy film The Last Dragon . [2]

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Personal life

Taimak was born on June 27, 1964, in Los Angeles, California, to an Italian-American father and an African-American mother.[ citation needed ] He currently lives in New York City.

Career

Taimak's leading role in Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon , in which he played Leroy Green, a Bruce Lee-inspired martial artist in search of "The Glow," was his first major break in acting. The film was a financial success and grossed more than $25 million at the box office.[ citation needed ]

Since The Last Dragon, Taimak has appeared in a number of TV roles and over a dozen plays.[ citation needed ]

Taimak later appeared in a number of TV roles and music videos including the lead male in Janet Jackson's "Let's Wait Awhile" music video and Debbie Allen's "Special Look" video. He played a date rapist in an episode of the TV show A Different World . He appeared in 36 Crazyfists' music video "Bloodwork."

Taimak has worked with a number of celebrities, including Madonna, and starred in the play Cheaters, which toured the United States. He starred in a hit Off-Broadway show in 2004 called Roadhouse The Comedy, based on the Patrick Swayze film Road House .

In 2002, Taimak opened a gym called Fitness Concepts on the East Side (Manhattan) of Manhattan.[ citation needed ] He published a fitness DVD titled Taimak FIT (Find Inner Transformation), intended to be the first of a series.[ citation needed ]

He is an accomplished martial artist and has received black belts in Goju Ryu Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, Hapkido, Jujutsu, Taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He studied Chinese Goju under "The Black Dragon", Ron Van Clief. [3]

He officiated the preliminary MMA bouts at UFC 6 and UFC 7. [3]

In 2006 he made a few appearances alongside Jimmy Yang in Ring of Honor. [4] Yang's character at the time had adopted some of Leroy Green's traits as his own.

In November 2015, Taimak and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa were honorees for the Fists of Legends Legacy Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO. [5]

In March 2016, Incorgnito Publishing Press published Taimak's autobiography, Taimak, The Last Dragon. [1]

In 2018, Taimak starred in Sean Stone's martial arts comedy film Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece .

Filmography

Stunts

Self

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References

  1. 1 2 Taimak Guarriello (2016-03-19). Taimak, The Last Dragon. Incorgnito Publishing Press. ISBN   978-1944589110.
  2. Janet Maslin (1985-03-22). "The Last Dragon (1985) FILM: SCHULTZ DIRECTS 'LAST DRAGON'". The New York Times .
  3. 1 2 McCarthy, "Big" John (2011). Let's Get It On!: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee. Medallion Press. p. 190. ISBN   978-1-60542-200-8.
  4. "Adam's World: Taimak – The Last Dragon Still Has The Glow" . Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  5. "2015 Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival & Honoree Awards". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-14.