Taimak at the 2014 Florida Supercon
Taimak Guarriello // ), 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 .(born June 27, 1964), known mononymously as Taimak (
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.
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.
He officiated the preliminary MMA bouts at UFC 6 and UFC 7.
In 2006 he made a few appearances alongside Jimmy Yang in Ring of Honor.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.
In March 2016, Incorgnito Publishing Press published Taimak's autobiography, Taimak, The Last Dragon.
In 2018, Taimak starred in Sean Stone's martial arts comedy film Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece .
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