The Chinese American is widely considered to be the most infulential martial artist ever and has performed some of the greatest fight scenes captured on film. He transcended the actor/stunt man tag, becoming a cultural icon.
Chan is the Hong Kong kid who made it in big in Hollywood with his acrobatic fighting style and comic timing. Best known for his box-office hits like Rush Hour and The Karate Kid, Chan's early work - done without any safety measures - is the most memorable; particularly the scene in Project A where he famously free falls from a clock tower and rips through several canvas awnings.
The British stunt man is the world's most prolific, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and is best known for doubling Harrison Ford in the first three Indiana Jones films and Christopher Reeve in Superman and Superman II. He performed those balls-to-the-wall Swiss Alps skiing scenes in James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
The New Zealand stuntwoman got her big break as Uma Thurman's double in the Kill Bill films. Director Quentin Tarantino was so impressed with her abilities, he wrote an entire film around her - Deathproof - where she famously performed a stunt on the hood of a speeding 1970 Dodge Challenger.
Along with Chan, Li is arguably the most successful martial artist and stuntman. He has starred in a number of major Hollywood films including Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die, The Forbidden Kingdom, Unleashed and The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor. But if one things marks your badass status more than any other, it's being part of Sly's The Expendables cast.
Michael Jai White
The writer, director, martial artist, stuntman and actor has been dubbed as the "black Bruce Lee'' and rightly so. With a real life persona indistinguishable from his Black Dynamite character, White is becoming a formidable pop culture presence. Remember, this is the man who taught Kimbo Slice how to box in that hit viral video.Also look «My Favourite Films of 2008»