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Chris Casamassa
Born January 17, 1965

Chris Casamassa (born January 17, 1965) is an American martial artist, actor and stuntman who is best known for his role as Scorpion in the movie Mortal Kombat, which was based on the popular fighting-game series. He also played Scorpion in the TV show, Mortal Kombat: Conquest, but was unavailable for the second movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, due to scheduling conflicts with Batman & Robin, where he doubled for George Clooney. Son of martial arts guru, and founder of Red Dragon Karate Louis D. Casamassa. They appeared together in the film 'Sword of Heaven' in 1985. is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Scorpion is a character from the fighting game series Mortal Kombat. ... Mortal Kombat is a 1995 action movie, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. ... Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) was directed by John R. Leonetti. ... The film Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher, is considered by most to be less serious than the 1989 Batman movie and sequels Batman Returns (1992) and Forever (1995). ...


Despite his success in landing roles in "The Red Canvas", "Food Fight","Batman & Robin", and "Blade", Chris is continuing to improve on his acting craft by studying with well-known Hollywood acting coach, Joel Asher.


Chris is also the President of the very popular and successful Red Dragon Karate Schools, which were founded by his father. The 3,000 Red Dragon students at 20 locations in southern California are learning from one of the best. As a national competitor on the North American Karate Association circuit (N.A.S.K.A) Chris was the #1 forms competitor in the country for four consecutive years. During his time on the competition circuit, he won 18 Forms Grand Championship titles, 12 Weapons Grand Championships as well as being at top 10 ranked middleweight fighter. After he retired from active competition, Chris was voted into the American Karate Kung fu Federation, (A.K.K.F.) Hall of Fame, then soon after, he was selected as a member of the prestigious USA international Hall of Fame for two separate categories “Top Competitor of the decade” and “Instructor of the Year.”


Chris and his wife Michelle have two children Emily, age 7, and Adam, age 4. “I am excited about training my kids in the Martial arts,” says Chris. They were already following me with their kicks and punches at home. Now that they are in class at the studio its even more fun to watch them grow and learn in the Martial Arts. Chris trains at least 3 days a week for 3 to 4 hours,” said Chris. “The Martial Arts is my passion, it is in my blood."


In addition to his feature acting roles, Chris is also regularly working as a stunt man, having worked on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, V.I.P., and Walker, Texas Ranger. One of Chris’ biggest thrills came when he actually got to do a fight scene with World Black Belt’s First Founding Member Chuck Norris. “At first, Chuck was going to have a stunt man do the scene, but then we got to talking and he decided to test me out, it was really quite an honor,” remembers Chris. For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... VIP is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: V.I.P. means very important person and often refers to Heads of State, politicians, the wealthy or celebrities. ... Walker, Texas Ranger was an American television western/police dramatic series, created by Lesie Grief and Paul Haggis. ...


Resume

  • The Red Cancas (2008) - Ring announcer
  • Sci-Fighter (2004) - The Karate Master
  • How to be an Action Star (2003) - Himself / Host
  • A Real Job (2001) - Bill
  • Mortal Kombat: Federation of Martial Arts (2000) (online) - Scorpion / Black Dragon Ninja
  • Blade (1998) - Stunt vampire
  • Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998) - Takeda / Scorpion
  • Batman & Robin (1997) - Stunt double: Batman
  • WMAC-Masters (1995-96) - Red Dragon / Himself
  • Mortal Kombat: Behind the Scenes (1995) - Himself / Scorpion (archive footage)
  • Mortal Kombat (1995) - Scorpion
  • A Mission to Kill (1992) - Young Hank
  • Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1992) - Ring lord #1 / Creon (Shootfighter)
  • China O'Brien 2 (1991) - Picnic punk #2 / Stunt fighter
  • Black Eagle (1988) - Car stunt (scenes deleted)
  • Sword of Heaven (1985) - Martial arts trainee
  • The Karate Kid (1984) - Tournament guest

Series guest appearances: The Karate Kid is a 1984 John G. Avildsen film starring Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio and Elisabeth Shue. ...

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2001) - ...
  • The Hunted (2001) - Zack
  • Walker, Texas Ranger (2000) - ...
  • VIP (1998) - ...
  • Martial Law (1998) - Bodyguard

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Mortal Kombat Informer | Your Number One MK Resource (1121 words)
Chris Casamassa: I am a huge MK fan - I was a big MK arcade game player - Scorpion and Rayden were my fav's - which is why I was so excited to get the part of Scorpion - a dream come true.
Chris Casamassa: I hope to have a small hand in it - the person they chose as far as I know is John Medlen - we worked together on several projects - WMAC masters, MK Conquest TV show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he is a good guy with a great sense for action sequences.
Chris Casamassa: The concept for the show was great - the cast was well put together and they were all real martial arts champions - I was scouted out by the producers of the show after I won the grand championship competition at the battle of Atlanta tournament.
Chris Casamassa Bio (643 words)
Chris Casamassa began learning martial arts when he was four years old.
Chris Casamassa is a seventh degree fl belt.
Chris, however, decided to compete on the national circuit beginning in the eighties.
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