Ray Park

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Ray Park

Born

8/23/1974, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Birth Name

Raymond Park

Gender

Male
8.6
out of 10
User Rating
10 votes

Biography

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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Ray was inspired in his youth by watching Bruce Lee movies with his father. From the age of 7, Ray studied the art of Shaolin Kung-fu and finally realized his dream when he competed in the 1995 World Martial arts Championships. After mastering various…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ray's trademark during fight scenes is a spinning move usually done with a pole or staff. It has been performed in the movies Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, X-Men, Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, Sleepy Hollow and Slayer.

    • Ray was nominated for three awards in 1999 for his role as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace: Blockbuster entertainment award - Favorite Villain; MTV Movie Awards - Best Fight; MTV Movie Awards - Best Villain.

    • Ray is 5'9" (175 cm).

    • For his role as Snake Eyes in the movie G.I. Joe, Ray gained nearly 15 pounds and went through weapons training with US Marines.

    • Ray's first film appearance was in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation where he was stunt double for James Remar in the role of Rayden.

    • Ray got his first real speaking part in X-Men (2000) in the role of Toad. Even though his character Darth Maul briefly spoke in Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1999), his voice was dubbed over with that of actor Peter Serafinowicz.

    • Since 2003, Ray has had his own booth at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) where he does live demonstrations of swordplay and light saber techniques.

    • In April, 2005 Ray attended the Wellington Armaggeddon Pulp Expo Convention in New Zealand as the special Star Wars guest where he was dressed in full costume and make-up as his character, Darth Maul.

    • Ray is naturally left handed, but for his role as Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I, he used both his left and right hand. he spent 4 months practicing archery and swordplay techniques to strengthen his off hand.

    • Ray Park competed in the 1993 World Wushu Games in Malaysia.

  • Quotes

    • Ray Park: If Darth Maul and Vader were to fight... Darth Vader would be the almighty and all that because he's the Chosen One, but when it comes to fighting... Darth Maul. [Laughs] Or me, rather. I'd take 'em both.

    • Ray Park: Everyone treats me like a superstar, which I'm not. I'm a bit overwhelmed, but it's really nice. People recognize you, and you just try to be yourself, but that changes things, 'cos they look at you in a different way, they've seen all the advertising and Darth Maul stuff. Star Wars has done it and put you as a sort of superstar, but I don't see it like that. I'm still the same person as I was several years ago, it's just that I've met a lot more people and I've traveled a lot this year.

    • Ray Park: I've always wanted to be in films, that's why I started martial arts. Ever since I was about three, it's been a dream, you know you always want to be in movies, but I never knew how to do it. All I knew was that if I did my martial arts, maybe one day I'd get spotted and maybe do a martial art movie.

    • Ray Park: I remember when I saw a toy magazine for the first time. It said, "Darth Maul, the New Face of Evil." I remember being like a big kid. I bought a couple copies and took them back to show my family. I thought it was really cool, but I've gotten used to it now. I'm sure it'll hit me when I'm older and I've got kids. They'll say, "Daddy, daddy, that's you!" That'll be more mind-blowing.

    • Ray Park: Being a bad guy can be a pain in the ass, if your not being sliced in half by a Jedi, your getting electrocuted by a woman in a leather cape.

    • Ray Park: I remember wen i was about 5yrs old in Scotland, I loved this tv show called Monkey Magic. The main character (monkey) had this black magic pole he swung it around and fought off bad guys, i loved it, from then on i had a broom stick in my hands.

    • Ray Park: In 1990 I became a fan of Jet Li after I saw him "Shaolin Temple", I was blown away by his skills as a martial artist. I learned that he practiced Wushu, I wanted to do Wushu, I wanted to get into doing movies, thats when i seeked out MR. Kim Sen Han, the National British Wushu Team coach. I was a member of the British Wushu team between 1991-1996.

    • Ray Park: At first, I lost my confidence a little. I'm used to having my hair, but now you have this bald thing on top. Then I got into it. It was easy and free; I didn't have to wash my hair. I just took a hot towel and buffed it to make it nice and shiny

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He should be in more movies.

    7.5
    I have seen the movies The Phantom Menace and Sleepy Hollow. His roles in those two movies are the best I have ever seen. Personally, I think he should remain playing villain roles. Darth Maul and the Headless Horseman are very creepy roles and with him doing them, they will make your heart beat go up really fast.