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Also Known As: Raymond Park Died:
Born: August 23, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, stuntman, martial artist

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This lithe, handsome Scottish actor appeared in three action movies in the late 1990s before audiences actually caught a glimpse of his face. An expert martial artist, Ray Park made his big-screen debut as the stunt double for James Remar's character Rayden in "Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation," the 1997 movie based on the popular video fighting game. Park then donned red and black face paint and horns to play the coveted role of evil Darth Maul, foe to Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor in the eagerly awaited "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," following that up with a return to his stunt-man roots in "Sleepy Hollow" (both 1999) as the double for equine-phobic Christopher Walken's Headless Horseman. Parker's fourth movie role also made use of his well-muscled physique and fighting skills. In 2000, he essayed the role of the villainous Toad, lackey to the wicked mastermind Magneto (Ian McKellen) in the big-budget movie version of the Marvel Comic "X-Men."

This lithe, handsome Scottish actor appeared in three action movies in the late 1990s before audiences actually caught a glimpse of his face. An expert martial artist, Ray Park made his big-screen debut as the stunt double for James Remar's character Rayden in "Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation," the 1997 movie based on the popular video fighting game. Park then donned red and black face paint and horns to play the coveted role of evil Darth Maul, foe to Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor in the eagerly awaited "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," following that up with a return to his stunt-man roots in "Sleepy Hollow" (both 1999) as the double for equine-phobic Christopher Walken's Headless Horseman. Parker's fourth movie role also made use of his well-muscled physique and fighting skills. In 2000, he essayed the role of the villainous Toad, lackey to the wicked mastermind Magneto (Ian McKellen) in the big-budget movie version of the Marvel Comic "X-Men."

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 Accident Man (2018)
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 Black Box (2015)
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 Fanboys (2009)
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 X-Men (2000) Toad
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 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) Darth Maul
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1999:
Appeared in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" as Sith Lord Darth Maul; was dubbed over with another actor's voice
2000:
First significant speaking role, played villainous Toad in big-screen version of "X-Men"
1997:
Hired as a stunt double for James Remar's Rayden in "Mortal Kombat: The Annihilation"
1999:
Served as stunt double for Christopher Walken's Headless Horseman in "Sleepy Hollow"
2009:
Joined fourth season of NBC action-drama "Heroes"
2006:
Played Acrobatic Twins in Sci Fi Channel original movie "Slayer"
2009:
Cast in role of Snake-Eyes for big-screen adaptation "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
1980:
Moved from Glasgow to London with family
1981:
Started studying Chinese martial arts at age seven
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Taught gymnastics and martial arts
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Competed in martial arts tournaments worldwide
2002:
Landed supporting role in "Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever"
2008:
Portrayed Chuck Norris on Chinese TV series "The Legend of Bruce Lee"
2013:
Reprised Snake Eyes role in sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
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Notes

Ray Park's official web site is at: www.raypark.com.

Park holds a second-degree black belt and placed fourth in the 1995 Martial Arts World Championship.

According to People (June 14, 1999), his voice was dubbed in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace".

On the makeup he had to wear as Darth Maul: "I was always in early, maybe the first person in. I'd fall asleep in the chair because I was tired from (rehearsing) the day before. I'd try not to snore too much or fidget." --Park to USA Today, May 14, 1999.

"I think [my training in martial arts] is my strongest quality at the moment. I don't see me going to do 'Hamlet' at the moment. The reason I started martial arts was to show them off in movies." --Ray Park quoted on xmenthemovie.com, May 17, 2000.

"If I'm totally evil all the time, it's boring. It's got to have that sleazy comic speck to it as well. There has got to be a balance." --Ray Park to Cinemafantastique, August, 2000.

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