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JASON STATHAM (Frank Martin) emerged at the forefront of the younger generation of action heroes, with his role in "The Transporter,” written especially for him by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and brought to life by directors Louis Leterrier and Cory Yuen.

Statham also appeared in the action films "The One,” "Ghosts of Mars,” "The Italian Job,” and "Turn it Up.” He had a cameo in Michael Mann's "Cellular,” starring Tom Cruise.

Statham stars in the upcoming pictures "Revolver,” directed by Guy Ritchie; "Chaos”; and "Dangerous Siege,” which is based on the popular sword-and-sorcery video game.

Born in Sydenham, England, Statham was one of the best divers on the English team. He placed third in the Olympic trials on three different occasions, eventually placing 12th in the world. While Statham trained at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as a new talent for commercials and print campaigns. One of those jobs was a French Connection print ad where he met the owner of the company, who was also executive producer of a film then in pre-production, called "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Statham had a meeting with the director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him a role Shortly after Statham's film debut, Ritchie cast him again in the gangster film "Snatch,” in which he played a boxing promoter starting opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. More recently, Statham appeared in Ritchie's "Revolver.”


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