Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM (Frank Martin) got into the film business when Guy Ritchie cast him in the indie flick LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. Ritchie next put Statham in SNATCH starring alongside Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. Up next came TURN IT UP with US music star Ja Rule, followed by a role in the sci-fi film GHOSTS OF MARS and Jet Li's THE ONE.
In 2002, he was cast by Luc Besson in the title role of Frank Martin in THE TRANSPORTER. He starred as Handsome Rob in the summer 2003 blockbuster THE ITALIAN JOB with Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg. Statham put his driving gloves back on in 2005 for the sequel TRANSPORTER 2 and in 2006 the he was seen as the adrenaline-compromised action hero of CRANK.
In 2008 Statham was seen in the highly acclaimed film THE BANK JOB directed by Roger Donaldson. The film is based on the true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery. The film opened top at the box office in the US and the UK. That summer Statham starred in DEATHRACE with Joan Allen and Ian McShane. Other film credits include WAR with Jet Li, REVOLVER, LONDON and COLLATERAL. The sequel CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE is slated to be released next year.
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