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Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM (Chev Chelios) was one of the best divers on the British team. He placed third in the Olympic trials on three different occasions, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as 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 in preparation, "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Jason had a meeting with the director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him a role. He went on to work with Ritchie again in his next film "Snatch,” starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. 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 remake of "The Italian Job” and as the adrenaline-compromised action hero of "Crank.” Statham returned as Frank Martin in "The Transporter 2,” and re-teamed with Jet Li in "War.” Jason also starred in Roger Donaldson's "The Bank Job,” the true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery, a story of intrigue, scandal and danger. Jason recently reprised his role as Frank Martin in "The Transporter 3” and is currently filming the thriller "13,” with Mickey Rourke.

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