JASON STATHAM (Parker) is an international film star best known for a string of successful, hard-hitting action thrillers. Most recently he was seen in THE EXPENDABLES 2 alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Statham also stars in the forthcoming thriller HUMMINGBIRD, the directorial debut of screenwriter Steven Knight (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, EASTERN PROMISES), and Gary Fleder's HOMEFRONT opposite James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth.
Statham's other recent credits include THE MECHANIC (2011), in which he starred as professional hit man Arthur Bishop, originally played by Charles Bronson; KILLER ELITE (2011), co-starring Clive Owen and Robert De Niro; and SAFE (2012), directed by Boaz Yakin. Statham received strong notices for his performance in Roger Donaldson's THE BANK JOB (2008), the critically acclaimed true story of the notorious 1971 Baker Street bank robbery.
Born in England, Statham was one of the top divers on the British national team and eventually placed 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London, he was pursued by film crews and photographers and eventually met the executive producer of an upcoming film. Statham then met with the film's director, Guy Ritchie, which led to his feature acting debut as Bacon in LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998).
Statham went on to work with Ritchie again in SNATCH (2000), starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. He was then cast by French film impresario Luc Besson in the starring role of Frank Martin in THE TRANSPORTER (2002); starred as Handsome Rob in the blockbuster remake of THE ITALIAN JOB (2003); and kept moviegoers' hearts racing as Chev Chelios, the adrenaline-compromised action hero who powered CRANK (2006).
Statham returned as Frank Martin in TRANSPORTER 2 (2006) and TRANSPORTER 3 (2008). He also toplined the action remake DEATH RACE (2008), starring opposite Ian McShane and Joan Allen. Next, Statham reprised the role of Chev Chelios in CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE (2009) and teamed up with some of the world's biggest action stars in Sylvester Stallone's THE EXPENDABLES (2010).
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