Born in Sydenham, England, JASON STATHAM (Joey Jones) was one of the top divers on the British team, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Centre in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent and he eventually met the executive producer of the film Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Statham then met with director, Guy Ritchie, who gave him his first role.
He went on to work with Ritchie again in Snatch (2000), starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. Statham was cast by Luc Besson in the title role of Frank Martin in The Transporter (2002). He starred as handsome Rob in the summer blockbuster remake of The Italian Job (2003), and as the adrenaline-compromised action-hero of Crank (2006).
Statham returned as Frank Martin in Transporter 2 (2006) and Transporter 3 (2008), and also starred in Roger Donaldson's The Bank Job (2008), the critically acclaimed true story of the 1971 Baker Street bank robbery, and in Universal Pictures remake of Death Race (2008).
He next reprised the role of Chev Chelios in Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) and then teamed up with some of the world's biggest fellow action stars for Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables (2010), followed by the remake of The Mechanic (2011), which originally starred Charles Brosnan as the profession hit man Arthur Bishop. Statham filled the shoes of Ken Bruen's creation of British Detective Brant in the adaptation of the UK crime thriller Blitz (2011) and starred in Killer Elite (2011) based on the true story written by Ranulph Fiennes.
In 2012, Statham was seen in Safe, directed by Boaz Yakin and produced by Lawrence Bender; The Expendables 2; and Taylor Hackford's Parker with Jennifer Lopez.
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