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Richard Norton (born January 6, 1950, in Australia) is a martial artist, action film star, and stuntman. Norton worked as a bodyguard in the entertainment business before pursuing an acting career. He worked as a personal bodyguard for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. His first screen appearance was in the 1980 Chuck Norris film The Octagon, and to date he has worked on over 70 feature films and television programs.
He is particularly known for his appearances in Hong Kong action films, being one of few Western stars that can handle the fast pace of HK-style action. Norton’s Hong Kong credits include The Magic Crystal, Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, City Hunter,(a live action remake of the comic book), Millionaire’s Express, and Mr. Nice Guy. A signature catchphrase of Norton’s characters is “Painful?”, usually asked after striking a decisive blow. The most comical example is in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars, where he faces Sammo Hung and in the movie Millionaire’s Express against Yasuaki Kurata.
Over his career, Norton has faced off with many top Martial arts action stars, including Jackie Chan (in three films), Sammo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez (in Kick Fighter), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (in Cyber Tracker), and Cynthia Rothrock (in Lady Dragon and others).
More recently, Norton served as fight coordinator on the 2007 film The Condemned (starring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones), doubling for Jones and creating a few notable combat scenes that offer several better moments to an otherwise by-the-numbers action film. His latest starring role is in the soon to be released contemporary drama, ‘Under the Red Moon’, which is now in post production.
Richard Norton has mastered many aspects of the Martial Arts in his 45 years of training, including Judo, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Thai boxing and several Japanese weapons systems. He used this experience to co-create the hybrid martial art Zen Do Kai with fellow security guard Bob Jones. He has a 5th-degree Shihan rank Black Belt in Goju Ryu, 5th-degree Masters rank in Chun Kuk Do (Chuck Norris system), 1st-degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a 5th-degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai Karate. He has trained extensively with such Martial Arts legends as Tino Ceberano, Tadashi Yamashita, Fumio Demura, Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace, Pete “Sugar Foot” Cunningham, the Machado brothers and Chuck Norris.
Norton is in constant demand for seminars all over the world, covering such topics as street defense, martial arts weapons drills, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. His 15 years experience as a Personal Body Guard for some of Rock and Roll’s greats finds Richard in particular demand for teaching the realities of real life street defence, focusing on aspects such as adrenal dump, stress control and pre-emptive strikes.