JASON STATHAM (Jonas Taylor) is an international star best known for his
action films, recently including the global blockbuster "The Fate of the
Furious," the latest film in
the "Fast & Furious" franchise, directed by F. Gary Gray. He officially joined
the franchise in 2015,
playing Deckard Shaw in James Wan's "Furious 7." Statham earned a Critics'
nomination for his comedic turn in the Paul Feig-directed action comedy "Spy,"
in which he starred
alongside Melissa McCarthy.
Born in Sydenham, England, Statham became a member of the British national
team as one of their top divers, eventually placing 12th in the world. While
training at the famed
Crystal Palace National Sports Center in London, he caught the attention of film
photographers, who pursued him as a new talent.
Statham was eventually introduced to director Guy Ritchie, who cast him as Bacon
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," marking the actor's feature film debut.
He teamed up
with Ritchie again on "Snatch," starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del
Toro. In 2002, French
film impresario Luc Besson entrusted him with title role of Frank Martin in "The
went on to star in F. Gary Gray's blockbuster remake of "The Italian Job";
"Crank" and its sequel,
"Crank: High Voltage"; and "Transporter 2" and "Transporter 3."
Statham's additional film credits include starring roles in the highly praised
"The Bank Job,"
for director Roger Donaldson; "Death Race"; Sylvester Stallone's "The
Expendables" and its two
sequels; "The Mechanic" and its recent sequel, "Mechanic: Resurrection";
"Blitz"; "Killer Elite";
"Safe," for director Boaz Yakin; the title role in "Parker," opposite Jennifer
Lopez under the
direction of Taylor Hackford; Steven Knight's directorial debut, "Redemption";
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