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california-born actor Michael Dudikoff

Michael Joseph Dudikoff II (born October 8, 1954) is an American actor who has been in numerous films, including the American Ninja series (1985–1990), Tron (1982), Bachelor Party (1984), Platoon Leader (1988), River of Death (1989), Soldier Boyz (1996), Ringmaster (1998), and The Silencer (1999).[1][2]

Michael Dudikoff
Born Michael Joseph Dudikoff II
October 8, 1954 (age 57)
Redondo Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978-present

Early life

Michael Joseph Dudikoff comes from a large family. His father was a Christian Orthodox from Russia, and served in the Army before marrying Dudikoff’s mother, a French-Canadian native from Quebec who was extremely talented on the piano. The couple moved to California in the mid-1970s and had five children. Dudikoff is the fourth of the group.
Dudikoff graduated from West Torrance High School and was studying child psychology at Harbor College, when he was discovered as a model. During this time, he also worked at a rehabilitation center for abused youth called Cedar House. He waited tables at Beachbum Burt’s in Redondo Beach, California to pay for his education.
During lunch one day, Dudikoff served Max Evans, a fashion editor with Esquire magazine, who came in with some models. Evans asked Dudikoff to walk in a Newport Beach fashion show, and his mother encouraged him to try it out.
After a couple of successful runways, Dudikoff retained an agent at the Mary Webb Davis Agency in Los Angeles. Dudikoff soon entered the high fashion world and counted Calvin Klein and GQ among his clients. He moved quickly to international print modeling and traveled between New York, Los Angeles, and Milan by his late 20s.

Film career

Dudikoff soon began acting, and he starred in several commercials for companies, including Coppertone, Coca-Cola for Japan, Army Reserve and Stridex.
His first television role took place after a meeting with theatrical agent Sid Craig. It was at this time that he landed the part as Joni’s first boyfriend in the American sitcom Happy Days. Other TV work included roles in Dallas, Gimme a Break!, and a Columbia Pictures movie-of-the-week called Sawyer & Finn.
He is widely recognized for playing the character Private Joe Armstrong in the American Ninja (1985). The American Ninja series went on to become a five-movie sensation.
Other Dudikoff films include Tron (1982), Uncommon Valor (1983), Bachelor Party (1984), Avenging Force (1986), River of Death (1989), The Human Shield (1991), Chain of Command (1994), Soldier Boyz (1996), Bounty Hunters (1996), Ringmaster (1998), The Silencer (1999), In Her Defense (1999), Gale Force (2002), and Quicksand (2002).
Dudikoff currently[when?] is in pre-production for Havana Heat.

Private life

Dudikoff mentors other actors and participates in martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Rorion Gracie and stays connected with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighting circuit, including Rigan Machado, an eighth degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and former world champion.
Dudikoff is married and has two children. He also owns two chihuahuas.[3] He can speak a little Russian.[4]

Filmography

Film and television credits

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Radioactive Dreams Marlowe Hammer Film
1985 American Ninja Pvt. Joe Armstrong Film
1986 Avenging Force Capt. Matt Hunter Film
1987 American Ninja 2: The Confrontation Sgt. Joe Armstrong Film
1988 Platoon Leader Lt. Jeff Knight Film
1989 River of Death John Hamilton Film
1990 Midnight Ride Lawson Film
Air America General Lee Film (uncredited)
1991 American Ninja 4: The Annihilation Joe Armstrong Film
The Woman Who Sinned Evan Ganns TV Movie
1992 The Human Shield Doug Matthews Film
1993 Rescue Me Daniel 'Mac' MacDonald Film
Cobra Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr. TV Movie
1994 Cobra 2 Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr. TV Movie
Chain of Command Merrill Ross Film
1995 Cyberjack Nick James Film
Soldier Boyz Toliver Film
1996 Bounty Hunters Jersey Bellini Video
Moving Target Sonny Film
1997 Strategic Command Dr. Rick Harding Film
Crash Dive James Carter Video
Soldier Boyz Toliver Video Game
Hardball (aka: Bounty Hunters 2) Jersey Bellini Video
The Shooter Michael Atherton Film
1998 Freedom Strike Tom Dickson Film
Black Thunder Vince Film
Counter Measures Capt. Jake Fuller Video
Ringmaster Rusty Film
Musketeers Forever D'Artagnan Film
1999 In Her Defense Andrew Garfield Film
Fugitive Mind Robert Dean Video
2000 The Silencer Quinn Simmons Film
2001 Ablaze Daniels Film
Gale Force Jared Video
2002 Quicksand Bill Turner Film
2004 Black Horizon Ed Carpenter Last Film

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