The few familiar with buff skull crushed Michael Dudikoff would be shocked to hear that he got his big break as a model. The Redondo, CA, native was born to a Russian father in early October of 1954. He his first role in 1978 on the super popular series Dallas.
In 1980 the rising star made his feature debut in The Black Marble. Small roles in Tron (1982) and Uncommon Valor (1983) found his action chops developing nicely, and after having a wild time in Bachelor Party (1984), Dudikoff had his breakthrough role in the 1985 martial arts action film American Ninja. Though the part was originally intended for Chuck Norris, Dudikoff made the role his own, to the delight of action fans worldwide.
Though the requisite sequels came fast and furious, it was roles in such small-scale actionrs as Platoon Leader (1988, directed by Chuck Norris’ brother Aaron) and Midnight Ride (1990) that kept his name alive in the lucrative low-budget action market. Though Dudikoff’s 1993 series Cobra would only hold out for one season, his average of two films per year would have him doling out the punches well into the millennium. The late 90’s found Dudikoff teaming with B-movie maestro Fred Olen Ray for a series of small-scale punishers, and in 2002, Dudikoff appeared opposite Treat Williams in Jim Wynorski’s Gale Force.
Dudikoff now lives with his wife and daughter Nancy in Malibu, CA. and loves to play tennis and go swimming with his golden retriever Shooter.
Great he became a pussy! But better then becoming a Governor.
Check out Michael Dudikoff in American Ninja!
The American Ninja DVD is available from Amazon.com.
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