Ah, Michael Dudikoff. The centerpiece of so many of those Eighties us-versus-the-dirty-commies, us-versus-the-dirty-druglords, or even our-hero-versus-the-increasingly-anachronistic-NINJA! movies. This man's filmography runs a wide gamut, from Tron (in which he played the heart-wrenchingly sympathetic Conscript #2) to the vehicular and unavoidable American Ninja series (I, II and IV, although interestingly not III. Hmm).

Born Michael Joseph Stephen Dudikoff in Redondo Beach, California, he managed to parlay a stony expression and a more-than-passing expertise in kung-film into a long-spanning (and, one can only hope for him, lucrative) career as the Ass Kicker Du Flic.

From the incredible badness of Soldier Boyz to the simply divine stench of Crash Dive, this man has seen the very limits of the film world's offerings. Still, he manages to swoop from back lot to back lot, kicking ass and glaring with the best of them. Despite the fact that many, many many of his films suffer that kiss of death the multiple a.k.a. subtitle, and that he manages to perform such feats of disbelief suspension as playing entirely different characters between a movie and its sequel...

...you can't help but admire the man's staying power. Plus his willingness to take those required hero-gets-his-ass-beat-downs on screen on a regular basis.

Besides, he does play small but important parts in several mainstream films, as well as some which almost made it and many which should have, damn it. Then again...

Update: Well, this node was a bit optimistic. Apparently, MD quit acting in 2001/2002. At least, his IMDB filmography stops there.

His filmography, courtesy of IMDB:

  1. Quicksand (2001/II) .... Bill
  2. Stranded (2001/II)
  3. Ablaze (2000)
  4. Stranded (2000)
    ... aka Space Station (2000) (USA)
  5. Silencer, The (1999) .... Quinn Simmon
  6. Fugitive Mind (1999) (V) .... Robert
  7. In Her Defense (1998)
    ... aka In Self Defense (1998) (Canada: English title)
  8. Musketeers Forever (1998) .... D'Artagnan
  9. Ringmaster (1998) .... Rusty
  10. Freedom Strike (1998) .... Tom Dickson
  11. Black Thunder (1997) .... Vince
  12. Counter Measures (1997) .... Capt. Jake Fuller
    ... aka Crash Dive 2 (1997) (USA)
  13. Hardball (1997) .... Jersey Bellini
    ... aka Bounty Hunters 2: Hardball (1997) (USA: video title)
    ... aka Bounty Hunters II (1997)
  14. Shooter, The (1997) .... Michael Atherton
    ... aka Desert Shooter (1997) (USA)
  15. Strategic Command (1997) .... Rick
  16. Bounty Hunters (1996) .... Jersey Bellini
  17. Crash Dive (1996) (V) .... James Carter
    ... aka Crash Dive: The Chase Is On (1996) (V)
  18. Moving Target (1996) .... Sonny
  19. Chain of Command (1995) .... Merrill Ross
  20. Cyberjack (1995) .... Nick James
    ... aka Virtual Assassin (1995)
  21. Soldier Boyz (1995) .... Toliver
  22. "Cobra" (1993) TV Series .... Scandal Jackson
  23. Rescue Me (1993) .... Daniel 'Mac' MacDonald
    ... aka Street Hunter (1993) (USA)
  24. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) .... Joe Armstrong
  25. Human Shield, The (1991) .... Doug Matthews
  26. Woman Who Sinned, The (1991) (TV) .... Evan Ganns
  27. Midnight Ride (1990) .... Lawson
  28. River of Death (1989) .... John Hamilton
    ... aka Alistair MacLean's River of Death (1989)
  29. Platoon Leader (1988) .... Lt. Jeff Knight
  30. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) .... Joe Armstrong
  31. Avenging Force (1986) .... Matt Hunter
  32. "North and South II" (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Lieutenant Rudy Bodford
  33. Radioactive Dreams (1985) .... Marlowe Hammer
  34. American Ninja (1985) .... Joe Armstrong
  35. Bachelor Party (1984) .... Ryko
  36. Sawyer and Finn (1983) (TV) .... Huckleberry Finn
  37. Uncommon Valor (1983/I) .... Blaster's Assistant
  38. "Star of the Family" (1982) TV Series .... Douggie Krebs
  39. Tron (1982) (as Michael Dudikoff II) .... Conscript #2
  40. I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) .... Boy on bus
  41. Making Love (1982) .... Young Man in Bar 2
  42. Enter the Ninja (1981) (uncredited)
    ... aka Ninja I (1981)
  43. Best Little Girl in the World, The (1981) (TV) .... Chuck
  44. Bloody Birthday (1981) .... Willard
    ... aka Creepers (1981)
  45. Black Marble, The (1980) .... Millie's Houseboy

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