Cynthia Rothrock

Biography

Martial arts achievements: Rothrock is five-time World Karate Champion in forms and weapons between 1981 and 1985.[3] These categories are not combat-oriented, being displays of fluidity of movement rather than fighting, and are therefore not segregated into male and female categories but fully open to both sexes.[4] She holds six Black belts in various Far Eastern martial disciplines, including Tang Soo Do (also "tangsudo", Korean), Tae Kwon Do (Korean), Eagle Claw (Chinese), Wu Shu (contemporary Chinese), Northern Shaolin (classical Chinese), and Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu (contemporary Chinese). She received her 6th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan in 2006. She was tested by Grand Master Robert Kovaleski, 7th Dan and chair of the I.T.M.A., and has been promoted to 7th degree black belt by Kovaleski in 2011.[5] She also works as a martial arts instructor and her favorite weapons are the hook swords.[6] Film career: Acting Northern California was her home in 1983 where she worked with the West Coast Demonstration Team. At this time Golden Harvest was searching in Los Angeles for the next Bruce Lee. Rothrock's forms and maneuvers were observed and Golden Harvest signed a contract with her. It was two years (1985) later that she made her first martial arts movie for them, Yes, Madam (also known as Police Assassins or In the Line of Duty Part 2) which also starred Michelle Yeoh. It proved to be a box office success. She ended up staying in Hong Kong until 1988 doing seven films there.[7] Rothrock became one of the few Caucasian performers to achieve genuine stardom in the local Hong Kong film industry before achieving success in their own country. Producer Pierre David initiated Rothrock's move to the American turf. David offered her a costarring role with Chad McQueen in Martial Law, Rothrock's first U.S. production. For the next ten years she led a successful career in B-grade action movies. Her films include China O'Brien and China O'Brien 2, Guardian Angel, Honor & Glory, No Retreat, No Surrender 2 and Prince of the Sun amongst a roster of thirty films. Rothrock also appeared as Bertha Jo in the 1997 television film The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion. She was an inspiration for the video game character Sonya Blade[8] from the Mortal Kombat series and lent her voice on the animated series Eek the Cat. Retired from acting: Rothrock's final movie in 2004 was the film Xtreme Fighter (aka Sci-Fighter) where she played Sally Kirk / The White Dragon. After Xtreme Fighter, Rothrock retired from acting at the age of 47, and teaches at private martial arts lessons at her martial arts studio in Studio City, California. Now, a few reports are coming out saying that she may return to doing movies and she may direct a film as well. If she does, she will follow in the footsteps of other past action stars presently landing comebacks like Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, and Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Birth Name

Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock

Birth Place

Wilmington, Delaware

Birth Date

3/8/1957
Known For
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Martial Law

Billie Blake

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Above the Law

Cindy Si / Sandy Jones

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Undefeatable

Kristi Jones

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Martial Law II: Undercover

Billie Blake

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Female Justice

Janna

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Yes, Madam!

Inspector Carrie Morris

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Tigerkralle

Linda Masterson

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Female Reporter

Cindy

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Outside the Law

Julie Cosgrove

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The Last Kumite

Julie Jackson

Starring In
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Darkness of Man

Nurse Leslie

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The Last Kumite

Julie Jackson

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Taken from Rio Bravo

Margaret

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Fyre Rises

Commander Bodie

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New York Ninja

Det. Janet Flores (voice)

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In Search of the Last Action Heroes

Herself

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Death Fighter

Valerie

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A Doggone Hollywood

Mom in Car

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Showdown In Manila

Haines

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Galaxy Raiders

Kandra Syn

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Asian Ghost Story

The Narrator (voice)

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Fists of Fury

Self - Host

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Mercenaries

Mona

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Mercenaries

Mona

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Badass Showdown

Ivy

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Santa's Summer House

Nanna

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Bruce Lee - La destinée du Dragon

Herself

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Sci-Fighter

Sally Kirk / The White Dragon

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Outside the Law

Julie Cosgrove

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Art of Action

Herself - Interviewee

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Modern Warriors

Self

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Redemption

Erin Murphy

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Manhattan Chase

Nancy

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Tiger Claws III

Linda Masterson

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Night Vision

Kristin O'Connor

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Deep Cover

FBI special agent Kate Mason

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Tiger Claws II

Linda Masterson

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The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!

Bertha Jo

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Female Justice

Janna

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Eye For An Eye

Tina

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American Tigers

Herself

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Fatal Passion

Laurel

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Beyond Justice

McKay

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The Getaway Coup - Schon wieder auf der Flucht 

Lily

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Cinema of Vengeance

Herself (uncredited)

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Undefeatable

Kristi Jones

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Irresistible Force

Charlotte Heller

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Rage & Honor 2 - Hostile Takeover

Kris Fairchild

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Honor and Glory

Tracey Pride

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Lady Dragon 2

Susan 'The Golden Angel' Morgan

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rage and honor

Kris Fairchild

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Lady Dragon

Kathy Galagher

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Tigerkralle

Linda Masterson

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Fast Getaway

Lilly

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Martial Law II: Undercover

Billie Blake

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China O'Brien II

China O'Brien

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Martial Law

Billie Blake

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Prince Of The Sun

Bencheuk

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Angel of Fury

Nancy Bolan

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City Cops

Inspector Cindy

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Female Reporter

Cindy

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No Retreat, No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder

Terry

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China O'Brien

China O'Brien

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Top Squad

Madam Law

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Fight to Win

Sensei Lauren

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Above the Law

Cindy Si / Sandy Jones

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Millionaires' Express

Mountain Bandit

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Magic Crystal

Cindy Morgan

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Yes, Madam!

Inspector Carrie Morris

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24 Hours to Midnight

Devon Grady

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