Gene LeBell

Biography

Date of Birth 9 October 1932, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Ivan Gene LeBell Mini Biography "Judo" Gene LeBell the "Godfather of Grappling" is both a renowned ex-world champion in both wrestling/judo, and one of Hollywood's busiest stuntmen. He is highly respected by many martial artists all over the world, and has been considered a ground breaker in many aspects of the art of grappling. Gene started training in judo at a young age, and at the age of 20 in 1954, he won National AAU Heavyweight Judo Championship and the USA Overall Judo Championship title. He went on to win the both the Heavyweight and overall champion title 1955 as well. After an illustrious judo career, Gene tried his hand at professional wrestling, and actually won the heavyweight title in Amarillo, Texas. However, in his excitement Gene swung the title belt around his head, which accidentally hit one of the wrestling commissioners on the head, causing a nasty gash. The belt was immediately seized from the shocked Gene, which in later years would cause him to comment, "Well, at least I was the champ for 12 seconds and I retired as champion." Gene went on to fight numerous opponents over the years including practitioners from other fighting arts that scoffed at Gene's prowess, however they learned the hard way that Gene's superb grappling skills were the real deal. Gene has trained with numerous other world champion martial artists including Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, and Benny Urquidez. Gene has been acting and contributing stunt work to Hollywood productions for over fifty years. He can be seen in TV shows including "Mission: Impossible" (1966), "I Spy" (1965), "The Wild Wild West" (1965), "Baretta" (1975), "Married with Children" (1987), and "Baywatch" (1989). Gene's feature film appearances include Raging Bull (1980), Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), Bad Guys (1986), Ed Wood (1994), and Men in Black II (2002). The remarkable "Judo" Gene Lebell is still teaching grappling and doing stunts at age 70+. He is also a Nevada and California Athletic Commission judge most recently judging UFC 74 (Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga) plus he has a highly popular website visited by martial arts and film fans all over the globe. Gene has 3 children, firstborn son, stuntman David LeBell, daughter Monica LeBell Pandis who is a fraud investigator for the federal US Goverment and Danny "LeBell" Martindale. Gene also has 4 grandsons, Jimmy James LeBell (son of David), Nicholas & Aleksander (sons of Monica) and Daniel Gene (son of Danny). Spouse Midge LeBell (? - present) 2 children Trivia Defeated boxer Milo Savage in a boxer versus wrestler match. Defeated Pat O'Conner for the world wrestling title. His mother once owned the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium. Is a black belt in judo. Is a former world wrestling champion. Son of Aileen Eaton. Was a close friend of Bruce Lee. LeBell learned Jeet Kune Do under the legendary martial artist and, in exchange, he taught Lee many of his grappling techniques. Is a very close friend of many legendary martial artists. Among them: Benny Urquidez, Robert Wall, Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, Royce Gracie, Mike Stone, and Maurice Smith. Taught many of his grappling techniques to UFC fighter Karo Parisyan. Gene Le Bell is the younger brother of wrestling promoter Mike Le Bell.

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Birth Name

Ivan Gene LeBell??

Birth Place

Sherman Oaks, Los Ángeles, California, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

10/9/1932

Death Date

8/9/2022
Known For
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Hammer

Referee (as Gene Le Bell)

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Through My Father's Eyes

Self

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Goldie and the Boxer

Vinnie

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Nowhere to Run

Bulldozer Man

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18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story

Self

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The Challenge

Karate Instructor

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Bruce Lee: The Way of the Warrior

Self (archive footage)

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Foolin' Around

Paul

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The Life of Bruce Lee

Self - Stuntman (as Gene Le Bell)

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Kolchak: Demon and the Mummy

Officer Tim Olson (segment: "Legacy of Terror") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Starring In
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Bruce Lee: The Way of the Warrior

Self (archive footage)

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Stallone: Frank, That Is

Self

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18th & Grand: The Olympic Auditorium Story

Self

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Through My Father's Eyes

Self

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Blood and Bone

Attendant

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Bottoms Up

Milt (as Gene Lebell)

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Jackass Deel 2

Himself

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Jackass: The Movie

Himself

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Men in Black II

Subway Passenger (uncredited)

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Rat Race

Veteran with Gun

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Man on the Moon

Foxy Jackson Referee

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Rush Hour

Taxi Driver (as Jean Lebell)

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Hard Time

Eddie

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Double Tap

Wallace

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Jury Duty

Security guard

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Ed Wood

Ring Announcer

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Ring of Steel

MiB Bodyguard

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The Life of Bruce Lee

Self - Stuntman (as Gene Le Bell)

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Nowhere to Run

Bulldozer Man

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Bloodfist IV: Die Trying

Burly

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Alligator II: The Mutation

Referee (uncredited)

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Kickboxer 2

Referee

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Eyes of an Angel

Pit Bull Handler

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Loose Cannons

Grimmer's man

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Freeway

CHP officer (as Gene LaBelle)

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Dead Heat

Guard (uncredited)

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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown

Cannery Guard

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Number One with a Bullet

Referee

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The Golden Child

Drunken Biker (uncredited)

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Welcome to 18

Motorcycle Cop

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Streets of Gold

Reporter (uncredited)

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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins...

Red

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Gotcha!

KGB #1

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Micki + Maude

Wrestling referee (as Gene Le Bell)

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City Heat

Garage Soldier

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City Limits

Border Guard (uncredited)

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Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Hood (as Gene Labell)

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Smokey Bites the Dust

Turk (as Gene Le Bell)

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Going Ape!

Faraday

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Raging Bull

Ring Announcer - Reeves Fight (as Gene Lebell)

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Foolin' Around

Paul

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Battle Creek Brawl

Stroke (as Gene La Bell)

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The Jerk

Con Man

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Goldie and the Boxer

Vinnie

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Every Which Way But Loose

Biker

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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

Mean Bones' Manager

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I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Theater Core RTTST

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Almost Summer

Football Coach

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The One And Only

Reigning World Wrestling Champion (uncredited)

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Kolchak: Demon and the Mummy

Officer Tim Olson (segment: "Legacy of Terror") (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Black Samson

Nappa's Gang (as Gene LaBell)

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L'Homme qui valait 3 milliards : Saison 1 - L'intégrale - 6 DVD

Sparring Partner / ... (3 episodes, 1975-1977)

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off

Leo (uncredited)

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Walking Tall

Bouncer

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Hammer

Referee (as Gene Le Bell)

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The Challenge

Karate Instructor

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P.J.

Fighter (uncredited)

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Three on a Couch

Mr. Five by Five (uncredited)

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4 for Texas

Thomas Worker (uncredited)

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Blue Hawaii

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