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Jason Statham

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Jason Michael Statham (pronounced /ˈsteɪ θəm/) (born 12 September 1972)[ is an English actor and martial artist, known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Revolver; and Snatch. Statham has appeared in supporting roles in several American films, such as The Italian Job, as well as playing the lead role in The Transporter, Crank, The Bank Job, War (opposite martial arts star Jet Li), and Death Race. He insists on doing all of his fight scenes himself.

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Statham was born in Sydenham, London,the son of a lounge singer and dressmaker-turned-dancer. He later moved to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and grew up initially following in his parents’ footsteps to master the art of street theatre. He also played football for the local grammar school (1978-83), but his real passion was diving — in particular, he finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992.He was also a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for twelve years.

Statham’s life in media began when he was spotted by a talent agent specializing in athletes while training at London’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection.

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