Cynthia Rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock



Cynthia Rothrock is an American actress, martial artist, and stuntwoman who has starred in action films in the 1980s and 1990s. Rothrock is one of the few female martial arts movie stars.

Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957, in Wilmington, Delaware. She started training in martial arts at the age of thirteen after seeing Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (1973). She eventually trained in five different martial arts: Tang Soo Do, Eagle Claw, Northern Shaolin, Wu Shu, and Pai Lum Kung Fu. She became a professional kickboxer in 1981 and was a five-time world kickboxing champion.

Rothrock's first role was in the 1984 martial arts film Yes, Madam! She then starred in several other martial arts films, including Righting Wrongs (1986) and Millionaire's Express (1986). She also starred in the 1988 film, Police Assassins, which was released in the United States as No Retreat, No Surrender 2.

In 1992, Rothrock starred in the Hong Kong film, Angel Enforcers, which was her first non-martial arts role. She then starred in two other action films: China O’Brien (1990) and China O’Brien 2 (1991).

Rothrock has appeared in over 20 films. She is sometimes referred to as the "Queen of Martial Arts Films" and is widely considered to be one of the most successful female martial arts stars of all time.

Rothrock has also appeared in various television series, including Highlander: The Series (1993), Walker, Texas Ranger (1995), and Martial Law (1998).

In 2010, Rothrock was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors. She was honored for her contributions to the martial arts film industry.

Rothrock currently resides in California and still works in the film industry. She has appeared in several films and television shows, including the 2011 film, Blood of Redemption. She continues to train and has said she would like to direct a martial arts film in the near future.


March 8, 1957

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