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Loren Avedon

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Loren Avedon
Born (1962-07-30) July 30, 1962 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California
🏳️ Nationality
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👶 ChildrenNicole (b. May 11, 1993)

Loren R. Avedon (born July 30, 1962)[1] is an American martial arts film actor. He has also acted in several popular American TV shows, including Baywatch.


He has over 28 years of martial arts experience and is a 5th dan black belt in taekwondo and an 8th dan black belt in hapkido.

His first acting roles were as a child in TV commercials, mainly for Carnation Milk, The May Company, and other retailers. He also worked as a model, and appeared in a couple of martial arts films, such as Ninja Turf (1985), which were produced by his martial arts instructor Jun Chong.

Avedon got his main break as a martial arts film star, when producer Roy Horan phoned the dojang where Avedon was training, and asked if they had any suitable martial arts practitioners for the lead role in the film, No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987). Avedon answered the phone, was given an audition, and won the lead role. He then signed a three film deal with Seasonal Films (the company which produced the No Retreat, No Surrender films). In this three film deal Avedon also played the lead role in the films, No Retreat, No Surrender 3 and The King of the Kickboxers. Since then Avedon has starred in many more martial arts and action films, all of which have been B movies. In an interview Avedon said that he believed he would have had greater success in his film career (similar to the success of Jean-Claude Van Damme) if it had not been for poor representation and disagreements that he had with one or two other actors (Lorenzo Lamas and Sherie Rose). He was offered a three-film deal with film production company PM Entertainment, but turned it down (the deal was given to Don 'The Dragon' Wilson) because he was holding out for a better deal. Avedon said that he now regrets turning down this deal.(True: Cannes 1991)

Avedon has also written and produced some of the films that he has starred in, such as The Silent Force (2001) and Deadly Ransom (1998). He also appeared in the hit TV show Baywatch and had a fight scene with David Hasselhoff. He is the nephew of photographer Richard Avedon.


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Risk Factor Rick D'Angelo
2004 The Circuit 3: Street Monk Det. Sykes aka The Circuit III: Final Flight
2004 She Spies Dennis Wiggins (2 episode)
2003 Into the Heat
2002 The Circuit Det. Sykes
2001 The Silent Force Frank Stevens
2000 Manhattan Chase Jason
Tiger Claws III Stryker
1999 Martial Law Jack (1 episode)
1998 Deadly Ransom Max Lightener
1996 Carjack Nick
Safety Zone Cooper
1995 Virtual Combat Parness
1994 Operation Golden Phoenix Ivan Jones
Thunder in Paradise Rock (2 episodes)
1993 Baywatch Michael Branson (1 episode)
1992 Baywatch Royal Guard/Terrorist (1 episode)
Fighting Spirit David Carster
1991 In Living Color Cowboy (1 episode)
1990 The King of the Kickboxers Jake Donahue
No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers Will Alexander
1987 No Retreat, No Surrender 2 Scott Wylde
1985 L.A. Streetfighters Chan's Gang
Survival Cole
1984 Furious Fighter


  1. According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com

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