Known from movies
|Net value||$400 thousand|
|Date of birth||June 27, 1964|
|Fact||Studied Chinese Goju under martial arts legend and fight choreographer Ron Van Clief.|
Who is Taimak?
Taimak Guarriello was born on June 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA, of African American and Italian descent. He is an actor, stuntman and martial artist, probably best known for his inaugural starring role in the movie “The Last Dragon” which shot him to fame. He has also appeared in other acting projects and is very active within the martial arts scene.
Taimak’s net worth
As of the beginning of 2020, Taimak’s net worth is estimated to be over $400,000 earned through success in his various endeavors involving all of his passions. His love of martial arts has led him to countless opportunities, including movies and work with major sports organizations.
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He has also been involved in various business ventures such as opening a gym.
Early life and martial arts
Growing up in Los Angeles, Taimak developed a love for martial arts at a young age and started practicing different styles as he got older. One of the first he learned was Goju Ryu, a form of karate popularized in Okinawa, Japan that is typified by its soft and hard techniques. This form of karate uses a mix of closed-fisted (hard) and open-fisted (soft) attacks, using both circular and linear motions to fight.
He earned a black belt in the arts, but it wasn’t enough for him – inspired by Bruce Lee and his aspiration to learn various martial arts, Taimak embarked on a similar path by learning Jeet Kune Do, thus learning the first martial art of Bruce Lee. , Wing Chun. The Chinese style is a form of self-defense that uses strong legs and quick arm movements to defend against enemies. The style was popularized by IP man and his most popular student Bruce Lee. Over the years, he continued to earn black belts in a variety of disciplines, including Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jujutsu, and Hapkido.
The Last Dragon – Breakthrough in acting
Taimak’s skills and passion did not go unnoticed, eventually landing him the lead role in “The last dragon”, a film inspired by the life of Bruce Lee. The film also stars Vanity, Faith Prince, Julius J. Carry III and Chris Murney. It tells the story of a man who aspires to be a great martial artist and idolizes Bruce Lee who once pursued a mystical glow that marked the pinnacle of martial arts.
The film was a box office success despite mixed reviews. It also featured one of the first attempts at strong character development for a black hero, and his character Leroy would go on to become a pop icon, referenced for years to come.
More acting opportunities followed, although it was not as significant as his first attempt. He made a cameo appearance in the show “A Different World” playing a date rapist, and then starred in the drama film “The White Girl” released in 1990. After that, he appeared in the erotic series “Red Shoe Diaries”, which was distributed by Playboy, discussing various stories about a girl’s sexual awakening.
Subsequent acting career and other endeavors
Taimak’s next notable project would be performances in the show “Beverly Hills, 90210”, in the role of the bartender.
— Taimak (@iamtaimak) March 23, 2019
The show is the founder of the 90210 franchise and follows the lives of twin siblings as they adjust to a new life in Beverly Hills with new friends and potential romantic partners. The series dealt with various sensitive topics for the time, such as homophobia, AIDS sex, date rape, teenage pregnancy, suicide, domestic violence and many more.
After working on several independent projects, he made a guest appearance on “Third Watch”, a crime series that aired on NBC, following characters who are members of either the New York City Police Department (NYPD) or the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Other projects include appearances in music videos, such as a couple for Debbie Allen and Janet Jackson.
His expertise in martial arts and entertainment industry connections led him to train other celebrities, one of his most notable clients being Madonna. In 2002, wanting to expand his reach, he created his own gym – Fitness Concepts – in Manhattan.
Taimak also attempted to make a DVD fitness series, “Taimak FIT (Find Inner Transformation”. “UFC 7” In the mid-2000s, he ventured into an interest in wrestling and appeared in the American professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor (ROH), alongside Jimmy Yang, who is also known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
For his work and achievements, he was recognized at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo held on HBO and received the Fists of Legend Legacy Award, which he shared with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who is also known for his contributions to film and martial arts. In 2016, he released his first book, an autobiography called “Taimak, The Last Dragon”.
His latest project is a return to film as he starred in a similar project to “The Last Dragon”, the movie “Anger of the Fist and the Golden Fleecereleased in 2018, and directed by Sean Stone, who is known for his acting, as the son of film director Oliver Stone.
Taimak has never shown any signs of a romantic relationship nor has he spoken publicly about these endeavors. Many of his fans assume that he is married and has a family, but that has never been confirmed. In recent years, he has been very active promoting his work on social media and promoting various advocacy groups. He is a fan of music from decades ago and often recommends them to his fans. He is also a great lover of art and often attends various art exhibitions and poetry readings. He has also participated in marathons during his lifetime and has done kickboxing professionally.
|First and last name||Taimak|
|Net value||$400 thousand|
|Date of birth||June 27, 1964|
|Profession||Martial arts instructor, martial artist, referee, stunt performer|
|Movies||The System Within, Book of Swords, No More Dirty Deals, The White Girl, The Last Dragon, The Tale Of Timmy Two Chins, they’re just my friends|
|1||Is trained in Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, Goju-Ryu and Chinese Goju.|
|2||Worked as a cornerman and official in the early days of The Ultimate Fighting Championship.|
|3||Works as a martial arts trainer for the stars, including Madonna |
|4||Studied Chinese Goju under martial arts legend and fight choreographer Ron Van Clief.|
|Malcolm and Eddie||1998||TV serials||Rick|
|Red Shoe Diaries||1996||TV serials||without|
|WMA Masters||1996||TV serials||Striking eagle|
|Kickback with Scott Pastore||1994||TV serials||Guest|
|No more dirty deals||1993||Sean Hallway|
|The white girl||1990||Bob|
|An other world||1989||TV serials||Garth Parks|
|The last dragon||1985||Leroy Green|
|Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleece||2016||Dragon|
|The Story of Timmy Two Chins||2013||Short||Trainer|
|Repeat offenders: Jamais Vu||2011||Alexander Morton|
|Fight against the panda syndicate||2008||The priest|
|book of swords||2007||Happy|
|Inside the system||2006||Pastor Ricky|
|They’re just my friends||2006||Captain Taimak|
|Third watch||2004||TV serials||Spider|
|Night class||2001||Kickboxing instructor|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||1999-2000||TV serials||The Bartender/Barback|
|Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001||2001||TV Movie Documentary Martial Arts Coordinator – as Taimak Guarriello|
|No more dirty deals||1993||fight choreographer – as Taimak Guarriello|
|The boys||1992||TV Movie dance/fight instructor|
|The cinema couch||2013||TV serials||Self – guest|
|The little house that could||2013||Documentary|
|Food dog: tidbits||2012||TV serials||Himself|
|Way Black When: Primetime||2011||TV serials||Himself|
|Life after that||2009||TV serials||Himself|
|Acapulco Black Film Festival||2000||Documentary about TV movies||Himself|
|Picked out||1995||TV serials||Taimuk|