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Hiro Koda (born 31 January 1974; age 47) is a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and director who performed stunts in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Koda has started his career in film and television in the 1990s. He was one of the regular stuntmen on the television series Power Rangers Zeo (1996-1997, with Mike Gunther) and in the spin-off series Power Rangers Turbo (1997-1998, with Yoshio Iizuka), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999-2000, with Yoshio Iizuka), and Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000-2001, with Yoshio Iizuka). He was the main stunt double for actor Sammo Hung in the martial arts action series Martial Law (1998-2000, stunt coordinated by Jeff Cadiente) and worked as stunt coordinator and stunt actor in the short-lived comic adaptation Birds of Prey (2002-2003, starring Dina Meyer and Ian Abercrombie).

He received two Taurus World Stunt Award nominations; in 2002 in the category Best Fire Stunt for his stuntwork in the science fiction thriller The One, shared with David Wald and in 2012 in the category Best Fight for his work with Randall Archer in the action comedy The Green Hornet.

Between 2011 and 2013, Koda worked as stunt coordinator on Nickelodeon's action series Supah Ninjas with assistant stunt coordinator Henry Kingi, Jr. and co-star George Takei. This work earned him a Primetime Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program in 2013.

He earned for more Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Stunt Coordination – 2014 for True Blood, 2016 for K.C. Undercover, and 2018 and 2019 for Cobra Kai. In 2020, Koda was part of the stunt crew who earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series for their work on the fantasy series Stranger Things.

Koda has doubled actors Dave Buzzotta in the horror sequel The Prophecy III: The Ascent (2000), Tate Donovan in the action film G-Men from Hell (2000, with Brian Hite), Mark Dacascos in the action thriller Instinct to Kill (2001, coordinated by James Lew and Michael J. Sarna), Jet Li in the science fiction thriller The One (2001), Donnie Yen in the comic adaptation Blade II (2002, starring Wesley Snipes and Ron Perlman), Mike Myers in the comedy sequel Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Tzi Ma in the crime comedy The Ladykillers (2004), Eddie Shin and Tim Kang in episodes of Ghost Whisperer (2006 and 2010), and Jay Chou in the action comedy The Green Hornet (2011).

As stunt coordinator or fight coordinator, Koda has worked on projects such as the television series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Son of the Beach (2000), Phil of the Future (2004), Threshold (2005, starring Brent Spiner), Project Greenlight (2005), Instant Def (2006), Make It or Break It (2009-2010), Wendy (2011), Dog with a Blog (2013-2014), True Blood (2012-2014), K.C. Undercover (2015-2016), Casual (2016), Girl Meets World (2016), Doubt (2017), Outcast (2016-2017), Law & Order True Crime (2017), NCIS: New Orleans (2017-2018, starring Scott Bakula and Zoe McLellan), Champaign ILL (2018), and Big Little Lies (2019), the television movie Strike Force (1995), the action drama Out in Fifty (1999), as assistant stunt coordinator on the comic adaptation Daredevil (2003), the action drama The Hunted (2003), the video game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (2003), the science fiction film Serenity (2005), the horror film Feast (2005, with Craig Baxley, Jr., Johnny C. Meier, Boni Yanagisawa, and Thom Williams), the horror film Pulse (2006), the comedy TV: The Movie (2006), the fantasy drama The Nines (2007), the crime thriller Baby (2007), the horror thriller Thee Collector (2009), the fantasy film Jack and the Beanstalk (2009), the family movie Chasing 3000 (2010), the horror film Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011), the horror comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (2015), and the fantasy film The Great Wall (2016).

As a stunt performer, he worked on episodes of Diagnosis Murder, Nash Bridges, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, L.A. Heat (1999, with Todd Bryant), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001), Fastlane, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Fear Factor, Fat Actress (2005, starring Kirstie Alley and coordinated by Chris Palermo), Numb3rs (2006), Criminal Minds (2006), The Unit (2006), My Name is Earl (2007), Dexter (2008, coordinated by Wally Crowder), NCIS: Los Angeles (2010, with Brennan Dyson), Blue Bloods (2010), Chuck (2010), 24 (2010), Do Not Harm (2013), Revolution (2013, coordinated by Jeff Wolfe), Sons of Anarchy (2008-2013), The Mentalist (2013-2014), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014, coordinated by Tanner Gill), Ray Donovan (2016, coordinated by Shauna Duggins), The Last Ship (2016-2018), and Black Monday (2019).

Film work includes the action comedy Beverly Hills Ninja (1997), Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997), the thriller Red Corner (1997), the horror sequel Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998, coordinated by Kane Hodder), the action sequel Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), the comic adaptation Blade (1998), the comedy Bowfinger (1999), the action drama Fightclub (1999), the fantasy comedy Little Nicky (2000), the fantasy sequel The Mummy Returns (2001, with The Rock), the science fiction horror film Ghosts of Mars (2001), the action comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002), the war drama We Were Soldiers (2002), the war drama Windtalkers (2002), the comic adaptation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), the action thriller Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), the horror film Dawn of the Dead (2004), the fantasy film Van Helsing (2004), the fantasy film Constantine (2005), the fantasy comedy Bewitched (2005), the drama Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), the horror thriller When a Stranger Calls (2006), the comedy Norbit (2007), the action thriller Next (2007), the action comedy Rush Hour 3 (2007), the comedy Meet the Spartans (2008), the science fiction adventure Avatar (2009), the science fiction film The Book of Eli (2010), the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), the science fiction film Battleship (2012), the comedy sequel The Hangover Part III (2013), the action thriller Jason Bourne (2016), the fantasy film The Dark Tower (2017, starring Idris Elba), the comedy sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017, starring The Rock), and the horror film Bird Box (2018).

More recently, Koda worked as stunt coordinator on the television series Cobra Kai (2018-2020), Stranger Things (2019-2021, starring Winona Ryder), The Outsider (2020), and Ozark (2020) and performed stunts in the adventure To Have and to Hold (2020, stunt coordination by Thom Williams).

Koda is divorced from his first wife, Rachel Koda with whom he has three children. For several years he has been married to fellow stuntwoman Jahnel Curfman.

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