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Jeff Imada, Star Trek VI

Imada doubling George Takei

Jeffrey "Jeff" Imada (born 17 June 1955; age 64) is a stuntman, stunt actor, and martial arts expert who served as stunt double for George Takei in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Imada was born in Inglewood, California and has started studying martial arts at the age of fifteen and has become an instructor and adviser for stars such as Brandon Lee. His first jobs in Hollywood were as a movie extra.

Among his stunt resume are films such as Blade Runner (1982, starring Joanna Cassidy), House (1986, with Michael Ensign, Steve Susskind, and stunts by Kane Hodder), Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986, starring David Graf), Big Trouble in Little China (1986, with Kim Cattrall and Jerry Hardin), They Live (1988, with Meg Foster), Road House (1989, with Anthony De Longis, Patricia Tallman, Kevin Tighe, and Marshall Teague), Tango & Cash (1989, starring Teri Hatcher), K-9000 (1991, with Judson Scott, Anne Haney, David Renan, Ted Barba, James H. Burk, Kenny Endoso, Dave Perna and Nicholas Shaffer, and stunts by Gregory J. Barnett and Lane Leavitt), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991, with Virginia Madsen), Kuffs (1992, starring Christian Slater), John Carpenter's Body Bags (1993, with Alex Datcher and David Warner), The Crow (1994, with Tony Todd), Mortal Kombat (1995, with Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), Waterworld (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996, with Fred Williamson, Spice Williams-Crosby, and Rosine "Ace" Hatem), John Carpenter's Vampires (1998, with Marjean Holden and Steve Blalock), Blade (1998, with Judson Scott, Andray Johnson, and Sidney Liufau), Stephen King's The Green Mile (1999, with James Cromwell and William Sadler), The Kid (2001, with Jeri Ryan), Ghosts of Mars (2001), Daredevil (2001), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005).

His resume also includes stunts and stunt acting parts in television series such as Matt Houston (1983), The Master (1984, with Brian Tochi and Dick Durock), The A-Team (starring Dwight Schultz and Melinda Culea), Beauty and the Beast (1988, starring Ron Perlman and guest starring Rosalind Chao), Raven (1992, with France Nuyen and Branscombe Richmond), Spy Game, and Las Vegas (2003, starring Nikki Cox).

In addition he has also worked for several films as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. In 2008 he was part of the stunt team which received a Screen Actors Guild Award for best film stunt ensemble for the action sequel The Bourne Ultimatum, for which he served as one of the stunt coordinators. Fellow Star Trek stuntmen George Colucci, Gilbert Combs, Jeremy Fry, and Chris O'Hara, and stunt coordinators Darrin Prescott and Scott Rogers were also part of the team.

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