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SpouseJacqueline Speakman
Fact4th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate under Grandmaster Ed Parker (founder of American Kenpo Karate)

Jeff Speakman is an American actor, martial artist, and producer. He is best known for his leading role in the 1991 film The Karate Kid Part III and for his starring role in the television series The Young and the Restless.

Speakman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 10, 1961. His parents divorced when he was four years old, and he was raised by his mother, a schoolteacher. He has two older sisters. Speakman began studying martial arts at the age of seven and earned his black belt in karate at the age of eighteen. He also competed in taekwondo and won several championships.

Speakman attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied business administration. He left college after one year to pursue a career in acting. He moved to Los Angeles and began appearing in television commercials. His first film role was in the 1984 film The Karate Kid, in which he played a small role as one of the bullies who torment the film’s protagonist, Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio).

Speakman’s breakout role came in the 1991 sequel The Karate Kid Part III, in which he played the lead villain, Mike Barnes. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $59 million at the box office.

Following the success of The Karate Kid Part III, Speakman starred in a number of action films throughout the 1990s, including The Perfect Weapon (1991), Street Fighter (1994), and Anaconda (1997). He also had a recurring role on the television series The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 1995.

In recent years, Speakman has appeared in a number of direct-to-video films and television movies. He has also appeared on episodes of the television series NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-0.

Speakman is a black belt in karate and taekwondo. He is also a certified instructor in Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai.

Speakman has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Shannon Tweed from 1987 to 1993. They have two children together. Speakman married his second wife, actress Kristy Swanson, in 2001. They have one child together.

Speakman has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameJeff Speakman
Height1.83 m
ProfessionMartial Artist, Actor
EducationMissouri Southern State University


SpouseJacqueline Speakman


MoviesThe Perfect Weapon, Street Knight, Scorpio One, Deadly Outbreak, The Expert, Plato's Run, Land of the Free, Running Red, Hot Boyz, The Gunman, Escape From Atlantis

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1Speakman learned American Kenpo Karate under Larry Tatum. Speakman trained under Tatum from white belt to third degree black belt.
2In June, 2010, he obtained an Eight-degree (8th Dan) in Kenpo Karate.
34th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate under Grandmaster Ed Parker (founder of American Kenpo Karate)
47th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate under Master John Sepulveda
57th degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate under Grandmaster Lou Angel




Striking Range2006Kilmer
The Gunman2004Scott Sherwin
Night Terror2002Professor Eric Lang
Hot Boyz2000VideoMaster Keaton
Running Red1999VideoGreg / Gregori
Memorial Day1998Edward Downey
Land of the Free1998Frank Jennings
Scorpio One1998Jared Stone
Escape from Atlantis1997TV MovieMatt Spencer
Plato's Run1997VideoDominick
The Expert1995John Lomax
Deadly Outbreak1995VideoSgt. Dutton Hatfield
Street Knight1993Jake Barrett
The Perfect Weapon1991Jeff Sanders
Lionheart1990Mansion Security Man
Hunter1989TV SeriesOfficer
Side Roads1988Joseph Velasco
Slaughterhouse Rock1988Cafe Patron
Bureizu obu za san


Running Red1999Video executive producer


A Moment of Clarity... to the Xtreme2004Short special thanks


V.I.P.1999TV SeriesHimself

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Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesJake

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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