|Full Name Ho-Sung Pak|
McCune–Reischauer Pak Hosong
Years active 1991–present
Name Ho-Sung Pak
Role Film actor
Revised Romanization Bak Hoseong
Siblings Hoyoung Pak
|Born November 8, 1967 (age 53) (1967-11-08) Chicago, Illinois|
Occupation ActorMartial ArtistStuntmanAction choreographerWriterProducer
Movies and TV shows Fist of the Warrior, WMAC Masters, Game of Death, Alone in the Dark, Dead and Deader
Similar Daniel Pesina, Carlos Pesina, Chris Casamassa
Bonus Stage with Ho Sung Pak, the Original Liu Kang
ho young pak
Ho-Sung Pak (born November 8, 1967) is a Korean-American film actor, martial artist, action choreographer, writer, and producer.
Life and career
Pak, a Korean American, was born in Chicago, Illinois. Not only did he play as the main villain of the first Mortal Kombat game, Shang Tsung, but he also played the Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang for the first game and Mortal Kombat II. He was a stunt coordinator for the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as well as a stunt double for Raphael; he later reprised his role of stunt double in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.
In 1995, he and fellow MK actors Daniel Pesina, Katalin Zamiar, and Dr. Phillip Ahn, M.D. all appeared in a fighting game produced exclusively for the Atari Jaguar titled Thea Realm Fighters, but it was never released after Atari ceased production on the failed system later that year.
In 2002, he played the leading role in the martial arts movie Book of Swords. In it he portrayed Lang, an Asian cop who after witnessing the death of his brother during a drug bust gone wrong, leaves town only to come back three years later for revenge. The movie also starred MK actors Daniel Pesina, Katalin Zamiar and Richard Divizio. In a nod to his Mortal Kombat alter ego Liu Kang, Pak is shown wearing a red headband during the final part of the movie, while the other three actors are also seen in similar MK clothing/roles throughout the movie.
In 2004 Pak starred in the martial film Lesser of Three Evils, directed by Wayne A. Kennedy, also starring Roger Guenveur Smith, Peter Greene, Rosa Blasi and Sherilyn Fenn. The film was produced by Ho-Sung Pak, Wayne A. Kennedy and Matthew Chausse who created together the film company GenOne. It was released in 2009 under the title Fist of the Warrior.
In the 1995-1997 TV show WMAC Masters, his ki-symbol was "Superstar", which is a translation of his given Korean name. The show featured his older brother, Ho Young Pak ("Star Warrior"), as well as fellow Mortal Kombat actors Chris Casamassa ("Red Dragon") and Hakim Alston ("The Machine").