28 Famous People Who Are Black Belts

Action heroes are revered by fans as they often perform dangerous daredevil stunts. While many use body doubles, some choose to perform their own stunts; it helps if the actors are no strangers to martial arts. While knowing martial arts may help actors, there are famous people from other profession who have chosen martial arts for different reasons. Here is a list of famous people who are black belts!

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Birthday: 29 April 1933
Born In: Abbott, Texas
Sun Sign: Taurus
Famous As: Musician

Willie Nelson is a multitalented artist who has earned a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a fifth-degree black belt in GongKwon Yusul (a modern Korean martial art). Also, he has claimed that he has developed a unique style of training Taekwondo.


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Birthday: 07 October 1952
Born In: Saint Petersburg
Sun Sign: Libra
Famous As: President of Russia
Vladimir Putin, the Russian President and former intelligence officer of the Russian intelligence agency 'KGB,' is an 8th dan black belt in Judo. He has also co-authored books on the martial art titled 'Judo with Vladimir Putin', in Russian, and 'Judo: History, Theory, Practice', in English.

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Birthday: 08 January 1935
Born In: Tupelo
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 16 August 1977
Famous As: Singer
After joining the U.S. Army as a private, Presley was introduced to karate, which became his lifelong interest. Eventually, he became a black belt holder in karate.

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Birthday: 12 April 1946
Born In: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Sun Sign: Aries
Famous As: Actor

Ed O'Neill received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in December 2007. He has trained in the martial art for 22 years.


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Birthday: 14 April 1977
Born In: New York City, New York, U.S.
Sun Sign: Aries
The beautiful actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who slew vampires in the TV series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' is a black belt in Taekwondo.