Michael Joseph Stephen Dudikoff
(born October 8
) is an American film actor known for playing martial arts experts. Dudikoff is a native of Torrance, California
, where he graduated from West Torrance High School. He was a student at Harbor College
studying child psychology
when he was discovered as a model, which led to acting roles.
Dudikoff is best known as the lead actor in numerous 1980s action films, particularly the American Ninja series. He also starred in the short-lived television series Cobra. Early in his career, Dudikoff played small parts in mainstream films including the Tom Hanks vehicle Bachelor Party and the 1982 science fiction film Tron.