Gene LeBell

Gene LeBell

stunts, actor, additional crew

Gene LeBell was born on Oct 09, 1932 in USA. Gene LeBell's big-screen debut came with Blue Hawaii directed by Norman Taurog in 1961, strarring . Gene LeBell is known for Spider-Man 2 directed by Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire stars as Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. The upcoming new movie Gene LeBell plays is Changing Hands which will be released on Apr 01, 2013.

"Judo" Gene LeBell the "Godfather of Grappling" is both a renowned ex-world champion in both wrestling/judo, and one of Hollywood's busiest stuntmen. He is highly respected by many martial artists all over the world, and has been considered a ground breaker in many aspects of the art of grappling.Gene started training in judo at a young age, and at the age of 20 in 1954, he won National AAU Heavyweight Judo Championship and the USA Overall Judo Championship title. He went on to win the both the Heavyweight and overall champion title 1955 as well. After an illustrious judo career, Gene tried his hand at professional wrestling, and actually won the heavyweight title in Amarillo, Texas. However, in his excitement Gene swung the title belt around his head, which accidentally hit one of the wrestling commissioners on the head, causing a nasty gash. The belt was immediately seized from the shocked Gene, which in later years would cause him to comment, "Well, at least I was the champ for 12 seconds and I retired as champion."Gene went on to fight numerous opponents over the years including practitioners from other fighting arts that scoffed at Gene's prowess, however they learned the hard way that Gene's superb grappling skills were the real deal. Gene has trained with numerous other world champion martial artists including Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, and Benny Urquidez.Gene has been acting and contributing stunt work to Hollywood productions for over fifty years. He can be seen in TV shows including Mission impossible (1966), Les espions (1965), Les mystères de l'Ouest (1965), Baretta (1975), Mariés, deux enfants (1987), and Alerte à Malibu (1989). Gene's feature film appearances include Raging Bull (1980), Remo sans arme et dangereux (1985), 2 flics pourris (1986), Ed Wood (1994), and Men in Black 2 (2002).The remarkable "Judo" Gene Lebell is still teaching grappling and doing stunts at age 70+. He is also a Nevada and California Athletic Commission judge most recently judging UFC 74 (Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga) plus he has a highly popular website visited by martial arts and film fans all over the globe.Gene has 3 children, firstborn son, stuntman David LeBell, daughter Monica LeBell Pandis who is a FBI agent. Gene also has 8 grandchildren.

  • Birthday

    Oct 09, 1932
  • Place of Birth

    Los Angeles, California, USA
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