The old-school action film heroes

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Chuck Norris

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Jet Li

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Jason Statham

Dwayne Johnson

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Vin Diesel

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Donnie Yen

The archetypal action hero is the protagonist of an action movie or other entertainment which portrays action and adventure.[1] Other media in which such heroes appear include swashbuckler films, Westerns on television, old-time radio, adventure novels, dime novels, pulp magazines, and folklore.

Male action heroes[edit | edit source]

Actors[edit | edit source]

Classic action heroes[edit | edit source]

New action heroes[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Video games[edit | edit source]

Animation[edit | edit source]

Literature[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Osgerby, Bill, Anna Gough-Yates, and Marianne Wells. Action TV : Tough-Guys, Smooth Operators and Foxy Chicks. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Tasker, Yvonne. Action and Adventure Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2004.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Barna William Donovan (2010), Blood, guns, and testosterone: action films, audiences, and a thirst for violence, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 9780810872622 

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