Swordmaster And Fight
Mark Ryan has enjoyed
an eclectic and successful career for some twenty five years, working
in all aspects of the international entertainment industry,
specializing in action film and TV roles and major musical theater. He
has choreographed and performed literally hundreds of TV, film and
theatrical fights internationally with some of the top Stunt
Coordinators and performers in the world.
After training at The
Italia Conte Stage School and The London College of Music he performed
his first stage knife fight in the 1976 West End musical production of
DEAN also playing the part of VIC DAMONE. In 1978 he was chosen by the
legendary Director HAL PRINCE to originate the part of MAGALDI in
EVITA. He is also featured on the original cast album. He later took
over the leading role of CHE, which he played for two years. He left
EVITA to play MAC in WHO DARES WINS released in America under the
title of THE FINAL OPTION and coordinated by the original JAMES BOND
Stunt Arranger; BOB SIMMONS.
In 1983 Goldcrest Films
were assembling a cast for the prestigious ROBIN OF SHERWOOD TV
Series. They cast Mark as Edmond The Archer a character which was to
be killed off. However, the producers were so impressed with Mark's
swordsmanship and screen presence that they rewrote the first six
episodes and added a new character to the legend. Thus Mark created
NASIR, and joined the series for three years. This gave Mark the
chance to train daily with respected Swordmaster and Stunt
Coordinator; TERRY WALSH, archery expert GABE CRONELLY and Horsemaster
STEVEN DENT. Also learning from a host of gifted and respected stunt
coordinators and performers his challenging and stylish two handed
sword technique rapidly becoming widely emulated and recognized as his
During the following 20
years he trained with every type of sword and absorbed a great deal of
knowledge and experience with bladed weaponry dating from every period
In 1994 Mark was picked
by legendary Swordmaster BOB ANDERSON to assist as sword coach to
Richard Gere and Ben Cross in the Columbia Pictures release FIRST
KNIGHT. Director JERRY ZUCKER also asked him to play John Challenger
during the filming of this Arthurian epic. This huge production
involved hundreds of horses and dozens of sword action sequences,
including the principal final fight sequence involving eight hundred
extras and scores of stunt performers. Working closely with BOB
ANDERSON, Stunt Coordinator GREG POWELL and Horsemaster STEVE DENT was
an experience he found immensely enjoyable and rewarding. This
invaluable exposure to large scale action sequences cemented his
credentials as a swordmaster and action consultant in his own right.
Mark was hired as resident
Swordmaster/Action Consultant for the blockbuster TV show THE SECRET
ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE, the first action, SciFi series shot
entirely on HDTV. Mark's responsibilities included coordination of the
many complex action sequences and seeing the process through with
directors and editors to the final screen version.
Other recent US TV
appearances includes work on CONAN THE ADVENTURER, NUREMBERG,
PASSIONS, JAG and GENERAL HOSPITAL and as a fencer for VIC ARMSTRONG
in the movie version of CHARLIE'S ANGELS. He also recently toured the
US as a member of ERIC IDLE EXPLOITS MONTY PYTHON performing classic
British comedy roles with ERIC IDLE at CARNEGIE HALL and THE HOLLYWOOD
Other recent Fight
Director/Swordmaster credits include a specialist whip and sword fight
and large scale battle sequence in the movie THE BACCHAE (2nd Unit &
Fight Director). Various domestic violence sequences for THE LEGACY,
directed by JAMES ENCINAS and a prison riot for the LA stage
production of MARRAT-SADE for BRAD MAYS.
Mark’s long experience
of editing, camera’s and special effects is highly respected by
directors, producers and stunt coordinators worldwide and his stylish
and realistic swordplay is simply unique.
Mark Ryan is currently Swordmaster on the JERRY
BRUCKHEIMER production of KING ARTHUR directed by ANTOINE FUQUA under
the Stunt Coordination of STEVE DENT.
EXPERIENCE ALSO INCLUDES:
in all historical periods of bladed weaponry. Archery, knife throwing,
whip work, horsemanship, unarmed combat and small arms, including
complex HDTV/CGI/Green Screen VFX and prosthetic sequences.
Published and respected
author and lecturer on the psychology, history and meaning of
symbolism in myth and esoteric practice.
Extensive knowledge/experience of foreign small arms
and weapon systems. Certified NAUI SCUBA diver.
References on request: Bob Anderson
Mike Stenson (Jerry