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Fernando Funan Chien

Fernando Funan Chien (Chien Fu-Nan), born in Taipei on October 6th, 1974 has followed a diverse road consequently landing him in Hollywood as a budding Asian actor. In 2000 landed a role in The Art of War starring Wesley Snipes. He began his training first at the Lee Strasberg Academy then at the Howard Fine Acting Studio to develop his craft. During this time he also began to train under legendary Gene Lebell and Gokor Chivichyan at the Hayastan Academy in Mixed Martial Arts. In 2004, Fernando studied Wushu Kung Fu and met Sam Hargrave and created Reel Kick Films, an underground martial arts stunt team. In 2005 at the referral of Sensei Gene, Fernando was cast as Saul the Augment in Star Trek Enterprise. This launched his professional stunt career with titles such as Crank, Flags of Our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, The Mummy 3, Monk and various commercials for Diet Pepsi where he doubled Jackie Chan.

During this time what set Fernando apart was his ability to act. He played action actor roles in 24, Pistol Whipped, Bunraku, Angel of Death, Beyond the Ring, TKO, Honor and Crossing Jordan to name a few. In 2008, Fernando was cast in the web-series The Guild which allowed him to act and display his action skills. Since then he has appeared in NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy and The CW’s Melrose Place as an actor. 2009 has been his break-out year as an actor playing in the remake of Red Dawn as Lt. Yee and in Lionsgate’s MMA film Warrior as gym-rat Fenroy which will be released in 2010.

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