Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He was brought up in Govan, Glasgow, where he was educated at Greenfield Primary School, until the age of 7. His family then moved to London. Park has a brother and a sister.
Park was introduced to martial arts by his father, who was a fan of Bruce Lee, and began training in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung Fu when he was seven years old. He added kickboxing and wushu to his hobbies by age 14. When he was 16, Park won Great Britain’s Martial Arts National Championship for his class and then went to Malaysia to try to improve his skills. He went on to compete in martial arts tournaments around the world and brought home awards before turning his attention to acting in the late 1990s.
He began working in films as a stunt double for the film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, doing the stunts for both Robin Shou and James Remar. Park also did some cameos as monsters, including Baraka. All of these were non-speaking roles.
In 1999, Park got his big break appearing in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul. While the character had a few lines, Park’s voice was dubbed over with that of actor Peter Serafinowicz. From his work on Star Wars, Park was cast in a cameo role in Fanboys as a Skywalker Ranch security guard who says, “Time for you to get mauled, boy,” as he pulls out two nightsticks.
In addition to this acting work, he has also been Christopher Walken’s fight stunt double for the film Sleepy Hollow. Park appeared in the scene where Walken’s character, the Headless Horseman, murders the Killian family and Brom Bones, among others.
Park had his first real speaking part in X-Men as Toad. In one scene of this film he picks up a length of pipe and spins it around in homage to his dual-bladed lightsaber work as Darth Maul, a signature wushu move.
In December 2007, Park was confirmed for the role of Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, involving a variation of the international G.I. Joe force who fought the minions of Cobra in the comics.
He worked with comic book creator-turned-filmmaker Kevin VanHook in the film Slayer, starring in the dual roles of acrobatic twin vampires. This film also saw him appearing again with Sleepy Hollow co-star Casper Van Dien. He also guest starred in the TV series The Legend of Bruce Lee playing a hugely important character; Bruce Lee’s friend and rival (and also the toughest man in the universe) Chuck Norris!
Park also appeared as the ongoing role of Edgar in the fourth season of the television series Heroes. As well as appearing as the main villain “Rugal” in the video game to film adaptation King of Fighters, Park was also included in the motion capture team of the 2008 James Bond video game adaptation of Quantum of Solace.
In 2013 he reprises his role of the enigmatic silent Arashikage ninja Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Snake Eyes has always been a fan favourite of the G.I. Joe series and his backstory looks to be filled out in this exciting sequel.
Ray looks forward to meeting all his fans at both the Gold Coast and Melbourne expos in 2013. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A during each weekend.
* Autograph ($40 each) and photograph ($50 each) fees apply.
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