5 Things You Should Know about American Ninja Michael Dudikoff

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Don’t call it a comeback — Dudikoff has been down for years! Michael “American Ninja” Dudikoff is a man you need to know. The guy rocks, and yet you don’t hear much about him. But that changes today!

I think now is the time for him to make a comeback into pop culture royalty, and what better site than Laser Time to to be a platform for this star’s return. So I present to you, my fellow Laser Timers, five things you need to know about the Dudikoff!

5. He is, in fact, not Miklo, a.k.a. White Milk, from the Mexican epic Blood In Blood Out. “Give me your chone chone!” “Not right, now polar bear.”

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4. He did have the best hair in all of Hollywood, narrowly beating out Step by Step star Cody, who had pretty great hair for a guy who slept in a van. Meanwhile, my hair is currently leaving faster than Jon Jones at the scene of an accident.

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3. He is American and also a former ninja, thus making the American Ninja films autobiographical, replacing John Carpenter’s Elvis film as my favorite biopic. Kurt Russell put it down in that movie, though he didn’t quite reach Sebastian Haff levels — can’t beat Bubba Ho-Tep, man!

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2. All seriousness on this one, he had an uncredited part in the film Olympus Has Fallen, according to IMDB. I love Leonidas, but come on, Dudikoff could totally take Gerald Butler in one-on-one mortal combat. Given that North Korean ninjas attacking the White House was the plot of the film, how awesome would it have been to pan out to the front lawn and see a shirtless American Ninja dropping terrorists faster than Konami stock.

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1. He’s starring in a film this year called Navy Seals vs Zombies (not a joke), co-starring with an actor named Han Soto and former Laker/inmate of HBO’s Oz, Rick Fox. This must be a sequel to his previous 80s action film, Navy Seals, starring Charlie Sheen. Wait, who is Michael Biehn? So Michael Dudikoff wasn’t John Conner’s dad or the original Solid Snake? Shit…

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Well, hopefully you learned something and I just cleared up some confusion about this Hollywood mega-action star of 80s royalty. Sadly, he is not quite as cool as I once thought upon learning he did not infiltrate Alcatraz with Nicholas Cage or fight zombie Bruce Willis in Planet Terror. But American Ninja and Beast Master, yo. God dammit!

10 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Know about American Ninja Michael Dudikoff

  1. “Cody from Step By Step”
    Sweet Jesus, I forgot that guy existed!! Was he attached to the bitchy one or the ditzy one? Bah, who knows. All I remember about that show was that the youngest “tomboy” girl turned into a complete babe when she showed up on 3rd Rock a few years later. That and the stupid Beavis and Butthead thing. I’m not even sure how that was legal…..

    Always nice to see some American Ninja and Michael Dudikoff (*snicker) love.

    1. So has Hollywood since after leaving Step by step; he stared in such independent films as I beat my wife and Oops I beat my wife again. In his defense, he did claim he was rehearsing for his role as the Kickboxer.

  2. So much info I didn’t have before, I feel like a better American and a better not ninja for knowing it!

    Speaking of Cody from step by step though, he fits right into this article as he is ALSO an american martial artist. You can check out his acting chops (and karate chops) in the Kickboxer sequels (2-4) where he plays Van Damme’s OTHER brother David, out for blood after Tong Po killed his brothers. Cody kicks some ass, though his acting is still garbage.

    1. I remember Tong-Po’s face looking off in the latter films; didn’t they use another actor and tried to pass him off as the orignal films villian?

    1. Are you thinking Master Ninja? If so, that was actually Tim Patten. God, I wished they made more of those. I would have watched the shit out of a full season of Master Ninja.
      I don’t think Dudikoff was actually ever in an episode of MST3K.

      1. Master Ninja was legit and I love anything with my dude Clu Ghalager in it! Thanks for checking out this one; wasnt sure if it resonated with others like it did with me. You guys are awesome!

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