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Reyes, Ernie, Jr. 1972–

Reyes, Ernie, Jr. 1972–

(Ernie Reyes)


Born January 15, 1972, in San Jose, CA; son of Ernie Reyes, Sr. (an actor, stunt performer and choreographer, and martial arts consultant). Religion: Scientologist. Religion: Scientologist. Avocational Interests: Football, racquetball, basketball.

Career: Actor, martial artist, and director. Martial artist, with fourth-degree black belt in tae kwon do and training in muay tai kickboxing; also worked as stunt performer and stunt double, including work as Donatello for the 1990 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. West Coast Demo Team, performed as martial artist.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination, exceptional performance by a young actor in a new television comedy or drama series, 1987, for Sidekicks; Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor costarring in a motion picture, 1992, for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze; Young Artist Award nomination, best youth actor in a leading role in a motion picture drama, 1994, for Surf Ninjas.


Film Appearances:

Tai, The Last Dragon (also known as Berry Gordy's "The Last Dragon"), TriStar, 1985.

Prince Tarn, Red Sonja, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

Fights to the Finish, 1987.

Keno, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Johnny, Surf Ninjas (also known as Surf Warriors), New Line Cinema, 1993.

Steve, White Wolves II: Legend of the Wild (also known as Legend of the Wild), New Horizons Home Video, 1995.

Paper Dragons, 1996.

(As Ernie Reyes) Marty, Small Time (also known as Waiting for the Man), Manga Films, 1996.

Jesse, The Process (also known as The Ultimate Fight), New City Releasing, 1998.

Zing, Rush Hour 2, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Tang, Poolhall Junkies, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2002.

Manito, The Rundown (also known as Welcome to the Jungle), Universal, 2003.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Surf Ninjas (also known as Surf Warriors), New Line Cinema, 1993.

Director, The Process (also known as The Ultimate Fight), New City Releasing, 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ernie Lee, Sidekicks, ABC, 1986.

Ernie, Secret Bodyguard, 1991.

Host, Final Fu, MTV, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Michael Nguyen, "Another Kind of War, Another Kind of Peace," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1986.

Luke Chen, "Murderers' Sky," MacGyver, ABC, 1988.

Sing Ling, "The Return of Sing Ling," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, 1995.

Jimmy Chu, "Eye of the Dragon," F/X: The Series, syndicated, 1996.

Ron Wang, "Big Top Val," V.I.P. (also known as V.I.P.—Die Bodyguards), syndicated, 1999.

Kaz, "Witches in Tights," Charmed, The WB, 2002.

Appeared in an episode of Arli$$, HBO.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Circus of the Stars 11, CBS, 1986.

Circus of the Stars 12, CBS, 1987.

High-wired motorcyclist, Circus of the Stars Gives Kids the World (also known as Circus of the Stars 18), CBS, 1993.

Combat Karate: The World Championships, Showtime, 1992.

Judge, The 1993 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 1993.

Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes, Martial Arts Network, 1998.

Victor Tran, Secret of the Horse, 2001.

Television Appearances; Other:

Ernie, The Last Electric Knight (pilot for Sidekicks), ABC, 1986.

(As Ernie Reyes) Cogie, P.C.H. (movie; also known as Kill Shot), 1995.



Keno (in archive footage) and himself, The Making of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:" Behind the Shells, Northshore Investments, 1991.

The Rundown: Rumble in the Jungle, Universal, 2004.


Performer for the album Asia's Last Dragon.



Ernie Reyes, Jr. Official Site,, September 1, 2006.

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