Chris Casamassa (born January 17, 1965, Bethlehem, Pensylvania, USA) is an American martial artist, actor and stuntman who is best known for his role as Scorpion in the movie Mortal Kombat, which was based on the popular fighting-game series. He was unavailable for the second movie, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, due to scheduling conflicts with Batman & Robin (where he doubled for George Clooney ), but he was able to return as Takeda/Scorpion in the TV show, Mortal Kombat: Conquest. He is the son of martial arts guru and Red Dragon Karate founder Louis D. Casamassa. They appeared together in the film Sword of Heaven in 1985.
Despite his success in landing roles in The Red Canvas, Food Fight, and Blade, Chris is continuing to improve on his acting craft by studying with well-known Hollywood acting coach, Joel Asher.
Chris is also the President of the very popular and successful Red Dragon Karate Schools, which were founded by his father. There are 20 locations spread throughout southern California, with roughly 3,000 students in attendance. As a national competitor on the North American Karate Association circuit (N.A.S.K.A) Chris was the #1 forms competitor in the country for four consecutive years. During his time on the competition circuit, he won 18 Forms Grand Championship titles, 12 Weapons Grand Championships as well as being at top 10 ranked middleweight fighter. After he retired from active competition, Chris was voted into the American Karate Kung Fu Federation, (A.K.K.F.) Hall of Fame, then soon after, he was selected as a member of the prestigious USA international Hall of Fame for two separate categories “Top Competitor of the decade” and “Instructor of the Year.”
Chris and his wife Michelle have two children Emily, age 7, and Adam, age 4. “I am excited about training my kids in the Martial arts,” says Chris. "They were already following me with their kicks and punches at home. Now that they are in class at the studio its even more fun to watch them grow and learn in the Martial Arts."
Chris has said, “The Martial Arts is my passion; it is in my blood." He trains at least 3 to 4 hours a day, 3 days a week.
In addition to his feature acting roles, Chris is also regularly working as a stunt man, having worked on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, V.I.P., and Walker, Texas Ranger. One of Chris’ biggest thrills came when he actually got to do a fight scene with World Black Belt’s First Founding Member Chuck Norris. “At first, Chuck was going to have a stunt man do the scene, but then we got to talking and he decided to test me out, it was really quite an honor,” remembers Chris.