Gerald Okamura was born in Hilo, Hawaii in 1940. He is an American stuntman, actor and martial artist. He began studying the martial art of Judo in 1953. He has also practiced Kendo, Aikido, and Taekwondo. He is currently a 5th degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo under the late Jimmy H. Woo. Gerald is a weapons designer and his weapons have been featured in dozens of movies and on dozens of publications around the world. His favorite weapon is the Okamura Hook sword.
Gerald Okamura has over 25 years in the entertainment industry, and he has played an assortment of different characters, from Yakuza, to Vampires and even Elvis Impersonators.
Okamura began as a stunt performer in 1975. He got his first credited role in 1980. He has appeared in 39 feature films, including Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Ninja Academy (1989), 9½ Ninjas!, Ring of Fire (1991), Blade, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). Other roles he’s played are Kai-Ogi in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993–1996), a sensei in Power Rangers Wild Force, and Chao Chong in VR Troopers (1994).
Gerald used to hosts an annual Celebrity event entitled DRAGONFEST, where his fellow Hollywood Celebrities, Martial Artists, and Sci Fi Stars donate their time each year, which allowed the public to meet their favorite stars in person, with opportunities to take photographs and get autographs. Currently DRAGONFEST is put on by the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, California.
Gerald Okamura is still looking to be cast as a leading man in a Romantic feature or comedy, LOL.