Stephen Oyoung is an action actor, professional stuntman, and fight choreographer. He’s a native of Cerritos, California, and has been working in the entertainment industry for over ten years. He currently stars as martial arts expert Lau Hu on TNT’s The Last Ship (2016) and has choreographed many of the show’s fight scenes. He was also a featured member of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) stunt team and can be seen in Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) this summer.
Stephen Oyoung is an expert in Chinese Wushu Kung Fu. As a child his father taught him Shaui Jiao and Praying Mantis Kung Fu, but it wasn’t until he saw The Matrix as a senior in high school that he began to seriously entertain thoughts of action acting. During college he studied Wushu under Ma JinLong of the Shandong Wushu Team and Qiu Dong Xing of the Beijing Wushu Team.
Fortunately, his Wushu training was put to good use after he was cast as the Swordsman at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, California, which opened doors for him to break into the stunt industry. Roles for Asian-American actors were challenging to come by, but while pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles, Stephen headlined as the first and only Asian Jedi at the Jedi Training Academy in Disneyland.
He started with small roles in movies like Legion (2010), with Paul Bettany, which led to his casting as the double-sword wielding Blue Spirit in The Last Airbender (2010). Since then, he’s appeared in Safe (2012) with Jason Statham, Thor (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and Sicario (2015) . He was the fight choreographer on 47 Ronin (2013) with Keanu Reeves and The Equalizer ( 2014) with Denzel Washington, and also helped prepare Adam Driver for his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He has also worked extensively as a motion capture artist, most famously portraying the dual lightsaber Jedi Master in the Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011) Cinematic Trailer by Blur Studios.
As an actor, he’s appeared on major network programs including CSI, NCIS, Castle, and Scandal, among many others.
At the 2016 San Diego Comic Con, Stephen Oyoung is a speaker on a panel discussing Action Acting and Stunts.