John Carrigan is an actor and martial arts instructor. John began his training in the martial arts in 1972 studying the Chinese martial arts as well as Karate and went on to become a 3rd Dan Karate black belt, also gaining rankings in several other martial arts along the way. John was a great follower of the legendary Bruce Lee so he went to the USA to seek out the original students of Master Lee, among those was Sifu Richard Bustillo.
John was accepted as a student under Sifu Bustillo and went on to become a Master Instructor with the IMB Academy of Los Angeles. John still practices the martial arts today running his own school in England teaching the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.
John first got bitten by the acting bug in 1970 while still at school when he and some of his fellow pupils were chosen to be in a feature film called Melody, but it was not until 1982 that he began to pursue his second passion in earnest. John had put his martial skills to use by becoming a bodyguard to many celebrities and dignitaries, and it was after acting as security for the cast of the original Star Trek TV series that John was introduced to Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry who inspired and advised him to Boldly Go and become an actor. Following Gene’s advice John tested for and won a place in a stunt team called The Stunt Action Service which led to years of touring Britain performing live stunt and stage shows.
During his time with the team John also began to study drama and eventually earned a coveted Equity card. He eventually left the team to concentrate on the big and small screen,appearing first in small walk on parts and stunt work, continuing onward and upward to leading film and TV roles in England and the US which has included acting in a remake of the classic Star Trek series and a co starring role in a Western, where he also got to choreograph all the action.
Recently John has turned his hand to writing while furthering his acting work and martial arts career.
On this site you will see a few examples of John’s many and varied film and TV parts, including some pictures from his live stunt and stage shows.