Photos — September 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

PHOTO GALLERY – Daniel Bernhardt

Just like so many martial arts superstars, the Swiss-born Daniel Bernhardt had his ups and downs as an action film star.

Bernhardt was born on the 31st August 1965 in Warblaufen, Bern in Switzerland. After finishing high school, he studied architectural design for four years and graduated in Bern.

At the same time he opened a martial arts school with his brother. After completing his studies, Daniel moved to Paris and started to work as model.

Later, Bernhardt moved to New York where he was cast to co-star with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bruce Weber’s TV spot “Looking for Kicks” for Gianni Versace.

Producer Marc Di Salle who launched Van Damme’s carrier with Bloodsport and Kickboxer, discovered Daniel Bernhardt and cast him to star in the sequel Bloodsport II (1996) which was his debut.

Bernhardt made two more “Bloodsport” sequels, and spent a couple of more years starring in entertaining low-budget action films, such as “True Vengeance”, “Perfect Target”, “Black Sea Raid”.

In 1998, he starred as Siro on the video game-inspired TV show Mortal Combat Conquest. In 2003, Bernhardt finally found a highly profitable outlet for his skills as Agent Johnson in The Matrix Reloaded.

In 2005, Bernhardt took on legendary Chuck Norris in “The Cutter”, and in 2009 made “The Ultimate Champion” – a mixed martial arts movie. In 2011 Bernhardt surprisingly switched genres, appearing in a horror movie “Creature”, where he played the title character.

Below is a gallery of Daniel Bernhardt, with pictures collected from various open sources.

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