is now a well respected Christian evangelist under her real name of Denise Matthews. Her birthday is 4th of January. She had an autobiography out in early 2002.
The woman who plays Angela Verocco, the untalented wannabe singer/dancer girlfriend of the villain is, in real life, the extremely talented Faith Prince, who was nominated for a Tony for her role in Broadway's "Guys & Dolls" revival. She also played Richard Kind's fiancee on Spin City.
The little boy in that saves johnny out of the closet and fights in the big fight scene in the end is none other than Ernie Reyes Jr. who stars in the future "Surf Ninjas" and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Movie Series. His father Ernie Reyes Jr. is also one of the thugs and contributed to the martial arts choreagraphy.
One of Richie's friends was Carl Payne, aka 'cockroach', Theo's best friend also from the Cosby show. They show him as they're pulling Richie out of the trash can after Sho'Nuff stuff's him in there. Carl Payne is Cole from 'Martin", the Martin Lawrence show.
The movie has been significantly censored in the UK, due to laws banning nunchuck scenes.
I was shocked when I watched one of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship videos and saw in one of the undercard matches (the ones that weren't shown in full on the video) that Taimak was the referee for one of the matches. I looked for his name in the credits and "Sho'Nuff" (pun intended!) Taimak was the referee. I think it's the tape for UFC 2.
Despite hideous critical reviews, the $10 million production grossed $33 million in the United States, resulting in a profit.
Contributed by: Kenya Hall
Taimak's young sister is played by Keisha Knight Pulliam from the Cosby Show.
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The part of the "Thug" limo driver was played by none other than Chazz Palminteri. Chazz has since gone on to star in such movies as "A Bronx Tale", "The Usual Suspects" and "Analyse This".
The movie also features Mike Starr
(also from New York - Queens) as the second thug, the big guy with curly hair. He went on to be a pretty big star himself by appearing in 'The Bodyguard 'with Whitney Houston and Jim Carey in 'Dumb and Dumber' as well as other feature films.
The Last Dragon was, until recently, the highest grossing Kung-Fu movie of all time!
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In 1997, Busta Rhymes parodied the character Sho-Nuff in his music video for "Dangerous". In the video, the music cuts off, and Busta proclaims, "Yo Leroy! Am I not the baddest . . ." and replicates the first on-screen speech of Sho-Nuff in this movie.
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Taimak was also in the Janet Jackson Video "Let's Wait A While"
Contributed by: Kevin Rhinehart
Taimak had a role in the TV series "A different world", his character is Garth Parks. Taimak didn't use any Kung-Fu in this particular episode.
Vanity was, at the time, closely involved with prince who, under the moniker 'The Starr co.' had produced her debut album (Vanity 6, 1982). She was to play the lead opposite him in Purple Rain, when she was offered her solo deal with Motown, who also wanted to launch her as a movie star. She gave up on being Prince's protogee to release her debut album 'Wild animal' (1984) on Motown and begin filming 'The Last Dragon'.
In one of his first film roles, you can see William H. Macy
as Vanity's hair dresser.
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Veteran actor William H. Macy is now a major actor and has gone on to play in such movies as Seabiscuit, Pleasantville and Jurassic Park III.
During a recent Insomniacmania interview
with Taimak Guarriello, star of the 1985 hit 'The Last Dragon', it was revealed that there are plans to make a sequel to the comedy martial arts classic, reviving some of the old characters such as Julius Carry
's Sho'Nuff and Ernie Reyes Jr as Tai. He is currently penning the idea with the films' original director Michael Schultz
, but the movie has not yet been pitched to any studios. We would LOVE to see this film get made as I'm sure many others would! Please show your support for Taimak and his upcoming projects (such as the comedy stage version of 1989's Road House
, starring Taimak in Patrick Swayze's role) by visiting his site
and leaving him a message. You can also help see it made by signing the online petition here
Contributed by: Stan Tims
Julius Carry's best role was as regular cast member in 'Brisco County Jr.', starring as bounty hunter 'Lord Bowler'.
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