This is a list of prominent actors who have appeared in or are influential to the action genre. This list does not only contain A-list stars but also cult actors who have made a career in the action movie market on video. Martial Arts flicks are definitely included. Some crime flicks, horror/sci-fi movies, war movies which are not straight up action flicks may be included. Thrillers that may not technically be classified as action but contain a few action scenes may be added at my discretion. For the time being I've opted not to include westerns and most period pieces as action. Some movies are really open to interpretation as to whether or not they are action. In the cases of movies such as The Departed and Pulp Fiction (among others) that have many tags as "action" I decided to include them. Others may be included just because they're good thrillers, despite lacking action.
NOTE: A list of action heroines is currently being worked on but I haven't set it for public view quite yet.