Richard Cetrone is an American actor, stuntman, and fight choreographer. He was the stunt double of Ben Affleck (who played Batman) in the superhero films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).
Richard Cetrone was born on Thursday, July 13, 1961 (age 60 years; as of 2021), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. He studied at Montour High School, Pennsylvania. In his hometown, he started his career as an amateur boxer. After he moved to California, he became acquainted with world champions who became his sparring partners. He then went to Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, Los Angeles, where he trained in Jeet Kune Do, Arnis, Thai Kickboxing, Silat, and Jiu-Jitsu under Dan Inosanto. Facebook – Interview – Richard Cetrone
Height (approx.): 6’ 3”
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
His father’s name is Dick Cetrone. There is no information about his mother.
There is no information about his wife or relationships. He has a son named Sage Cetrone.
As a Stunt Performer
He started his career as a stunt performer with the American film ‘3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up’ in 1993.
In 1996, he made his television debut as a stuntman with the American series ‘Nash Bridges.’
He was a stuntman in American films like The Glimmer Man (1996), Blade (1998), The Scorpion King (2002), Daredevil (2003), Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Constantine (2005). Other prominent American films in which he appeared as a stuntman are 300 (2006), Iron Man (2008), Thor (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014). He also worked as a stunt performer in the American TV series Martial Law (1998), V.I.P. (2000), My Name Is Earl (2009), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Lethal Weapon (2018), and The Mandalorian (2019-20). He is most famous for being the stunt double of the Hollywood actor Ben Affleck in the films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Justice League (2017), Triple Frontier (2019), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).
Apart from that, he was also a body double for Paul Bettany in the films Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and David Thewlis in the film Wonder Woman (2017).
As an Actor
In 1992, he made his film debut with the American film ‘Mission of Justice’ in the minor role of ‘The Gauntlet.’
He then performed minor roles in the American films 3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up (1993), Heatseeker (1995), and Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998). He made his television debut with the American series ‘Martial Law’ (1998) in the role of ‘Thug/Oakley.’
He appeared in minor roles in prominent American films such as The Scorpion King (2002), Underworld (2003), The Book of Eli (2010), Thor (2011), Man of Steel (2013), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). He also acted in the American TV series The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011), Sleepy Hollow (2013), and Lethal Weapon (2019). In 2021, he was seen in the starring role of ‘Zeus: The King’ in the film ‘Army of the Dead.’
- Superhero: Batman
- Sports: American Football
- American Football Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
- Richard worked as a stunt choreographer for the American film ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ (2004) and TV Series ‘Fallen (2007).’
- He is an instructor under his mentor Inosanto and teaches Jeet Kune Do and Arnis.
- Before becoming a stuntman, he wanted to open up a school in his hometown after getting his instructorship from Dan Inosanto’s academy. However, after working in a few films, his interests were pushed to the performing arts. Talking about it in an interview, he said,
Doing stunt work in films was something that always intrigued me though and after learning that two of my training partners also shared that interest we started practicing stunt fighting on the weekends. Because I am a martial artist the interest in fight choreography has always been there. I have just leaned towards choosing the performing jobs over the fight choreography jobs because I enjoy performing more.”
- Since childhood, he wished to play Batman in a film. In an interview, talking about it, he said,
I have wanted to portray Batman for as long as I have been in stunts. I started watching Batman and collecting comics at 5 years old and he has been my favorite super hero since. Before we started shooting the film Zack Snyder wanted to use me for some promo shots in front of the Batmobile. This was in Detroit in the middle of winter and it was freezing out. This was the first time I had the complete suit on and I was so psyched. I kept looking at my shadow on the ground and geeking out. Zack asked me several times if I was ok because of the cold weather, but I honestly never noticed it. (laughing) Needless to say in 25 years of stunts BvS has been my favorite job.”
- In 2018, he received Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture for Wonder Woman, along with other stuntmen in the film.
- Richard’s role models are his father (a basketball player for the University of Cincinnati) and his grandfather (a boxer). Talking about it in an interview, he said,
Growing up my dad would tell me stories of my grandfather’s prowess with his fists. He used to travel up and down the east coast giving speed bag demonstrations. My father and grandfather were blessed with exceptional hand speed. So for whatever reason ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with being fast just like them. Lucky for me that fast twitch gene was passed on to me. It’s served me well at times in my career like when you have to perform in a big latex suit and still be the fastest guy in the room.”
- He loves dogs and has a pug named Vader.
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