About Hector Echavarria.
Already Idolized by millions in Latin America and a legendary Martial Arts champion in his native Argentina, Hector Echavarria, brings to the Hollywood film industry a background of acting experience, martial arts expertise and a determination that defies comparison.
The entertainment media in the U.S. has already positioned Hector as "The Next Action Hero". He has appeared in hundreds of articles and magazine covers, as well as in some of the entertainment industry's top TV magazine shows. NBC’s 'EXTRA' declared “Move over Van Damme, Jackie Chan and Jet Lee: There is a new action hero in town, Hector Echavarria.” And Black Belt Magazine named Hector Echavarria, “The next martial arts superstar of the 21st Century.” Not bad for a guy who arrived in this country a few years ago barely able to speak English. Before Hector, moved from his hometown of Buenos Aires, in Argentina where he is a huge martial arts star, to follow the American dream in Hollywood. His first appearance was on the hit TV show “Miami Vice,” then he was cast as the lead in the South American film “Los Exterminators.” The film was developed into a Television series which right away became one of the highest rated TV shows in all of Latin America from 1990 to 1997.
Soon after his arrival in the United States in pursuit of his dream, Hector found almost every door in Hollywood slammed shut in front of him. Hector told a local magazine in an interview a few months back “It’s OK if Hollywood closes its doors to me 'cause' I’m just going to kick them down” and he did just that. Hector last three films that he's produced and starred in which where released on Blue Ray and DVD by Lionsgate Films (LGF): “Death Warrior” followed by “Unrivaled” released in February, of 2010 and most importantly “Chavez Cage of Glory” which will be released theatrically in the U.S. November 2013. Among the other feature films he has already put out as Producer is the horror flick “Lake Dead,” distribution through After Dark Films, “Confessions of a Pit Fighter,” also starring Armand Assante, Flavor Flav and Oscar nominated John Savage and “Never Surrender,” (which he also directs) both distributed by Lionsgate. In June 2013 he will play host to the first-ever Hector Echavarria’s World Martial Arts Championship and Expo in Buenos Aires Argentina to be sanctioned by the United States Martial Arts Organization and the International Union of Martial Artist (UIAMA). More than thirty countries, three thousand competitors and twenty of the top martial arts merchandising companies in the world will be present as sponsors.
When you think he's accomplished enough, next year he will be writing his first autobiography entitled “The Word Impossible Does Not Exist”. And in the upcoming “Chavez Cage of Glory”, Hector, not only directed the film but also co-stars with popular actors Danny Trejo (“Machete”, “Machete Kill”, “Grindhouse”, “From Dusk until Down”), Steven Bauer ( “Scarface”, ”Traffic”), James Russo ( “ Open Rage”, “Donnie Brasco”, Public Enemy” and star of NBC new hit TV show “Vegas” and also with his student and UFC superstar, Heath Herring .
Not long ago, a major kid’s magazine in South America, called “Billiken” honored Hector, with the creation a popular comic-strip based on his martial arts exploits that has sold more than two hundred fifty thousand copies a week. He also has his own line of merchandise and collectibles items which includes cards, posters, clothing and action figures. Upon the first two weeks of the release of his action figures it is estimated it sold more than one million units In South America alone.
Mr. Echavarria is one of the most respected martial artists in the world today. He has trained Hollywood celebrities like Playboy's "Girls Next Door" stars Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison, at Hefner’s Playboy mansion. He also trained three-time world boxing champion, Hector “Macho” Camacho, NFL Super Bowl winner Al Del Greco in martial arts and fitness. In addition Mr. Echavarria, offers his coaching expertise to top UFC superstars like Cheik Kongo, Quinton Jackson and Rigan Machado (World Champion Jujitsu legend).
He was recently inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, was named “Full Contact Fighter of the Year” and holds the World Kickboxing championship.
Hector Echavarria, has teamed with some of the entertainment industry's top professionals such as entertainment lawyer, Ben Reder and the public relations agency Parker PR. Parker PR has helped launch the careers of some of the most powerful leaders in Hollywood including Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron (“Titanic”) to name a few.. Currently Hector is working with writer/producer Ron Shusett, who’s sci- fi action/thriller films have reached worldwide grosses of over one billion dollars. Ron Shusett produced and wrote the mega-blockbusters “Total Recall”, “Minority Report”(for director Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise) , and the “Alien” film series. Shusett also wrote Steven Seagal's first film “Above the Law.” Shusett believes Hector is America's new action hero and is working with Hector in his next film a new "tent-pole" franchise project called “HUNTERS.”
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