In Memoriam: DARREN SHAHLAVI (1972-2015)


English actor and martial artist Darren Shahlavi is a man whose career remains one of the most prolific in today's film industry for martial arts fans alike. Having spawned a career from his heyday as a Hong Kong stuntman to movies ranging several genres, Shahlavi's most notable films include roles in Tai Chi II with Jacky Wu Jing, Bloodmoon with Gary Daniels, I Spy with Eddie Murphy, The Final Cut with Robin Williams, Ip Man 2 with Donnie Yen, Tactical Force and The Package with actor Steve Austin, and most recently in shows like Arrow, Metal Hurlant Chronicles and Mortal Kombat Legacy opposite Michael Jai White and Jeri Ryan.

Needless to say, Shahlavi has been an amazing man to witness on screen in the past two decades, which in turn brings tragic news with regard to all these references in the past tense. The word came via social media from brother Bobby Shahlavi of the actor's death in the early hours of January 20, 2015. Bobby commented on his own post on Darren's wall with the following:
"Darren died peacefully in his sleep. More details are still coming out. Thanks for all of your support. Please feel free to post your thoughts and memories of Darren Shahlavi as this is of great support and comfort to all of Darren's family, friends and fans."
The late Shahlavi who left us at the young age of 42, is currently expected to appear in director Ricardo Gabrielli R's upcoming superhero action short, Zambo Dende with Marko Zaror, in addition to director Ernie Barbarash's Pound Of Flesh opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the current production of Kickboxer: Vengeance with actors Alain Moussi and Dave Bautista, although no word is known yet on how today's news will affect either of these.

Feel free to comment below and express your condolences and favorite memories in the comment section. In the meantime, here are some posts from a handful of film industry professionals who have worked with and knew him:

Kungfucinema.com's Albert Valentin

Pound Of Flesh co-star Mike Leeder:


Zambo Dende director Ricardo Gabrielli R.


The Package director Jesse V. Johnson



Actor Joe Taslim
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