Johannes "Joe" Taslim is an Indonesian actor, model, and martial artist.
Born on June 23, 1981 in Palembang, Taslim was exposed to martial arts at an early age. He learned many forms of martial arts, including pencak silat, wushu, Taekwondo, Karate, and Judo, the latter being the one he's mastered, leading him to win many awards and join the national judo team before an injury forced him to retire.
Nowadays, Taslim is more active in the entertainment industry, appearing in many movies, shows and commercials. Perhaps his most famous role is in the action-crime film The Raid.
His notable roles include:
- The Raid Redemption (2011) as Sgt. Jaka
- Dead Mine (2012) as Joko
- Fast and Furious 6 (2013) as Jah
- La Tahzan (2013) as Yamada
- Star Trek Beyond (2016) as Manas
- The Night Comes For Us (2018) as Ito
- Mortal Kombat (2021) as Sub-Zero
Tropes related to him:
- All Asians Know Martial Arts: An Asian who's really adept at many different kinds of martial arts.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Thoroughly averted. He even claimed to have refused an offer to compete in Mixed Martial Arts because he felt the sport is too thuggish for his liking.
- Real Men Love Jesus: He is a Christian.
- Star-Making Role: His performances in The Raid and Fast and Furious 6 are what make him internationally recognized.