Lateef Crowder dos Santos (born November 23, 1977 in Salvador, Brazil) is a stuntman, martial artist, and actor based in California. Born in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil, he moved to San Jose, California, at the age of four. Growing up, he studied gymnastics and Capoeira, and joined the Zero Gravity Stunt Team. Lateef Crowder is largely notable for his work in portraying Capoeira in film. His first major film role was as a capoeiristra fighting Tony Jaa's character in Tom-Yum-Goong, the choreography of which was abruptly reduced due to Crowder damaging his Achilles's tendon during filming). He became a fan-favorite to play Eddy Gordo in the Tekken live-action film, which he was ultimately cast in.
In the Star Wars franchise, Crowder portrays the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin during his most physically demanding stunts and fight scenes, substituting for his Kingsman: The Golden Circle trainee Pedro Pascal. Crowder earned a SAG Award when The Mandalorian Season 2 won Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series, followed by the first Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Performance.
- Tom-Yum-Goong (2005) - Unnamed Capoeira Fighter
- Ninja Cheerleaders (2008) - Karate Bully
- Fight Science (2008) - As himself in "Stealth Fighters"
- Tekken (2009) - Eddy Gordo
- Undisputed 3 (2010) - Andrago Silva (The Brazilian Fighter)
- Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2011) - Alan Zane/Baraka
- Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2012) - Santiago
- Falcon Rising (2014) - Carlo Bororo
- Boone: The Bounty Hunter (2017) - Juan Cardoza
- The Mandalorian (2019 — present) - Double - The Mandalorian
Tropes invoked by Lateef Crowder:
- Big Scary Black Man: A common aspect of his roles. At 5'11", and his packed musculature, Lateef makes for an intimidating figure.
- Boisterous Bruiser: His characters are often rather jovial, smiling and joking around with opponents even in the middle of fight scenes.
- Capoeira: One of the foremost actors in the field for this style, he is pretty much the go-to guy for Capoeira in films, and incorporates it into his style even when it's not listed as the fighting style.
- Dance Battler: Part and parcel with Crowder's Capoeira style, his fighting tends to be relatively dance-like.
- Dreadlock Warrior: Another common aspect of Lateef Crowder's roles is his dreadlocked hairstyle.