Ernie Reyes Jr. – Actor, Recording Artist, and Martial Arts Performer
Everyone knows that Filipinos are naturally shorter than other people – But the lack of height doesn’t stop us from excelling and proving that we are indeed highly competitive. Just ask Ernie Reyes Jr.
Ernie Reyes Jr., a.k.a. “kono” is the son of Ernie Reyes Sr. (one of the greatest martial artists ever). He is a grandson of Filipino immigrants but was born in San Jose, California.
At the young age of four, Kono followed the footsteps of his father and began training Tae Kwondo under his supervision. When he was seven, he started joining tournaments and fought (and won) against adult blackbelters. By the time he was ten he was already teaching martial arts seminars.
He finally retired from competitions at the early age of twelve so he could persue his acting career.
Kono in award-winning film “Red Canvas“
Making it to Hollywood wasn’t a suprise for Kono. Eversince he was six, he was has been wowing audiences performing with his father’s “West Coast Demo Team” – the team considered the “The Harlem Globetrotters of the Martial Arts” and “The World’s Best Demo Team” because of their spectacular choreography filled with dynamic moves mixed with comedy.
- The Red Canvas (2009) …. Johnny Sanchez
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) …. Cemetery Warrior
- Redline (2007) (as Ernie Reyes) …. Ernie
- The Rundown (2003) …. Manito
- Rush Hour 2 (2001) as Zing
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) as Keno
- The Last Dragon (1985) as Tai (Karate Student)
Kono kicking “The Rock” in “Rundown“.
By the way, Kono holds a 4th Dan (Degree) Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do under his father and has Trained and competed in art of Muay Thai as well.
He also Recorded a Hip Hop CD called “Asia’s Last Dragon“.
All this from a guy that is Filipino in height, in determination, and by heart.
A disciplined Student. A talented individual. Ernie Reyes Jr.