Danny Pesina, born in 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, is a renowned martial artist with a deep-rooted passion for martial arts since 1972. With a strong foundation in both external and internal Wushu, Danny embarked on his formal training under the guidance of Master Guo Jianhua in 1989. Throughout his journey, he has had the privilege of studying under esteemed Chinese living instructors, including Hu Jianqiang, the former Chinese National Champion, as well as Lo Minghan and Lin Jianhua, among others.

As a seasoned competitor, Danny Pesina has showcased his exceptional skills on both national and international stages. His remarkable talent has earned him numerous accolades, securing first places and esteemed awards in forms, weapons, and fighting categories within prestigious circuits such as A.A.U., N.A.S.K.A., and U.S.A. KungFu/Wushu.

Beyond his accomplishments in the world of martial arts, Danny Pesina is widely recognized for his involvement in the groundbreaking Mortal Kombat video game series. In the first two Mortal Kombat games, he brought iconic characters to life, including Johhny Cage, Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Reptile, and Smoke. Notably, he collaborated with his brother, Carlos Pesina, who portrayed the thunder god Rayden in these projects, further cementing their impact on the gaming industry.

Danny Pesina’s journey in martial arts, his extraordinary achievements as a competitor, and his notable contributions to the Mortal Kombat franchise have established him as a distinguished figure in both the martial arts and gaming realms. With his remarkable skill set and indelible presence, Danny continues to leave a lasting impression, inspiring and captivating audiences around the world.


  • Live Action Acting:Mortal Kombat Fates Beginning (Shang Tsung), Book of Swords (Hit Man)
  • Video Game Acting:Mortal Kombat (Johnny Cage, Scorpion, sub-Zero), Mortal Kombat II (Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero, Retile, Scorpion)
  • Stunts:Mortal Kombat Video Game, Mortal Kombat II Video Game, and the Mortal Kombat Trilogy Video Game (Fight Choreographer)