Legends of Action

July 31, 2012

Legends of Action: Mario Kassar

BirthDate: October 10, 1951

There have been some great action movie producers over the years, so I want to show some love to the guys who’ve helped create some of my favourite movies.

My first has to be Mario Kassar.

Kassar would frequently produce movies with business partner Andrew G. Vajna while working for Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures. He founded Carolco Pictures where he was executive producer of many films, including the Rambo series, Total Recall, Terminator 2, Universal Soldier, Stargate and many more. He has also been nominated for 12 Academy Awards.

While growing up, if I saw his name in the opening credits of a movie I knew I was in for a treat. He really helped define the action genre and to this day I’d struggle to find anyone with such a great track record (Apart from maybe Jerry Bruckheimer or Joel Silver).


If you haven’t seen any of the above listed movies then quite frankly you are on the wrong site but if you are interested I’d recommend: The Terminator movies, Rambo movies, Universal Soldier, Total Recall & Stargate as they are classic actioners.

How’s THIS for a filmography?

  • The Amateur (1981)
  • Victory (1981)
  • First Blood (1982)
  • Superstition (1982)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Extreme Prejudice (1987)
  • Angel Heart (1987)
  • Red Heat (1988)
  • Rambo III (1988)
  • Johnny Handsome (1989)
  • DeepStar Six (1989)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  • Narrow Margin (1990)
  • Air America (1990)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • Mountains of the Moon (1990)
  • Rambling Rose (1991)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • The Doors (1991)
  • L.A. Story (1991)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • Basic Instinct (1992)
  • Light Sleeper (1992)
  • Heaven & Earth (1993)
  • Cliffhanger (1993)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Cutthroat Island (1995)
  • Showgirls (1995)
  • Last of the Dogmen (1995)
  • Lolita (1997)
  • I Spy (2002)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Negative Space (2009)


About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



Happy 70th Birthday Bolo Yeung

Today marks Legend of Action Bolo Yeung’s 70th birthday; he is mostly known for playing villain roles in movies like Bloodsport, Legacy of Rage, Double Impact, Tiger Claws, Ironheart and Enter the Dragon but he also starr...
by Eoin Friel


Brian Bosworth: An Underrated Badass

During the 90’s two of my go-to action movies were Stone Cold and One Tough Bastard (One Man’s Justice I believe it’s called in North America). I really liked Brian Bosworth on-screen as he came across as stra...
by Eoin Friel


RIP Guy Hamilton (1922-2016)

We’re sad to announce the passing of director Guy Hamilton who helmed four James Bond pictures: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. Hamilton also directed Force 10 from Nav...
by Eoin Friel