MICHEL QISSI
MICHEL QISSI
AKA Mohammed Qissi Tong Po

DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH
12/09/1962 Oujda, Morocco

BIOGRAPHY
When he was seven years old Michel Qissi began training in boxing. He soon met and befriended a young Jean-Claude Van Varenberg who was studying Shotokan Karate, and the two traded techniques in their systems. They grew up together and shared the same love of action films and dreamed of being action stars themselves one day. In 1982, Qissi and Jean-Claude went to Hollywood together to look for a career in action movies. For the next four years they endured hard times before landing their big break in 1986. After obtaining an interview with Menahem Golan of Cannon Pictures they secured a three-picture deal, the first of which was the highly successful Bloodsport. In Cyborg, Qissi worked as Van Damme's personal trainer but had no part in the cast. In the final picture, Kickboxer, Qissi was working as a choreographer when he overheard the production crew say they needed a tall oriental- looking guy who had a background in Muay Thai. Qissi had studied Muay Thai years before in Thailand so he volunteered and got the part of Tong Po.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - ACTOR
1990 A.W.O.L.
...aka "Lion Heart"
...aka "Lionheart"
...aka "AWOL"
...aka "A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave"
...aka "Wrong Bet"


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - ACTION CHOREOGRAPHER
1990 A.W.O.L.
...aka "Lion Heart"
...aka "Lionheart"
...aka "AWOL"
...aka "A.W.O.L.: Absent Without Leave"
...aka "Wrong Bet"