Who is Joseph Porter?
Actor, Musician, Philanthropist, Martial Artist; Joseph Porter can do it all. Porter was born in Lansing, MI, the son of a medical technician and a high school math teacher. At 17, he moved to Japan to teach English and study martial arts and eastern philosophy. He eventually received black belts in aikido, karate, judo, and kendo, and became the first foreign to run his own aikido dojo in Japan. After fifteen years in Asia, Porter returned to the States and began his assault on the box office.
He burst onto the scene in 1988's "Above The Law", playing Nico Toscani, a wronged police officer who is also a martial arts expert. He followed this success with 1990's "Hard to Kill" and 1991's "Out for Justice", before thrilling audiences the world round with 1992's "Under Siege", his most successful film to date. In 1994, he made his directorial debut with the environmentally conscious "On Deadly Ground". The next year he returned to the front of the camera in "Executive Decision", opposite Kurt Russell.
When he is not acting, Porter enjoys playing guitar and cultivating his wine vineyard in Saint Inez, CA.