Murdocco was born in Montreal, Canada in 1966. When Vince reached
the age of seven, his family moved to Vancouver, BC. Growing up with
two other brothers always kept Vince occupied. Everything he touched
would break and if it didn't break, he spilled it.
school Vince was considered very disruptive and, being a little
overweight, he was teased by the other kids. To cope with the teasing
he became the class clown and was very outgoing: he tried everything
he could but never quite found his place. One day while in class
he did a parody of his catholic school's principal and this, combined
with his constant talking in class, lead to his expulsion. He was
transferred to a public school in Burnaby for the rest of his high
eventually graduated from high school and started to work at his
family's popular coffee bar " Calabria Cafe". At this
time he was still unsure what to do with his future. Already being
fluent in both French and Italian, he received a degree at Langara
College in Modern Languages and was considering a career in translation
either for the government or an airline.
day while working, he met a gentleman from New York who was in Vancouver
to train with a special martial arts instructor They struck a deal
between them: He would teach Vince fighting in exchange for free
coffee and meals. This trainer didn't last long but he did give
Vince an interest in learning how to fight. Vince found a new coach,
C.K. Choi, a Chief Instructor of the Korean Army and a 10th degree
black belt. With him Vince learned respect and self-discipline,
and he began to shed his extra weight as his puppy fat turned into
improved very quickly and jumped belt tests, a feat accomplished
by only one other student in the school's history. The anger he
harbored from being teased as a child turned into results. He finally
found his niche and proved to be a natural. At the age of 19, Vince
entered his first tournament and placed first in his division. He
entered as many tournaments as he could and after winning every
major tournament in Vancouver, his sights were set on the World
put together a team of four men, including, his younger brother
and registered. Only a blue belt at the time, Vince entered the
full contact division without checking the rules, which stated that
it was an open level competition. Vince unfortunately had to face
3rd and 4th degree black belts, but still finished 3rd in the world.
Vince continued to train and won the Provincial Championship, and
continued on to win the Canadian Cruiserweight Championship. During
this time he had also acquired a small but devoted fan club of young
local girls who would meet to trade pictures and gossip.
then fought in Japan, a place where fighters are very well respected,
and won the Japanese Shoot Boxing Championship. He became an instant
celebrity and was even offered a modelling contract. Vince went
on to capture the North American Kickboxing Championship, and then
while in Miami at a tournament, he found a new career.
friend of his asked him to drive her to an audition for the film,
"Flesh Gordon Meets The Cosmic Cheerleaders", the sequel to the
1970's cult/comedy film "Flesh Gordon". While waiting for her at
the audition he caught the eye of the producers who convinced him
to audition for the title role. Modestly, he auditioned and he received
the role, beating out the actor who originally played Flesh. Vince
had no prior acting experience but this proved to be a large stepping
decided to put his martial arts training on hold to take advantage
of the acting opportunities that were coming his way. But Vince
never let go of the sport completely, as he dreamed of filming a
martial arts movie to show his skills to the world. He got his chance
when he was cast in "Kickboxer II," the sequel to the
hit movie that starred Jean Claude Van Damme. This was Vince's first
serious movie role and he was a big hit with everyone that worked
with him. He became friends with everyone on the set from the extras
to the crew. This established his real, down-to-earth personality
that he is known for.
then moved to LA to continue his acting career, but he never let
go of his fighting talent. He continued his training in Van Nuys
Ca. at the "Jet Center" run by one of the legends of kickboxing
Benny" the Jet "Urquidez. While training at the this prestigious
Martial Arts School, Vince had the pleasure to train not only with
the best in the world but also became friends with some of the greatest
Martial Arts Experts the world has ever seen.
was later cast in the role of "Chuck" in the movie "Ring of Fire".
Starring 10 times World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Don "the
Dragon" Wilson. Many of Vince's movies highlighted his abilities
and in 1992 Don "the Dragon" Wilson asked him to accompany
him a special issue of the industry magazine "Inside Kungfu"
where he would play the part of the fall guy, demonstrating fighting
techiqniques used in action pictures, with Don. Vince went on to
co-star with Don "the Dragon" in other movies, where Vince
finely tuned his craft of acting. His Martial Arts ability and numerous
leading roles have made Vince Murdocco a force to be reckoned with.
was later featured as an up and coming action star in 1995 where
he was featured in Martial Arts Movies Special Edition stating his
accomplishments and promoting his last picture" LA Wars"
where Vince was considered not only a martial arts star but featured
his transformation as an actor.
spending nearly a decade in LA starring in TV and Movies Vince decided
he had spent enough time away from his family and moved back home
to Vancouver, Canada, where the industry was booming. Vince returned
to Vancouver "Hollywood North" as it is refered by many and continued
his success guest starring in "Police Academy" the series
and starring in a feature film entitled "Salvador's Deli"
shot in the neighborhood he grew up in. Vince's family roots have
kept this actor planted firmly to the ground and people can find
Vince helping his father at his family business Café Calabria the
oldest Italian Coffee house in Vancouver, in the heart of Little
Italy. Not only is this a family business it's a part of the culture
of Vancouver where at any given time you can be serenaded by his
father while you experience the Italian Mystique. Everyone from
Directors to Writer to Producers to Actors frequent this establishment
making Café Calabria "THE PLACE" to be.
has just finished a film entitled the "Barber" with Malcolm
McDowell. Writer/Director Michael Bafaro actually wrote the screen
play in Calabria Café. Not only did he write Vince a role but he
recieved 10 nominations for his movie as well as winning a "LEO
AWARD" for the best screen play of 2001. With starring roles
in four movies and numerous co-starring roles, Vince's future is
looking bright and with any luck his hard work will definitely pay
off. Vince's up and coming project is a feature film entitled Trapline.
An action film which is slated to be filmed in Sept 2002. We will
continue to keep you informed of his adventures as they happen.