Richard Cetrone is an American actor, stuntman, and fight choreographer. He is known for being the body double of Ben Affleck who played batman in the superhero films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).
Richard Cetrone was born on Thursday, July 13, 1961 (age 60 years; as of 2021), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He did his schooling at Montour High School. He began his career as an amateur boxer in his hometown, and later, he moved to California, where he befriended world champions and made them his sparring partners. He then learned Jeet Kune Do, Arnis, Thai Kickboxing, Silat, and Jiu-Jitsu under Dan Inosanto at Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, Los Angeles.
Height (approx.): 6’ 3”
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Family & Ethnicity
His father’s name is Dick Cetrone. Nothing is known about his mother.
Nothing is known about his wife. He has a son named Sage Cetrone.
Stunt Performer (In Films)
He made his debut as a stunt performer with the American film ‘3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up’ in 1993.
He performed stunts in American films like The Glimmer Man (1996), Blade (1998), The Scorpion King (2002), Daredevil (2003), Dawn of the Dead (2004), and Constantine (2005). Other prominent American films in which he worked are 300 (2006), Iron Man (2008), Thor (2011), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and 300: Rise of an Empire (2014). He worked as a stunt double for the Hollywood actor Ben Affleck in the films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Justice League (2017), Triple Frontier (2019), and Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021).
He also worked as a stunt double for Paul Bettany in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and David Thewlis in Wonder Woman (2017).
Stunt Performer (In Television)
In 1996, he made his television debut with the American series ‘Nash Bridges.’
He then worked as a stunt performer in the TV series Martial Law (1998), V.I.P. (2000), My Name Is Earl (2009), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), Lethal Weapon (2018), and The Mandalorian (2019-20).
In 1992, he made his film debut with the American film ‘Mission of Justice’ as ‘The Gauntlet.’
He then appeared in minor roles in the American films 3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up (1993), Heatseeker (1995), and Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (1998) and made his debut on the television with the American series ‘Martial Law’ (1998) as ‘Thug/Oakley.’
He appeared in many American films such as The Scorpion King (2002), Underworld (2003), The Book of Eli (2010), Thor (2011), Man of Steel (2013), and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). He also appeared in the American TV series The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011), Sleepy Hollow (2013), and Lethal Weapon (2019). In 2021, he appeared in the main role of ‘Zeus: The King’ in the film ‘Army of the Dead.’
- Sports: American Football
- American Football Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
- He choreographed stunts in the American film ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ (2004) and TV Series ‘Fallen (2007).’
- He also teaches Jeet Kune Do and Arnis under his mentor Inosanto.
- Initially, he intended to get his instructorship from Dan Inosanto’s academy and return to his hometown to open up a school. However, after working in a few films, he became interested in performing arts. Talking about it in an interview, he said,
Doing stunt work in films was something that always intrigued me though and after learning that two of my training partners also shared that interest we started practicing stunt fighting on the weekends. Because I am a martial artist the interest in fight choreography has always been there. I have just leaned towards choosing the performing jobs over the fight choreography jobs because I enjoy performing more.”
- In 2018, he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture for Wonder Woman, which was shared with other stuntmen in the film.
- Since childhood, he wanted to portray Batman. In an interview, talking about it, he said,
I have wanted to portray Batman for as long as I have been in stunts. I started watching Batman and collecting comics at 5 years old and he has been my favorite super hero since. Before we started shooting the film Zack Snyder wanted to use me for some promo shots in front of the Batmobile. This was in Detroit in the middle of winter and it was freezing out. This was the first time I had the complete suit on and I was so psyched. I kept looking at my shadow on the ground and geeking out. Zack asked me several times if I was ok because of the cold weather, but I honestly never noticed it. (laughing) Needless to say in 25 years of stunts BvS has been my favorite job.”
- He considers his father (a basketball player for the University of Cincinnati) and his grandfather (a boxer) as his role model. Talking about it in an interview, he said,
Growing up my dad would tell me stories of my grandfather’s prowess with his fists. He used to travel up and down the east coast giving speed bag demonstrations. My father and grandfather were blessed with exceptional hand speed. So for whatever reason ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with being fast just like them. Lucky for me that fast twitch gene was passed on to me. It’s served me well at times in my career like when you have to perform in a big latex suit and still be the fastest guy in the room.”
- He is an avid dog lover and owns a pug named Vader.