Hector Echavarria is an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, businessman, activist and a martial arts champion, of Argentinian descent. Born on the 6th December 1969, in Corrientes, a town in Argentina, Hector suffered from pediatric asthma and underwent an acupuncture therapy for relief. His Chinese acupuncturist suggested that he take up martial arts to overcome this handicap state. Encouraged by his parents as well, he started training at the age of 4 under Grand Master Tung Kuo Tsao. By the time he was 13, he had learned Jiu Jitsu and Judo and he continued his training in Karate and Tae Kwon Do.
As a teenager, Hector became the “youngest kick-boxer,” of his time, to enter the ring as a pro. He has claimed that around 5,000 people attended that match. By the age of 17, he already had a competitive career in martial arts. In 1987, he appeared as Batista in “Miami Vice” after a luck-by-chance meeting with the publicist of the show, who offered to secure the audition for him. He also went on to star in “Brigada Cola” in 1992, along with several Argentine films and TV series, including ‘Los Extermineitors’ and its sequels throughout the ‘90’s.
He also acted in “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Confessions of a Pit Fighter”, “Never Surrender”, “Death Warrior”, “Chavez Cage of Glory”, etc. Hector began his film production career with “Fuerza Maxima” in 1992 and has gone on to produce and direct several of his films like “Death Calls”, “Never Surrender”, “Death Warrior”, “Chavez Cage of Glory”, etc. He also served as a writer in these movies, establishing himself as a screenwriter, too. He also composed the soundtrack of “Chavez Cage of Glory”, which he has often described as his dream project. Although the critics panned the movie for its uneven acting and poor cinematography, besides a flat storyline, the stunt work was praised for its authenticity.
In the year 2000, Hector was honored with an induction into the ‘Martial Arts Hall of Fame’, in the United States of America. He has also been the Kickboxing Champion of the World, defending his title eleven times. He is also a Kung-Fu master, having earned black belts in Jiu Jitsu (2nd dan), Judo (2nd dan), Taekwondo (5th dan) and Karate (7th dan). Hector also owns a clothing line, started by him and a martial arts federation. As of 2017, he will be acting in his directorial ventures namely “Justice for All” and “