Action Star Mel Novak Discusses Bruce Lee And Death Row

Mel Novak is an Ordained Minister who shares the word of The Bible to the homeless on skid row and in prisons. For over thirty years, Mel has faithfully ministered on the streets of L.A., and in the chapel services at the Union Rescue Mission, Fred Jordan Mission, L.A. Mission and the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Mel has also ministered in penitentiaries from San Quentin and Pelican Bay in California, to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon among more.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mel was an outstanding athlete in several sports. He passed up 60 football scholarship offers and signed a pro baseball contract with the Pirates. His career was cut short by a massive rotator cuff injury. Despite the pain and setback from his injury, Mel learned even more clearly “that God works all things together for the good of those who love him and for those called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28), After sixteen years, he experienced what he calls a miracle. His shoulder was healed, including a complete deliverance from pain.


Mel has starred or co-starred in twenty five movies and he does his own fighting and stunts. He shot and fought Bruce Lee to the death, (GAME OF DEATH), beat up Steve McQueen (Tom Horn), and dueled Yul Brynner (THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR). Mel set up Chuck Norris to be hit, but Norris got him later (EYE FOR AN EYE). Mel starred in Hard Way Heroes, and Kill Factor.

Other starring roles include POWER ELITE, S.W.A.T.-Warhead One, & giANTS. He worked for director Garry Marshall in EXIT TO EDEN & DEAR GOD. He has starred as an assassin training assassins (EXPERT WEAPON); a detective (FAMILY REUNION); a Mafia Kingpin (DIRECT HIT); a corrupt politician (POCKET NINJA); a D.E.A. agent gone bad (CAPITAL PUNISHMENT); a man possessed by demons (FORCE OF DARKNESS); & an icy hit man (SWORD OF HEAVEN) “VAMPIRE ASSASSAIN “(where he dies for the 19th time) ; “BIG GUNS “”THUNDERKICK,” and “DRIFTER: TKD” among more. Having died nineteen times on screen, he says happily, “I get what I deserve in the end.

The Lord’s justice is very much like that.” Mel has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts for 17 years. A commanding presence on screen and in person, Mel Novak is a rare, uniquely gifted artist who is sincere in his work and his faith. He has given hope and help to hundreds of thousands of people by sharing his love through Christianity, making the world a better and brighter place by spreading love, peace, and hope one day at a time.

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