Nick Bateman as Ivan / RIP
Actor, model, four-time world champion martial artist Nick Bateman landed his first major acting role in Hobo With A Shotgun. Born in Burlington, Ontario, Nick desired be a Ninja Turtle and at the age of four his mom enrolled him in Goju Ryu Karate.
In 1998, Nick became a regional champion for karate and during this time he began acting and doing numerous television commercials. In 1999, his focus turned primarily to martial arts and he began to compete at the world level. His talents as a martial artist led him to his first world championship in 2003. He went on to win three more world titles. In 2003, at age 17, he was induced into the WKU Hall of Fame as competitor of the year. He has also won two Sport Martial Arts Viewers Choice Awards.
He also began performing in televised martial arts events using weapons and doing choreographed fight scenes with a team called Sideswipe. He competed at the 2004 ESPN International Best of the Best Martial Arts competition where he placed second against 10 world champions. While competing at this event in Miami, a Model Universe competition was going on in the same venue. A friend jokingly signed him up to compete and he place fifth out of 100 models.
It was at this Model Universe event he met Calvin Klein and began a career as a model.
During his modeling career he lived in Milan, as well as New York and Miami.
In 2006, he moved to Vancouver, BC and enrolled in a business program at Capilano College. Upon graduation in 2008, he decided to move home to Burlington, where he opened his own karate school called Bateman Martial Arts Academy. While running the business, he continued to model and in 2009 he worked with top photographer Bruce Webert for the Abercrombie & Fitch campaign.
Nick maintains his passion for acting and stunt work, infusing karate and stunts in a number of acting roles.