ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

In "The Martial Arts Kid", a film replete with legendary martial artists and rising young stars, Lorraine Ziff still finds a way to stand out.

First, there are her stunning good looks. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty definitely turns heads.

Second, in the film she plays Peggy, the shopkeeper whose store around which a lot of the film's action and interactions take place.

"I played the role of Peggy, the shop keeper where all the 'issues' happen outside my door", says Lorraine Ziff. "I am often comforting the kids who are picked on."

Third, Lorraine Ziff is quite able to take care of herself in real life. She is a 3rd-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is proficient with firearms. She has flown small airplanes and loves to dance.

Finally, she is the mother of one of the film's true, young stars - Matthew Ziff, who plays Bo, the bully of the titular "Kid" in the film.

"Filming with my son Matthew is always wonderful", exclaims Lorraine Ziff. "He's so talented and I'm such a 'proud Mama'."

"He's a wonderful actor and I love to see him work", Lorraine Ziff continues. "We have worked in several films together in the past, however, we've only been cast as mother and son once."

"It was interesting to see the facial hair, shaved head and "bully" personality (in him)", says Lorraine Ziff. "He is such a nice guy,so this was truly acting! He did a great job!!"

Lorraine Ziff was born in the Bronx, New York and has been involved with theater since her junior high school days. She graduated from Marymount College with a B. A. Double Degree in Theater and Communications with a concentration in Journalism.

During college, she began her acting career with bit parts in movies such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" - where she met her future husband, Larry Ziff - and television shows such as "L. A. Law".

Upon graduation, she won the Actor's Award. She appeared in television shows such as USA's "Burn Notice" and films which span many genre, such as "Goldberg, P.I.", (comedy), "Once Upon A Time in Brooklyn", (crime), "Mansion of Blood", (horror), "Treachery" (drama), "Six Gun Savior" (supernatural western)

Lorraine Ziff has also starred in many commercials, often as the spokesperson.

Lorraine Ziff attended law school, had a paralegal business and then attended graduate school, where she obtained her M.S.W. from Fordham University in New York. She worked as a School Social Worker, had a psychotherapist business and owned and operated a real estate investment/property management business.

She has been very involved in fund raising for cancer research and has been named a "Cancer Research Angel" on more than one occasion through various organizations.

Throughout it all, she continued to take acting, vocal and voice over performance classes to hone her craft. She has been in many stage productions as well as film productions, television shows and commercials.

Lorraine Ziff says she has had "rich experiences outside of the acting world" that have made her "very familiar with terms, situations and conditions in various businesses" and that allows her to bring true depth to her acting and voice over performances.

Her acting work has Lorraine Ziff splitting her time between New York, California and Florida. She is married to Larry Ziff and has two sons, Adam and Matthew.

Lorraine Ziff feels being able to star with her son Matthew Ziff in so many projects and being members with him in SAG-AFTRA, AEA and GIAA has made her feel like her life "has come full circle".

"The Martial Arts Kid" hits theaters in 2015.


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