Key Cast

Joseph Hieu

Joseph Hieu


Joseph Hieu is an actor known for film roles in We Were Soldiers, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gang Related, Renegades, 84 Charlie MoPic, The Hanoi Hilton, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Quicksilver, Missing in Action 2 , and Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Joseph’s many television roles include: Last P.O.W.? The Bobby Garwood Story; Last Flight Out; Vietnam War Story; Road Show; Vietnam War Story: The Last Days; and Green Eyes.

Hieu plays Lt Col Le Ba Bing, a central figure in Ride the Thunder. Le Ba Binh was ann officer in the Marine Corps of the Republic of Vietnam. As a Major, Le Ba Binh commanded the Third Battalion, or Soi Bien (Wolves of the Sea).

As Ride the Thunder Author Richard Botkin notes:

Even though Vietnamese culture was long established before America had been born, Binh could still have been best described, in his country’s current cycle of life, as part of the first generation in the equation described two centuries prior by George Washington: “I am a soldier, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet.”

Eric St. John

Eric St. John


Eric St. John is an American actor residing in Los Angeles.

He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York. Some of his Television and Film credits include General Hospital, Passions, It’s a Miracle, True Beauty This Night, Afterlife, The Boarder, The Shifting, Being American, Bullet, with Danny Trejo, Jonathan Banks, and John Savage.

Eric most recently completed the feature film “Ride The Thunder” playing the lead role of John Ripley-A character based on real life war hero Col. John Ripley from the best selling book “Ride The Thunder” by Richard Botkin.

He is a highly skilled Martial Artist and won the Gold medal in the Black Belt Division in Taekwondo in the Jr. Olympics. Eric is trained in Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also skilled in Japanese and Filipino based weapons.

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Image: Ride the Thunder Author/Executive Producer Rich Botkin with Kieu-Chinh, Associate Producer

Kieu-Chinh is a legendary Vietnamese-American actress with over five decades of contributions to the motion picture industry in Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, China, India, and Hollywood.  

Kieu-Chinh has appeared in over 100 films and television shows including M*A*S*H, Dynasty, China Beach, The Joy Luck Club, Journey From the Fall, 21, NCIS: Los Angeles…

Kieu-Chinh has been awarded numerous awards throughout her career, including the The Best Actress award of South Vietnam in 1969, Asian Film festival in Taipei 1973, Cinema Delle Donne film festival Italy in 2003, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF) and San Diego Film Festival in 2006.

The documentary, “Kieu-Chinh: A Journey Home” by Patrick Perez of FOX, received an Emmy award.  

Kieu-Chinh has been a lecturer for the Greater Talent Network in New York for over two decades, with keynote engagements at corporate events and universities. 

Kieu-Chinh is also president, co-chair, and co-founder, along with journalist Terry Anderson, and Marine hero, the late Lewis B. Puller Jr., of the Vietnam Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization. VCF has built 50 schools in Vietnam providing education for more than 25,000 students annually.

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