Tony Jaa is a Thai actor, martial artist, action choreographer and stunt man who is known by the name Jaa Phanom in Thailand. He also practices Buddhism and is a Buddhist monk. He has worked in many films as an actor, an action choreographer, or as a stunt man. Some of his famous movies are Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2003, Tom-Yum-Goong in 2005, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning in 2008, Furious 7 in 2015, SPL II: A Time for Consequences in 2015 and Paradox in 2017.
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Early Life & Biography
Tatchakorn Yeerum, also known as Tony Jaa or Jaa Phanom, was born on 5th February 1976 in Surin, Thailand. His parent’s names are Rin Saipetch and Thongdee Yeerum. He is multilingual and can talk in Thai, Northern Khmer, and Kuy and is of Kuy descent.
He gained interest in martial arts from watching his idols Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. He would see them doing martial arts and imitate their moves while playing with his friends or working on his farm with his father. He found their skills in martial arts as beautiful and heroic.
He then started learning martial arts officially at the age of 10 in a local temple, Muay Thai. When he was 15 years old, he wanted to work under Panna Rittikrai, a Thai action film director. He attended the Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education in Maha Sarakham Province as his mentor, Panna advised him to do so. He graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in Martial Arts.
Tony Jaa had a longtime girlfriend, Piyarat Chotiwattananont, and they tied the knot on 29th December 2011. They had the wedding ceremony on 3rd May 2012. The couple is blessed with a daughter or son. But, Tony never revealed their names due to privacy purposes, as he didn’t want the media to invade the lives of his children.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 5 February 1976, Tony Jaa is 44 years old as of today’s date 8th December 2020. His height is 1.7 m tall, and his weight is 88 kg.
Tony started his career in the entertainment industry as a stuntman, and he worked for the Thailand based group of stunt doubles, Muay Thai Stunt, for 14 years. He did stunt-double for the famous Thai actor Sammo Hung and in the TV series, Insee Daeng.
Panna wanted something big for Jaa, and so Panna and Jaa together made a short film where Jaa played the lead role in the movie. The film was titled Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, which was released in 2003. The film showcased Jaa’s martial arts skills and his smooth moves.
His second movie was Tom-Yum-Goong, which was titled The Protector in the U.S. He, then worked in films such as Sword or Daab Atamas, Ong- Bak 2, and many more. His stars shined when Jackie Chan, his idol, suggested director, Brett Ratner, to cast Jaa in the movie, Rush Hour 3, as he felt like Tony was very talented. Unfortunately, he couldn’t audition for the part as he was already shooting the prequel of Ong Bak, Ong Bak 2.
Jaa and Panna also released Ong Bak 3 in 2010, which was as successful as the previous two versions of Ong Bak. Jaa later became a Buddhist Monk in 2010 and stayed at a Buddhist temple in his hometown. After leaving the monastery, he acted in movies like Tom Yum Goong 2, Skin Trade, Furious 7, SPL II: A Time For Consequences, and many more.
Awards & Achievements
He has won the Actor in Leading Role of the Year award in 2003 for the Star Entertainment Awards, Best Actor in Suphannahong National Film Awards in 2004, Honorary Award in Suphannahong National Film Awards in 2005, Motion Picture of the Year in Top Awards in 2008 and Nine Entertain Awards in 2008.
Net Worth & Salary of Tony Jaa in 2020
As of 2020, the net worth of Tony Jaa is around $12 million. He has earned this net worth by working as a stuntman, actor and action choreographer in many movies. He is a very dedicated artist, and his Martial Arts skills are also commendable.
Tony Jaa is an actor, stuntman and action choreographer. He has done many action films for which he won many awards. His martial arts skills are commendable, and the great Jackie Chan even appreciates his professions. He is a pride of Thailand and has earned an excellent reputation for his work.