Tony Jaa Bio, Wiki
Tony Jaa is a Thai actor, martial artist, action choreographer, director, stuntman, and traceur. He has appeared in several movies and films including Expend4bles in 2023 as well as A Man Will Rise. In 2010, Tony and Panna Rittikrai co-directed Ong Bak 3, a sequel to the prequel Ong Bak 2. On May 28, 2010, he went to a Buddhist temple in Surin, Thailand where he became a Buddhist monk. He later accepted a deal with Sahamongkol film company after he left the monastery. He teamed up with Dolph Lundgren in 2013 in the Thai western-comedy A Man Will Rise.
Tony Jaa Age
Tony was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. He is therefore 47 years old as of 2023 and celebrates his birthday every year on February 5th.
Tony Jaa Height
Jaa stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Tony Jaa Acting Career
Jaa went to Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education in Maha Sarakham Province where he attained his bachelor’s degree. Tony is a renowned actor, martial artist, action choreographer, director, stuntman, and traceur. He started his training in Muay Thai when he was 10 years old at his local temple and was a trainee of Panna Rittikrai when he was 15 years old. He kickstarted his acting career in 1994 by appearing on Spirited Killer taking the role of a supporting character.
In 1996, he appeared on Mission Hunter 2 (Battle Warrior) and Hard Gun taking the role of a supporting character. He later appeared on Mortal Kombat Annihilation in 1997 taking the role of Stunt double: Robin Shou. In 2001, he appeared in Nuk Leng Klong Yao taking the Supporting role, and later appeared in Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior taking the role of Ting in 2003. He also appeared on The Bodyguard, Tom-Yum-Goong, The Bodyguard 2, Ong Bak 2, Ong Bak 3, Tom Yum Goong 2, Skin Trade, Furious 7, and SPL II: A Time for Consequences.
In 2016, he appeared on Never Back Down: No Surrender taking the role of himself as well as XXX: Return of Xander Cage in 2017 taking the role of Talon. That same year (2017), he appeared in Paradox taking the role of Tak as well as in Gong Shou Dao as Master Jaa. In 2018, he appeared in Master Z: Ip Man Legacy taking the role of Sadi the Warrior and Triple Threat as Payu in 2019. He took the role of Keung in Jiu Jitsu in 2020 as well as Monster Hunter taking the role of The Hunter.
In 2023, Expend4bles took the role of Decha as well as in Detective Chinatown 3 in 2021 taking the role of Jack Jaa. In addition to this, the films he has appeared in showcased several other martial arts styles including Kung-fu, Jiu-Jitsu, and Kung-fu.
Tony Jaa’s Net Worth
In Tony’s career as an actor, martial artist, action choreographer, director, stuntman, and traceur, he has been able to accumulate a net worth ranging between $18 Million.
Tony Jaa Parents and Siblings
Jaa was born and raised in Surin Province by Thongdee Yeerum and Rin Saipetch. Tony is of a Mon–Khmer ethnic group, Kuy which inhabits Cambodia, Thailand, well as Laos and Tony are fluent in Thai, Kuy, and Northern Khmer. He was inspired to learn martial arts after he watched Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee’s films and would often practice the techniques in his father’s rice paddy.
During an interview in 2004, Tony publicized that he practiced until he could do the exact move he saw in the films. He started his training in Muay Thai when he was 10 years old at his local temple and was a trainee of Panna Rittikrai when he was 15 years old. Growing up, he was raised alongside his brother, Taweesak Yeerum as well as two sisters, Waew Yeerum and Hatthaya Yeerum.
Tony Jaa Wife/ Spouse
Jaa has been happily married to Piyarat Chotiwattananont since 3 May 2012. The couple is also proud to be parents to their two daughters Hathaipawee Yeerum and Narinrat Yeerum. Whenever he is not busy working, he enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends.
Tony Jaa Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
He is vocal on his social media accounts where he posts frequently. On his Twitter account, he has about 153K followers, around 8.1M followers on his Facebook page, and about 1.3M followers on his Instagram account.
Tony Jaa Stuntman
Tony spent 14 years working for Muay Thai Stunt as a stuntman appearing in quite several Rittikrai’s films. In addition to this, he also appeared in the Thai television series Insee Daeng (Red Eagle) as a stunt double.
Tony Jaa Nationality, Race, Ethnicity
Tony was born and raised in Thailand hence is Thai by nationality/citizenship. He was raised by his Thai parents in a Thai household hence is Thai by ethnicity and is of a Mon–Khmer ethnic group, Kuy which inhabits Cambodia, Thailand, well as Laos. He is Asian by race.
Does Tony Jaa speak English?
Tony is pretty much fluent in Khmer, and Thai, and is still learning English since English is not his first language.
Tony Jaa XXX: Return of Xander Cage
Jaa appeared in the 2017 American action thriller film, The Expendables taking the role of Talon. Talon is a Martial arts expert who is shown when he does a bullet by dodging a bullet by doing a front flip as well as doing more backhand springs. Talon, Serena, Xander, and Hawk meet Xiang in an underground nightclub and Ziang reveals that his team are also xXx agents on a remote island.
Tony Jaa The Expendables
Tony appeared in the 2010 American action film, The Expendables4 taking the role of Decha, a former member of the Expendables. Decha is also an old friend of Barney Ross. He became a pacifist after he left The Expendables and started to avenge Barney’s death. In this film, he starred alongside Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Eric Roberts, and Jet Li.
Tony Jaa Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector in the US)
In 2005, Tony starred in the Thai martial arts film, Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector in the US) taking the role of Kham. Kham is the last of a family line of guards who watch over the King of Thailand’s war elephants. Kham is also proud of the fact that he is taking care of the animals and is great friends with his elephant Por Yai and its calf Kohrn. In this film, he co-starred alongside Sotorn Rungruaeng, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Bongkoj Khongmalai, and Damian De Montemas.
Tony Jaa Detective Chinatown 3
In 2021, Tony co-starred in the Chinese comedy-mystery buddy film, Detective Chinatown 3 taking the role of Jack Jaa. In this film, he starred alongside Wang Baoqiang, Liu Haoran, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masami Nagasawa, Tomokazu Miura, and Tadanobu Asano.
Tony Jaa Jiu Jitsu (film)
In 2020 he appeared in the American science fiction martial arts film, Jiu Jitsu taking the role of Keung. In this film, he starred alongside, Alain Moussi, Frank Grillo, Nicolas Cage, JuJu Chan, Maresse Crump, and Ryan Tarran.
Tony Jaa Movies and Films
- Red Eagle
- Sze U Tonight
- A Man Will Rise
- Detective Chinatown 3
- Monster Hunter
- Jiu Jitsu
- Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
- Gong Shou Dao
- XXX: Return of Xander Cage
- Never Back Down: No Surrender
- SPL II: A Time for Consequences
- Furious 7
- Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
- Nuk leng klong yao
- Mortal Kombat Annihilation
- Mission Hunter 2 (Battle Warrior
Tony Jaa Awards and Honors
- Deauville Asian Film Festival
- Top Awards
- Suphannahong National Film Awards
- Chalermthai Awards
- Nine Entertain Awards
- Top Awards
- Online Film Critics Society Awards
- Suphannahong National Film Awards
- Star Entertainment Awards