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Tony Jaa was born Phanom Yeerum on February 5th, 1976 in Surin Province, Isaan, Thailand.
Later, he changed his name to Tatchakorn Yeerum, where he is well-known by his nicknames Tony Jaa in the west and Jaa Phanom in Thailand. He’s not only a martial arts movie actor but also a director, stuntman and a very impressive martial artist with a ton of credentials.
Birth Name: Phanom Yeerum
Nickname: Tony Jaa, Jaa Phanom
Birth Date: February 5, 1976
Place of Birth: Surin, Isaan, Thailand
Occupation: Actor, Martial Artist, Director, Stuntman, Action Choreographer
Height: 5’6’’ (168 cm)
Weight: 136 lbs (62 Kg)
Body Measurement: Chest 36 – Waist 31 – Biceps 14
Hair Colour: Black
Eyes Colour: Black
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Jaa’s father, Thongdee Yeerum, was a Muay Thai boxer, which prompted his first lessons by the age of 10 in the art. Tony’s mother’s name’s Rin Saipetch, he also has a brother named Taweesak and two sisters Hatthaya and Waew.
Tony Jaa officially registered his marriage to longtime girlfriend Piyarat Chotiwattananont in 2011 and a wedding ceremony was held on May, 2012. Tony and his wife were blessed with two daughters named Hathaipawee Yeerum and Narinrat Yeerum. They are living happily together along with their children.
Born in a remote village and grew up watching movies, Tony Jaa was mesmerised by the action movies of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. As a conscious child, he wanted to be one of the action heroes he worshipped on the screen. Jaa started his film career as a stuntman on Panna’s team Muay Thai stunt. He appeared in several films mainly with supporting roles. His crucial movie was “Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior” in which he played the main lead. The success of this movie turned into a trilogy and won many awards and nominations. Jaa also co-starred in the blockbuster action film “Fast & Furious 7” and “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” with Hollywood actor Vin Diesel.
Tony was nominated and won precious awards with his performance as the lead role in “Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior” and ““Ong Bak 3” including Star Entertainment Awards, Deauville Asian Film Festival and so on.
Tony Jaa’s Top 8 Martial Arts Movies not to be missed:
1. Ong Bak (2003)
2. The Protector (2005)
3. Ong Bak 2 (2008)
4. Ong Bak 3 (2010)
5. Skin Trade (2014)
6. Kill Zone 2 (2015)
7. XXX: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
8. Triple Threat (2019)
He nearly got a part in “Rush Hour 3”. Jackie Chan, who starred in the American film series, saw footage of Jaa in various Thai films and recommended him to director Brett Ratner. Landing that part would have put Jaa side by side with his childhood idol. Unfortunately, Jaa could not take the job as he was shooting “Ong Bak 2” at that time.
Tony Jaa’s favourite quote:
“My happiness is being able to present my talents for people to see and I feel like I’m an ambassador of Thai history and Thai culture on films so that people can see Muay Thai.”
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