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Bio on martial art actor Tony Jaa from Ong Bak 3
Posted on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 7:42 am
by IDMA Editor

Panom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Panom watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. After seeing the Thai action film Born to Fight (2004) ("Born to Fight"), Panom met and studied martial arts and stunt work as a teen under the director of that film, Panna Rittikrai. Panom went to university where he studied a variety of martial arts, from tae kwondo to judo. It was not long before Panom would get work, doubling for Robin Shou and James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), and when his demo reel was seen by director Prachya Pinkaew, the film Ong-bak (2003) was created for Panom, who is now going by the name of Tony Jaa in hopes of bringing his style of action to international audiences. He is highly skilled in Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, swordplay and gymnastics.

Tony Jaa doubled for Robin Shou and James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)

Personal Quotes - "Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee are my masters; they're the inspiration for my work. Bruce Lee was a heavy fighter who threw hard punches. Jackie moves very fast and uses a lot of comedy, and Jet Li is very fluid. I've tried to combine all of their styles and added some things of my own."

Ong Bak 2003

The Protector 2005

Ong Bak2 2008

Ong Bak3 2010



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