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Name: Donnie Yen
Date of Birth: 27 July 1963
Grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Classically trained pianist
Billed as Michael Ryan in his earlier films, until Go aat sin (1995), released in the Philippines.
Can speak fluent Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Can also speak casual Korean, since he learned it as a requirement for his character during the filming of Chat gim (2005).
Brother of Chris Yen.
Current wife Cissy Wang was the winner of the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant 2000. She also represented Toronto in 2001 for the Miss Chinese International Pageant.
... Current wife Cissy Wang is nearly 18 years his junior.
Has a son from a previous marriage.
Was sent to Beijing, China, to train MA and focus on a calm life after running into trouble on the streets as a gang member.
Sustained a heavy injury in his right shoulder while making Ching fung dik sau (1985) which still affects him to this day.
A big fan of Bruce Lee.
Directed the CG-reel to Onimusha 3 (2004) (VG).
Well trained in various martial arts styles (including wushu, tae kwon do, kick-boxing and boxing).
Was supposed to co-star with Brandon Lee in a sequel to Long zai jiang hu (1986) but Lee's departure back to the States led to the idea being scrapped.
Michelle Yeoh considers him to be the fastest on-screen fighter she's ever worked with.
Turned down the villain roles in Tai ji: Zhang San Feng (1993) and Jui kuen II (1994) respectively.
Former prot?g? of Woo-ping Yuen.
Daughter (2004) named Jasmine W. Yen.
Newborn son (2007) named James W. Yen.
Can also understand Shanghainese, because his wife's family is Shanghainese.
Was recommended by Jet Li to Yimou Zhang who was looking for a replacement actor to play the role of Sky in Ying xiong (2002).
Turned down the following Hollywood movies: Rush Hour 2 (2001), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
Donnie Yen Fans :
Donnie Yen movies (actor)
Chen Zhen: The Turbulence of Jing Wu
Sap yueh wai sing
Donnie Yen movies (director)
Jin long chuen suet