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Donnie Yen

 

Donnie Yen Actor Information

Donnie Yen is a martial arts expert, China’s lead action star, a film director and producer and currently the most bankable movie star in Asia. He has also starred in a number of hit films such as Hero with screen greats like Jet Li and Jacky Chan

Names
English name – Donnie Yen
Chinese name – 甄子丹
Pinyin – Zhen Zi Dan

Details
Date of birth – 27th July 1963
Place of Birth- Taishan City, Guandong Province, China
Current nationality – US
Height – 1.75 meters

Background

Donnie Yen was born in 1963 in China’s Guangdong province to a newspaper editor father Klyster Yen and martial arts master mother Bow Sim Mark. Donnie Yen’s family moved to Hong Kong when he was two and later to Boston in the US when he was 11. Under the encouragement of his mother, Donnie Yen started training in martial arts at a young age and experimented on a number of different styles such as Tai Chi. After dropping out of school he concentrated on Wushu. Concerned for his safety in Boston’s trouble spots, his parents sent him to Beijing to take part in a two year program with the Beijing Wushu Team.

Acting Career

Donnie Yen’s first break in the movie industry happened when he was 19 with stunt roles in the movies Shaolin Drunkard and Taoism Drunkard. He received his first acting role at the age of 20 in the movie Drunken Tai Chi. Donnie Yen’s big break occurred when he played the bad guy role in Once Upon a Time in China II opposite Jet Li in 1992.

Since then Donnie Yen’s career as an actor has developed and he has also started his own production company Bullets Film (1997) choreographed fight scenes, worked as a producer and had a number of minor roles in western films such as Blade II and Highlander – Endgame. At present he is highly sought after by big name Chinese producers, one of China’s leading action stars and currently Asia’s most bankable move star.

Personal Life

Donnie Yen’s mother is a soprano and his father a violinist so he was taught from a young age to play musical instruments. He is a trained classical pianist and enthusiastic hip hop and break dancer.

He married Zing-Ci Leung in 1993 and separated in 1995, the same year his daughter was born. From 1995 to 2000 he was in a relationship with actress Joey Yee Man Meng. He met and married his current wife Cecilia Cissy Wang in 2003 who’s claim to fame was winning the 2000 Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant. Cecilia is 17 years Donnie Yen’s junior and has a daughter and a son with him.

Donnie Yen Trivia

-Is a fanatical mixed martial arts fan and has watched almost every mixed martial arts fight
-Turned down big name Hollywood movies like The Expandables 2 and Rush Hour 2

Chinese Titles
Special ID (2013)
Dragon or Zilong Chan

Together (2013)
Cool Sir

The Monkey King (2013)
Sun Wukong / Monkey King

All's Well, Ends Well 2012 (2012)
Carl Tam

Dragon or Wuxia (2011)
Liu Jin-xi

The Lost Bladesman (2011)
Guan Yu

All's Well Ends Well (2011)
Arnold Cheng

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Chen Zhen

Ip Man 2 (2010)
Ip Man

14 Blades (2010)
Green Dragon

Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
Sum Chung-yang

The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Tian Han

All's Well, Ends Well (2009)
Wedding guest

Ip Man (2008)
Ip Man

Painted Skin (2008)
Pang Yong

An Empress and the Warriors (2008)
Muyong Xuehu

Flash Point (2007)
Det. Sgt. Ma Jun

Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)
Dragon Wong

Kill Zone – S.P.L. (2005)
Inspector Ma Kwun

Seven Swords (2005)
Chu Zhao Nan

The Twins Effect II (2004)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Love on the Rocks (2004)
Victor

Hero (2002)
Long Sky

Shanghai Affairs (1998)
Tong Shan

Ballistic Kiss (1998)
Cat Lee

Legend of the Wolf (1997)
Fung Man-hin

Black Rose II (1997)
Boxing School Owner

Satan Returns (1996)
Mo Ti Nam

Iron Monkey 2 (1996)
Iron Monkey

Asian Cop: High Voltage (1995)
Chiang Ho-Wa

The Saint of Gamblers (1995)
Lone Seven

International Titles
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Wu Chow

Blade II (2002)
Snowman

Highlander: Endgame (2000)
Jin Ke

City of Darkness (1999)
Ozone

TV Series
Fist of Fury (1995)
Chen Zhen

The Kung Fu Master (1994)
Hung Hei-Kwun

Flying Squads or Fei Fu Kwan Ying (1989)
Cheung Ho Nam

Mo Min Kap Sing Fung (1989)
Tse Kwok Tung

Awards for Film and TV

Donnie Yen has had over 9 wins and 6 nominations for Film and TV

30th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – The Legend of Chen Zhen

28th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Donnie Yen – Ip Man

27th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – Flash Point

26th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – Dragon Tiger Gate

25th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – S.P.L.

23rd Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – The Twins Effect

12th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – Donnie Yen – Once Upon a Time in China II

44th Golden Horse Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – Flash Point

43rd Golden Horse Awards
Nominee – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – Dragon Tiger Gate

40th Golden Horse Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – The Twins Effect

2010 Hundred Flowers Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Donnie Yen – Bodyguards and Assassins

2009 Huabiao Film Awards
Winner – Outstanding Abroad Actor – Donnie Yen – Ip Man

2009 Beijing Student Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Donnie Yen – Ip Man

2010 Shanghai Film Critics Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Donnie Yen – 14 Blades

2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards
Winner – Best Action Choreography – Donnie Yen – Dragon Tiger Gate

2008 World Stunt Awards
Winner – Best Action in a Foreign Film – Donnie Yen – Flash Point

2002 World Stunt Awards
Nominee – Best Fight – Donnie Yen – Iron Monkey

2010 QQ Entertainment Awards
Winner – Best Movie Actor (HK, TW) – Donnie Yen
Winner – Most Influence Character – Donnie Yen

2011 Hua Ding Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Donnie Yen – Ip Man 2

Supporting websites for Jet Li

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IMDb Actor Database for Donnie Yen