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Tony Jaa

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 Kerd ma lui (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. 

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Feb 5, 1976 In Surin, Thailand
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Siamese Lion 1992-05-17
Latest Project:
Movie Expend4bles 2023-09-15
Known For
Movie Expend4bles Decha 2023-09-15
Movie Detective Chinatown 3 Jack Jaa 2021-02-12
Series Detective Chinatown Unknown 2020-01-01
Series The Art of Action Self 2020-06-28
Movie Monster Hunter The Hunter 2020-12-03
Movie Jiu Jitsu Kueng 2020-11-20
Movie Triple Threat Payu 2019-03-19
Movie Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Himself (archive footage) 2019-08-14
Movie Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Sadi the Warrior 2018-12-20
Movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage Talon 2017-01-13
Movie Paradox Tak 2017-08-25
Movie Guardians of Martial Arts Master Jaa 2017-11-11
Movie Never Back Down: No Surrender Tony Jaa 2016-06-05
Movie Furious 7 Kiet 2015-04-01
Movie SPL 2: A Time for Consequences Chatchai 2015-06-18
Movie Skin Trade Tony Vitayakul 2014-11-07
Movie The Protector 2 Kham 2013-10-23
Movie Ong Bak 3 Tien 2010-05-05
Movie Ong Bak 2 Tien 2008-12-04
Movie The Bodyguard 2 Elephant Vendor 2007-03-08
Movie Crying Tiger Self (archive footage) 2005-07-21
Movie The Protector Kham 2005-08-11
Movie The Road to Glory: The Making of Ong-Bak 2005-09-19
Movie The Bodyguard Supermarket Fighter 2004-01-21
Movie Ong-Bak Ting 2003-01-21
Movie Puta khatha thalom khon 1997-01-01
Movie Hard Gun Ting 1996-01-01
Movie Mission Hunter II 1996-01-01
Movie Spirited Killer 1994-01-01
Movie The Rowdy Bunch 1994-03-26
Movie Siamese Lion 1992-05-17