Tony Jaa

48, from Surin, Thailand

Artwork for Furious 7Image of Tony Jaa

Biography

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. 

Timeline

2023Aged 47

  • Poster for Expend4bles

    Decha

2021Aged 45

  • Poster for Detective Chinatown 3

    Jack Jaa

2020Aged 44

  • Poster for Jiu Jitsu

    Kueng

  • Poster for Monster Hunter

    The Hunter

2019Aged 43

  • Poster for Triple Threat

    Payu

2018Aged 42

  • Poster for Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

    Sadi the Warrior

2017Aged 41

  • Poster for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    Talon

  • Poster for Paradox

    Tak

  • Poster for Guardians of Martial Arts

    Master Jaa

2016Aged 40

  • Poster for Never Back Down: No Surrender

    Tony Jaa

2015Aged 39

  • Poster for Furious 7

    Kiet

  • Poster for SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    Chatchai

2014Aged 38

  • Poster for Skin Trade

    Tony Vitayakul

2013Aged 37

  • Poster for The Protector 2

    Kham

2010Aged 34

  • Poster for Ong Bak 3

    Tien

2008Aged 32

  • Poster for Ong Bak 2

    Tien

2007Aged 31

  • Poster for The Bodyguard 2

    Elephant Vendor

2005Aged 29

2004Aged 28

  • Poster for The Bodyguard

    Supermarket Fighter

2003Aged 27

  • Poster for Ong-Bak

    Ting

1997Aged 21

1996Aged 20

  • Poster for Mission Hunter II

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Hard Gun

    Ting

1994Aged 18

  • Poster for Spirited Killer

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for The Rowdy Bunch

    (Unknown)

1992Aged 16

  • Poster for Siamese Lion

    (Unknown)

Year unknown