Jackie Chan’s favourite protege and the best action designer of this generation, Brad Allan, passed away at age 48.
This dude was the bridge between old school Hong Kong and where we are now. Truly his death is a devastating loss.
The news of his death was made known through a Twitter post shared by Pete Lee on Saturday Morning.
just heard that Brad Allan – Jackie Chan’s favorite protege and the best action designer of this generation – has passed away at age 48. This dude was the bridge between old school Hong Kong and where we are now. Truly a devastating loss.https://t.co/rm6UkVOGfX
— Pete Lee (@kungfupete) August 7, 2021
Born as Bradley James Allan on 14 February 1973 Melbourne, in Australia.
Brad was an Australian martial artist, action choreographer, actor and stunt performer.
He worked in the Hong Kong film industry as a Jackie Chan Stunt Team member and now choreograph action scenes in Hollywood films.
The cause of his death was not made known at the time of filing this report.
Brad Allan vs Jackie Chan "Gorgeous (1999)" Great scene from this romantic action-comedy. This scene for some reason gave me "Outlaw Brothers(1990)" vibe. I guess because of the color scheme and the fact that Brad Allan reminds me of Jeff Falcon, lol. pic.twitter.com/ARrBOQ4yoa
— ѕнσgυη ѕυρяємє (@TimesSqKungFu) October 22, 2020
Brad began as a boxing and karate training protege at the age of 10. He studied Wushu and gymnastics from age 14, spending two years learning under Beijing Wushu Team members Liang Chang-xing and Tang Lai-Wei, compatriots of actor Jet Li.
He is also trained in a number of other martial arts including Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, Boxing and Kickboxing. He later spent time at the Shanghai Institute of Sport and learned Mandarin.
In 1993, he made his first film appearance in the unofficial sequel film Drunken Master III, after which, he returned to Australia. He briefly joined the Australian stunt team New Generation Stunts.
He appeared in the Australian team at the 4th World Wushu Championships in Rome, in November 1997. Later that year, he heard Jackie Chan was filming Mr Nice Guy in Melbourne and knew some of the Australian crew.
Brad was invited to demonstrate his martial arts style to action director Cho Wing. Allan made a brief appearance in the film and was signed for a role in Chan’s next Hong Kong film, Who Am I? (1998), where he would double for Ron Smoorenburg and Michelle Ferre.
He was subsequently invited to join Chan’s stunt team, ‘Sing ga ban’, as their first non-Asian member.
Allan progressed through the stunt team and ultimately became the team leader.
In the 2000s, in addition to being a member of Chan’s stunt team, Allan gained action choreography/direction roles in major Hollywood films including The Chronicles of Riddick and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
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