Donnie Yen is the other name of Yen Chi Tan who is a Chinese public figure based in Hong Kong. His profession includes acting, martial artist, film directing, producing and action choreographing. He has severally been a champion in the world tournament known as Wushu. Keep reading to know more about Donnie Yen’s net worth in 2018.
Donnie Yen was born in 1963, 27th July in Guangzhou Guangdong China of Bow-Sim Mark and Klyster Yen who are mother and father, respectively. His mother works for Fu Style Wudangquara dealing with internal martial arts. She also works for Tai Chi. His father works for a newspaper company as an editor. When Yen reached the age of two, his family migrated to Hong Kong and later to Boston when he became eleven years old.
Donnie has one renowned singer who is younger than him who is a martial artist by career and an actress. She was featured in the 2007 film known as Adventures of Johnny Tao. When Donnie was in the early stage of his mother inspired him to create interest in Martial arts. Donnie began practicing with different styles some of which were tai chi and other local Chinese martial arts.
At the age of nine, Yen shifted to Kung Fu style, but by the time he was fourteen years old, he concentrated on Wushu immediately after abandoning his education. This made Yen use most of his time practicing in Boston’s Combat Zone which worried his parents. His parents coped with his situation by enrolling him in a two-year training program with Beijing Wushu Team in Beijing. From Beijing, Donnie got back to the United States where he organized a trip to Hong Kong to encounter with Yuen Woo-ping who was a Choreographer.
At last, yen initiated taekwondo when he was at the age of sixteen years.
Yen’s family is also blessed with musicians as his mother is a soprano as well as a martial arts teacher in Boston. His father is a vocalist. This made Donnie familiarize himself with musical instruments like a piano. He can also perform hip-hop dancing styles and break dances.
In 1984 Yen stepped onto the film industry and featured in the film Drunken Tai Chi. From this film, he featured Tiger Cage in 1988. Donnie played a role of General Nap-lan in an episode known as Once Upon a Time in China 2 featured in 1992. He also acted in the film called Iron Monkey in 1993 where he collaborated with Jet Li. The two again was featured in a film acted in 2002 called Hero using spear against a swordsman who was not identified.
The film earned Donnie an award for Best Foreign Language in 2003 Academy Awards Fist of Furry is another series of a television show produced by ATV where Yen was featured as Chen Zhen in 1995. This film was a modification of 1972 film bearing the same title which replaced Bruce Lee with Chen Zhen. In 2010 another film was introduced Legend of the Fist.
In the year 1997, Yen opened a production company Bullet Films and started his executions as a director in a film called Legend of the Wolf in the same year. He also edited the film called Ballistic Kiss in 1998 where he was the main character. At the age of 34 years, Yen was about to be declared bankrupt. His products including films acted or edited by him did not fetch good markets. He was left with no other option except to borrow finances from his colleagues and loan lenders.
Yen returned to the United States where he got a chance for an invitation to Choreograph battle scenes in Hollywood films like Highlander Endgame featured in 2000 and Blade 2 featured in 2002. His bosses were happy with his job and called him back for cameo features in the two films.
Awards & Achievements
Donnie Choreographic duties landed him on Best Action Choreography awards in 27th Hong Kong films awarded in 2008. He was also honored with Golden Horse film Awards of 2011. He has also won other Choreographic related awards in films like The Twin Effect SPL, Kung Fu Jungle, Flash Point and others. Donnie also has collaborated with other choreographers to win Hong Kong Film Award including IP Man, IP Man 2, Bodyguards, and Assassins.
Net Worth of Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen has an estimated net worth of about $40 million. Yen has several sources of income. First, he earns by portraying various characters in films and television series. In addition to that, Donnie is a martial artist who has won multiple championships and held many titles. He also makes money by producing as well as directing films.
This man goes by two names which are Donnie Yen and Yen Chi Tan. He is a Jack on many trades. His occupations include acting, film directing, action choreographing, film producer and being a martial artist. He has been so good that he has clinched many awards over time.