Donnie Yen – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Nickname Yen, Dan
Gender Male
Age 60 years old (in 2023)
Date of Birth July 27, 1963
Real Name Donnie Yen Ji-dan
Profession Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer
Nationality Hong Kong, Chinese
Birthplace Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, China
Religion Christianity
Zodiac Sign Leo

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Body Measurements 43-33-16 inches
Bodytype Athletic
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Weight 75 kg (165 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Hobbies Travelling, Karathe, Listening Music

Donnie Yen Ji-dan (born on 27 July 1963) in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and many-time world kung-fu tournament champion.


Yen is one of the most popular of Hong Kong’s top action stars. He brought mixed martial arts (MMA) into popular Asian cinema. Since the early 2000s, he choreographed MMA in many of his films. The first Chinese UFC champion, Zhang Weili, asserts that Yen’s films introduced her to MMA.

Yen has performed skills in a lot of martial arts. He is well-skilled in several Olympic sports, including Tai Chi, Boxing, Wing Chun, Wushu any many more. The star of the most popular film in Asia in the early 2000s, Yen is always one of the highest-paid actors in Asia. In 2013, He earned HK$220 million (US$28.4 million) from four films and six advertisements.

Many recognize Yen for giving to the popularisation of Wing Chun in China. In 2008, he acted Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film Ip Man was a box office success. This has led to an improvement in the number of people taking up Wing Chun.

This led to hundreds of new Wing Chun schools being opened up in region China and other parts of Asia. Ip Chun mentioned he is grateful to the actor Yen for making his family’s art successful and allowing his father’s gift to be remembered.

Yen has also succeeded in international recognition for playing Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016. In 1017, he played the role of Xiang in Return of Xander Cage. After that, he acted as Commander Tung in Disney’s live-action Mulan in 2020.

Early Life

When Yen was two years old, his family moved to Hong Kong and then to the US. They settled in Boston when he was 11.

At a youthful age, he grew an interest in martial arts. Yen started experimenting with different styles, including t’ai chi known as “shadowboxing” and other traditional Chinese martial arts. After that, he began Karate when he was nine. Yen concentrated on practicing wushu ‘kung-fu’ seriously at 14 after dropping out of school.

His parents sent Yen to Beijing on a 4-year training program with the Beijing Wushu Team because he was spending too much time in Boston’s Combat Zone. When Yen returned to the United States, he made a side-trip to Hong Kong, where he met action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. When he was sixteen, he started taekwondo.

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Donnie Yen Education

Qualification: Graduate

College: Boston University

Donnie Yen Career

Profession: Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer

Known For: Donnie Yen

Net Worth: USD $40 million approx

Family & Relatives

Father: Klyster Yen

Mother: Bow-sim Mark

Brother: None

Sister: Chris Yen

Marital Status: Married

Wife: Cissy Wang (m. 2003)

No. of Children: 3

Son: James Yen, Man-Zeok Yen

Daughter: Jasmine Yen

Past Relationships:

Zing-Ci Leung (m. 1993–1995)

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Who is Donnie Yen?

Donnie Yen is a Hong Kong, Chinese actor, martial artist, film director, producer, born on 27 July, 1963 in Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, China.

How old is Donnie Yen?

Donnie Yen is 60 years old as of November 2023.

How tall is Donnie Yen?

Donnie Yen is 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m).