The Asian continent has seen many renowned martial artists who have constantly demonstrated their talents in movies and championship competitions watched all over the world. Donnie Yen, an actor who also doubles as a director and martial artist is among such outstanding celebrities. He is renowned for his role in embedding mixed martial arts in the mainstream Chinese culture. This is made manifest in his way of choreographing it into most of his movies.
The World Wushu Champion has been known to display admirable skills in different kinds of martial arts as he is experienced in Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Judo, Wing Chun, Wrestling, Tai Chi, Karate, Boxing, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, and more.
Donnie Yen Family – His Wife (Cissy Wang) and Kids
The popular martial artist was born into a family grounded in martial arts. Notably, while his sister Chris Yen is a celebrated actress and martial artist; his mother Bow-sim Mark is a renowned Fu Style Wudangquan artist and doubles as the grandmaster of Tai Chi.
Thus, it is not surprising that Donnie embraced acting and martial arts as a career. The only family member who is left out of the martial arts arena is his father Klyster Yen who chose to make his living as a newspaper editor. In addition to his family’s love for martial arts, both of his parents are into music. His mother is an expert soprano and his father, a competent violinist. As such, Donnie Yen was tutored on how to handle musical instruments at a young age. This accounts for his competence in breakdancing and hip-hop.
Born on the 27th day of July 1963 in Guangzhou, China, the whole family moved to Hong Kong when Donnie was still a toddler (two years old) and later changed their location to Boston U.S.A when he turned 11. His interest in the martial arts was influenced by his mum who triggered his curiosity and made him start trying out different styles of t’ai chi as well as other forms of traditional Chinese martial arts. At the age of 14, he was already practicing kung fu and wushu.
The Asian martial artist has been married twice, his first marriage was to Leung Zing Ci in November 1993. The marriage which lasted less than one year gave the estranged couple a son named Jeff, he was born in 1995.
Donnie Yen’s second marriage is to a woman who is 18 years younger than him. He dated Cissy Wang, a past beauty queen for three months before they got married. Cissy is popularly known as the winner of the Miss Chinese Toronto beauty Pageant which took place in the year 2000. She was also the representative of Toronto in the Miss Chinese International Pageant of 2001.
According to the multitalented entertainer, he would prefer being called unprofessional than to upset his wife by taking up scenes that would involve bedroom activities. He further expressed that he obligated himself to avoid any scene that has to do with intimacy since his marriage to Cissy.
Adding that he makes effort to spend quality time with his wife, this bloke asserted that Cissy is his proverbial pillow and, that all his pains disappear once she’s around him. Their marriage seems to be a close-knit one and they are blessed with two kids Jasmine and James.
His Net Worth
A head count of the highest paid actors of the Asian continent cannot be complete without paying homage to this multitalented entertainer who is revered worldwide as one of the most famous actors of the Asian entertainment industry.
His net worth which is estimated at $40 million was accumulated from his acting career, his multiple championships as a martial artist, and from the several endorsement deals he has inked with multi-national companies which include Jacob & Co in 2011 and Resorts World Sentosa in 2016.
Donnie Yen’s Height and Body Stats
As one would expect of any serious mixed martial artist, Donnie Yen leads a healthy lifestyle and maintains good physical attributes. He stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m) with a matching weight of 165 lb (75kg). We are yet to confirm other details of his body measurements.