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Jackie Chan’s favorite protege and the best action designer of this generation, stuntman Brad Allen’s cause of death has not been revealed at this time after he passed away at the age of 48. May the legend rest in peace.
Multiple sources confirmed the heartbreaking news, announcing that Australian martial artist, action choreographer, actor, and stunt performer lost his life on 7 August 2021.
He was born Bradley James Allan on 14 February 1973 in Melbourne, Australia, and became a bridge between old school Hong Kong and where we are now.
By profession, stuntman Brad Allen was a famous Australian martial artist, action choreographer, actor, and stunt performer who also starred in the Hong Kong film industry as a Jackie Chan Stunt Team member and now choreograph action scenes in Hollywood films.
The news of his death was first released through a Twitter post shared by Pete Lee on Saturday Morning, saying, “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.”
Born with an inherent attraction to all things Chinese, Brad Allan kicked of studying martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, and Chinese circus arts from when he was only 10.
He is additionally trained in many other martial arts such as Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, Boxing, and Kickboxing. He later spent time at the Shanghai Institute of Sport and learned Mandarin.
At the age of 15, Brad met two of China’s most famous wushu athletes Liang Chang Xing and Tang Lai Wei, of the renowned Beijing Wushu Team (the same team as Jet Li). Under their expert guidance, Brad soon grew to become one of Australia’s best wushu athletes.
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Although there is no reliable information about Brad Allen’s cause of death at this time, some social media users claim he died of infection of COVID-19. Nevertheless, US day News is trying to find the latest updates and more information as soon as possible.
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At age 22, Brad came back to Australia after few years of studying language and martial arts in Asia. It was in his hometown of Melbourne that he met his mentor and master, Jackie Chan.
A chance encounter allowed Brad to show his skills to Jackie and his team, a dream come true that would change his life forever. As the first non-Asian member, Brad would spend the next 12 years traveling and performing worldwide as part of the illustrious JACKIE CHAN STUNT TEAM.
Throughout this time and under Jackie’s direct leadership, Brad would grow from stunt performer to action choreographer, stunt coordinator, and finally, action director.
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.
He 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 a 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.
In 2010, Allan teamed up with British director Edgar Wright to make Scott Pilgrim vs. the World as second unit director. Allan and his team again teamed up with Wright in 2011 and 2012 for Cuban Fury and The World’s End, respectively. He worked on the Marvel film Ant-Man, released in July 2015.
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Reactions to Sudden Death of Brad Allen
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Immediately after the tragedy was confirmed, many of Brad Allen’s fans and friends showed their sadness on social media, sharing their heartwarming tributes:
Someone wrote, “So gutted to hear the news that friend and inspiration Brad Allen has passed away. Absolute perfectionist with an amazing vision – so proud of the work we did under him. Thoughts are with Steph and the kids at this terribly sad time. Thanks for believing in me. Rest in peace.”
Another said, “Sad to hear that Brad Allen has passed away. Never got to speak to him for #LifeOfAction but heard only good things. Apart from an impressive CV, he was the first westerner to be invited on the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, the cream of the crop. My thoughts are w/ his friends & family.”
Also, another fan wrote, “Just woke up to the news that WWE has released ANOTHER shitload of people, AND stuntman/martial artist/fight choreographer Brad Allen has died. I’m going back to sleep.”
A user tweeted, “Aw man, this is awful. Brad Allen helped bring to life so many great action scenes and he was a hell of an on-screen martial artist himself. Go look up his scenes from Jackie Chan’s Gorgeous.”