Biography

Panom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Panom watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. After seeing the Thai action film Kerd ma lui (2004) ("Born to Fight"), Panom met and studied martial arts and stunt work as a teen under the director of that film, Panna Rittikrai. Panom went to university where he studied a variety of martial arts, from tae kwondo to judo. It was not long before Panom would get work, doubling for Robin Shou and James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), and when his demo reel was seen by director Prachya Pinkaew, the film Ong-bak (2003) was created for Panom, who is now going by the name of Tony Jaa in hopes of bringing his style of action to international audiences. 

Panom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Panom watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. After seeing the Thai action film Kerd ma lui (2004) ("Born to Fight"), Panom met and studied martial arts and stunt work as a teen under the director of that film, Panna Rittikrai. Panom went to university where he studied a variety of martial arts, from tae kwondo to judo. It was not long before Panom would get work, doubling for Robin Shou and James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), and when his demo reel was seen by director Prachya Pinkaew, the film Ong-bak (2003) was created for Panom, who is now going by the name of Tony Jaa in hopes of bringing his style of action to international audiences. 

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 22

Birthday 1976-02-05

Place of Birth Surin Thailand

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Also Known As

  • จา พนม

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Monster Hunter as The Hunter
2019 Triple Threat as Payu
2018 Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
2017 Paradox as Tak
2017 Guardians of Martial Arts as Master Jaa
2017 xXx: Return of Xander Cage as Talon
2015 SPL 2: A Time for Consequences as Chatchai
2015 Furious 7 as Kiet
2014 Skin Trade as Tony Vitayakul
2013 The Protector 2 as Kham
2010 Ong Bak 3 as Tien
2008 Ong Bak 2 as Tien
2007 The Bodyguard 2 as Elephant vendor
2005 The Protector as Kham
2004 The Bodyguard as Supermarket fighter / himself
2003 Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior as Ting
1997 Puta khatha thalom khon
1996 Hard Gun as Ting
1996 Mission Hunter 2 : Battle Warrior
1994 The Rowdy Bunch
1994 Spirited Killer
1992 Siamese Lion

Directing

2010 Ong Bak 3Director
2008 Ong Bak 2Director

Writing

2010 Ong Bak 3Writer
2008 Ong Bak 2Writer

Production

2010 Ong Bak 3Producer

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