Celebrity Birthday of the Day – February 5

You might know Tatchakorn Yeerum by his stage name of Tony Jaa, and the martial arts feats he pulls off are nothing short of astounding. With no wires and no padding, Tony Jaa kicks a whole lot of ass! He began studying martial arts at a young age, inspired by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa films he had seen as a kid. He practiced Muay Thai throughout his youth, and worked as a stuntman for the first fourteen years of his career, doubling for Sammo Hung and performing stunts in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, among other movies. In 2003, Tony Jaa starred in his break-out film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, which caught the eye of the international film market. Jaa followed it up with the film Tom Yum Goong (or The Protector). Jaa proceeded to star in Ong Bak 2 and Ong Bak 3 (which were both, strangely, prequels to Ong Bak), and then, in 2010, Jaa suddenly became a Buddhist monk. However, he left the monastery after two years and has begun work on his next film: The Protector 2! Tony Jaa turns 37 today.

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