AN INFLUENTIAL Australian stuntman who was a longtime member of Jackie Chan’s Stunt Team tragically passed away on August 9.
Brad Allan was 48-years-old at the time of his death.
Who was stunt coordinator Brad Allan?
Allan was a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and actor who worked in Hong Kong and Hollywood films.
He is best known for his role as Alan in the 1999 film Gorgeous.
He also appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Wonder Woman, the Kingsman series, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the Chan films Mr. Nice Guy, Who Am I?, and Rush Hour 2 and 3.
Allan trained in several martial arts throughout his life, including Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, Boxing, and Kickboxing.
In November 1997, he was a member of the Australian team at the fourth World Wushu Championships in Rome.
In the late '90s, Allan was invited to join Chan's stunt team, Sing ga ban, as their first non-Asian member.
The 48-year-old progressed through the stunt team and ultimately became the team leader.
Allan most recently was the supervising stunt coordinator and second-unit director on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
How did he die?
The veteran stuntman passed away on August 7; however, a cause of death has not been released to the public.
In a post titled "Safe Journey, My Brothers," from Chan’s official website, the actor wrote that an “illness” was to blame for Allan's death.
“I never imagined that just a few days later, today, I received another unbelievable and heartbreaking news,” Chan wrote in a blog post in which he also mourned the recent passing of another team member, Yang Sheng.
“A fourth generation JC Stunt team member, Bradley James Allan, also passed away from illness.
“Many years ago while I was filming ‘Mr. Nice Guy,’ he was just a fan and I remember him coming to visit the set,” Chan continued.
“At that time, he was crazy about Chinese Kung Fu and had practiced it for many years. It was because of his amazing skills and talent, he transformed from being a fan to a stuntman, and eventually joined my JC Stunt Team.
"He even fought with me in ‘Gorgeous,’ and I think a lot of people remember this skillful boxer in the movie. He has also contributed to many of my movies.”
Chan added: “Over the years, he’s made masterpieces that has amazed many people in film industry, including ‘Kingsman’ film series, ‘Wonder Woman’ and many others, making him a very well known action choreographer in Hollywood, and also an excellent role-model to many action stars.”
Allan had a 12-year run on the illustrious Jackie Chan Stunt Team.
Director Edgar Wright, who worked with Allan on The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, also weighed in on his death.
“I’m devastated that the great Brad Allan has left us far too young,” Wright posted on Twitter.
“He was simply one of the best action directors & designers out there. I was lucky enough to work with him twice (on Scott Pilgrim & The World’s End), and call him a friend. I have more to say about this genius…”
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