The Asian continent has seen many renowned martial artists who have constantly demonstrated their talent in movies and championship competitions that are seen all over the world. Donnie Yen, an actor who is also a director and martial artist, is one of these outstanding personalities. He is known for his role in embedding mixed martial arts into the main Chinese culture. This manifests itself in the way he choreographs this in most of his films.
The Wushu World Champion is known to display admirable skills in various 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 based on martial arts. While his sister, Chris Yen, is a celebrated actress and martial artist, his mother, Bow-sim Mark, is a well-known Fu-Style Wudangquan artist and grandmaster of Tai Chi.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that Donnie has made acting and martial arts his career. The only family member who is excluded from the martial arts arena is his father Klyster Yen, who decided to earn his living as a newspaper editor. Besides his family’s love for martial arts, both his parents are also interested in music. His mother is an experienced soprano and his father a competent violinist. As such, Donnie Yen was taught how to play musical instruments at an early age. This explains his competence in breakdance and hip-hop.
Born on July 27, 1963, in Guangzhou, China, the whole family moved to Hong Kong when Donnie was a toddler (two years old), and later, when he turned 11, moved to Boston, USA. His interest in martial arts was influenced by his mother, who aroused his curiosity and made him try 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 was married twice, his first marriage was with Leung Zing Ci in November 1993. The marriage, which lasted less than a 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 was with Cissy Wang, a former beauty queen, for three months before they were married. Cissy is popularly known as the winner of the Miss Chinese Toronto beauty contest, which was held in 2000. She was also Toronto’s representative in the Miss Chinese International Beauty Contest 2001.
According to the multi-talented entertainer, he would prefer to be called unprofessional rather than upsetting his wife with scenes involving bedroom activities. He also expressed his commitment to avoid any scene involving intimacy since his marriage to Cissy.
He added that he endeavored to spend time with his wife and claimed that Cissy was his proverbial pillow and that all his pain would disappear as soon as she was near him. Their marriage seems to be closely linked and they are blessed with two children, Jasmine and James.
His Net Worth
A list of the highest-paid actors on the Asian continent cannot be complete without paying homage to this multi-talented entertainer, who is revered worldwide as one of the most famous actors in the Asian entertainment industry.
His net worth, estimated at 40 million dollars, stems from his acting career, his multiple championships as a martial artist, and the various sponsorship contracts he has signed with multinational companies, including Jacob & Co in 2011 and Resorts World Sentosa in 2016.
Donnie Yen’s Height and Body Stats
As you would expect from any serious mixed martial artist, Donnie Yen leads a healthy lifestyle and maintains good physical characteristics. He stands at a height of 1.73 m (5 feet 8 inches) with a corresponding weight of 75 kg (165 lb). We still need to confirm more details of his body measurements.