Action hero Jackie Chan has paid tribute to Aussie stuntman Brad Allan, following his shock death at the age of 48.
The influential stuntman, stunt coordinator and actor, who helped bring fight scenes to life in iconic movies such as Rush Hour 3, Kick-Ass, Wonder Woman, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, reportedly died on August 7th from an unspecified illness.
The Melbourne-born star was also a longtime friend and teammate of Chan’s, who broke the sad news of his passing via his official website.
“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 reminisced.
“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, who was already mourning the loss of another stunt team member this week, continued: “It’s hard to find words to describe how I feel…Rest In Peace. Will always be missing you!”
You can read Chan’s full tribute right here.
RIP Brad Allan.
You can view some other tributes from his peers in show business below:
R.I.P – Brad Allan
One of the greats in martial arts and the first non-Asian member of the Jackie Chan stunt team.
Here is a snippet of him lending Jackie a hand in a SNL monologue. pic.twitter.com/zBG53HcFpT
— Harris Dang (aka Critic Name) @ #FantasiaFest (@FilmMomatic) August 7, 2021
A sad RIP to the super-talented Brad Allan. We brought him on on @edgarwright’s recommendation as the stunt coordinator on SOLO. He was a creative master of fight choreography — helped us design Han and Chewie’s fight in the pit and the Enfys Nest train fight and so much more. pic.twitter.com/W0Lb2VIKD3
— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) August 7, 2021
Brad Allan vs Jackie Chan “Gorgeous (1999)” Great scene from this romantic action-comedy. This scene for some reason gave me “Outlaw Brothers(1990)” vibe. I guess because of the color scheme and the fact that Brad Allan reminds me of Jeff Falcon, lol. pic.twitter.com/ARrBOQ4yoa
— ѕнσgυη ѕυρяємє (@TimesSqKungFu) October 22, 2020
Brad Allan’s action design work was legendary, what a loss. So many incredible fight scenes, but The Beehive brawl in The World’s End has always been one of my favourites – a major factor in why it’s secretly my favourite Cornetto Trilogy film. Raise a glass pic.twitter.com/P1O8gxbgHr
— Ben Travis (@BenSTravis) August 7, 2021
Brad Allan, one of my biggest idols has passed away. So grateful to have had the chance to meet, work and learn with/from you. Your spirit will live on in our hearts. As he used to say, Jackie Chan Stunt Team FOREVER!
— Max Huang (@themaxhuang) August 7, 2021
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