|Date of Birth
||27 July 1963
|Place of Birth
Donnie Yen was born in Canton, China, on July 27, 1963. The son of martial arts master Bow Sim Mark and Klyster Yen, Donnie moved to Boston, MA, with his family while still a child. At four years of age his mother taught him the art of tai chi. Donnie went on to experiment with various martial arts, from taekwondo to wushu. He was invited to Beijing to train in wushu, where he met 'Woo-Ping Yuen'. Donnie got his first film role in Xiao tai ji (1984) at the age of only 19. He gained notoriety in the 1980s and 1990s, working for the D&B Film Co. in films like the first two installments of the Tiger Cage trilogy and Huang jia shi jie zhi IV: Zhi ji zheng ren (1989).
He gained his breakthrough role in 1992 as Gen. Lan in _Wong Fei-hung ji yi: Naam yi dong ji keung (1992)_. His finale against Jet Li remains a classic of its kind. In 1997 he made his directorial debut in Zhan lang chuan shuo (1997), which was also the first film from his new company, Bullet Films.
In 2000 Donnie made his American film debut as the immortal Jin Ke in Highlander: Endgame (2000). He has also appeared in Blade II (2002) and will be seen next in Jackie Chan's Shanghai Knights (2003) and Ying xiong (2002) with Jet Li.