Bradley James Allan, a legendary Australian stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor, and valued member of Jackie Chan’s team, died at the age of 48. His most recent credits include supervising stunt coordinator and second unit director on Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, a martial arts spectacle that will undoubtedly highlight Allan’s talent for creating unforgettable action. Allan’s death was announced on Chan’s website in a heartfelt address. At the moment, details about Allan’s death are scarce.
Allan’s iconic work can be seen in films ranging from Solo: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman to The Chronicles of Riddick, Gorgeous, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Rush Hour 2, Ninja Assassin, Avatar, Kick-Ass, Pacific Rim, and others. He also worked on all three Kingsmen films, including The King’s Man, as a supervising stunt coordinator.
You can check out one of Allan and Chan’s more iconic fights below:
First I saw him was Gorgeous. pic.twitter.com/eNd8Xlghst
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Allan’s first project was a collaboration with Chan on Mr. Nice Guy in 1997. Soon after, the two martial arts masters became as close as thieves. It did not take long for Allan to become the first non-Asian member of Chan’s JC Stunt Team. Allan could also hold his own. Listen to some of the stories behind 1999’s Gorgeous for proof. Allan defeated Chan in the first of two fights for that film. This was an unusual sight, especially considering Allan was a Westerner.
“Many years ago, while I was filming Mr. Nice Guy, he was just a fan, and I recall him coming to visit the set,” Chan wrote on Saturday. “At the time, he was obsessed with Chinese Kung Fu and had been practising it for many years. Because of his incredible skills and talent, he progressed from a fan to a stuntman and eventually joined my JC Stunt Team. He even fought with me in Gorgeous, and I believe many people remember this skilled boxer from the film. He has also contributed to a number of my films.”
On Twitter, filmmaker Edgar Wright also expressed his condolences. He and Allan had previously collaborated on the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
I’m devastated that the great Brad Allan has left us far too young. 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…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 7, 2021