Brad Allan was a renowned name in the world of stunts and action choreography, leaving an indelible mark on the film industry. His exceptional talent, creativity, and fearless approach to executing high-octane stunts made him a beloved figure in Hollywood and beyond.
Tragically, the world recently bid farewell to this extraordinary stunt coordinator, and his passing left a void in the entertainment industry.
In this article, we will explore the life and career of Brad Allan and delve into the circumstances surrounding his untimely death.
Who Was Brad Allan?
Allan was a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and actor who worked in both Hong Kong and Hollywood films.
He is well recognized for his portrayal as Alan in the 1999 film Gorgeous.
He also starred 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 studied Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, Taekwondo, Wing Chun, boxing, and kickboxing throughout his life.
He competed for Australia in the fourth World Wushu Championships in Rome in November 1997.
Allan was invited to join Chan's stunt squad, Sing ga ban, as their first non-Asian member in the late 1990s.
The 48-year-old worked his way up through the stunt team and eventually became the team commander.
Allan was most recently the supervising stunt coordinator and second-unit director for Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
How Did Brad Allan Die?
The veteran stuntman died on August 7, although the cause of death has not been made public.
The actor blamed Allan's death on “illness” in a message titled “Safe Journey, My Brothers” on his official website.
“I never imagined that just a few days later, today, I would receive another unbelievable and heartbreaking news,” Chan said in a blog post, lamenting the recent death of another team member, Yang Sheng.
“Bradley James Allan, a fourth-generation JC Stunt team member, also died of 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,” he said.
“At the time, he was obsessed with Chinese Kung Fu and had been practicing it for many years.” Because of his incredible talents 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 few of my films.”
Chan went on to say: “Over the years, he's made masterpieces that have amazed many people in the 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 worked for the legendary Jackie Chan Stunt Team for 12 years. Edgar Wright, who collaborated with Allan on The World's End and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, also commented on his death.
“I'm devastated that the great Brad Allan has left us far too young,” Wright tweeted. “He was without a doubt one of the best action directors and designers working today.” I was fortunate to work with him twice (on Scott Pilgrim and The World's End) and consider him a friend. I've got more to say about this genius…”