On his official website, Jackie Chan recently paid tribute to Australian stuntman and his favourite protégé Brad Allan, who passed away from an unspecified illness on August 7, 2021. The 48-year-old industry veteran was best known as a long-time member of Chan’s stunt team. Meet Jackie Chan’s godfather, forgotten martial arts master Yu Jim-yuen Chan confirmed Allan’s unexpected death in a blog post, recalling their first encounter on the set of Hong Kong action film Mr Nice Guy (1997) and praising the Melbourne-born star’s stellar work on more recent Hollywood hits like Kingsman: A Secret Service, S olo: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot . From being a fan-turned-friend of Jackie Chan’s to becoming one of the greatest stunt coordinators in Hollywood, let’s take a closer look at the legend’s action-packed life. He started his martial arts career early Brad Allan kicked off his training in martial arts at the age of 10. He fell in love with kung fu, and also tried his hand at boxing and gymnastics. When he was 15, he crossed paths with Liang Changxing and Tang Laiwei, who were members of the renowned Beijing Wushu Team along with actors Jet Li and Donnie Yen . The two greats helped Allan become one of Australia’s top wushu athletes. He also spent some years studying Mandarin and martial arts in Asia before returning to his native country by age 22. Aussiewood? Why so many films and TV shows are being shot Down Under He was the first non-Asian member of Jackie Chan’s stunt team Allan met his would-be mentor Jackie Chan in his hometown of Melbourne. The young stunt performer visited his idol on the set of the 1997 film Mr Nice Guy and grabbed the opportunity to showcase his skills and talent. In a dream-come-true moment, Allan was instantly turned from avid fan into a fourth-generation member of Chan’s illustrious stunt team. 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 During their 12-year-long collaboration, they would work together on a slew of films including Gorgeous, Shanghai Noon and the Rush Hour sequels. Project A to Rush Hour: Jackie Chan’s 5 best films of the 80s and 90s He brought classic martial arts to the screen Thanks to Chan’s guidance and his own experience, Allan was able to climb the Hollywood ladder as a stunt performer. He made his mark as an action choreographer and director, combining the best of east and west in the action scenes that he designed. Allan often liked bringing the classic style of martial artists like Chan to the modern screen. 5 Asian actresses who made it in Hollywood, from Bae Doona to Maggie Q He was beloved in the film industry 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 Chan is not alone in mourning Allan’s passing and celebrating his legacy online. Edgar Wright, who worked with Allan on Scott Pilgrim vs The World and The World’s End , was among other big names who shared a tribute on Twitter. “I’m devastated that the great Brad Allan has left us far too young. He was simply one of the best action directors and designers out there,” the renowned director tweeted. Wu Assassins star JuJu Chan’s 10 favourite film fight scenes Allan still has two upcoming films This stunt legend may be gone too soon, but his legacy will live on. Before his passing, Allan recently was the supervising stunt coordinator and second-unit director on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will hit theatres in September. He was also able to complete his work as stunt coordinator and second-unit director on The King’s Man , which comes out in December. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .