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Jackie Chan
Also known as: Chan Kong-sang
Actor • Executive Producer • Director • Writer • Voice Cast • Producer • Action Director • Screenplay • Choreographer
Born: April 7, 1954 in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
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Born as Chan Kong-sang in British Hong Kong, Chan is one of the most popular marital artists and actors in the world. His acrobatic fighting style coupled with incredible comic timing has enthralled audiences across the world since he entered the film industry in the 1960s. Appearing in over 150 films in his career, Chan has also ventured into film direction and production, and is also also a stuntman and a singer.
Early Life
Chan was born to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, both of them were refugees from the Chinese Civil War, in British Hong Kong. Being an energetic child, Chan was given the nickname as Pap-pao - meaning Cannonball in Chinese. He spent his early childhood days in the Viktoria Peak district as both his parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong. Chan was later enrolled in the Nah-Hwa Primary School in Hong Kong Island, however, he failed in the first year. Following this he was withdrawn from the school and was later sent to the China Drama Academy run by Mastter Yu Jim-yeun. It was at the academy that Chan trained for the next decade to hone his martial arts and acrobatics skills and was eventually chosen to be a part of the performance group Seven Little Fortunes - a group made up of the best students of the academy. While he was at the academy, Chan became a close friend of Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung. While Chan was enrolled at the academy, his parents had migrated to Canberra, Australia, and it was only in 1976 that the actor joined them after having a poor start to his acting career.

In Caneberra, Chan attended the Dickson College and also worked as a construction worker. Working under the wing of a fellow builder, Jack, Chan was given the nickname `Little Jack` - later shortened to Jackie, a name that stuck with him for the rest of his life. Later, Chan entered the film industry along with Sammo Hung and trained in various styles of martial arts such as hapkido, karate, taekwondo, judo, and Jeet Kune Do.
Personal Life
Chan married Joan Lin, a Taiwanese actress, in the year 1982. Thier son, Jaycee Chan, who is also an actor and singer, was born in the same year. Chan also had an extra marital affair with Elaine Ng Yi-Lei and has a daughter with her who was born in 1999.
Movie Career
Chan began his acting career as a child artist at the age of five and later appeared in movies such as Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962), The Love Eternal (1963), and Come Drink With Me (1966). Soon, he also worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973). However, in as Chan failed to find success in any of his early films he joined his parents, who at that time were in Canberra. In the same year, Chan also appeared in the John Woo film Hand of Death and his performance was subsequently noticed by director Lo Wei, who offered him the movie New Fist of Fury. Wei had planned to model Chan after the popular artist Bruce Lee, however, his attempt failed miserably as the film bombed at the box office.

Although till the year 1978 Chan majorly went unnoticed for his work, he kept on appearing in movies and it was his role in Eagle`s Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master (1978) that propelled him to mainstream success; these films established the comedic kung fu genre. Following this, director Lo Wei cast Chan in similar roles in movies Half a Loaf of Kung Fu and Spiritual Kung Fu. Soon, Willie Chan left Lo Wei`s company and Chan followed his suit, joining the Golden Harvest company. Willie Chan went to become Chan`s personal manager and a close friend and was instrumental in introducing Chan to the international audiences; beginning with Chan`s entry in Hollywood. The actor`s first Hollywood movie was The Big Brawl, which released in 1980. However, alike his acting career in Hong Kong, Chan failed to find success with several movies receiving poor response at the box office.

In 1985, after his movie The Protector bombed at the box office, Chan returned to Hong Kong and focused on his films there. However, his initially released films soon found success with The Young Master (1980) and Dragon Lord (1982) receiving commercial appreciation. In fact, the movie The Young Master beat Bruce Lee`s box office records. Soon Chan was seen doing dangerous but effective stunts in his movies and also won the Best Action Design Award at the third annual Hong Kong Film Awards for the 1983 movie Project A. His successive films Police Story (1985) and Armour of God (1986) turned out to be blockbusters at the box office with the later being Chan`s biggest box office success at the time of it`s release.

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw Chan appearing in several sequels such as Project A Part II (1987), Police Story 2 (1988), Armour of God II: Operation Condor (1991), Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992), and Drunker Master II (1994). While all these movies were box office hits, Chan also won several awards including Best Action Choreography for Police Story 2 and the Best Actor Award at the Golden Horse for Police Story 3.

It was only after these successful movies that Chan decided to pursue his Hollywood dreams yet again but he became meticulous while choosing the roles. Chan was offered a role in Sylvester Stallone`s movie Demolition Man, however, he refused the role citing that he might get typecasted in future roles. In 1995 Chan appeared in the movie Rumble in the Bronx which went on to attain cult status, finally establishing the actor in American film industry. Following this, Chan`s movie Police Story 3 was released in the United States and was successful at the box office. However, Chan became a Hollywood star in 1998 with the movie Rush Hour alongside Chris Tucker. Two years later he starred in the movie Shanghai Noon (2000), alongside Owen Wilson which was a blockbuster and in the following year he was seen in the sequel Rush Hour 2 (2001). The sequel was even better and grossed $347 million worldwide. Another sequel that he was a part of became immensely popular was Shanghai Knights, which was released in 2003.

While Chan was already seen as an established actor, he also appeared in movies which received moderate success at the box office such as The Tuxedo (2002) and The Medallion (2003). In 2007, Chan starred in Rush Hour 3, the second sequel to the popular Rush Hour franchise, which was appreciated in Hollywood but was not received well in Hong Kong. A year later, Chan teamed up with fellow Chinese actor Jet Li for the first time in the movie The Forbidden Kingdom (2008). The movie showcased heavy use of effects and wires, and received mixed reviews at the box office. He also voiced Master Monkey in the popular movie Kung Fu Panda (2008).

The movie Shinjuku Incident (2009), saw Chan playing a role of a Chinese immigrant in Japan - it was unlike of Chan`s any other roles as it featured no marital arts sequences and was more of a dramatic character. He next directed the movie Armour of God III: Chinese Zodiac which is the third instalment in the Armour of God series. In the following year Chan starred in The Karate Kid (2010), which is a remake of the 1984 movie of the same name. His role as the kung fu master earned him the Favorite Buttkicker Award at the Nickelodeon Kids` choice Awards in 2011. Chan`s 100th movie, titled 1911 released in 2011. Apart from being the lead actor, Chan co-directed the movie and was also the co-producer. The film opened at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival. After being commercially successful in enteratining audiences with his actions sequences for over two decades, Chan announced his retirement from action films; giving the reason that he was getting to old for the genre. However, he also added that he would not entirely quit from doing action roles but would rather perform fewer stunts. Chan`s 2017 releases include Kung Fu Yoga, The Foreigner, Bleeding Steel and Namiya. His 2019 releases include The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang, Viy 2: Journey to China and The Climbers. His other release includes Project X-Traction (2021).
Music Career
As a child, Chan took vocal lessons while he was studying at the Peking Opera School and it was in the 1980s that Chan began producing records at a professional level. His first musical recording was `Kung Fu Fighting Man` which is the theme song played during the closing credits of the movie The Young Master in 1980. He has also sung the theme songs for the movies Police Story (1985) and Mulan (1998). Since 1984, Chan has released over 20 albums and has attained success in Hong Kong and Asia.

In 2007, Chan recorded the official one-year countdown song to the 2008 Summer Olympics, titled `We Are Ready`. He also released `Official Album for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Jackie Chan`s Version`, which is one of the two official albums of the Olympics of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Other Ventures
Jackie Chan established his own production house Jackie Chan Emperor Movies Limited (JCE Movies Limited) in association with Emperor Multimedia Group. The production house has since then worked on New Police Story (2004), The Myth (2005), and Rob-B-Hood (2006). He also co-owns the production companies Jackie and Willie Productions, Jackie and JJ Productions, and JC Group China. The actor has also his name put to Jackie Chan Theater International, one of the largest cinema complex in China.

Chan also launched his own clothing line in 2004, and also owns a Sushi chain of restaurants having outlets in Hong Kong and South Korea. He also has a number of other branded business to his name such as Jackie Chan Signature Club gyms, and a line of cookies, chocolates, and nutrional oatcakes.
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Did You Know? (11)

  • Jackie Chan starred in a comedic adult film in 1975 titled All in the Family.
  • Jackie Chan holds the unofficial record for doing an incredible number of 2900 takes for a scene in the movie Dragon Lord.
  • Jackie Chan is afraid of public speaking,
  • Jackie Chan was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of Order of the British Empire) in 1989, for his services to entertainment.
  • Jackie Chan has a permanent hole in his head due to a head accident.
  • In 1976, Jackie Chan underwent a plastic surgery to re-shape his eyelids; citing that the surgery would give him a western appearance.
  • Jackie Chan worked with Bruce Lee as a stunt coordinator.
  • Jackie Chan was given the name 'Jackie' in Canberra, Australia, where he worked with construction workers. As the workers could not pronounce his real name, they started calling him 'Jackie'.
  • Jackie Chan has a character named after him in the cartoon series, Pokemon, named 'Hitmonchan'.
  • Jackie Chan always wanted to be a nightclub bouncer and worked as one. But he changed his mind after a fight that left a man’s tooth embedded in his hand!
  • Jackie Chan has 20 albums to his credit, and is a great singer.
  • Personal Quotes (11)

  • ""I only want my work to make people happy.""
  • "We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people."
  • "We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people."
  • "A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman."
  • ""My dream is to continue filming until my body tells me to stop.""
  • "Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality."
  • "I want to be in 'Avatar'. I want somebody to hire me to be Superman, a Chinese Superman or Spider-Man."
  • "I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan."
  • "Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan."
  • "Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society."
  • "The people who inspired me growing up, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, that's the real deal. You see them, the camera's way back, there aren't a lot of cuts; you feel like you're really in there. Today, there's so much technology and green-screen and CGI, you can turn your grandma into an action star."
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