Jackie Chan Biography

An actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer, Jackie Chan is a truly multi-faceted personality. Check out this biography for detailed information on his life.

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Nick Name: Pao-pao, Little Jack, Jackie

Also Known As: Jackie Chan

Famous as: Actor, Martial Artist

Nationality: Hong Kong

Birth Date: April 7, 1954

Age: 63 Years

Sun Sign: Aries

Height: 1.74 m

Born in: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

father: Charles and Lee-Lee Chan

mother: Lily Chan

siblings: Fang Shisheng, Yulan Chan, Fang Shide, Guilan Chan

Spouse/Partner: Lin Feng-jiao (m. 1982)

children: Jaycee Chan, Etta Ng Chok Lam

religion: Buddhist

Founder/Co-Founder: Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, The Dragon's Heart Foundation

Net worth: $350 million as of May 4, 2017

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education: China Academy of Drama, Dickson College, Nah-Hwa Primary School

awards: 1993 - Asia-Pacific Film Lifetime Achievement Award
2005 - Asia-Pacific Film Special Jury Award
2000 - International Indian Film Academy Awards for Global Impact

1999 - Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Duo Action/Adventure
1998 - Cinequest Film Festival Maverick Spirit Award
1997 - Fant-Asia Film Festival Award for Best Asian Film
1992 - Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1993 - Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2005 - Golden Phoenix Awards for Outstanding Contribution
2005 - Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actor
1999 - Hollywood Film Festival Award for Actor of the Year
1989 - Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Picture
1996 - Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography
1999 - Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography
2005 - Hong Kong Film Awards for Professional Achievement
2013 - Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Action Choreography
2002 - Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Male Action Hero
2003 - Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Male Butt Kicker
2011 - Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Butt Kicker
1995 - MTV Movie Awards for Lifetime Achievement
1999 - MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo
2002 - MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight
2011 - People's Choice Awards for Favorite Action Star
2005 - Shanghai International Film Festival for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema
2002 - Walk of Fame
2002 - World Stunt Awards for Taurus Honorary
- American Choreography Awards
- 8th American Choreography Innovator Awards
- Grand Prix des Amériques

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Chan Kong-sang, famously known to us as Jackie Chan is the world renowned martial arts icon. He has been a successful actor, director, producer, action choreographer, stuntman, etc. He is well known in Asia as well as in the West for his perfect comic timing and his impeccable fighting style. Even after breaking and injuring almost every part of his body, Chan is known to have performed all of his stunts on his own. He has acted in more than 100 Hong Kong as well as Hollywood movies, out of which more than 10 were his own directorial ventures. He has acted in famous movies like ‘Rush Hour’, ‘Rush Hour2’, ‘Shanghai Knights’, ‘Shanghai Noon’, ‘The Tuxedo’, ‘The Karate Kid’, etc. and has been well proclaimed for each one of them. He started his career as a child artist in Hong Kong cinema and his talent and hard work soon made him a known figure in Hollywood. In 2012, at the Cannes Film Festival, he declared that he is taking semi-retirement from the action movies as he needs to take care of his body now.

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Jackie Chan
Childhood & Early Life
  • Jackie Chan was born as Chan Kong-sang to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan in British Hong Kong. His parents were the refugees from the Chinese Civil War and worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong.
  • In 1960, Chan’s father was sent to Canberra, Australia to work for the American Embassy. Around this time Chan was sent to the Chinese Opera Research Institute in Hong Kong to be trained in music, dance and Traditional martial arts. He joined a performance group called the Seven Little Fortunes there.
  • In 1962, at the age of eight, along with the fellow mates from the performance group, Chan appeared in the movie called ‘Big and Little Wong Tin Bar’. This lead to his appearance in another movie next year called ‘The Love Eterne’. Subsequently, he kept making small appearances in movies like ‘Come Drink with Me’ (1966) and ‘A Touch of Zen’ (1971).
  • He also had a brief stint as stuntman in Bruce Lee films ‘Fist of Fury’ and ‘Enter the Dragon’.
  • At the age of 19, in 1973, Chan got his first major role in the movie ‘Little Tiger of Canton’ and then he starred in a comedy movie called ‘All in the Family’ (1975). This movie had Chan’s first nude sex scene. He made the shift from action movies to comedy because his action movies have been a failure until now.
  • In 1976, he joined his family in Australia and started working as a construction worker there. He got the name ‘Jackie’ in Australia because a fellow construction worker called Jack took him under his watch.
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Career
  • In 1976, Chan got an opportunity from a film producer in Hong Kong called Willie Chan to work in his movie as a stuntman. The film was called ‘New Fist of Fury’ and it had Chan in the main lead. The movie did not do very well as Chan could not exhibit Bruce Lee’s martial arts style and the whole movie was supposed to be modeled on his style.
  • In 1978, Chan worked in the movie called ‘Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow’ which proved to be a major success in his film career. Chan had full freedom to stage his stunts as he liked. This film was responsible of establishing the comedic kung fu genre, which became very popular with the Hong Kong audience.
  • After the death of martial arts prodigy Bruce Lee, it came upon Chan to follow him. But Chan decided to come up with his own style of filmmaking. In the year 1978, he was declared to be the most popular martial arts superstar in all of the Asia.
  • In 1980, he directed his first movie ‘The Young Master. This movie became a super hit and was considered to the first innovation combination of slapstick comedy and martial arts.
  • In 1982, he directed and starred in another venture called the ‘Dragon Lord’. In this movie he extensively experimented with intricate stunts.
  • In 1983, Chan starred in the movie ‘Project A’ which included the dangerous stunt-driven style of martial arts. This movie was declared as the winner of the Best Action Design Award at the 3rd annual Hong Kong Film Awards.
  • In 1985, Chan produced and directed as well as starred in ‘Police Story’, which was a Hollywood influenced action-comedy. The movie bagged the Best Film award at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
  • Chan formulated the ‘Jackie Chan Stuntmen Association’ in the year of 1985 because many stuntmen were hurt during the filming of the movie ‘Police Story’ and no one was ready to work with Chan again. This association was formed to keep the safety and benefits of stuntmen in mind.
  • In 1987, he acted and directed the movie ‘Armour of God’ which became his biggest domestic success at the box office. It was said to have grossed around 35 million Hong Kong dollars. After this he made ‘Miracles - Mr Canton and Lady Rose’ which also did great business. Due to the success of these two movies Chan formed the production company called the ‘Golden Way’.
  • From 1988-1998, huge number of offers started coming his way all the way from the Hollywood, like: ‘Rumble in the Box’, 'Police Story 2', 'Armour of God II: Operation Condor', 'Police Story 3: Super Cop', 'Drunken Master II' and 'Police Story 4: First Strike'. Intially Chan was offered to play villain in Hollywood movies but he did not want to the typical roles or play a stereotypical character. He declined the Role offered to him in the movie ‘Demolition Man’ by Sylvester Stallone. He was offered more and more roles despite his limited knowledge of English Language.
  • In 1998, Chan starred in the Hollywood movie ‘Rush Hour’ which was a huge hit at the box office. He worked in the movie with the comic actor Chris Tucker. With the huge success of this movie, both the stars reteamed again for the sequel ‘Rush Hour 2’ in 2001. Subsequently he worked in big budget movies like ‘The Tuxedo’ , ‘Shanghai Knights’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ (opposite Owen Wilson).
  • Chan voiced the character ‘Shang’ in the movie ‘Mulan’ and sang its original soundtrack. Also, from the years 2000-2005 he lent his voice to the cartoon ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’, to the character based on him.
  • In 2003, he teamed up with the British comedian Lee Evans and Claire Forlani in the movie ‘The Medallion’. This movie did not do very well at the box office.
  • In 2004, he worked in the movie called ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ which was a decent success at the box office.
  • The year 2005 saw his releases like ‘The Huadu Chronicles: Blade of the Rose’, ‘New Police Story’, ‘The Myth’ and ‘Robin-B-Hood’. I
  • In 2007, ‘Rush Hour 3’ grossed over 258 million US dollars, in which Chan starred with Roman Polanski.
  • In 2011 ‘The Karate Kid’ was remade starring Chan and Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith in it. The movie was a big success at the box office, earning over 358 million US dollars. It was the much talked about film of the year, which showcased a combination of Chinese-American martial arts.
  • The 100th movie of his career ‘1911’ was released in 2011. This movie is his first directorial venture after ‘Who Am I?’, released in 1998.
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Major Works
  • In the year 1980 and 1982, Chan’s first two directorial ventures were launched, ‘The Young Master’ and ‘Dragon Lord’. Both the movies did very well at the Hong Kong box office and new innovations in comedy and martial arts stunts were introduced in the movies for the first time.
  • ‘Armour of God’ in 1987 was a huge success at the box office that grossed over 35 million Hong Kong dollars.
  • In 1998, ‘Rush Hour’ was a huge success at the Hollywood box office, starring Chris Tucker along with him and it helped him to establish himself more properly in the west.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Won the Best Actor Award at the 1993 Golden Horse Film Festival for his role in the movie 'Police Story 3: Super Cop'.
  • Won the Best Actor Award at the 2005 Golden Rooster Awards for the movie 'New Police Story'
  • Received the Buttkicker award at the Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards in the year 2011 for his film ‘The Karate Kid’, in which he starred with Will Smith’s kid Jaden Smith.
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Personal Life
  • In 1982, Chan married the Taiwanese actress Lin Feng-jiao, also known as Joan Lin. In the same year they had a son, Jaycee Chan who is a singer and actor
  • Chan is a follower of the Buddhist religion. He can speak many languages like Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, etc.
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Trivia
  • Chan has claimed that he was born in such a poor family that when he was born his parents offered to sell him to the British doctor who delivered him.
  • Chan had an affair outside his marriage with a woman named Elaine Ng Yi-Lei and they had a daughter in 1999 called Etta. Chan never formally acknowledged Etta as his daughter.
  • He is an ardent football fan and supports Hong Kong national football team, England National Football Team and Manchester City.
  • While doing his own stunts Chan has injured himself a number of times, breaking his nose, ankle, fingers in the hand, cheekbones, skull, etc. It is famously known that he almost died during the filming of ‘Armour of God’. It is because of this he cannot get insured in the US.
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1. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

  (Adventure, Family, Action, Comedy, Animation)

2. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

  (Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Action, Family)

3. Rush Hour (1998)

  (Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime)

4. Rush Hour 2 (2001)

  (Thriller, Comedy, Crime, Action)

5. The Karate Kid (2010)

  (Family, Sport, Action, Romance, Drama)

6. Rush Hour 3 (2007)

  (Crime, Action, Comedy, Thriller)

7. Shanghai Noon (2000)

  (Western, Adventure, Comedy, Action)

8. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

  (Family, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Action, Fantasy)

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