In 1976, Jackie 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, Jackie 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’.
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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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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.
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.
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.