Asian american martial artist, comedian, singer, actor, acrobat, stunt double, script writer, and Chinese cinematic producer
Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong on April 7th, 1954 to to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan who named in Chan Kong-sang which means “born in Hong Kong.” Jackie’s family was so poor that their parents borrowed money from friends to pay the doctor. His parents worked at the French embassy in Hong Kong. When Jackie was a child his father would wake him up early and they would practice kung fu. His father believed that teaching Jackie kung fu would give him patience, strength, and courage.
At seven years old Jackie was enrolled in the China Drama Academy where he would live for the next 10 years. Here he learned acrobatics, martial arts, singing and acting.
During his time at the Academy Jackie made his acting debut at the age of eight in the Cantonese movie, “Seven Little Valiant Fighters: Little Wong Tin Bar.” He also performed in “The Seven Little Fortunes” where he met Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao who would later work together and be known as the Three Brothers.
Jackie graduated from the Chinese Drama Academy at 17 after which he found it very difficult to find work since he and his classmates were never taught to read or write. He took on jobs doing stunt work and later developed a reputation for being fearless.
He later moved to Australia to live with his parents where he worked in a restaurant and on a construction site. It was here where he got the nickname “Jackie” when a worker named Jack had a hard time pronouncing “Kong-sang” so he began to call him “little Jack” which evolved into Jackie.
At 21 years old Jackie received a call from a man named Willie Chan who had seen his work and wanted Jackie to come to Hong Kong to film a movie. Jackie went and filmed “New Fist of Fury.” Willie became Jackie’s manager and best friend.
Jackie credits his success to Willie. Early on in his career, Jackie’s talents weren’t being used properly but once Jackie began inputing his ideas he started to bring comedy to martial arts. His first hit was “Snake in Eagle’s Shadow” followed by “Drunken Master” and Jackie’s first directing job, “Fearless Hyena.” All three movies were successful.
The actor was becoming very successful in Asia but the same could not be said for his American audience. He was being mis casted so he returned to Hong Kong. It took 10 years for Jackie to return to the states to film “Rumble” which gave him popularity in the U.S. This was followed by “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon” which brought the actor enormous fame. Although Jackie was proving to be very successful in the U.S. market he was frustrated by the lack of roles for Asian actors and his lack of control with movies.
Meanwhile Jackie’s talents have found him work doing stunt and action films. He continues to explores new genres such as fantasy, drama, and romance. Along with acting, he is dedicated to his work as an ambassador for UNICEF/UNAIDS and volunteers his time to the children and the elderly.
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- Has been married to Lin Feng-Jiao since 1982.
- Has a son, Jaycee Chan who is an actor and singer
- Has the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and the Dragon’s Heart Foundation
- Jackie sings the closing song for all his Chinese movies.
- He has a stuntmen association called, ‘Sing Kar Pan’
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