Profile of Jackie Chan

Actor / Filmmaker
Date Of Birth:
7 April 1954
Place Of Birth:
Hong Kong

Name at birth: Chan Kong-Sang

Jackie Chan was already the highest paid actor in Asia, with more than 60 films under his belt, when he finally made it big in Hollywood with the action-comedy Rumble in the Bronx (1995). Born into poverty, Chan spent his childhood in rigorous physical training at the China Drama Academy in Hong Kong. In the 1970s he began getting work in Hong Kong action movies as a stuntman, then in small parts as an actor. By 1980 he was a lead player responsible for his own projects, shunning the Bruce Lee model of the intense, courageous hero in favor of the comic, reluctant hero that is now Chan's trademark. He acts, produces and directs and performs his own stunts, and his well-choreographed fight scenes are almost always performed with everyday props instead of weapons. His films include Half a Loaf of Kung-Fu (1980); Drunken Master (1978); The Cannonball Run (1981); Police Story (1985); Supercop (1992, with Michelle Yeoh); Brett Ratner's Rush Hour (1998, with two sequels); Shanghai Noon (2000, with Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu); The Tuxedo (2002, with Jennifer Love Hewitt); Shanghai Knights (2003, again with Wilson); the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid; the gritty 2013 cop movie Police Story: Lockdown; and 2017's The Foreigner.
Extra Credit

Chan was a stuntman in the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon (1973)… Chan was also the star of the television cartoon for kids, Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-05).

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