Jackie Chan Biography
Born Chan Kong-sang and better known by his professional name, Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, action choreographer, comedian, producer, director, screenwriter, singer, stunt performer and entrepreneur. He was born in the year 1954 and celebrates his birthday on 7 April every year. He is mostly known for his acrobatic fighting style, use of offhand weapons, comic timing, and original stunts.
Chan has become a cultural icon and has is often referenced in numerous video games, cartoons, and pop songs. In addition to that, he is also a trained vocalist and is a Mandopop and Cantopop star. He has released several albums and has even sung numerous theme songs for his films. Chan has appeared in over 150 films since the 1960s and has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars.
He was born in British Hong Kong, as the son of Lee-Lee and Charles Chan. His parents were Chinese Civil War. His parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong, and he spent his early years in the Victoria Peak district, within the grounds of the residence of the consular. Because he was so energetic and always rolling around, he was nicknamed as Pao-pao which means "Cannonball" in Chinese. He went to the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island. In 1960, with his father emigration to Canberra, Australia, Jackie was sent to a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen called the China Drama Academy.
For the next decade, Chan trained rigorously, and excelled in both acrobatics and martial arts. With close friends with fellow group members Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung, the three started getting recognition as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons. He joined his parents in Canberra in 1976, and attended Dickson College for a short time. He also worked as a construction worker and it was there he earned his nickname Jackie Chan.
With such excellence in martial arts, he started his career in the entertainment industry at the young age of five by doing minor roles. When he was eight, he appeared with ‘Little Fortunes’ in the 1962 movie Big and Little Wong Tin Bar. The next year, he appeared in The Love Eterne and had small role in the 1966 film Come Drink with Me. Chan was signed to Chu Mu's Great Earth Film Company in 1971, and at the age of seventeen, he worked in the Bruce Lee films Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury as a stuntman. Later the same year, he landed his first starring role in the movie Little Tiger of Canton. In the 80s, Chan began his international career with the American film industry. His first Hollywood movie was The Big Brawl. Then he played a small role in the 1981 film The Cannonball Run and with the commercial failure of 1985 film The Protector, he temporarily stopped his attempts to break into the US market and returned back to Hong Kong films. In Hong Kong, his films started generating larger audience in East Asia with movies such as The Young Master (1980) and Dragon Lord (1982). Chan also produced a numerous action comedy films with Three Brothers such as Project A which even won the Best Action Design Award at the third annual Hong Kong Film Awards. In the 1987 film Armour of God, he played "Asian Hawk," which became his biggest domestic box office success up to that point. During the late 80s and early 90s, he starred in numerous successful sequels such as Police Story 2, Armour of God II: Operation Condor, Police Story 3: Super Cop, Drunken Master II and Police Story 4: First Strike. In 1995, with a worldwide release of Rumble in the Bronx, he finally established a foothold in the US market so much that the movie’s success led to a 1996 release of Police Story 3: Super Cop in the US under the title Supercop. He had his first huge blockbuster hit with success came with the 1998 action comedy movie Rush Hour and turned him into a Hollywood star. His Hollywood success streak continued with the sequel Shanghai Knights in 2003, Rush Hour 2 in 2001, New Police Story in 2004, The Myth in 2005 and the hit film Rob-B-Hood in 2006, and Rush Hour 3 in August 2007.
He married a Taiwanese actress Lin Feng-jiao in 1982, and has a son, singer and actor Jaycee Chan. His son was recently released from jail who was charged on the case of drug offense. He had an extra-marital affair, and bore a daughter Elaine Ng Yi-Lei in 1999. More on him is available in his bio on Wiki.