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Jackie Chan

Jackie ChanAKA Chan Kong San

Born: 7-Apr-1954
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Gender: Male
Religion: Buddhist
Race or Ethnicity: Asian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: China
Executive summary: Martial arts star, did his own stunts

Jackie Chan is a martial arts film star, often billed as an action star who did his own stunts. For most of his career, Chan performed most of the non-routine stunts in his films, and planned, tested, choreographed, and performed the elaborate, jaw-dropping "wow" fights and jumps that made his films visually spectacular. But nobody outruns time, and in 2012, when Chan was 58 years old, he announced that he would not continue climbing clock towers, kickfighting atop speeding trains, or shimmying up light poles, and that his future action movies would see stuntmen doing more of the stunts.

Chan's parents were staff workers at the French embassy in Hong Kong; his father was a cook, his mother a maid. He was mostly raised at a boarding school, where academics and performing were both stressed, along with rigorous physical training. With young Chan's athletic and dramatic skills, he was a minor child actor in Hong Kong movies in the 1960s, and he worked as a stuntman and extra on Bruce Lee's 1973 kung fu classic Enter the Dragon. Throughout the 70s, Chan worked as an actor and stuntman on innumerable Hong Kong films. He had been in at least 50 films before his star-making role in 1978's Drunken Master, with comedy that comes through even in subtitles, and fight scenes that are astonishing.

With Drunken Master, Chan found the movie persona that worked perfectly for him. His characters are usually slackers or wisecrackers, maybe not too bright, but willing to work hard. Chan has said his characters are generally -- and intentionally -- the opposite of Lee's stalwart, morally upright, unbeatable heroes. Chan wanted viewers to feel that his character does not want to fight, not because he is philosophically opposed to violence but because he is afraid he will get pummeled.

In the 1980s Chan attempted to export his stardom to America, but his American films (The Big Brawl and The Protector) were duds. Back in Hong Kong, Chan continued making eye-candy: any of his Police Story films are better than Arnold Schwarzenegger's best, and the motorcycle-train-helicopter chase sequence at the end of Police Story III: Supercop is amazing to watch -- and even more amazing when one recalls that Chan and co-star Michelle Khan did their own stunts. Armour of God: Operation Condor puts an Asian spin on Indiana Jones, and Twin Dragons is perhaps his funniest film. Other essentials include Project A II, Thunderbolt, Fearless Hyena, and Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin.

Father: Charles Chan (restaurant cook, b. 1915, d. 2008)
Mother: Lee-Lee Chan (domestic worker, d. 2002)
Wife: Feng-Jiao Lin (actress, b. 30-Jun-1953, m. 1983, one son)
Son: Jason Chan (b. 3-Dec-1982)
Mistress: Elaine Ng (actress and former Miss Asia, one daughter)
Daughter: Etta Ng Chok Lam (b. 19-Nov-1999)

    High School: Chinese Opera Research Institute (1971)

    UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
    Endorsement of Hanesbrands Hanes underwear
    Endorsement of Pepsi 2006
    Endorsement of Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software (2009-)
    Chinese Ancestry

    Chinese Zodiac (12-Dec-2012)
    1911 (23-Sep-2011)
    Who Am I? (17-Jan-1998)
    Operation Condor (7-Feb-1991)
    Miracles (15-Jun-1989)
    Police Story 2 (20-Aug-1988)
    Project A2 (19-Aug-1987)
    Operation Condor 2: The Armour of the Gods (21-Jan-1987)
    Police Story (14-Dec-1985)
    Project A (22-Dec-1983)
    Dragon Lord (21-Jan-1982)
    The Young Master (9-Feb-1980)

    The Foreigner (24-Sep-2017)
    The Lego Ninjago Movie (20-Sep-2017) [VOICE]
    The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (10-Aug-2017) [VOICE]
    Skiptrace (17-Jul-2016)
    Kung Fu Panda 3 (23-Jan-2016) [VOICE]
    Dragon Blade (18-Feb-2015)
    Personal Tailor (19-Dec-2013)
    Chinese Zodiac (12-Dec-2012)
    1911 (23-Sep-2011)
    Kung Fu Panda 2 (26-May-2011) · Monkey [VOICE]
    Shaolin (20-Jan-2011)
    The Karate Kid (11-Jun-2010) · Mr. Han
    Little Big Soldier (11-Feb-2010)
    The Spy Next Door (15-Jan-2010) · Bob Ho
    The Founding of a Republic (17-Sep-2009)
    Shinjuku Incident (22-Mar-2009)
    Kung Fu Panda (15-May-2008) [VOICE]
    The Forbidden Kingdom (4-Apr-2008)
    Rush Hour 3 (9-Aug-2007)
    Robin-B-Hood (8-Sep-2006)
    The Myth (15-Sep-2005)
    New Police Story (23-Sep-2004)
    Blade of Kings (12-Aug-2004)
    Around the World in 80 Days (13-Jun-2004)
    The Medallion (15-Aug-2003) · Eddie Yang
    Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan & His Lost Family (16-May-2003) · Himself
    Vampire Effect (8-Mar-2003)
    Shanghai Knights (30-Jan-2003) · Chon Wang
    The Tuxedo (19-Sep-2002) · Jimmy Tong
    Rush Hour 2 (26-Jul-2001)
    The Accidental Spy (18-Jan-2001)
    Shanghai Noon (19-May-2000)
    Gen-X Cops (18-Jun-1999)
    The King of Comedy (13-Feb-1999)
    Gorgeous (12-Feb-1999)
    Rush Hour (18-Sep-1998)
    Who Am I? (17-Jan-1998)
    An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (29-Sep-1997) · Himself
    Mr. Nice Guy (30-Jan-1997)
    Jackie Chan's First Strike (14-Dec-1996) · Jackie
    Rumble in the Bronx (21-Jan-1996) · Keung
    Thunderbolt (1995)
    Drunken Master II (3-Feb-1994)
    Supercop 2 (21-Oct-1993)
    Crime Story (24-Jun-1993)
    City Hunter (16-Jan-1993)
    Police Story 3: Supercop (4-Jul-1992) · Chan Ka-Kui
    Twin Dragons (15-Jan-1992)
    Operation Condor (7-Feb-1991)
    Island of Fire (1990)
    Miracles (15-Jun-1989)
    Police Story 2 (20-Aug-1988)
    Dragons Forever (11-Feb-1988)
    Project A2 (19-Aug-1987)
    Operation Condor 2: The Armour of the Gods (21-Jan-1987) · Jackie
    Police Story (14-Dec-1985)
    Heart of Dragon (Oct-1985)
    My Lucky Stars 2: Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (15-Aug-1985)
    The Protector (15-Jun-1985)
    My Lucky Stars (10-Feb-1985)
    Cannonball Run II (29-Jun-1984)
    Wheels on Meals (1984)
    Project A (22-Dec-1983)
    Dragon Lord (21-Jan-1982)
    The Cannonball Run (19-Jun-1981)
    The Big Brawl (18-Aug-1980)
    Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1-Jul-1980)
    The Young Master (9-Feb-1980)
    Dragon Fist (21-Apr-1979)
    Drunken Master (5-Oct-1978)
    Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (8-Mar-1978)
    Eagle's Shadow (1-Mar-1978)
    Shaolin Wooden Men (10-Nov-1976)
    New Fist of Fury (8-Jul-1976)
    Snake Fist Fighter (1971)

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