Jackie Chan Biography

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Born: April 07, 1954


Date of Birth: April 7, 1954

Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong to domestic servant parents who were so poverty stricken they offered to sell their newborn baby to the British doctor who delivered him. From the age of seven, Chan was enrolled in the Chinese Opera Research Institute where he trained for a career with the Peking Opera. He excelled in martial arts and acrobatics and began making films in his mid-teens.

By the time he was 20, Jackie Chan had already appeared in 25 productions, first as a stunt man and later as a star where he was billed as a successor to the legendary Bruce Lee. A huge star in Europe and Asia, Chan tried for years to penetrate the North American market with films such as The Big Brawl (1980). It wasn't until 1996's Rumble in the Bronx that he achieved his goal. He has since starred in hit films such as The Karate Kid (2010), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (2017), The LEGO NINJAGO Movie (2017) and The Foreigner (2017).

Jackie is known for some of the most elaborate sight gags in the martial arts film industry, earning him a reputation as the Buster Keaton of kung-fu. He also performs all of his own stunts, meaning he's broken pretty much every bone in his body at least once.

Jackie has been married to Feng-Jiao Lin since 1982. They have a son, Jaycee, together.

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