Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan

Born

4/7/1954, Shandong, China

Birth Name

Chan Kong-sang

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Long Cheng, Yuen-Lung Chan, Jacky Chan, Sing Lung
8.8
out of 10
User Rating
234 votes

Biography

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One of the most famous movie celebrities in the world, Jackie Chan was born to a poor family in China on April 7, 1954. After he was born, his parents thought about giving him up for adoption since they could not afford the hospital bill. His parents eventually…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2002, Jackie was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Himself on Jackie Chan Adventures.

    • Jackie admits that he did Cannonball Run II (1984) just to fulfill his contract with Warner Brothers.

    • Jackie was to star in a film entitled Nosebleed, but the project was cancelled after the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. He was to play a window-washer at the WTC that has to stop a terrorist plot.

    • Jackie Has a great, long lasting relationship with Mitsubishi Motors. The company has donated many of their automobiles for his films.

    • Jackie Chan became the only male singer to release an Official 2008 Beijing Olympics album in August 2008. He wore a sports get-up during the album launched and and said that he has 101 other clothing sets customized for Olympic occasions.

    • Jackie was made an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004. He has also appeared in several PSA's on bird flu, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and landmines.

    • Jackie is a 2008 member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Members of the cabinet help out using their talents and resources in furthering the cause of the organization.

    • In 2006, Forbes Magazine named Jackie Chan among the top ten most gorgeous celebrities in Hollywood.

    • Honors Conferred Upon Jackie Chan:
      • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, British Government for Hong Kong Commonwealth (1989)
      • Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture and Communication (1990)
      • Honorary doctor of social science of the Hong Kong Baptist University
      • Honorary fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts
      • Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located near the entrance to the theater where the Oscars are presented
      • Handprints displayed at Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars
      • Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS), Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1989)
      • Honorary professor, Savannah College of Art and Design

    • When he was 21 years old and still struggling as an actor, Jackie made a porn movie made in Hong Kong entitled All in the Family.

    • MTV honored Jackie Chan with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 for his vast contribution in the film industry.

    • In 2004 Jackie Chan created his own film production company called Jackie Chan Emperor Movies Limited. This was brought about by his dissatisfaction with the way Asian actors are treated in Hollywood.

    • In 2000, Chan voiced himself in the video game Jackie Chan Stuntmaster.

    • Jackie Chan made an appearance in Uncle Kracker's music video of "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah".

    • On May 4, 2008, Chan was one of the Olympic torchbearers for the first day of the three-month journey of the torch to Beijing, the site of the 2008 Olympics. He was the last one to carry the torch during that day.

    • Jackie wrote an autobiographical book entitled I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action which was published on June 28, 1999. A book about him was also written by Tony Rayns entitled The Mind is a Muscle: An Appreciation of Jackie Chan in 1987.

    • Jackie is 5'8½" tall.

    • Jackie attended the Nan Hua Elementary Academy.

    • Jackie Chan kept the fact that he had a son for 11 years from the public.

    • Jackie Chan's son is also pursuing an acting career, Jackie told him not to tell agents that he was his father so his son would work to the top, not based on family reputation. Jackie asked his son change his last name so he could get a job on his own.

    • Jackie is a supporter of The Salvation Army's work in China.

    • Jackie is good friends with Steven Seagal. He is best friends with Sylvester Stallone.

    • Jackie Chan has a son, Jaycee Chan, who was born on 3rd December 1982. He also has a daughter, Etta Ng Chok Lam (b. November 19, 1999), with actress and former Miss Asia Elaine Ng.

    • A drunken Jackie Chan jumped on stage with Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jonathan Lee in July 2006 and exchanged insults with the audience. He demanded a duet with Lee and then tried to conduct the band but stopped and restarted the music several times.

    • Jackie appears in a Diet Pepsi commercial that premiered during Super Bowl XXXX (2006). He is also an endorser for Hanesbrands Hanes underwear.

    • Jackie describes himself as being a shy person who has to be taken out of his shell.

    • Says the most painful of all the injuries he has sustained in his career happened on Enter the Dragon, when Bruce Lee accidentally hit him in the face with a nunchuck.

    • Some of his favorite films include Gone With the Wind (1939), Singing in the Rain (1951), and The Matrix (1999).

    • Jackie is also a talented singer. He has released numerous albums in Asia. His music is normally heard in the outtakes of his Hong Kong movies.

    • He worked with Bruce Lee and John Woo as a stunt coordinator.

    • His role models are Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, all of which were more important to him as a child than any martial arts star, the latter label he was basically forced into at a very young age.

    • He sang the Chinese version of Mulan's "I'll Make a Man Out of You".

    • His parents worked at the French embassy in Hong Kong. His father Charles was an embassy cook while her mother Lee-Lee was an embassy maid. They then moved to Canberra, Australia and his father worked as head chef in the American Embassy there. Jackie lived with them for a while after one of his attempts in the movie business fell through.

    • In his action scenes, his punches and kicks actually connect with their targets. He has his actors wear special padding in their feet and body to prevent serious injury.

    • He was a spokesmodel for the "Got Milk?" campaign.

    • Most often Jackie dubs his own voice for the English release of his Asian films. He also dubs his Asian films in Mandarin.

    • Not only does he do his own stunts, but Jackie is a lead-from-the-front kind of guy and expects the actors and actresses in his movies to do their own stunts as well.

    • Due to an accident while shooting the movie Armour of God, Jackie now has a hole in his skull.

    • Jackie is married to former Taiwanese actress Lam Fung Giu (in Cantonese) or Lin Feng Chiao (in Mandarin).

    • He is known to Chinese audiences as Sing Lung (Cant.) or Cheng Long (Mand.), which means "Already a Dragon" or "To Become (like) a Dragon".

    • After his marriage, a young female fan commited suicide. After this incident, Jackie decided to keep his private life out of the public spotlight.

    • Before becoming a big action star, Jackie Chan had a minor role in the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon as a guard.

  • Quotes

    • Jackie: In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'.

    • Jackie: I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.

    • Jackie: The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act.

    • Jackie: I will make action movies, I think, for a few more years, another five years.

    • Jackie: For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies.

    • Jackie: Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.

    • Jackie: I hate violence, yes I do. It's kind of a dilemma, huh?.

    • Jackie: It's very important that I get hurt (when making a movie).

    • Jackie: I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.

    • Jackie: The ads all call me fearless, but that's just publicity. Anyone who thinks I'm not scared out of my mind whenever I do one of my stunts is crazier than I am.

    • Jackie: (after running into something and falling down on set) Jackie Chan always OK!

    • Jackie: I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.

    • Jackie: I'm crazy, but I'm not stupid.

    • Jackie: Very difficult to understand American audience, what they like, what they don't like. Some movie I like very much, it doesn't work. Some movie I don't like, it gets big box office. Very difficult.

    • Jackie: Sometimes I'd like to play the bad guy and sometimes I'd like to die in a movie.

    • Jackie: I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.

    • Jackie: For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies.

    • Jackie: Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.

    • Jackie: Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.

    • Jackie: American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.

    • Jackie: After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and--Boom!--people go.

    • Jackie: A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the legends. I'll give this guy a box of medals.

    10
    Jackie Chan, a fighter and a tv legend. One of the greatest guys that we have today. Wish this guy a longer life. I like it when he appears at tv shows. Should have made his own cartoon "Jackie Chan Adventures" a reality show.
  • A Funny Fighter

    10
    I like his foreign accent incorporated with his English... he is a great actor! He teaches, he mentors when he fights or another actor fights, he is a hero, he is a role model, and when he attempts to sing... OMG you are in for a good time and a laugh. This ninja is versatile when it comes to comedy and action. I'd like to see him expand his talent into more movies and more tv shows... cause he's one of my favorite actors.moreless
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