Jackie Chan Biography

Updated On Jan 08, 2018 Published On Nov 29, 2017
Facts of Jackie Chan
Date of Birth: 1954 , April-7
Birth Nation: Hong Kong
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
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A native of Hong Kong, Jackie Chan was born on 7th of April 1954, to Lee-Lee and Charles Chan who were refugees from the Chinese Civil war. As a student, he first joined the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island. Later he enrolled at China Drama Academy, a Peaking Opera School which was run by Master Yu Jim-yuen.

After being trained in martial arts and acrobatics, he became the part of Seven Little Fortunes, which is a group made up of the school’s students with the stage name “Yuen Lo."

Chan began his acting career with a small role at the tender age of five as a child actor. Further, he made his appearance in the movie, “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar." During the 1960s, Chan made his appearance in almost five movies then subsequently signed to Chu Mu’s Great Earth Film Company.                              

When Chan turned 17, he began to work as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee's movies “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon” with the stage name Chan Yuen Lung. Jackie Chan got his first starring role in “Little Tiger of Canton."

Further, he starred in the nude sex scene in the comedic adult film All in the Family, which is the only movie he has started without a single fight scene or stunt. His another movie with scenes is Shinjuku Incident.

At the age of 22, he moved to Canberra and joined his parents, where he attended Dickson College and also worked as a construction worker. As his friend Jack took Chan under his wing, he earned the nickname “Jackie” which wedged with him ever since.

Going deep into his professional life, he has been active in acting industry since the 1960s and has starred in over 150 movies. Through movies like “Snake in the Eagle's Shadow," “Rumble in the Bronx," “Jackie Chan Adventures," “The Karate Kid," and “1911."

In 2012, it was announced that Chan is retiring from action as he was growing older. But he later explained that he would not be entirely retiring from the action movies and he will perform stunts taking care of his body.

Chan’s latest movie is The Foreigner and his movie Dragon Blade is a historical action movie where he portrayed as Huo An.

Recently, Chan made his appearance in the movie Kung Fu Yoga, where he portrayed the character as Jack, a world-renowned archaeology professor.

Apart from acting industry, Chan is a professional singer, started producing records in the early 80s. Till the date, he has produced more than 20 different albums, sang more than 100 songs in more than five languages, as well as has teamed up with the popular singer including late Anita Mui and Emil Chau.

Chan’s hard work has paid him well with several prestigious awards and nominations. He first took home Golden Horse Film Festival award in the category of best actor. In the following year, he was honored “Asian-Pacific Film Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Golden Horse Film Festival” for best actor for his work in Crime Story.

In 2016, Chan was awarded by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science with an honorary Oscar for his “extraordinary achievement” in movies, at the 8th Annual Governors Award Ceremony.

Looking forward his personal life, Jackie Chan is a married man. He tied the knot with his girlfriend Lin Feng-jiao, a Taiwanese actress. The husband and wife together are blessed with a son Jaycee Chan, who is now an actor and singer. Once Chan came on controversies due to his extra-marital affair with Elaine Ng Yi-Lei, she bore a daughter. Later, Elaine decided to care for her daughter alone.

Currently, Chan has a blissful life with his spouse Joan Lin. Till the date, there are no any news and rumors regarding their separation, conflict or divorce.

As of now, the renowned actor and martial art expert Chan has an estimated net worth of $350 million.  He makes huge money through the entertainment industry. With a tremendous net worth, Chan is living a luxurious life.

In 2012 Jackie Chan bought a private jet, an Embraer Legacy 650, and in 2016, he bought an Embraer Legacy 500 business jet for a whopping $20 million.

In 2015, Jackie was ranked second on the Forbes Highest Paid Actors List after the magazine made provision to include those working outside of the US movie industry. With an annual income of $50 million (£32,000,000) in 2014, Jackie Chan was only second to Robert Downey Jr. who topped the list with an annual income of $80 million (£51,000,000).

In 2017, Jackie Chan made it the 5th spot on Forbes Highest Pid Actors List with an annual income of $49 million from movies and TV shows in the year 2016.

He is also a founder of Jakie Chan Charitable Foundation and The Dragon’s Heart Foundation. And as per our record, he is the highest paid actor in Asia, charges around $50 million per movie.

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Born in Hong Kong

1954

Jackie Chan was born on 7th of April 1954, in Hong Kong to Lee-Lee and Charles Chan who were refugees from the Chinese Civil war. 

Film Debut

1962

Jackie Chan made his debut in the film industry with “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar” as a child actor. At that time he was just eight years old. 

Began to work as Stuntman

1971

Chan began to work as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee movies “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon”, under the stage name Chan Yuen Lung. 

Moved To Canberra

1976

At his twenty-two, Chan moved to Canberra and joined his parents, where he briefly attended Dickson College and also worked as a construction worker. 

Retired From Doing Stunt

2012

Chan announced that he is retiring from action films, citing the reason as he is getting older. But he later explained that he would not completely leave starring in action movies, but will do fewer stunts and will take care of his body.

Oscar Award

2016

Chan was awarded by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science with an honorary Oscar for his “extraordinary achievement” in movies at the 8th Annual Governors Award Ceremony.

First Award

1992

Chan first took home “Golden Horse Film Festival” in the category Best Actor. The following year he earned “Asian-Pacific Film Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Golden Horse Film Festival” for the category Best Actor for his work in Crime Story.

Current Net Worth

2017

As of 2017, the renowned actor and martial artist Chan has an estimated net worth of $350 million. He makes tremendous amount through the entertainment industry and enjoys his life