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JACKIE CHAN has been Asia's biggest box office star for more than 20 years. Born in Hong Kong to working-class parents, Chan, from age 7 to age 17, lived at the Peking Opera School, where he learned the various skills required for Chinese opera, such as acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, weaponry, dance, singing, and dramatics. By the time Chan graduated, Chinese opera was declining in popularity, and he gravitated into film.

In the early '70s, Chan worked as a bit player and an action director. Inspired by great film clowns like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, Chan has invented a unique film style combining humor and death-defying stunts, which he has carried to extravagant heights that American films are only now attempting. A superb martial artist and acrobat, Chan has built his legend by putting his life on the line for his movies. In the montage of outtakes that typically ends his films, fans see the proof that Jackie Chan is still his own most amazing special effect.

Chan continues to be a top draw in Asian markets, and his popularity in America is ever growing. He has become the hero of an American comic book miniseries; the Lifetime Achievement honoree at the 1995 MTV Movie Awards; a presenter at the 1996 OscarĀ® ceremony; and a recipient of Hollywood's ultimate honor: He has left imprints of his feet and hands (and nose) in the forecourt of Hollywood's famous Chinese Theatre. Chan starred in the comedy "Rush Hour" for New Line Cinema in 1998. He has produced, starred in, and directed more than a dozen films, including "Rumble in the Bronx," "First Strike," "Supercop," "Operation Condor," "Crime Story," "Mr. Nice Guy," and "Armor of God." In addition to writing, acting, and directing, Chan has a successful singing career and is active in numerous charities in Hong Kong and surrounding Asian countries.

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