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
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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