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JACKIE CHAN (Monkey) is an actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer. Originally from Hong Kong, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1970s and has appeared in over 100 films.

In 1960, his father immigrated to Australia, to work as head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School. There, Chan trained rigorously for the next decade, excelling in martial arts and acrobatics.

Upon his graduation in 1971, Chan found work as an acrobat and a movie stuntman, most notably in "Fist of Fury,” starring Hong Kong's resident big-screen superstar, Bruce Lee. For that film, he reportedly completed the highest fall in the history of the Chinese film industry, earning the respectful notice of the formidable Lee, among others.

After Lee's tragic death, Chan had decided that he wanted to break out of the Lee mold and create his own image. Blending his martial arts abilities with an impressive nerve—he insisted on performing all of his own stunts—and a sense of screwball physical comedy reminiscent of one of his idols, Buster Keaton, Chan found his own formula for cinematic gold.

Chan's first major breakthrough was the 1978 film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow.” Under director Yuen Woo Ping, Chan was allowed complete freedom over his stunt work. The film established the comedic kung fu genre, and proved to be a breath of fresh air for the Hong Kong audience. Chan then starred in "Drunken Master,” which finally propelled him to mainstream success.

His noteworthy list of film credits includes "Supercop”; "Supercop 2” with Michelle Yeoh; "Rumble in the Bronx”; "Thunderbolt”; "Mr. Nice Guy”; three "Rush Hour” movies, co-starring Chris Tucker; "Shanghai Noon” and "Shanghai Knights” with Owen Wilson; "The Tuxedo,” co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt; "The Medallion”; "Around the World in 80 Days,” in which he portrayed Passepartout/Lau Xing; "Kung Fu Panda,” as voice of Monkey; "The Spy Next Door”; and 2010 blockbuster film "The Karate Kid,” co-starring Jaden Smith, produced by Will Smith and Jerry Weintraub for Sony Pictures. He also voiced himself in the animated series "Jackie Chan Adventures.”

In 1983, he established the Jackie Chan Stuntmen Association, which began as an official organization of six members, and meant that its stuntmen not only received insurance coverage, but also a monthly salary and higher pay.

Founded in 1988, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation offers scholarships and active help to Hong Kong's young people through a variety of worthy causes. Over the years, the foundation has broadened its scope to include provision of medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, and projects where the major beneficiaries are Hong Kong people or organizations.

Chan is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, having worked tirelessly to champion charitable works and causes. He has campaigned for conservation, against animal abuse and has promoted disaster relief efforts for floods in mainland China and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. In June 2006, he announced the donation of half his assets to charity upon his death, citing his admiration of the effort made by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to help those in need. Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Chan donated RMB ¥10 million to help those in need. In response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Jackie Chan and fellow artist & celebrities from across Asia headlined a special three-hour charity concert on April 1 to help with Japan's disaster recovery effort, where Jackie Chan addressed the victims of the earthquake and tsunami by saying: "You will not be alone, we will be by your side.” The event raised over USD $3.3 million.

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