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JACKIE CHAN (Master Wu) was born in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954 to parents so poor they had to borrow money to pay the doctor for his delivery. At the age of 7, Chan was enrolled in the China Drama Academy where he spent the next 10 years training in the art of Peking Opera. It was at the Academy that he learned the acrobatics, martial arts, acting, and singing that would later help him to become an international superstar.

When Chan left the Academy at the age of 17, the Peking Opera was no longer popular and many of the graduates turned to stunt work in Hong Kong movies. Chan soon gained a reputation as a talented and fearless stuntman and over the next few years he swiftly climbed the ladder of success and was soon acting, directing, and choreographing stunts for dozens of films.

After a series of attempts in the 1980s to break into the American movie market, Chan returned to Hong Kong to concentrate on making films in his hometown. He was extremely successful, yet never gave up his dream of making it in America. In 1995, he returned to the U.S. to film "Rumble in the Bronx," which became a huge hit in 1996. Over the next several years, Chan starred in a succession of American productions, none more successful than the blockbuster "Rush Hour" series. Chan had finally fulfilled his dream of making it in America. Over his nearly four-decade career in film, Chan has received hundreds of awards for his acting, directing, writing, and stunt work. His amazing accomplishments and success in the film industry were recognized in November 2016, when he was awarded an Honorary Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governors Awards, hosted by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

For over the past 30 years, Chan has devoted much of his spare time and energy to charity work. In 1988, he established the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation and, since then, he has worked tirelessly for dozens of charities both at home and abroad. In recent years, he has focused his energies on his Dragon's Heart Foundation, which builds schools in remote areas of China. Among his many charitable endeavors, he is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF/UNAIDS, a celebrity cabinet member of the American Red Cross, founder of the Jackie Chan Civil Aviation Foundation in China, and has hosted charity concerts and car races for many years. For more information, visit on the web.


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