Jackie Chan

Executive, Singer, Guild president
After first establishing his martial arts prowess in his native Hong Kong, actor-choreographer-director Jackie Chan translated his massive success in Southeast Asia to become a huge international star, particularly in ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1954 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (81)

Dragon Blade 2015 (Movie)

Huo An (Actor)

Skiptrace 2015 (Movie)

Bennie Black (Actor)

All in the Family 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Snake in Eagle's Shadow 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thunderbolt 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

Asian Hawk (Actor)

Police Story 2013 2013 (Movie)

Zhong Wen (Actor)

Spike Guys Choice 2013 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

1911 2011 (Movie)

Huang Xing (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

Monkey (Voice)

Shaolin 2011 (Movie)

Wu Dao (Actor)

Big Soldier 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flying Duck 2010 (Movie)

(in talks) (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Shinjuku Incident 2010 (Movie)

Steelhead (Actor)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

Mr Han (Actor)

The Spy Next Door 2010 (Movie)

Bob Ho (Actor)

Jian guo da ye 2009 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2008 (Movie)

Master Monkey (Voice)

The Forbidden Kingdom 2008 (Movie)

Old Hop/Lu Yan (Actor)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Lee (Actor)

Bo Bui Gai Wak 2006 (Movie)

Thongs (Actor)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

Jack/Meng Yi (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Passepartout/Lau Xing (Actor)

San Gingchat Gusi 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The AMC Project: Made in Hong Kong 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Chin Gei Bin 2003 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

Chon Wang (Actor)

The Medallion 2003 (Movie)

Eddie Yang (Actor)

The Tuxedo 2002 (Movie)

Jimmy Tong (Actor)

Jackie Chan 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Rush Hour 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Detective Inspector Lee (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Accidental Spy 2001 (Movie)

Buck Yuen (Actor)

Jackie Chan Adventures 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles 2000 (Movie)

Kuo Cheng-wah (Actor)

Shanghai Noon 2000 (Movie)

Chon Wang (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Rush Hour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Dragons 1999 (Movie)

Boomer (Actor)

Bolei Cheun 1998 (Movie)

C N Chan (Actor)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Heikek Chi Wong 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Nice Guy 1998 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Detective Inspector Lee (Actor)

Who Am I? 1998 (Movie)

Jackie (aka Whoami) (Actor)

First Strike 1997 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Martin 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 5 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Condor 1997 (Movie)

Jackie/ (Actor)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Rumble in the Bronx 1995 (Movie)

Keung (Actor)

Crime Story 1994 (Movie)

Inspector Eddie Chan (Actor)

Once A Cop 1994 (Movie)

Inspector Chan (Actor)

The Armour of God 1994 (Movie)

Chen Kuang-Sheng, the Asian Hawk (Actor)

The Legend of Drunken Master 1994 (Movie)

Wong Fei-hong (Actor)

Supercop 1992 (Movie)

Detective Kevin Chan--Fu Sheng (Actor)

The Best of the Martial Arts Films 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Project A 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Project A II 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island on Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Police Story II 1988 (Movie)

Ka Kui Chan/Kevin Chan (Actor)

Dragons Forever 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Lucky Stars 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Police Story 1985 (Movie)

Ka Kui Chan/Kevin Chan (Actor)

The Protector 1985 (Movie)

Billy Wong (Actor)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Jackie (Actor)

Heart of the Dragon 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wheels on Meals 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cannonball Run 1981 (Movie)

1st Subaru Driver (Actor)

The Big Brawl 1979 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Young Master 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Drunken Master 1977 (Movie)

Wong Fei-hong (Actor)

Countdown in Kung Fu 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

New Fist of Fury 1975 (Movie)

Ai Long (Actor)

Project A (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (26)

Skiptrace 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Personal Tailor 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

1911 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Soldier 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shinjuku Incident 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Run Papa Run 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bo Bui Gai Wak 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chang hen ge 2005 (Movie)

Chief Producer (Producer)

Hainan Chicken Rice 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hainan Jifan 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

San Gingchat Gusi 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Medallion 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Accidental Spy 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shanghai Noon 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gen-X Cops 1999 (Movie)

("Presents") (Producer)

Bolei Cheun 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chi yu fungbo 1998 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Supercop 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Actress 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rouge 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Police Story 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (14)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

1911 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Miracles 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Who Am I? 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Operation Condor 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Rumble in the Bronx 1995 (Movie)

martial arts director (Segment Director)

The Armour of God 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Project A 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Project A II 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Police Story II 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Police Story 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Master 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Project A (Movie)

(Director)
Physical Effects (9)

Bo Bui Gai Wak 2006 (Movie)

Stunt Director (Stunt Coordinator)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

Stunt Director (Stunt Coordinator)

Twin Dragons 1999 (Movie)

stunt choreographer (Stunts)

Bolei Cheun 1998 (Movie)

action choreography (Stunts)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Who Am I? 1998 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Legend of Drunken Master 1994 (Movie)

martial arts choreographer (Stunts)

The Young Master 1979 (Movie)

action choreography (Stunts)

The Chinese Connection 1971 (Movie)

(for Suzuki character) (Stunt Man)
Writer (9)

Skiptrace 2015 (Movie)

(from an original idea by) (Source Material)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Big Soldier 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bo Bui Gai Wak 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bolei Cheun 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Who Am I? 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Operation Condor 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Project A 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Project A II 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (4)

The Spy Next Door 2010 (Movie)

("Ba Ma De Hua") (Song Performer)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

("Closer I Get To You") (Song Performer)

The Armour of God 1994 (Movie)

("Friend of Mine" "Flight of the Dragon") (Song Performer)

Police Story 1985 (Movie)

("Police Story") (Song Performer)
Other (2)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Stunt Choreography (Choreographer)

Shanghai Knights 2003 (Movie)

Action Choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

After first establishing his martial arts prowess in his native Hong Kong, actor-choreographer-director Jackie Chan translated his massive success in Southeast Asia to become a huge international star, particularly in America. With a reputation as an unrelenting performer willing to risk bodily injury - both with himself and his fellow stuntmen - to create elaborate and jaw-dropping action sequences, Chan amazed critics and audiences with his sheer technical skill while redefining Hong Kong action movies by bringing in an element of comedy. He spent the first couple of decades finding his footing, but had a major breakthrough with the action-comedy, "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" (1978), which propelled the previously-struggling performer into the limelight. Though he took a shot at Hollywood with "Battle Creek Brawl" (1980) and "The Cannonball Run" (1981), he would have to wait until "Rumble in the Bronx" (1996) to make his mark in the United States. But it was his starring turn in the wildly popular "Rush Hour" (1998) and its sequels that cemented his place as one of Hollywood's elite action stars. His status as a bankable actor was further enhanced with "Shanghai Noon" (2001) and its follow-up, "Shanghai Knights" (2003), though he took a stumble with "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004). While he returned to Hong Kong for a number of films, including his first with Jet Li, "The Forbidden Kingdom" (2008), Chan remained busy in Hollywood, as he retained his hold on being a popular box office draw.

Relationships

Etta

Daughter
Born 1999; mother, Elaine Ng

Jaycee Chan Actor

Son
Born Dec. 3, 1982; mother, Joan Lin Feng-Jiao

Charles Chan

Father
Worked at French consulate in Hong Kong; subsequently worked at American embassy in Australia Died 2008 after battling prostate cancer

Lee-Lee Chan

Mother
Worked at French consulate in Hong Kong; subsequently worked at American embassy in Australia Died 2002

Joan Feng-jiao

Wife
Met 1981 Married Dec. 1, 1982 in Los Angeles, CA

Elaine Ng

Companion
At one time crowned Miss Asia Chan admitted to having a relationship with Ng during filming of "Gorgeous" (1999), at which time she became pregnant with his child

EDUCATION

Nah-Hwa Primary School

Failed his first year

Dickson College

1976

Chinese Drama Academy

1961 - 1971
Alternately known as Zhonguo Xuji Xueyuan; studied mime, acrobatics, singing, kung fu and Peking Opera for ten years from age six under master Yu Shan Yuan

Milestones

2011

Once again voiced Monkey in "Kung Fu Panda 2"

2010

Starred opposite Jaden Smith in "The Karate Kid"

2008

First onscreen collaboration with fellow Chinese actor Jet Li, "The Forbidden Kingdom"

2008

Lent his voice to the animated feature, "Kung Fu Panda"

2007

Re-teamed with Chris Tucker and director Brett Ratner for "Rush Hour 3"

2006

Starred in the action comedy, "Rob-B-Hood"; also co-wrote

2004

Starred as Passepartout in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"

2003

Starred in the action comedy "Shanghai Knights"

2003

Was reunited with Samo Hung as co-star in "Highbinders"

2002

Starred in the action comedy "The Tuxedo"

2002

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

2001

Re-teamed with Tucker for "Rush Hour 2"

2000

Co-starred with Owen Wilson in the action feature "Shanghai Noon"

1998

Teamed with comedian Chris Tucker for the box-office hit "Rush Hour"

1996

Re-launched US film career as the star of "Rumble in the Bronx"

1995

Created original character for "Jackie Chan's Spartan X a six-issue comic book series

1993

Played a rare dramatic starring role in "Crime Story"

1989

Directed (also starred) "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose" a remake of Frank Capra's "Pocketful of Miracles"

1986

Directed and starred in "Armor of God" a parody which became Hong Kong's third highest-grossing film of the 1980s

1985

Directed "Police Story"; also starred and performed own stunts

1985

Starred in the American-produced police drama "The Protector" co-starring Danny Aiello

1984

Appeared in "Cannonball Run II"

1983

Directed (also starred) the action-comedy, "Project A"

1980

Played a minor role in "The Cannonball Run" starring Burt Reynolds

1980

American film debut, "The Big Brawl" with Jose Ferrer

1979

Co-directing debut (with Kenneth Tsang), "The Fearless Hyena"

1978

First mainstream success, the landmark kung fu comedy, "Drunken Master"

1978

First major breakthrough, "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow"

1977

Acted in first comedy, the kung fu parody "Half a Loaf of Kung Fu'

1975

Appeared in director John Woo's "Hand of Death"

1974

First released theatrical feature in starring role, "Stranger in Hong Kong"

1973

First credit as martial arts director, "The Heroine" (also played second male lead)

1973

First film lead, "The Little Tiger of Guangdong" (shelved until 1974)

1972

First credit as fight choreographer, "Police Woman"

1972

Stunt double for Lo Wei's "Fist of Fury"; executed what was reputedly the highest fall ever attempted in Asian cinema

1970

After graduating, rejoined his parents in Australia working various odd jobs such as dishwashing and bricklaying

1970

First film role as an adult, "Little Tiger from Canton"

1962

Made feature acting debut at age eight in the Cantonese feature "Big and Little Wong Tin Bar"

1961

Trained in the techniques of Peking Opera under threat of corporal punishment (caning) and food deprivation

1961

Returned to Hong Kong at age seven to attend the Chinese Drama Academy

Returned to Hong Kong and worked as a stunt man and martial arts fighter in the Shaw Brothers studios; adopted the stage name Chen Yuan Long

Performed with a student group called the Seven Little Fortunes; first worked with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

Formed the Jackie Chan Stuntmen Association

Formed own production company, Golden Way

Emigrated to Australia with his parents as a small child

Bonus Trivia

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Chan was a founder and officer of the Hong Kong Directors Guild, Performing Artists Guild, and Society of Cinematographers.

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Chan owned "a casting and modeling agency named Jackie's Angels, which he used to cast his productions.

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"I wanted to be like a Chaplin or Buster Keaton, but all the martial arts directors I worked with wanted me to copy Bruce Lee," he said. "So after I got famous, I started to change a lot of things. When I was filming "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" in the late 1970's, I sat down with the director and watched a Bruce Lee film. I decided, when Bruce Lee kicked high, I'd kick low. When Bruce Lee yowled, I'd punch doing a funny face like it hurt. Whatever Bruce Lee did, I'd do the opposite." - Chan quoted to The New York Times, Jan. 30, 1995

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"Jackie becomes serious as he reminiscences: 'The days at opera school were very long. Every day we would train from dawn to midnight, and anyone caught taking it easy would be whipped and starved. I don't know how the intense training affected me as a child or shaped me as an adult. I DO know that I draw all my creativity for fight directing from those years of arduous training. But I would never put my kids through it, and I would never tell anyone to do the same thing.'" - from "An Evening with Jackie Chan" by Dr. Craig Reid, Bright Lights (1995)

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"Twice a year, he hosts a party for the Jackie Chan International Fan Club, many of whose members fly in from Japan. At one point, the club had more than 10,000 members, most of them girls. Being a teen idol, however, has exacted its price: in his films and his private life, Chan must be careful not to reveal too much romantic involvement. In 1985, after he mentioned in an interview that he was dating someone, a Japanese girl committed suicide. [She threw herself in front of the Bullet Train.] The next year, another Japanese fan arrived at his office, announced her intention of bearing Chan's child and drank a vial of poison." - from "Jackie Chan, American Action Hero" by Jaime Wolf in the New York Times magazine, Jan. 21, 1996

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"Maybe my philosophy different from some other people," he says. "Today, most important is work. Relationship with all my staff because they help me. Girl, wife, son, doesn't help me. So I do everything for public first. Then I think about family." - from the New York Times magazine, Jan. 21, 1996

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"Every movie I treat like my son - more important than my real son." - Chan quoted in People magazine, March 11, 1996

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"I cannot drink, smoke or go to the karaoke," he says. "I must present a good image. I want to be like John Wayne - a film person that people admire and respect." - Chan quoted in People magazine, March 11, 1996

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Cult Movie Stars by Danny Peary (NY: Simon & Schuster/Fireside, 1991) reports that Chan had his eyelids surgically altered in the 1980s so as to aid his crossover attempts in the American film market.

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"In America, they don't have action films anymore - they have computers." - Chan quoted in the Daily News, Feb. 25, 1996

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Honored as the guest of the Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles, CA in February 1996.

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Received the key to the city of Los Angeles in 1996.

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During the filming of "Armour of God" (1986), Chan suffered a skull fracture and a bone fragment lodged in his brain from a fall incurred while executing a relatively simple stunt during the Yugoslavia shoot; he underwent brain surgery; suffered some hearing loss and has a permanent hole in his skull.

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