If you have ever seen blockbuster martial arts movies and never came across the name Jackie Chan, then I doubt you have seen anything. In the last half-century, it is difficult to point to someone who has had as much influence on martial arts movies as Jackie. He had a more than a fair share of broken bones, his body was mauled to survive three lifetimes, and he still does what he likes to do best and what makes people happy.
Jackie Chan’s Bio/Wiki
Jackie was born on April 7, 1954 in British Hong Kong as the son of Charles and Lee-Lee Chan and they called him Chan Kong-Sang. His parents gave him the nickname Pao-Pao Chinese, which means “cannonball”, because he was so lively and full of energy as a child.
The Changs worked at the French embassy in Hong Kong. The father Chen Zhiping worked as a cook, while the mother Lily Chan worked as a cleaner. He was sent to Nah Hwa Elementary School, but Chan failed in his first year. When the family emigrated to Australia in 1960, the seven-year-old Chan was left behind at the Chinese Opera Research Institute. In the following ten years, he learned only martial arts and acrobatics in addition to acting and singing.
Chan received his training in Hapkido under Grand Master Jin Pal Kim and was awarded a black belt. He attended Dickson College shortly after moving to Canberra. After he had fought for his breakthrough, Jackie played the lead role in the adult film All in the Family, which was a bit comical, this was his first nude sex scene. It is the only movie he has made to date without a scene with action or martial arts.
Chan was lucky when film producer Willie Chan (who would later become his longtime manager) invited him for a movie role after he was impressed by one of his stunt works in 1976 when Bruce Lee had just died and the search for a successor began. Knowing that he had to be different in order to stand out from Bruce Lee, he added comedy and a slapstick approach to his stunts, creating a refreshingly new “comedic kung fu” genre.
He then starred in such works as Shaolin Wooden Men (1976, also known as Shaolin Wooden Men), To Kill with Intrigue (1977, also known as To Kill With Intrigue), Yi Zhao ban shi Chuang Jiang hu (1978, also known as Half A Loaf of Kung Fu), and Magnificent Bodyguards (1978, also known as Magnificent Bodyguards), all of which went quite well in movie theaters. His real breakthrough came with the hit Drunken Master (1978, also known as Drunken Master), which has become a favorite among martial arts movie fans.
Jackie then starred in other hits – Police Story 2, Miracles – Mr. Canton and Lady Rose, Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (aka Armour of God 2) and Supercop. Since his larger-than-life reputation was cemented in Asia, the US market had not yet completely succumbed to his superstar charm. In 1995, the action movie Rumble in the Bronx finally brought him his mega box office hit on the US market.
Interestingly, a man of such physical strength is given to music. Since 1984 he has released an impressive 20 albums. His songs have been released in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese, and English. He often sings the title songs of his films. Jackie speaks nine languages fluently. In the course of his many stunt performances, he has broken his skull, dislocated his pelvis, broken fingers, toes, nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle and ribs.
Jackie Chan’s Wife, Son, Daughter
Jackie was married to Joan Lin, a Taiwanese actress. They have a son, Jaycee Chan, who is a singer, actor, composer, lyricist, and guitarist. This multi-talented musician plays piano, drums and bass guitar. On September 15, 2004 he released his first self-titled CD with the title “Jaycee”.
While still married, Chan had an affair with his then mistress, beauty queen Elaine Ng, who gave birth to Jackie’s daughter. Etta Ng Chok Lam was born on November 19, 1999. Despite the media attention the affair attracted, Feng-Jiao Lin decided to forgive her husband.
Net Worth and Height
Jackie is the second highest-paid movie actor in the world and has a net worth of 350 million dollars. A significant portion of his income goes to charity. He was named one of the top 10 most charitable celebrities in the world.
Jackie stands at 5’7″…
Is Jackie Chan Dead?
Perhaps due to the risky nature of his stunts, there were concerns about his safety. He might not be performing in the action roles with the saber flicking anymore, but Jackie Chan is alive and kicking.