The Hong Kong born Chan Kong Sang is a well known name in the movie industry with his acrobatic fighting styles that sometimes drive the feeble hearted to the edge of their seats. Several fans love Jackie Chan’s innovative nature as well as his trendy use of improvised weapons that sometime look rather primitive but turn out to be very powerful and lethal. Lovers of war movies are definitely taken in by his charm and fighting spirit during his acts.
He was born in April of 1954 in China. Other than acting, the innovative actor is also a musician, producer and film director. He has acted since 1960 and is still going strong.
He has received stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has several awards to his name. His voice features in a variety of cartoons and video games. Since he is a trained vocalist, the musician Chan has released a number of albums that are often sung during filming of movies he has acted.
The well known philanthropist has a heart of gold and contributes overwhelmingly to charities. While most people view him as a rather rough fellow, the martial artist has a heart that melts at the time of adversity. Perhaps this could be attributed to his tough childhood. He was a refugee during the Chinese civil war. His parents worked for the French Ambassador in Hong-Kong where he never stayed in a single place for long. He moved from one place to the next, earning himself the name Pao-Pao in Chinese, or cannon ball in English.
His father migrated to Australia where he was a head cook for the American Ambassador. Chan was enrolled at the Peking Opera School where he trained in martial arts and acrobatics. Because of his astuteness, he became a member of the Seven Little Fortunes, a group that was known for its performance in acrobatics and martial arts.
He got into filming when he was just five years old. When he was eight years old, he appeared in the film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962). Still at his tender age, he appeared in other films namely; The Love Eterne (1963), Come Drink With Me (1966), A Touch of Zen (1971) and many more. By the time he was 17, he was already appearing in Bruce Lee films like Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury.
His first and major breakthrough in the movie industry was his appearance in Snake In The Little Shadow in 1978. During this time, Kung-Fu dominated films and people enjoyed movies with martial artists performing their stunts. While he is a Hollywood success, he mostly acted in films produced in Hong-Kong. Rush Hours with Chris Tucker is his another hit sequence which helped him to gain popularity from people all over the world. It helped Chris Tucker as well but recently we heard that Chris Tucker has $14 million IRS debt.
Jackie Chan is known to turn down roles that sometimes depict him as a villain. In 1990, he declined to act alongside Sylvester Stallone in the movie Demolition Man. Wesley Snipes took the postion.
Jackie Chan is married to Joan Li, a Taiwanese actress. Together, they have a son by the name Jaycee Chan, who is a musician and actor. Another child he got from an extra-marital affair is a daughter born in 1999. His fame goes beyond boundaries.