Who is Jackie Chan?
Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong actor and singer who is best known for his work in the entertainment industry. Some of his notable movies include Rush Hour trilogy, Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon, and The Karate Kid. As a talented artist, Jackie earned fame for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, and innovative stunts, most of which he performs himself in his movies. Started his career as a stuntman, Chan has grown to become one of the most influential and richest personalities in the entertainment world. He has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jackie Chan was born on the 7th of April 1954, in Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong. He is currently 65 years old.
|Birth Name||Chan Kong-sang|
|Nickname||Jackie, Pao Pao, Yuan Lung Chan, Chen Gang Shen, Sing Lung, Yuen Lou, Big Brother, Kung-Fu Master, Y’uen Lo|
|Date of Birth||April 7, 1954|
|Place of Birth||Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong|
|Profession||Martial Artist, Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Action Choreographer, Singer, Stunt Director, Stunt Performer|
|Ethnicity||Wuhu and Anhui|
- Father – Charles Chan (Chef)
- Mother – Lee-Lee Chan
- Siblings – Fang Shide (Older Step-Brother), Fang Shisheng (Older Step-Brother), Guilan Chan (Older Half-Sister), Yulan Chan (Older Half-Sister)
Chan got enrolled at the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, but he failed his first year due to which his parents removed him from School.
In 1960, he attended the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim-yuen, where he excelled in martial arts and acrobatics. Around that time, he became a member of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group. After entering into the industry, Chan got trained in hapkido from grand master Jin Pal Kim and earned a black belt.
Jackie Chan was also eventually trained in other forms of martial arts like Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do. In 1976, Chan briefly attended Dickson College and simultaneously worked as a construction worker in part time.
Over the years, Jackie Chan has received several honorary degrees from reputed universities:
- Degree of Doctor of Social Science from Hong Kong Baptist University in 1996
- Doctorate degree from the University of Cambodia in 2009
- Professorship from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008
Wife, Dating, Children
Joan Lin (1981 – Present) – Jackie Chan dated Taiwanese actress Joan Lin in 1981 and they both married in 1982 in Los Angeles. They together have a son, Jaycee Chan who is also an actor.
Teresa Teng – Chan had a brief relationship with Taiwanese Pop Singer Teresa Teng, but their relationship didn’t last longer. The couple broke out citing difference in character, which is apparently mentioned in his autobiography.
Elaine Ng – Jackie and Elaine Ng were romantically linked in the late 90s. She has a daughter with him. When their relationship became publicly known after her pregnancy, Chan stated he had “only committed a fault that many men in the world commit”.
Kim Hee-sun – Chan and Kim Hee-sun got intimated while filming The Myth in 2005.
|Height||Feet – 5 feet 8.5 inches|
Centimeters – 174 cm
Meters – 1.74 m
|Weight||Kilograms – 75 kg|
Pounds – 164 lbs
He launched his first album, Love Me in 1984.
Chan began acting in movies since he was five. As a child artist, he was first seen oin the 1962 film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar. In the initial days of his career, he appeared in minor roles in movies. Ten years later, he started working as stuntman in movies.
He first starred in the lead role in Little Tiger of Canton that had a limited release in Hong Kong in 1973.
Jackie ventured into television industry in 1989, where he appeared in an episode of documentary series The Probe Team as himself.
Jackie has been a face of several brands throughout his career, including Pepsi, V8 (juice brand), Mountain Dew, Hanes Tagless T-shirt, Hefty trash bags, American Dairy Farmers and Milk Products, Canadian Blood Services, Woolworths Worth it, Oronamin C, Arion Alpha, Bajaj Discover, American Express and Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter amongst others.
- In 1989, the British monarchy awarded him the honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire for his tremendous contribution to the entertainment industry.
- Chan ranked #70 in Entertainment Weekly’s list of “Top 101 Most Influential People” in 2001.
- Forbes named him as one of the “top 10 Most Generous Celebrities” in 2006.
- He has received Innovator Award from the American Choreography Awards and a lifetime achievement award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards.
- He also stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars.
Jackie Chan Net worth
Jackie Chan is one of the highest paid actors in the world who has a net worth of $370 millions dollars. Chan’s last year earnings were $61 million dollars. Movies, Royalty, Endorsements, Production Studios, Businesses were a few sources from where he accumulate his wealth. He has his own production house, Skiptrace. Needless to say, Jackie Chan is one of the wealthiest person in the entertainment industry.
Cars & Jets
Chan has a great sense of taste when it comes to auto collection. He owns a custom-built Lamborghini Aventador, a Bentley Mulsanne, and a Sabru Impreza Evo.
Apart from cars, Chan is a proud owner of Legacy 500 and Legacy 650 luxury jet. The former cost him $20 million while the latter hit him $30 million. Check the above link to explore the features of his private jet.
Interestingly, Jackie owns several real estate properties in the US and China. In fact, many of those are secret houses which he recently revealed that that he has “secret houses all over the world” complete with “Secret rooms”.
He bought a two-story French inspired villa in Beverly Hills, California, USA for $3 million in 1998. This lavish house features six bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, three fireplaces, a pool and many amenities.
Jackie Chan Favorites Things
- Persons – Will Smith, Robert De Niro, James Cameron
- Films – Gone with the Wind (1939), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Matrix (1999)
- Role Models – Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton
- Soccer Club – Manchester City
- Greatest Fears – Needles and Public Speaking
Social Media Portfolio
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Jackie Chan Facts
The multi-faceted Jackie Chan is an international celebrity and the most recognisable face on the planet.
He was born in a poor family that his parents had to borrow money to pay the doctor for his delivery.
Started his career as a child artist, he later explore several dimensions of his talents such as stuntman, stunt choreographer, producer, director, screen writer and singer that obviously raked his net worth.
The legendary actor quickly attained his stardom status, thanks to his adorable looks, multi-talents, charisma and generous heart.
Jackie Chan entered into entertainment industry at the age of 8, and since then, he has earned a name for himself in the showbiz. Particularly, Chan is best known for his stunt sequences in his movies, which he performs by himself.
He took the stage name Sing Lung when he was first introduced as a stuntman in the film, Fist of Fury that starred Bruce Lee. Since then, his fame, wealth, reputation, humanitarian efforts have only surged.
During a career spanning more than five decades, Chan has acted in more than 150 films which also includes a few Hollywood films. The Rush Hour franchise was his best in Hollywood, which earned him a celebrity status in the United States. Shanghai Knights, Shanghai Noon, The Tuxedo, The Karate Kid, Rush Hour Franchise, Police Story, etc were some of his best film in his career.
Chan is a trained Opera singer and has released 11 studio albums, nine compilation albums and even performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
His first adult movie was All in the Family and it took 34 years to do his next sex scene. And, In fact, it is his only film that doesn’t include a fight scene. He love children and always wanted to be a role model for them, so he never uses swear words in his film. Also, he had ever done a villain role in his films.
Since, he worked as a stuntman and perform all stunts on his own, Chan has suffered several injuries and broke almost all of his body parts. This was the reason why was noit insured in the US.
He starred 15 creative roles in the film Chinese Zodiac, becoming the first person to do so. This got him a Guinness World Record. He can speak many languages like Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Thai, etc.
Jackie is also a great businessman who has his own clothing line, chain of suchi restaurants, Jackie Chan signature club gyms and more. He also owns several production companies and modeling agencies. The legendary actor today is one of the finest actors on the planet.